Note: The Small Business Relief Application will be available on the website on Tues., March 24, by 8 a.m.
Governor Reynolds Announces COVID-19 Iowa Small Business Relief Program Financial Assistance and Tax Deferral Now Available to Eligible Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
March 23, 2020 (DES MOINES) – Governor Reynolds today announced th...Continue Reading
Dear ABI Member,
Following a teleconference involving Iowa Economic Development Authority Director Debi Durham and the ABI Board of Directors yesterday, the Director has asked that ABI members read the message below.
Within the message is a link to a survey that will help assess COVID-19 impacts on ABI members and hel...Continue Reading
March 2, 2020 (Des Moines) — The spring/summer edition of the Iowa Travel Guide is now available to inspire travelers who want to learn more about exploring Iowa. The free 148-page guide can be ordered online at traveliowa.com, by phone at 800.345.IOWA or picked up at any of Iowa’s 1...Continue Reading
March 3, 2020 (Des Moines) — The Iowa Tourism Office and the Travel Federation of Iowa presented 26 awards recognizing excellence in the tourism industry at a ceremony today in Des Moines during the 2020 Conference.
Awards to both metro and rural areas were made in 13 award categories. In addition, conference attendee...Continue Reading
For counties hit by the 2019 floods, help is on the way.
Mills County is one of nine eligible Iowa counties that can apply for HUD funding earmarked to help communities impacted by the 2019 floods. The HUD funding, totaling $96 million, is to be distributed via the Community Development Bloc...Continue Reading
(Glenwood) -- Mills County businesses and citizens are asked to participate in a survey designed to gauge the county's workforce.
The Mills County Economic Development Foundation is partnering with Iowa Workforce Development and the Iowa Economic Development Authority on a laborshed employment study for Glenwood and the entire county. Among othe...Continue Reading
The Mills County Economic Development Foundation is partnering with Iowa Workforce Development and the Iowa Economic Development Authority to complete a laborshed employment study for Glenwood and surrounding Mills County area. This study will geographically define which communities contribute to Glenwood’s workforce, regardless of political boundaries. This defined area i...Continue Reading
An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but it won’t do anything to cure you of a case of the Mondays. Making a successful transition from weekend mode to workweek mode can require practice. After all, we have a lot working against us on Mondays.
For starters, science say...Continue Reading
By hiring from diverse and underserved communities, a company can boost innovation along with its bottom line.
The current U.S. labor market bodes well for workers: unemployment has been consistently low and demand for talent remains high. But this wreaks havoc for companies who face a talent shortage to fill vacan...Continue Reading
With record-low unemployment numbers continuing, many states are engaging in creative tactics to draw in new residents and workers — and keep the ones already there.
When it comes to employment, the U.S. economy has continued on its roll, according to a variety of statistics. That is, of course, excellent new...Continue Reading
Although the number of jobs lost during the Great Recession have been regained, not all regions or industry sectors have experienced the same recovery.
Where are the best job opportunities, and in what sectors? The research from market analytics consultant Emsi suggests that some of the most attractive sectors in term...Continue Reading
We are excited to announce the Nominations for the Betterment and Beautification Awards are open. Submit your nominations via the form below. If you prefer to do hand written nomination please include the email address and phone number of the individual, business, or organization that you are nominating. If nomination...Continue Reading
It’s not uncommon for entrepreneurs to live and breathe their work. It’s what most of our mentors and role models did to turn their own ideas into successful businesses. But at what cost?
It may be taboo to discuss, but there’s a psychological price to being an entrepreneur. Founders experience everything fro...Continue Reading
There’s no board-certified test for becoming an entrepreneur. You don’t have to go to a certain school or have a certain type of experience. That’s what makes this path in life so great. Do you want to do it? Then do it.
People of all ages have started successful companies. Worryin...Continue Reading
Get inspiration and insight from uncommon voices in 2019 that aim to break down barriers to success and offer hope for the decade ahead.
Countless inspirations and insights are helping to pave the way to hope for advancing inclusive and empowering entrepreneurship and education. Just ponder these uncommon ideas and example...Continue Reading
The current unemployment rate in Iowa is 2.5%, and there are currently 40,000 people on unemployment and 60,000 job openings. As historically low unemployment continues, employers are always looking for opportunities to recruit more workers and also to retain their existing workforce.
Since 1903, the Iowa Association of Business and Industr...Continue Reading
A staple on the southwest corner of Glenwood’s Town Square is closing its doors.
For nearly 50 years, Warren’s Jewelry has been a go-to store for everything from diamonds and China patterns to engraved gifts and grandfather clocks, but Dave and Janet Warren say the time has come to move on...Continue Reading
Malvern, IA, located in Mills County, is a bike-friendly, artfully-growing progressive community that cares about its people and its businesses. The residents and business-owners there want Malvern to be the best place to work, learn, and live. The people of Malvern understand that communication and collaboration make a community thriv...Continue Reading
When you have a niche product -- something that positions a unique value proposition to a customer -- it can be hard to figure out your place in the product landscape and market competitively to your target customer. And despite the specificity of your business, you're still likely to have some competition...Continue Reading
As an advisor to several starting entrepreneurs launching a startup app idea, I find it interesting how entrepreneurs come up with ideas and plans. Most of the time, our decisions are influenced by behavioral biases that, contrary to popular beliefs, can be beneficial as much as they can negatively affect startu...Continue Reading
I’m a structural engineer by trade. By society’s standards, this means I dwell in the deep recesses of my left side brain. But if I stay here, it means I’m only utilizing a portion of my potential. And this puts me at dangerous risk of becoming a commodity. I use...Continue Reading
Nearly 60% of Iowa business leaders expect sales to increase next year, according to survey results released by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI).
“The positive survey results are a promising way to kick off 2020,” said Mike Ralston, ABI president. “This positions Iowa’s economy for growth in th...Continue Reading
November 30 is Small Business Saturday, a shopping holiday that urges consumers to patronize small and independent businesses rather than online retailers or big box stores.
American Express was behind the first Small Business Saturday, which started in 2010. The initial goal was to counter the negative effects of the recessio...Continue Reading
The key to a thriving community is the businesses that reside in within it. However, there comes a time where each business owner, thinks about what’s next. Whether you are ready to retire, or move on to your next venture, this lunch and learn will provide you with practical advic...Continue Reading
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Smart Workforce, We Have It!
There are numerous colleges, universities, and trade institutions within the metro area and close proximity to Mills County. Learn More Here!