The North Iowa Community College Pappajohn Center and the Small Business Development Center are offering a free virtual workshop for people considering starting a business. The Start Smart workshop will cover topics like creating a business plan, doing market research and garnering startup funding. Attendees will be able to follow up with the SBDC after […]

The Identity Theft Resource Center released Wednesday a report showing the difficulties small businesses and entrepreneurs face after experiencing a cyber incident. The results of a survey of 417 business leaders and IT professionals in companies of 500 people or fewer revealed that about 60% of the small businesses surveyed have experienced at least one data breach, […]

Timothy McCoy was volunteering at Creative Visions, a nonprofit community center in Des Moines, when an employee there approached him about joining Facebook’s new construction training program called Hardhat in Hand. Although McCoy is a certified carpenter and had worked in residential construction, he was hesitant about joining the program. It was the number of […]

Sinclair Broadcast Group said Monday that a ransomware attack disabled multiple servers and workstations and resulted in stolen data. The parent company for 185 U.S. television stations, including KDSM-TV in Des Moines, said in a release that what data was taken and the full extent of the attack is unknown, but law enforcement and U.S. […]

The cryptocurrency industry achieved a milestone Tuesday when the “BITO” ticker appeared at the New York Stock Exchange for the first time, CNBC reports. The futures exchange-traded fund, launched by ProShares, doesn’t allow direct investments in bitcoin, but is still viewed as a step toward those types of funds. ProShares CEO Michael L. Sapir wrote in […]

To conclude the first day of the 2021 Borlaug Dialogue, this year’s World Food Prize Laureate, Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted, presented her research on developing aquatic food systems that provide people with equitable access to nourishing and sustainable diets Monday evening at Iowa State University. Like Iowan Norman Borlaug, the agronomist the lecture is named after, Thilsted’s […]

Tim Zhang, owner of Des Moines-based Starkline, is in the final round of the Making It … With Lowe’s pitch competition, which aims to give diverse small business owners an opportunity to sell their product in Lowe’s stores. Zhang’s electrical netting product is in contention to be the Fan Favorite; the product with the most votes will receive […]