Matthew Eddy, a teacher at Southeast Polk Community Schools, recently was named to the National FFA board of directors. Eddy is a CASE (Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education) Certified Master Teacher and holds certification in agriculture, food and natural resources, animal science, plant science and biotechnology. He authored the governor’s STEM Scale-Up Program grants, securing more than $2.5 million for Iowa agriculture programs to participate in adopting the CASE model since 2012. The Southeast Polk FFA chapter is one of Iowa’s largest and each year hosts the Animal Learning Center at the Iowa State Fair.
From the Business Record Daily 6/30/16 http://www.BusinessRecord.com
America’s Small Business Development Center has moved its state office and ISU regional office to Iowa State University’s new Economic Development Core Facility at the ISU Research Park. The two offices are now at 1805 Collaboration Place, allowing for increased collaboration and effectiveness, the agency said in a release. “This move will allow us to pivot more quickly to the needs of entrepreneurs by increasing our access to partner resources,” said Lisa Shimkat, state director. To read a Business Record article about the ISU Research Park expansion, click here.
|The Iowa Innovation Corporation is sponsoring a series of one-day conferences, one in Iowa City and two in Ames. If you own a business, or have always dreamed of starting one, this is for you. They have added several new workshops and panels, covering the gamut. Just dreaming? There’s something for you. Need legal advice? There’s something for you. Financial advice? Yep.
Attend one day. Attend all three. It’s an investment in yourself.
Check out this agenda! August 15 in Iowa City and August 16-17 in Ames.
May 20, 2016 (DES MOINES, IA) – The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board today awarded direct financial assistance and tax benefits to eight companies for job creation and expansion projects. These awards will assist in the creation of 1,275 jobs, retention of 53 jobs and will result in over $43 million in new capital investment for the state. The board also approved innovation funding for six startups.
The board approved assistance for planned or proposed projects located in Cedar Falls, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fairfield, Iowa City, Keokuk, Sheldon and Waukee.
Read the entire list by visiting: http://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/News
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp., a multinational corporation that is based in New Jersey with a presence in Des Moines, plans to hire more than 1,000 people and occupy office space in Two Ruan Center as well as build two office building in the Gray’s Landing development.
The company, one of the leading STEM recruiters in the United States, currently employs slightly more than 400 people in Des Moines who work out of two office buildings downtown.
According to an application for state of Iowa high-quality-jobs tax credits, the company will spend more than $14 million to lease 50,000 square feet of office space in Two Ruan Center and to lease two 54,000-square-foot built-to-suit office buildings. The costs also include expenses for remodeling and computer hardware.
The Iowa Economic Development Authority board will consider a forgivable loan of $812,000 when it meets Friday as well as a rebate of sales taxes on construction materials.
The city of Des Moines also is working out the details of an incentive package that includes tax increment financing for the Gray’s Landing office building project.
Continue reading about the affect the company’s decision is likely to have in Des Moines. Full Insider story >>>
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.
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
Where: Science Center of Iowa
401 W Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50309
May TechBrew Des Moines is Sponsored by: DavisBrown Law Firm
The Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition is an opportunity for young businesses to win funds for their company. APPLICATION DEADLINE is midnight MAY 17.
- 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.
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.