Free workshop for small businesses

 

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Time: 9:30AM – 1PM, May 21st
Place: Ames Public Library

If you are taking the first steps towards starting a small business, or have always been curious about owning one, this is an invitation to learn more about what it takes for a small business to be successful! A Small Business – Your Opportunity for Success will host an array of speakers to touch on things such as accounting, marketing, legalities, and more. 

The ISU Small Business Development Center and the Ames Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring a workshop for emerging small businesses. This program is open to anyone who owns or is considering starting a small business. The program will feature local business successes, as well as business professionals and advisors.

The event will be held at the Ames Public Library in the Danfoss Room from 9:30AM to 1:00PM.

The event is free, but REGISTER HERE.

TechBrew Des Moines Wednesday, May 18

TechBrew

Join TAI for TechBrew at the Accelerate DSM event on Wednesday, May 18 at the Science Center of Iowa. Produced in collaboration with 1 Million Cups DSM, the Technology Association of Iowa and dmStartupDrinks, Accelerate DSM will feature panels, keynotes, roundtables and networking with members of the Des Moines startup community. In the afternoon, listen to Global Insurance Accelerator pitches from the class of 2016.

Learn more and register for the full day conference at acceleratedsm.com.

Your first drink at TechBrew is on us starting at 5 pm!

When: Wednesday, May 18
Time: 5-7pm
Where: Science Center of Iowa
401 W Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50309
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May TechBrew Des Moines is Sponsored by: DavisBrown Law Firm

 

Venture competition offers $50,000 in cash

The Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition is an opportunity for young businesses to win funds for their company. APPLICATION DEADLINE is midnight MAY 17.

Eligibility requirements:

  • The plan must relate to an original idea for a business in operation for four years or less or a business that is not yet cash flow positive
  • The principal business operations must be located in Iowa
  • Businesses can include, but are not limited to: technology, biotechnology, green technologies, medical, advanced manufacturing, agriculture and agri products, engineering or education. Eligible businesses must not be engaged primarily in retail sales, real estate or the provision of health care or other professional services. 

For additional information, visit: Pappajohnevc.com, or contact Anna Hobart, 319-384-3262. 

 

Meet with federal funding agencies

Get On the Bus!

From the Iowa Innovation Corporation: Details are coming together for the SBIR/STTR National Road Tour in August. This conference gives Iowans the opportunity to meet face-to-face with representatives from federal funding agencies including NASA, National Institutes of Health, USDA and National Science Foundation. The national bus tour event will be Wednesday, August 17 in Ames. To prepare participants, we are again sponsoring two pre-conferences:

Monday, August 15 in Iowa City
Tuesday, August 16 in Ames

The pre-conferences are highly recommended for those who want to get the most of the 1:1 sessions with federal funders. Pre-conference speakers will be Mark and Catherine Henry, Jim Greenwood and Jordan Hobfoll. Each will provide information about SBIR/STTR programming, and will set up appointments with participants for a 10-minute prep session for Wednesday’s federal 1:1 sessions.

Register here

 

Outstanding STEM teachers honored at Terrace Hill

 


The six 2016 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award recipients were recognized by Governor Branstad and STEM Council Co-Chairs Lt. Governor Reynolds and Kemin Industries President and CEO Dr. Nelson at the STEM Council’s reception of the Future Ready Iowa Summit at Terrace Hill on April 18.

Iowa has been known as “a place to grow” and “life-changing,” yet to the STEM Council — thanks to the vision and investment of Kemin Industries — I.O.W.A. represents our state’s excellent STEM educators who are Innovative in their methods, Outstanding in their passion for education, Worldly in how they help their students see STEM all around them and Academic in engaging students both in and out of the classroom.

“We are extremely appreciative of STEM teachers in Iowa. This award is just one of the ways we enjoy honoring the hard work and dedication of exceptional teachers in our state,” said Kemin Industries President and CEO Dr. Chris Nelson, STEM Council co-chair. “These teachers deserve recognition for preparing today’s students to become tomorrow’s workforce, which includes an abundance of STEM opportunities.”

In the second year of the I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award, six of Iowa’s most inspiring teachers of STEM subjects received award presentations in March at their schools and then formal recognition earlier this month at Terrace Hill. Each teacher received $1,500 and an additional $1,500 for their classrooms.

The 2016 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award recipients are:

North Central STEM Region

Ed Birkey, Technology and Engineering Teacher

Fort Dodge High School

Northeast STEM Region

Dirk Homewood, Project Lead The Way and Mathematics Teacher

Cedar Falls High School

Northwest STEM Region

Kent Muyskens, Science Teacher

Carroll High School

South Central STEM Region

Ryan Lensing, Science Teacher

Dowling Catholic High School

Southeast STEM Region

Reagan Boeset, 6-8th Grade STEM Teacher

Clear Creek Amana Middle School

Southwest STEM Region

Erin Wetzel, Project Lead The Way and Computers Teacher

Southwest Valley Middle School

 

To read more about each recipient or to watch videos from the 2015 awardees, head to www.IowaSTEM.gov/TeacherAward.

Economic Development Board approves awards to support over $89 million in capital investments in Iowa

On April 22nd, The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board awarded direct financial assistance and tax benefits to nine companies for job creation and expansion projects. These awards will assist in the creation of 349 jobs and will result in over $89 million in new capital investment for the state. The board also approved innovation funding for seven startups.
 
