CareSource, a nonprofit managed care organization, announced Wednesday the launch of the CareSource Iowa Opportunity Investment Fund through a partnership with ISA Ventures, which will manage the fund. According to a news release, this new fund will provide capital for Iowa-based startups that seek to improve health care outcomes, promote health equity and generate positive social impact, especially […]

Des Moines-based specialty beverage company BLK & Bold announced it is holding its first community-centered event on Oct. 1 to celebrate National Coffee Day and International Coffee Day. In partnership with Minneapolis-based Mill City Roasters, the “BLK & Bold Coffee Celebration” will be open to the public and include a roastery tour, food trucks and music. Five percent of […]

Three chief information security officers of Iowa companies spoke to cybersecurity professionals during Pratum’s Secure Iowa conference on Sept. 21 about the role of a CISO and their approaches to making information security decisions. Speakers included:Meg Anderson, CISO, Principal Financial Group.James Johnson, CISO, John Deere.Ben Schmitt, CISO, Mary Greeley Medical Center. Here are three takeaways from the panel’s […]

Brian Waller, president of the Technology Association of Iowa, has been elected to the 2022-23 board of directors of the Technology Councils of North America. His term began Aug. 1. TECNA serves its members and the technology industry through its peer-to-peer network, benchmarking research, sharing of best practices and advocating for policies that promote a thriving […]

President Joe Biden signed an executive order Sept. 12 to launch the National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative, which will put more federal funding into the biotechnology industry. The executive order coincided with Biden’s speech announcing a long-term goal to reduce cancer deaths and pursue cures or preventative treatments.  A release announcing the executive order said, “By responsibly harnessing […]

Business owners name access to resources, connections as challenges The Business Record partnered with Hola Iowa on Tuesday to host a virtual panel discussion focused on Latino entrepreneurship as part of Hispanic Heritage Month, which began on Sept. 15. There are more than 1,500 Latino-owned businesses in the Des Moines metro area generating $160 million […]

The Technology Association of Iowa has announced it has hired Nick Donovan as vice president of marketing and communications. He will lead the organization’s marketing and communication initiatives, including developing and executing integrated strategies to further the TAI’s mission of elevating and driving statewide growth for Iowa’s technology industry. Donovan’s 15 years of experience include working in B2B marketing […]

Ramco Innovations set to triple space available to startups Entrepreneur support center Maple Ventures is moving into its next phase with the announcement of its first full-time director and plans to triple the amount of space available to industrial technology companies at Ramco Innovations. Renovations are underway to convert one of three buildings at Ramco’s […]