Do You Know a Company that Exports?
Are you “Global” or do you know a business that is? If so, the Iowa Innovation Gateway and Iowa Department of Economic Development will be hosting a global conference on Friday October 28th at 9:00 am at the Vermeer Global Pavilion in Pella, Iowa. Additionally, Opportunity², Iowa Connections, Greater Des Moines Partnership and Ames-Des Moines Corridor marketing groups have teamed up with IDED to recognize companies for excellence in exporting. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate a few of these highly innovative, successful, global thinking Iowa companies and we are asking you to nominate your company or another company you think does an excellent job exporting from Iowa. Read more and nominate a company here…
$5000 Contest for Entrepreneurs
The Iowa Innovation Gateway is partnering with MyEntre.Net on an opportunity for entrepreneurs and small business owners to receive a grant of $5,000 to be used to help start or grow their business. This grant, called DREAM BIG…GROW HERE, will be given to an entrepreneur or small business owner with 50 or fewer employees and is located in Jasper, Mahaska, Marion, Marshall, Poweshiek, Story or Tama county. Learn More HERE….
Central Iowa Workforce Investment Board and IIG Partner to Create Certified Work Ready Communities
IIG and CIWIB are working on a pilot project to designate Certified Work Ready Communities in Jasper, Madison, Marion and Polk Counties. Stakeholders in the IIG region include DMACC Newton Career Academy, Knoxville Community Schools, Thombert, Vermeer. Jasper Economic Development Corporation, Newton Area Economic Development Corporation, and Marion County Economic Development Corporation. Please contact IIG Executive Director Denise Rathman to learn more about this initiative.
Partnership with Central Iowa Works Will Address Advanced Manufacturing Workforce
IIG is working with Central Iowa Works (an initiative of the United Way of Central Iowa) to create an Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Partnership of employers in the central Iowa region.
Business leaders involved with the Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Partnership will meet on a monthly basis to discuss specifically the workforce needs of advanced manufacturers. Topics may include
- career pathways
- identifying untapped labor pools
- better alignment of training programs with business needs
- using the National Career Readiness Certificate and other certifications to facilitate hiring
The agenda and anticipated outcomes of the Workforce Partnership will be determined by the participants. Please contact IIG Executive Director Denise Rathman if your company is interested in participating.