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 […]

The Community Broadband Action Network announced Wednesday that it has received a grant of more than $380,000 through the National Digital Inclusion Alliance, which will establish a Digital Navigator Corps program in Iowa. The grant is part of a $10 million investment from Google, which is establishing a national Digital Navigator Corps. The national initiative includes the […]

Idaho-based Valley Agronomics announced Sept. 1 that it will collaborate with Growers Edge and use its technology and data analytics to create a fully digital lending platform for Valley Ag customers. Valley Ag Platinum Financing will be hosted on Valley Ag’s Grower Portal, a customer service platform created and supported by AgVend. According to a news release, […]

Jess Louis joined the Global Insurance Accelerator as its program manager this week, the accelerator announced on its blog. She will oversee the GIA’s programming with managing director Dan Israel, who started transitioning into his new role in May. Louis’ most recent role was with the Boys and Girls Club of Central Iowa, running its volunteer program […]

Submitted by Nick Gerhart, PI515 Board Member, Executive Vice President of Homesteaders Life Company Is your company hybrid? Virtual? Face-to-face? A business leader cannot escape this conversation. What is the future of work? What will the office look like? Will there be an office? What about corporate culture that business leaders work so hard to create […]