Iowa City Entrepreneurs are SBDC Award Winners

Contacts:
Tricia Janes, Iowa SBDC, (515) 294-5595, triciaj@iastate.edu
Paul Heath, University of Iowa SBDC, (319) 335-3742, heath@uiowa.edu

Iowa City, Iowa– The Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is pleased to announce that David Schwindt, owner of L8NT, Iowa City, is the winner of the SBDC’s Business of the Month Award.

Paul Heath, regional director of the University of Iowa’s SBDC, Iowa City, says the following about David, “He is an innovative entrepreneur who is an Iowa City police officer by day and a developer by night. He has developed a process for finding stolen cell phones, laptops, game consoles- any wi-fi enabled device.”

Schwindt’s software is designed to run “behind the scenes” on computer systems already installed in squad cars to detect signals of stolen devices within a few hundred feet away. “It’ll pop up on the screen notifying (officers) what the device is, what agency entered it, any notes on the case, and it’ll open up a Google Maps system where it will start plotting pins on the map.”

Due to Cloud technology, each department running the L8NT software has access to the database of known stolen items. Johnson Country Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek remarks, “Somebody could come here from Washington, D.C. that has a stolen device and all of a sudden we’ll see that it’s popping up in small town Iowa.”

The Iowa SBDC Business of the Month Award will be presented to David Schwindt in Iowa City by SBDC Regional Director Paul Heath. For more information on L8NT, visit their website at https://www.latentwireless.com.

The Iowa Small Business Development Center program is an outreach program of Iowa State University’s College of Business. Partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the organization has 15 regional assistance centers located strategically across the state. Since program inception in 1981, the Center has helped hundreds of thousands of Iowa businesses and entrepreneurs through no cost, confidential, customized, professional business counseling and practical, affordable training.

For more information on Iowa Small Business Development Center programs or services, call (515) 294-2030 or visit www.iowasbdc.org.

RACHEL EUBANK TO SPEAK AT FIRST FRIDAY SERIES

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Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017

 

RACHEL EUBANK TO SPEAK AT FIRST FRIDAY SERIES

President of Sticks, Inc. to Present on Oct. 6

 

GREATER DES MOINES, IA (Sept. 12, 2017) – Iowa Center for Economic Success’ Women’s Business Center and the Greater Des Moines Partnership will host their next First Friday Series event of 2017 on Oct. 6 at Iowa Center for Economic Success. The event features Rachel Eubank, President of Sticks, Inc.

 

The First Friday Series is an opportunity for savvy, successful business owners and entrepreneurs in Greater Des Moines (DSM) to share their stories. The First Friday Series gives a chance for attendees to catch some words of wisdom from women who have experienced entrepreneurship first-hand. Past speakers include Tricia Rivas of Trixie’s Salon and Dream Catcher Foundation, Julie McGuire of Zanzibar’s Coffee Adventure, Leng Vong Reiff of Akili Design and Marketing Services, Liz Lidgett of Adore Your Walls and Emma Walsmith of Tikly.

 

Sessions are free and open to the public from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. Locations rotate among The Iowa Center, the Greater Des Moines Partnership and Gravitate Valley Junction. The October event will be held at Iowa Center for Economic Success located at 8345 University Blvd., Clive.

 

Eubank is the President of Sticks Inc., a Des Moines-based manufacturer of handmade home accessories and gifts. During her 14 years at Sticks, she has been in wholesale and national sales, marketing and events, development, retail operations, retail buying, sales management and operations. With recent launches of new product lines and categories, Eubank has focused on the development of the Sticks brand into additional product and price classes in addition to growing the licensing and brand awareness of Sticks within the open marketplace. Sticks is represented in a variety of gift and art galleries nationwide, as well as in commercial spaces such a hospitals, museums, clinics and libraries.

 

Click here to register for the event or register via email by emailing ekessinger@theiowacenter.org.

 

About Iowa Center for Economic Success

For more than 25 years, Iowa Center for Economic Success has been committed to empowering Iowans to pursue opportunities for financial success. Whether someone starts their relationship with us through our Education + Resources, Credit + Lending, or Advocacy + Networking programs, our commitment remains the same: empowering them to turn good ideas into strong plans that result in financial success. To learn more, visit: www.theiowacenter.org.

 

About Iowa’s Women’s Business Center (WBC)

Iowa’s WBC, a program of Iowa Center for Economic Success, is dedicated to helping Iowa women business owners as they launch and grow their businesses. The Iowa WBC provides classes, business seminars, networking opportunities, one-on-one coaching, and business counseling for women across the state of Iowa. In 2016, the WBC served over 1,000 clients. Iowa Center for Economic Success’ Women’s Business Center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

 

About the Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 23 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce and more than 6,000 Regional Business Members, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes Des Moines as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com.