The board approved assistance for planned or proposed projects located in Altoona, Ankeny, Coralville, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Elkader, Iowa City, Johnston, Knoxville, Mt. Pleasant, New Sharon, St. Ansgar and Waterloo.

For a complete list of investments visit: http://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/newsdetails/6332

 

2016 Taking Care of Business Conference

June 14 – 16 | Sioux City

The 2016 Taking Care of Business Conference promises to be unlike any other business program you’ve ever attended. This is Iowa’s premier business conference, bringing together industry leaders to learn, network and share ideas on how to grow and strengthen Iowa’s business climate. If you are passionate about business in Iowa, you need to attend this conference.Register today to join us in Sioux City on June 14–16, reserve your hotel room and watch for more details on how to get involved!

Watch: Dare to be Different

MidAmerican Energy Makes Big Bet on Iowa Wind

The plan would boost the share of electricity Iowa generates from wind to 40% from 31%

MidAmerican Energy plans to invest $3.6 billion to boost wind-power-generation capacity in Iowa. Above, a wind farm in Pomeroy, Iowa.
MidAmerican Energy plans to invest $3.6 billion to boost wind-power-generation capacity in Iowa. Above, a wind farm in Pomeroy, Iowa.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES 
By CASSANDRA SWEET of the Wall Street Journal / April 14, 2016 4:47 p.m. ET

Iowa, which already gets more of its power from wind than any other U.S. state, will become more reliant on the electricity source under a $3.6 billion plan announced Thursday by a utility owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

MidAmerican Energy Co. said Thursday that it is planning to build up to 2,000 additional megawatts of wind turbines with a goal of generating 85% of its power from wind. The company, based in Des Moines, will use renewable-energy tax credits that Congress extended last December to make the project economically feasible, said MidAmerican Chief Executive Bill Fehrman.

For the full story visit: http://www.wsj.com/articles/midamerican-energy-makes-big-bet-on-iowa-wind-1460666840

Iowa State College of Engineering dean receives national engineer of the year award

Dean Rajala wins AAES award

AMES, Iowa – Sarah Rajala, dean of the Iowa State University College of Engineering, has been named national engineer of the year by the American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES) – representing 17 multidisciplinary engineering societies from industry, government and academia. Rajala received the award on April 18 at a ceremony in Washington D.C.

The AAES national engineer of the year award recognizes Rajala’s outstanding service in three key areas:

1) inspirational leadership at the institutional, national and international levels;

2) innovations in engineering education and assessment; and 3) her tireless efforts to promote diversity in the engineering field.

Rajala joined Iowa State on April 1, 2013 from Mississippi State University where she was dean of the Bagley College of Engineering. Prior to her dean positions, she had a distinguished career as a professor, center director and served in various academic leadership positions. Rajala earned her bachelor’s degree from Michigan Technological University and master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Rice University.

The Iowa State College of Engineering is one the largest engineering programs in the country offering 12 majors and five minors to more than 9,300 students. The college is consistently ranked a top 25 engineering program at public universities.

For more information contact:

  • Sarah Rajala, dean, 515.294.9988 | rajala@iastate.edu
  • Ann Wilson, communications: 515.294.4881 | afwilson@iastate.edu

http://www.engineering.iastate.edu

 

 

 

Renewable Energy Group Begins Upgrade and Expansion at Ames, IA Laboratory

Ames, IA – Renewable Energy Group, Inc.(NASDAQ: REGI) leaders celebrated the beginning Friday of an expansion and upgrade of the laboratory at the company’s Ames, Iowa headquarters to further enhance renewable chemical related biotechnology research, development and commercialization.

The lab expansion will include the installation of fermentation equipment and significant analytical capabilities.

Upon completion, full-time positions will be added to focus on commercialization and integration of products to be developed by REG in South San Francisco into production and delivery platforms.

“This expansion is simply one of many examples of REG’s commitment to innovation and economic development in Iowa and in particular Ames which is a cornerstone of Iowa’s Cultivation Corridor,” said REG President and CEO Daniel Oh.

“These upgrades will allow us to increase our midwestern focus on product development for renewable chemicals.”

Local and state business and community leaders joined REG employees for the groundbreaking ceremony and say the benefits from projects like this reach far and wide.

“Technology investments like expanding lab capabilities in the Ames community enhance Iowa State University’s ability to market the community and place our students in their chosen field,” said Dr. Steven Leath, Iowa State University President.

“Retention of top talent is vital in economic development and Iowa as a global leader in agbioscience, biorenewables, biotech and advanced manufacturing industries.”

“The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) is dedicated to cultivating innovation and economic growth in our state of Iowa,” said IEDA Director Debi Durham.

“REG’s commitment and investment in Ames shows Iowa is primed for a new era in biotechnology, focused on using agricultural feedstocks to make high value products.”

Oh said legislation expected to be signed soon Governor Terry Branstad and approved by the Iowa legislature this week, which will provide tax credits for the renewable chemical industry, should provide extra momentum for REG’s investment in the field.

“The state’s efforts to promote and grow renewable chemicals are a natural extension of the state’s support of agriculture and renewable fuels.

“This bill shows commitment and purpose and demonstrates that the investment is desired here in Iowa, and we are thankful for the support of our elected officials in getting it done. ”

For more information, please contact Anthony Hulen at 703-822-1972 or anthony.hulen@regi.com