International Traders of Iowa Presents: Global Markets Event Feb 16

Global Markets Event: February 16th, 2016 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

DMACC Southridge Campus

Presented by Brett Plitt Bruen, President, Global Situation Room, Inc., Alexandria, VA

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Presenting a full day of expert insight on global markets offered in three sessions:

  • Effective Initial Exploration of International Markets
  • Global Strategic Communications & Marketing
  • Risk and Counter Crisis Management (CCM)


Registration online at (registration is limited and closes February 12, 2016). Details for all sessions below:

  • (8:30-11:30) Effective Initial Exploration of International Markets

Acquire the skills to explore global opportunities like a veteran diplomat. From strategies on researching foreign markets to building a business abroad, this half-day session provides an overview for companies considering international expansion. Whether you are looking to export or searching for reliable suppliers, this training will equip you with the insights, tactics, and strategic plans to navigate the global marketplace.

  • (12:30-2:00) Global Strategic Communications & Marketing

Is your message getting lost in translation? Communicating across borders, cultures, and languages is complicated. Learn how to effectively market your company overseas from someone who coordinated America’s global messaging efforts. Entering a new market often doesn’t require expensive advertising or marketing campaigns. Indeed, one of the key aspects of the course is learning how to build strong local partnerships and ambassadors. This session provides participants with the latest global engagement strategies being employed by the White House and US diplomats.

  • (2:30-4:00) Risk and Counter Crisis Management (CCM)

There is a new type of crisis response.  Counter crisis management (CCM) theory was developed by Brett Bruen, while serving at the National Security Council. Facing two civil wars in Africa, a new conflict in Ukraine, and the emergence of ISIS, he began to develop a new strategy for the U.S. Government to use when planning for global problems. Drawing on this work, CCM enables companies and organizations to identify their vulnerabilities early and develop reputational countermeasures that can be immediately deployed in the event of an incident. This session will show participants how to go beyond crisis plans and procedures into the creation of programs that will change the course of crises.

Tech Is Finally Disrupting the Archaic Iowa Caucuses

People wait to greet 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders, during a rally in Sioux City, Iowa, on December 21, 2015. People wait to greet 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders, during a rally in Sioux City, Iowa, on December 21, 2015. DANIEL ACKER/BLOOMBERG/GETTY IMAGES


FOR A PROCESS that plays such a major role in determining the future leader of the world’s most powerful country, the Iowa Caucuses can seem archaic, opaque, and hard to understand. But this year, thanks to mobile tech and social media, they’re about to become more open and transparent—an evolution that could also play an outsized role in influencing the outcome of the nation’s first presidential contest.

Back during the 2008 Iowa Caucus, Rachel Paine Caufield says she had never even heard about Twitter. The platform was not quite two years old and hadn’t yet broken into the mainstream. But that year, a friend came to town to observe the proceedings and told Caufield this new tool had the power to radically change the process.

At the time, Caufield, a professor of political science at Drake University in Des Moines, thought her friend was crazy. Today she believes her friend was prophetic.

‘We’re going to have a lot more information about that this time around.’

On caucus night, Iowans don’t just cast votes. Instead, the Iowa Caucus is a low-tech, no-frills event where neighbors gather in schools, community centers, and each other’s homes to voice their opinions on candidates seeking the party’s nomination. It’s the way it’s been done since Iowa gained its “first in the nation” status in 1972. Four years have passed since the last Republican caucus, and eight years have gone by since the Democrats have had to choose a nominee. That, of course, was before most Americans had a smartphone permanently affixed to their palms. This year, when Iowans gather to caucus on February 1st, all that will change.

“We all have smartphones, and we not only tweet regularly, but we have Instagram and YouTube and video cameras in our pockets,” she says. “This will be a caucus that’s documented in a way no previous caucus has been documented.”

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Business Record Power Breakfast Series: The Education of Your Workforce

Iowa is recognized as a leader in public education, yet we were just graded a C and ranked 19th in overall quality of education by Education Week. There’s many questions coming from affected stakeholders, including: What if Iowa doesn’t produce enough talented and highly educated future leaders my business will need to be successful? Join the Business Record and education experts, who will help bring clarity to the challenges facing Iowa, talk about possible solutions and offer ways businesses can help produce the top workforce in the nation.


Dave Wilkerson

Waukee Community School District

Mary Bontrager

Executive Vice President
Greater Des Moines Partnership
Mark Jacobs

Reaching Higher Iowa
Ryan Wise

Iowa Department of Education


What are the biggest challenges?

How does funding affect schools both now and into the future?

How does the reputation of our education system impact economic development?

How do we evaluate and measure the performance of our education system?

Wednesday, February 17
Hilton Garden Inn, Urbandale
7 AM Registration & Networking
7:30 – 9 AM Program

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New national list ranks Iowa company higher than Google, Yelp




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From FORTUNE Magazine: AMES, Iowa —Ames-based Workiva just ranked No. 4 on the 10 Best Large Workplaces in Technology list by Fortune Magazine and Great Places to Work.

The company created the Wdesk cloud-based productivity platform.

“Workiva, an Iowa-born enterprise software company, understands the cost of doing business — from transportation to phone bills, and even the cost on employee health. So to make sure its employees have the resources they need to get the job done, the company offers them a range of discounts for things like car rentals, gym memberships, phone plans, and even taxi rides after a work function,” reads the Fortune article.

The list was created after 48,000 workers at 115 companies were surveyed by Great Place to Work.  The ranking is based on a number of factors including career development opportunities, risk-taking, work-life balance, compensation and recognition, transparency, camaraderie, and other factors.

