November 2016
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How Small Retailers Can Compete with Big Box Stores
By Lea Hensel, UNI Business and Community Services

Holiday season is here. There is no denying the holiday music in the store or the twinkling, sparkling decorations beginning to take over. And in just a few short weeks, Black Friday will be upon us. But, following Black Friday and gaining steam each year, is Small Business Saturday.


Resource Provider Highlight
Waverly Chamber of Commerce
Posted by Lea Hensel, UNI Business and Community Services

How many of you have attended a community event for a holiday? I’m guessing quite a few of you. This month, we talked to Travis Toliver, Executive Director of the Waverly Chamber of Commerce, to learn a bit more about the behind the scenes planning and preparation that takes place for their community’s holiday celebrations.

Entrepreneur Spotlight
Entrepreneur Spotlight - Designs by Bernie
By Joe Bolick, Business and Community Services

The holiday season is all about giving, and many times that giving includes a nice floral arrangement.  Florists have a unique business that has to gear up differently for each and every holiday, but this time of year is especially important.  Bernie Henrich knows this better than most.  Next month, she will be celebrating 47 years of running Designs by Bernie, a custom flower shop in Carroll.  We talked with Bernie about all of this and here is what she had to say.

Gifts for Business Owners
Best Gifts for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs
Lea Hensel, UNI Business and Community Services

Have you started your holiday shopping yet? If you’re stuck on what to get your boss, friend who’s a business owner, or sibling that’s a budding entrepreneur, we’ve got you covered. We’re kicking off the list with some of the more common and functional gifts leading into the ones that, shall we say, are more on the zany side.

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Iowa Capital Gain Deduction/IA 100
Join us in this webinar for information about Iowa capital gain deduction and the IA 100 form series. Register now to take part in this interactive webinar series. 
November 16th | Noon-1pm
Find these and other events at

November 7
Business Succession Planning
Sioux City, IA

November 8
Cedar Valley Agile Meetup
Cedar Falls, IA

November 10
The Journey to Your Vision Seminar
Clarinda, IA

November 12
BING-IA Sweat Equity Saturday

West Des Moines, IA

November 14-18
Global Entrepreneurship Week

November 18
Iowa Rural Development Summit
Jefferson, IA

November 19
Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit
Ankeny, IA
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