This is our statewide listing of workshop events. If you click on the workshop events listed below on the calendar, more information and registration instructions will pop up.

Mar
31
Sat
Food Safety and Iowa Regulation Training @ See Flyer
Mar 31 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Apr
11
Wed
SBA Veterans Webinar Series
Apr 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Iowa District Office and the Veterans Business Outreach Center announce a monthly Small Business Bootcamp webinar series for veterans, National Guard members, Reservists and their spouses to help start, build and grow their small business. The webinars will be held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and will be recorded and posted on the office’s website at www.sba.gov/ia.

 

Webinar topics include:
October 11 Veterans Business Outreach Center Resources
November 8 SBA Veterans Advantage Loan Program and other Small Business Financing Options
December 13 Iowa’s Targeted Small Business certification & TSB Microloan Program

 

Webinar topics will be announced in advance for the following dates:
January 10; February 14; March 14; April 11; May 9; June 13; July 11; August 15 and September 12.

Interested individuals can participate via AT&T Connect – To join AT&T Connect Conference:
Click here: https://connect16.uc.att.com/EventEntry/Websites/?VaccId=sba&ExEventID=83740601
Call: 1-888-858-2144 – When prompted, enter the meeting access code: 4554497#

 

Boots to Business: Reboot Classes
The SBA also announced its schedule for the Boots to Business: Reboot classes for FY 2018. The free one-day training session introduces veterans to the fundamentals of business ownership and the key steps for evaluating business concepts and developing a business plan. The training is hosted by the SBA Iowa District Office and the Veterans Business Outreach Center and features additional presentations by SBA resource partners, including SCORE, America’s SBDC – Iowa (the Small Business Development Centers), and local bankers, lawyers and small business owners.

Boots to Business: Reboot is a two-step training program that provides participants an overview of business ownership as a career vocation, an outline and knowledge on the components of a business plan, a practical exercise in opportunity recognition, and an introduction to available public and private sector resources.

The initial program is followed up with one of two opportunities. Foundations of Entrepreneurship is an eight-week, online training (may be self-paced) course presented by a consortium of professors and skilled business advisors from the SBA network, Syracuse University. Mississippi State University offers a six-week online, interactive classroom focused on identifying and understanding customers; developing and refining a business mode; and drafting a business plan.

Please email the team at boot-to-business@sba.gov if you’ve attended a previous Reboot class, and haven’t yet taken, but are interested in taking the online course.

After completing Boots to Business: Reboot participants will have the tools and knowledge they need to identify a business opportunity, draft a business plan, connect with local resources and launch their small business.

November Boots to Business: Reboot classes:

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
University of Iowa’s Pappajohn Business Building
21 E. Market Street, Room W401
Iowa City, IA 52242.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Iowa State University Memorial Union, the Cardinal Room
2229 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50011.

Additional Boots to Business: Reboot classes are scheduled as follows:
· January 24, 2018 – DMACC in Ankeny
· April 11, 2018 – Upper Iowa University in Fayette
· May 22, 2018 – Iowa Army National Guard HQ in Cedar Rapids
· TBD – Iowa Army National Guard – Camp Dodge in Johnston
· TBD – Iowa Air National Guard – Sioux City
To register for Boots to Business: Reboot classes go to https://sbavets.force.com/ and create a profile for notification of future veterans training and events.
For more information, contact Jayne Armstrong at jayne.armstrong@sba.gov or (515) 284-4026.

Security Brew, hosted by WatchPoint and ProCircular @ Big Grove Brewery
Apr 11 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

You are invited to the first Security Brew event with your hosts WatchPoint and ProCircular!

Each month we will meet at a different Micro Brewery and talk about the latest cybersecurity trends. This is NOT a sales event. This is a gathering where IT and cybersecurity professionals can discuss concerns and toss around ideas relating to cybersecurity and how it affects their company.  Please make the time to join us, you won’t regret it!

Event Details:

  • Wednesday, April 11th at 5 PM
  • Big Grove Brewery (1225 S. Gilbert St. Iowa City, IA 52240)
  • Atlanta Incident Debrief

Join us for a chance to increase your network security awareness, learn about emerging threats, and unwind a little mid-week. Click here to RSVP!

 

Beers on us!