“At Workiva, we are progressive in everything we do, from how we invent software solutions to how we serve our customers to how we treat our employees,” said Matt Rizai, Workiva Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in a news release.

“Workiva is growing at a rapid pace due in large part to its focus on creating technology solutions with inspired, engaged and passionate employees,” said Brian Waller, President of the Technology Association of Iowa in a news release. “Everyone I talk to who visits Workiva’s Ames office wishes that they worked there too.”

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Dice survey: Tech salaries up 7.7 percent

Average technology salaries in the U.S. saw the biggest year-over-year leap ever, up 7.7 percent to $96,370 annually, according to the annual salary survey by Dice, a leading careers site for technology professionals. Bonuses and contract rates also rose from 2014, and tech salaries in seven metro areas reached six figures for the first time since the survey began more than a decade ago. The wage hikes paint a picture of an overall solid environment for technology professionals, with 62 percent earning higher salaries in 2015.

Iowa Biotech seeks nominations for leadership award

The Iowa Biotechnology Association and the Cultivation Corridor are teaming up to name a Cultivation Corridor “Iowa Biotech Leadership Award” recipient at this year’s Partnering For Growth forum on March 31. The award will be presented to an individual who in the past year has demonstrated leadership, innovation and advocacy in advancing Iowa’s biotech industry. Nominations for the award will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 19. IowaBio’s Partnering For Growth forum is the state’s “biotechnology summit” targeted to senior leaders in biotech who have funding, human resources, issues management, business development and research in their areas of responsibility. Click here for more information about the forum and to register.

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Event Preview: 2016 Economic Forecast Luncheon


BY CHRIS CONETZKEY | Editor Business Record| @ChrisConetzkey

Oil. China. Agricultural prices dropping. Interest rates rising. Yes, the beginning of 2016 is off to a bit of a rocky start, as U.S. markets had their worst initial week of a new year in market history. So what does the future hold here in the United States, in Iowa and for your business? In advance of our Jan. 28 Economic Forecast Luncheon, we wanted to get our panelists’ thoughts on the economy in 2016. I’m excited to moderate this year’s event, and look forward to seeing you all there.

What is the most important thing businesses should know about the economy in 2016?

I remain optimistic about Iowa’s economy for 2016, but I would caution that we’ll not see as much activity as we’ve seen over the past few years. Continue reading Debi Durham’s response >>>

Statewide, Iowa’s economy looks sound. Jobs and population are growing, and there is much new investment. But state averages mask detail. Continue reading Dave Swenson’s response >>>

Date & Time: Thursday, Jan. 28 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel

Moderator: Chris Conetzkey – Editor, Business Record

Dan Houston – President and CEO, Principal Financial Group Inc.

Debi Durham – Director, Iowa Economic Development Authority

Jim Paulsen – Chief investment strategist, Wells Capital Management 

Dave Swenson – Associate scientist of economics, Iowa State University

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2016-17 Scale-Up Program Applications are OPEN January 25 through March 1


Over the past four years, hundreds of educators and thousands of students in the Hub’s region have participated in Scale-Up programs, including Pre K-12 teachers, after-school club leaders, Extension and 4-H professionals, daycare providers and other active-learning community members.

Results from the 2014-15 Iowa STEM Evaluation Report show all grade levels of students who participated in a STEM Scale-Up program scored an average of six percentage points higher in National Percentile Rank on the Iowa Assessments in both mathematics and science, compared to other students statewide. In addition, more than 75 percent of past STEM Scale-Up educators continue their program after the STEM Council’s financial support ends.

Check out this year’s opportunities below. Applications open TODAY and close March 1, 2016 at 5:00 p.m

Click HERE to apply 

Applications must be submitted online.  Here is a sample application for your reference only.


GUEST OPINION: Bioscience Innovation in Iowa needs public support Read more:

Submitted to The Business Record By Joe Hrdlicka | Executive director of the Iowa Biotechnology Association
Many key innovations in this state are coming out of our critical bioscience industry.
Joe Hrdlicka

Consider the contributions of our biofuels industry throughout the state.  We are leaders in this space.  Iowa also leads in the food and ag and plant science areas.  Add the contributions of vaccines through companies like Harrisvaccines or the cancer and Ebola cures offered by NewLink Genetics or the drug innovations of KemPharm make Iowa a human and animal health bioscience center.

All told, this is an industry that supports nearly 25,000 jobs in this state according to the Biotechnology Industry Organization. Because of Iowa’s rich agricultural resources, bioscience has grown at an exponential rate here.
In fact, the state’s most recent Battelle study released by the Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress shows the bioscience industry has shown continued growth since 2004 despite recessionary pressures that forced contraction in other important industries for Iowa. It’s critical we support continued growth in this industry with engagement, strong public policy and investment.
In order to support the workforce needed for this industry to continue to grow, Iowa business leaders need to actively engage in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education in this state.

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Register today for the Agribusiness Showcase and Conference

The Agribusiness Showcase & Conference on Feb 9 – 10 at the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fair has always been about giving our attendees the opportunity to explore the innovative tools they need to stay up to date with our industry. The industry’s innovation and technology will be showcased through featured speakers, presentations, and exhibitors.

Workshops and the showcase floor exhibits will pertain to everyone in the agricultural industry. Each year the Showcase & Conference attracts over twelve hundred of attendees ready to see what’s new in 2016 or sit in on one of our many educational sessions.

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