December 2015
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The Benefits of Mentoring
By Jean Kruse via SCORE Iowa
Entrepreneurs, especially start-up businesses, benefit from the support and guidance that a mentor often provides. But what makes a good mentor and why do mentors agree to mentor another person—what’s in it for them?
Build It and They Will Come?
By Wade Steenhoek via University of Iowa
With my recent trip to Silicon Valley to take a deep dive into the lean startup methodology offered by Steve Blank and the National Science Foundation, several fundamental flaws in our approach to entrepreneurship were identified by Blank and his team.
Gifting Knowledge This Holiday Season
By Chelsea Morrison via UNI Center for Business Growth and Innovation
As 2015 wraps up this month, it’s time to consider making a New Year’s Resolution! Perhaps you are looking to take the leap and start a business full-time. Maybe you already have a small business, but you are ready to expand and take it to the next level. Whatever your goals are for your small business in Iowa, we are here to help. 
ABI Connecting Statewide Leaders Event Highlights Business Education Partnerships
By Emily Schettler via Iowa Association of Business and Industry 
Business and education leaders from around the state will gather at Wartburg College on December 10th, to discuss the importance and value of partnerships between Iowa’s business community and educational institutions.
The View From the Top Can Be Lonely
By Dan Beenken via Advance Iowa
Through the Advance Iowa program, “Founder Frank” is a pseudonym we use to describe many of our clients. He could easily be Freda, Francine, or even Frodo – but for these purposes let’s assume it’s Frank. If you’re a business owner like Frank, you might be in a situation now where you’ve started your firm from nothing and have built it to a size and scale where you’re now at the top of a significant organization. You’ve gone from chief cook and bottle washer to having a staff around you.
Venture School Info Sessions Begin Soon
By IASourceLink Team
Des Moines and the Cedar Valley will again host the Venture School program early next year. Venture School is an exciting, yet intensive, program created to accelerate the startup process while increasing chance for success. Attend one of the informational sessions below to learn more about Venture School, ask questions, and discover if Venture School is right for you and your team. 
Navigating Through
Tough Conversations
December 10 | Noon-1pm

Iowa Property Tax
Credits and Exemptions
December 16 | Noon-1pm

December 4
Feast Tradeshow
Rochester, MN

December 8
Asia Road Show
Waterloo, IA

December 8
Women Owned Small Business Seminar
Des Moines, IA

December 9
Cedar Valley Venture School Info Session
Cedar Falls, IA

December 10
Connecting Statewide Leaders
Waverly, IA

December 10
Navigating Through Tough Conversations
Online Webinar

December 10
TechBrew Des Moines
Des Moines, IA

December 12
BING-IA Sweat Equity Saturday
West Des Moines, IA

December 16
1 Million Cups Cedar Valley
Waterloo, IA

December 16
Iowa Property Tax Credits and Exemptions
Online Webinar

December 16
Smart Start Workshop
Mason City, IA

December 17
Des Moines Venture School Info Session
West Des Moines, IA

December 18
Cedar Rapids, IA

December 22
Area Business Coffee
Creston, IA
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