January 2015

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Where Business Begins in Iowa

The New Year traditionally provides an opportunity for fresh goals and new beginnings.  For Iowa business owners, this might be an excellent time to evaluate the benefits that an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, or ESOP, may provide, especially for those owners looking at retirement or business transition. Read More...
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What is an Employee Stock Ownership Plan?

By Becky Streff via ESP International

Whether used as an exit strategy or vehicle to raise capital for growth, an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) can be a powerful tool for rewarding your employees for their contribution to the success of your business.  Through an ESOP, you can align the self-interests of your employees with the financial performance of your business by granting them allocations of company stock. Read More...

ESOP: Sharing the Wealth

By Mariah Obiedzinski via CarePro Health Services

CarePro Health Services “went ESOP” in January 2004. CarePro is a closely knit company- it began as a 7-person partnership. As some of the partners were nearing retirement, they weighed their options. They could sell the company and divide the profits, or they could invest in the future of the company they helped build by implementing an ESOP. The partners decided to become a 100% ESOP, which means they effectively sold the company to CarePro’s employee owners. Read More...

Journey To Your Vision

By Sandy Ehrig via Renew Rural Iowa

If you have only one day to work on your business, make it January 13 in Newton at the DMACC Conference Center there!  Renew Rural Iowa is teaming up with DMACC Business Resources and the Newton Development Corporation to provide a fantastic free day of interactive education for business owners of all types and entrepreneurs with ideas to start a business. It doesn’t matter where you work or live – all are welcome to attend.

Startup Business Boot Camp for Women

By Jami Gordon via Ascent

Women entrepreneurs and those who’ve dreamed of launching their own businesses are urged to register now for Ascent’s next Startup Business Boot Camp for Women. Classes begin in January in both Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, and seating is limited. Participants learn from area experts and entrepreneurs, with presentations, group discussion, and hands-on support. Read More...

Learning New Skills Through Video

By Valyn Reinig

Learning a new skill can take energy, effort, and most importantly, time. These are things that small business owners might not have an abundance of. Why spend several hours or days learning a new skill by reading a book, when you can watch a video in half the time? This is where Iowa Farm Bureau Renew Rural Iowa Pathways comes into play. Read More...


How to Win 5,000 Dollars: Iowa's Premier Grant Contest

Rob Williams,
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Thursday, Jan. 15
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Selling to the Government: Is it Right For You?

Pam Russenberger,

Wednesday, Feb. 25
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Open Coffee
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Free Coworking Day
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January 13
Siouxland Lean Consortium
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Journey To Your Vision
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January 14
SEO Lunch & Learn
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January 14
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January 15
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January 15
Biz Talk Virtual Discussion
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January 16
Startup Business Boot Camp
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January 21
Entrepreneur's Exchange
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January 22
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January 29
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