~ The Security Brew Hosts

NIACC Start Smart Workshop @ NIACC, Pappajohn Center #117
Apr 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This free two hour workshop is designed for anyone who is considering starting a business or expanding their current business. Participants will learn how to create a business plan, do market research, consider different types of business ownership and learn how to register a business. Registration is required for Start Smart. Please call 641-422-4111 or email mary.spitz@niacc.edu.

Apr
24
Tue
TechBrew North Iowa @ Mason City Brewing
Apr 24 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

TechBrews are networking events designed to bring together entrepreneurs, technologists, business people and investors. TechBrew North Iowa is growing from its original focus on networking. Members are interested in adding more value to each month’s event while supporting and growing North Iowa’s creative class (including tech employees and employers).

TechBrew’s goal is to engage, encourage, and elevate technology in North Iowa. We hope you’ll join us!

To register, please call 641-422-4111 or email mary.spitz@niacc.edu

Apr
25
Wed
North Iowa Social Media Breakfast Club @ Fieldhouse
Apr 25 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Join the North Iowa Social Media Breakfast Club for breakfast and networking with local social media influencers and enthusiasts – now at its new location at the Fieldhouse in Clear Lake.

Top 5 for Small Business: 5 Things to Know When Leasing Space @ Greater Des Moines Partnership
Apr 25 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

JUSTIN LOSSNER, DAN CORRON, DAN HURD AND BRANDON FOLDES TO PRESENT AT TOP FIVE FOR SMALL BUSINESS SERIES ON APRIL 25

The Subject is Top Five Things to Know When Leasing a Space for Your Business

Dan Corron

The Greater Des Moines Partnership will host Justin Lossner of JLL, Dan Corron of Denny Elwell Company, Dan Hurd of Hurd Real Estate and Brandon Foldes of SHYFT Collective to be the next presenters in the Top Five for Small Business Series. They will present on the “Top Five Things to Know When Leasing a Space for Your Business.”

The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25 at the Greater Des Moines Partnership, 700 Locust St., Ste. 100. The presentation will begin at Noon.

Brandon Foldes

The presentation will focus on making a commercial real estate decision. It is an important one and may have long term impacts on you and your organization. You will be faced with many acronyms, brokers and landlords and despite all of that, the process of finding your future location can be fun and rewarding when armed with the right questions and assembling the right team to help you through the process. Panelists will help identify these questions and hopefully make the process stress-free and ultimately successful.

Justin Lossner serves as the Co-Lead for JLL’s Iowa Markets. Since helping launch JLL in 2014, Lossner has acted as the team’s office expert taking part in several significant tenant representation and agency projects.

Dan Corron is a commercial real estate agent at Denny Elwell Company, a full service commercial real estate company with close to 4 million square feet in the region.

Justin Lossner

Daniel Hurd joined Hurd Real Estate in May of 2012. His responsibilities include marketing the company’s real estate portfolio, acquisitions and dispositions, and financial analysis.

Daniel Hurd

Brandon Foldes leads SHYFT Collective as CEO and Principal. He has dedicated his career to finding a better way to address real estate challenges companies face in the ever-changing business environment.

The event, which includes lunch, is $15 for Partnership Investors and Regional Members and $20 for non-members to attend. Registration to watch the event via simulcast is $10 for Investors and Regional Members and $15 for non-members.

NIACC Start Smart Workshop @ NIACC, Pappajohn Center #117
Apr 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This free two hour workshop is designed for anyone who is considering starting a business or expanding their current business. Participants will learn how to create a business plan, do market research, consider different types of business ownership and learn how to register a business. Registration is required for Start Smart. Please call 641-422-4111 or email mary.spitz@niacc.edu.

Apr
30
Mon
Can I Deduct This? – National Small Business Week Webcast
Apr 30 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Presented by the Internal Revenue Service, the FREE National Small Business Week Webcasts for Small Business and Industry offer insight into what can be deducted in the name of your business.  Some items include OIH, Meals , Transportation, and Cell Phone bills.

Register for the 10 am session here: https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1148/25449

Register for the 12 pm session here (closed captioning included): https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1148/25478

May
1
Tue
Employee v. Independent Contractor – National Small Business Week Webcast
May 1 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Presented by the Internal Revenue Service, the FREE National Small Business Week Webcasts for Small Business and Industry offer insight on the differences between hiring an employee and an independent contractor mean for your small business.

Register for the 10 am session here: https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1148/25479

Register for the 12 pm session here (closed captioning included): https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1148/25480