Press Contact:

Emily Susanin Kessinger, Project Manager
Iowa Center for Economic Success
ebsusanin@theiowacenter.org
(515) 283-0940

Kyle Oppenhuizen, Communications Manager
Greater Des Moines Partnership
koppenhuizen@DSMpartnership.com
(515) 286-4972

JONATHAN PORTER WITH MCGOWEN, HURST, CLARK & SMITH P.C. TO PRESENT AT TOP FIVE FOR SMALL BUSINESS SERIES

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Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017

 

JONATHAN PORTER WITH MCGOWEN, HURST, CLARK & SMITH P.C. TO PRESENT AT TOP FIVE FOR SMALL BUSINESS SERIES

Sept. 27 topic is “Top Five Ideas You Wish Your Accountant Would Have Told You”

 

GREATER DES MOINES, IA (Sept. 6, 2017) – The Greater Des Moines Partnership has announced the next presenter in its Small Business Resources “Top Five for Small Business” series. Jonathan Porter, CPA With McGowen, Hurst, Clark & Smith P.C., will present on the “Top Five Ideas You Wish Your Accountant Would Have Told You.” The Top Five series features presentations to inform, educate and inspire business owners in Greater Des Moines (DSM). The events focus on a variety of timely topics that affect business owners and managers including legal, human resources, information technology, marketing, accounting and other pressing issues.

 

The series will take place once a month throughout the rest of 2017 at the Greater Des Moines Partnership, 700 Locust St., Ste. 100. Porter’s presentation is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 27.

 

Doesn’t everyone hate getting into a situation that could have been avoided? It doesn’t matter if a company is new or one that has been around for 10 years, the more knowledge it has, the better prepared its leaders will be. This presentation will cover accounting and tax topics that attendees will be thankful to know about if they ever happen.

Porter is currently a Manager at McGowen, Hurst, Clark & Smith, P.C. in the Business Advisory and Tax Services department. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree and a Master of Accounting degree in May 2011. Porter’s area of expertise is in small business accounting and taxation, along with consulting clients on their processes, procedures and technology solutions within their business.

Porter is a member of the AICPA, CPAmerica International and the ISCPA. Porter is also a past graduate of the Kansas Society of CPAs “20 up to 40” Leadership Program.

 

The event is $15 to attend, which includes lunch, or $10 to watch via simulcast. Click Here to register.

 

About the Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 23 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce and more than 6,000 Regional Business Members, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes Des Moines as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com.

Press Contact: Kyle Oppenhuizen, E-mail: koppenhuizen@DSMpartnership.com, Phone #: (515) 286-4972

AMERICA’S SBDC IOWA ANNOUNCES NEW REGIONAL DIRECTOR FOR ITS AMES CENTER Brian Tapp is the new regional director for the Iowa State University SBDC

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8/17/17

AMERICA’S SBDC IOWA ANNOUNCES NEW REGIONAL DIRECTOR FOR ITS AMES CENTER Brian Tapp is the new regional director for the Iowa State University SBDC

AMES, Iowa – America’s SBDC Iowa (SBDC) is pleased to announce that Brian Tapp is the new Regional Director for the Iowa State University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Ames. He started his new position on August 1, 2017.

Tapp will be advising and training entrepreneurs and existing business owners in Boone, Marshall, and Story counties.

“America’s SBDC Iowa is pleased to add Brian Tapp to our team of knowledgeable, experienced, and professional business advisors,” says SBDC State Director Lisa Shimkat. “Brian has considerable business and counseling experience and will provide excellent service to the region’s clients and promoting economic growth in Central Iowa.”

Brian has a wealth of experience in economic development. Previously he worked at The Bank of Missouri as an SBA Loan Officer and Southeast Missouri State University focusing on the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Most recently he was in a shared position with the SBDC and the Value‐Added Agriculture program at Iowa State University.

America’s SBDC Iowa is an outreach program of Iowa State University’s College of Business and the Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations. Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran. Inquiries regarding non‐discrimination policies may be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, Ames, Iowa 50011, Tel. 515‐294‐7612, email eooffice@iastate.edu.

Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, America’s SBDC Iowa has 15 regional assistance centers located strategically across the state. Since program inception in 1981, the SBDC has helped Iowa businesses and entrepreneurs through no fee, confidential, customized, professional business counseling and practical, affordable training workshops.

For more information on America’s SBDC Iowa programs or services, call (515) 294‐2030 or visit www.iowasbdc.org, https://www.facebook.com/AmericasSBDCIowa, or https://twitter.com/IowaSBDC.

Press Contacts:
Tricia Janes, America’s SBDC Iowa, 515‐294‐2030, triciaj@iastate.edu