HarvestPort, the San Francisco-based ag equipment lender and marketplace platform, is expanding into Iowa with the hiring of FarmElement founder Tyler Horbach as grower solutions manager in Des Moines.  Horbach graduated from Iowa State University in 2014 and went to work in financial services for a few years before founding the FarmElement in 2017, based […]

Campers in the Be the Boss! Youth Entrepreneurship Camp will descend on Historic Valley Junction businesses Monday, July 8, visiting Big Acai, Bozz Prints, MoMere, Nan’s Nummies, the Theatrical Shop and the Historic Valley Junction Foundation for one afternoon. Students in the camp will experience entrepreneurship through tours of local businesses, said Jim Miller, executive […]

The Family Business Forum program at the University of Northern Iowa will visit Des Moines and four other locations in Iowa to share stories of successes, challenges and opportunities that arise within family enterprises, the program announced this week. Family-owned businesses are invited to join the Family Business Forum Aug. 27 at the Jasper Winery […]

After securing $1.5 million in seed-round funding, a startup dedicated to employee retention is now seeking a few more employees to retain.  WorkHound, the Des Moines-based startup that gives “undesked” employees a mobile platform to send anonymous feedback to management, seeks to grow from 12 full-time workers in Des Moines and Chattanooga, Tenn., to a […]

The Technology Association of Iowa will host the first Iowa High School Technology Summit, presented by Principal Financial Group, on Sept. 30 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, TAI announced this week. The Iowa High School Technology Summit will expose high school students to technology companies and careers across Iowa, with three presentations […]

CEO and founder, Denim In 2015, Gregory Bailey – like many entrepreneurs – struck out and launched a startup from his Urbandale home. He had spent more than two decades in the corporate insurance world, including holding executive positions at Athene USA and Pacific Life. Now, his startup, Denim, operates from a bright, airy and […]

Des Moines-based Seneca Cos., a supplier and services provider to the retail petroleum industry, announced this week that it has partnered with ChargePoint, a California-based electric vehicle (EV) charging station network. As a signature partner, Seneca will represent ChargePoint’s entire product line and provide product support throughout Seneca’s footprint in the Midwest, South and Mountain […]

Des Moines-based LenderClose, a web-based underwriting and lending assistant platform, has integrated the e-recording platform Simplifile, which functions as an electronic liaison between lenders and country recording offices, LenderClose announced this week. Simplifile claims to have deployed its platform in 50% of all U.S. recording jurisdictions, with a goal to reach the remaining 50% in […]