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23 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
Programas de Negocios disponibles para la Comunidad Latina de Iowa
Himar Hernandez y Victor Oyervides dialogan sobre los diferentes recursos para negocios disponibles de la comunidad Latina en Iowa. Estos recursos incluyen asistencia técnica directa, talleres de Modelo de Negocio en español e información sobre préstamos disponibles a través del Estado de Iowa.
35 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
Minimum Wages & Their Effect on Firm Entry/Exit - An Economist's Take
Iowa State University professor and economist Dr. Peter Orazem discusses his recent research into the minimum wage and its effects on firm entry and exit. He also discusses his research on firm entry and exit during the COVID-19 era and some predictions about the future state of business bankruptcies.
36 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
SBDC Counselors Share Their COVID Experience
SBDC Iowa regional director Kimberly Tiefenthaler and SBDC business counselor Darcy Swon speak to host Steve Adams about their experiences working with small business owners and entrepreneurs throughout the COVID-19 crisis. They also speak about a new program they have developed called "Innovate U," which allows DMACC students in Carroll to experience the process of starting a new business over a six-week period.
37 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
How Are Small Business Owners Feeling About Business Conditions in 2021?
Matt Everson, Iowa state director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), walks us through the results of their recent January 2021 survey. Among other things, it measures small business owners' outlook toward future business conditions—a metric known as the "Optimism Index."
11 minutes | Jan 27, 2021
Iowa Retail Initiative Champions Event
Lisa Bates, state specialist with the Community and Economic Development Program at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, discusses her upcoming event for leaders and planners in retail businesses development, where they will learn strategies to implement in their local communities.
42 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
Fighting Food Insecurity in Iowa
Aubrey Alvarez, Executive Director of Eat Greater Des Moines, and Matt Unger, CEO of the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC), speak about the work their respective organizations do to combat food insecurity in Iowa, how they have been affected by COVID-19, and suggest ways in which other Iowans can help this winter.
54 minutes | Dec 3, 2020
Restaurant & Bar Industry Update
Jessica Dunker, President and CEO of the Iowa Restaurant Association, returns to the program to speak about the state of the restaurant and bar industry, one of the hardest hit by this pandemic. Listen to Ms. Dunker speak about the dire situation facing many of these small business owners as we enter the winter and what you can do to help.
33 minutes | Nov 17, 2020
An Examination of Childcare in Iowa - Part 3
Dawn Oliver Wiand, Executive Director of the Iowa Women's Foundation, speaks to host Steve Adams about her organization's work to help Iowa's women achieve self-sufficiency through access to quality, affordable childcare.
22 minutes | Nov 11, 2020
An Examination of Childcare in Iowa - Part 2
Today's guest is Jillian Herink, Executive Director of the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children, a non-profit organization which promotes high quality education for children from birth to age 8 by connecting practice, policy, and research. Ms. Herink connects the importance of quality childcare with creating and sustaining a healthy economy in Iowa.
24 minutes | Nov 5, 2020
An Examination of Childcare in Iowa - Part 1
Today's guest is Ryan Page, Childcare Regulatory Program Manager and Team Lead for the Childcare Bureau under the Division of Adult, Children, and Family Services within the Iowa Department of Human Services. She speaks with host Steve Adams on the status of childcare in the state—especially the effect the pandemic has had on service providers and the various resources the state provides to this critical industry.
43 minutes | Nov 5, 2020
How Iowa Non-Profits have Adapted in the Age of COVID-19
Special guests Angie Dethlefs-Trettin, Chief Community Impact Officer of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, and Paul Thelen, Director of the Larned A. Waterman Iowa Non-Profit Resource Center, speak with host Steve Adams about the many challenges facing Iowa's non-profit organizations during the pandemic, and the ways in which they are adapting and innovating to increase their impact during this challenging time.
17 minutes | Oct 23, 2020
Small Business Update—an Interview with Entrepreneur Lana Pol
Lana Pol is an entrepreneur from Pella, Iowa and owns a variety of small businesses, from trucking companies to a spa and pool business. She speaks to host Steve Adams about the challenges, surprises, and learnings of managing her multiple enterprises through the COVID-19 crisis so far this year.
19 minutes | Oct 13, 2020
The Benefits of Coworking
Geoff Wood, owner of Gravitate Coworking in Des Moines, speaks about the benefits of coworking facilities, especially for entrepreneurs and remote workers who are interested in working near other people but don't want to commit to a long-term lease. Hear Geoff's thoughts on this trend, and learn about his company's recent opening of its first rural Iowa location in Jefferson.
19 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
Wellness During COVID-19
Join host Steve Adams as he speaks to wellness experts from the Human Sciences Department of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Clinical psychologist David Brown and registered dietitian Jody Gatewood speak about strategies to improve wellness during COVID-19, ranging from diet and exercise suggestions to caring for your mental health.
24 minutes | Oct 2, 2020
Broadband Access in Rural Communities
Our guest Bill Menner—a long time advocate for Iowa's rural communities—speaks to the importance and benefits of broadband internet access in rural communities. Bill was director of USDA Rural Development for Iowa from 2009-2017 and currently operates a rural development consulting firm called the Bill Menner Group.
38 minutes | Sep 28, 2020
A talk with Matt Everson, Director of the Iowa NFIB
Matt Everson, State of Iowa Director for the National Federation of Independent Business, talks about the various resources available to the more than 10,000 small business owners who comprise the membership of the NFIB.
29 minutes | Sep 14, 2020
Des Moines Small Business Relief Fund
Guests are Des Moines mayor Frank Cownie and Kameron Middlebrooks, Minority Business Coordinator for Iowa State University Extension & Outreach and president of the Des Moines NAACP. They discuss a recent grant program for Des Moines' small businesses with a particular focus on assisting those which are minority-owned.
37 minutes | Sep 14, 2020
Small Business Insights from the NFIB Research Center
Holly Wade, executive director of the Research Center for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), speaks to host Steve Adams about recent results from a survey of their national membership regarding how COVID-19 is affecting their respective businesses.
24 minutes | Sep 9, 2020
Future Ready Iowa
Future Ready Iowa Policy Advisor Kathy Leggett speaks to Steve Adams about the program's objectives to achieve post-secondary educational equivalency for 70% of Iowa adults by 2025 through apprenticeship and other non-traditional education methods. Ms. Leggett also discusses the Coranavirus Relief Employer Innovation Fund, which is currently accepting applications until September 16, 2020.
20 minutes | Aug 27, 2020
Challenges Facing Family-Run Businesses
Daniel Beenken, Director of the Family Business Forum at the University of Northern Iowa, joins host Steve Adams for a discussion about the issues facing family run businesses today, with a particular focus on succession planning.
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