The Iowa State University John Pappajohn Entrepreneurship Center was named one of five finalists in the Outstanding Contributions to Venture Creation award category by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC), a worldwide academic association of entrepreneurship educators. The award is given to honor a center that creatively supports the process of launching and accelerating […]

One month after releasing its findings on the digital safety net for small businesses, the Connected Commerce Council (3C) hosted Iowa businesses, community supporters and State Auditor Rob Sand in a webinar exploring how small businesses and individuals used technology tools to stay operating during the initial COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.  Moderated by 3C President Jake […]

The Iowa Chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organization is hosting a Global Student Entrepreneur Award (GSEA) competition this Friday at Iowa State University’s Student Innovation Center, featuring six Iowa college students and entrepreneurs as finalists for Iowa’s first GSEA award. The GSEA awards program is designed for students who own and operate businesses while pursuing higher […]

The Greater Des Moines Partnership, BrownWinick Law and LWBJ launched the Raising Capital Seminar Series, a new series of interactive education modules for small businesses looking to raise equity capital. Raising Capital Seminar is a five-part series launched in place of the in-person events normally held annually at the BrownWinick Law Firm and Partnership offices. […]

The University of Iowa’s Venture School, developed by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC), is expanding to Mason City, Cedar Falls, Iowa City and Des Moines next month, the Venture School announced this week. JPEC centers at the Northern Iowa Area Community College, the University of Northern Iowa, Drake University and the Small Business […]

Co-founders Pernell Cezar and Rod Johnson of Des Moines-based BLK & Bold Specialty Beverages have been named Entrepreneurs of the Year by the Official Black Wall Street App’s Black Entrepreneur of the Year Awards and received $5,000. BLK & Bold pledges 5% of its profits to initiatives aligned with youth programming, workforce development and eradicating […]

ISU CYstarters held its 2020 Demo Day virtually, live streaming announcements on YouTube and Facebook last week with more than 160 community members tuning in. The event announced three categories of awards, including the first Ted Bair Cystarters Awards in memory of Ted Bair, former Iowa State regional director at America’s Small Business Development Center. […]