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 […]

A program to help small businesses keep their utilities on is being expanded to help more businesses avoid having their gas or electric service disconnected. The Iowa Economic Development Authority announced Friday that eligibility requirements for the Iowa Small Business Utility Disruption Prevention Program has been expanded to include utility assistance for eligible small businesses […]

West Des Moines-based payment processing company VizyPay is using its Look Local First initiative to help local businesses rebuild after pandemic-related disruption with free digital marketing efforts, VizyPay announced this week. Look Local First initially launched in 2019 to help small businesses implement a full digital marketing strategy with social media giveaways; the team has […]

A new analysis by Amazon finds that Iowa leads the nation in the per-capita number of small and medium-sized businesses selling through the tech giant’s online platform, reports the Corridor Business Journal. Iowa is home to nearly 10,000 small and medium-sized sellers on Amazon, earning it the top ranking for the most digital entrepreneurs per capita. […]

The East Polk Innovation Collaborative, Facebook and other local partners have established the East Polk County Relief Fund for local COVID-19 relief, supported by an initial $350,000 contribution by Facebook, the company announced this week. The fund will designate $250,000 for small business support and $100,000 for nonprofit and individual assistance. Small businesses and nonprofits […]

Fourteen Central Iowa schools and nonprofits were awarded 2020 Facebook Community Action grants ranging from $3,900 to $62,386, the Facebook Altoona Data Center announced this week. The full list of local organizations is available online. The Altoona Data Center also announced applications are open for the Facebook Small Business Grants Program, which is offering $100 […]

The Urbandale Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Shop Where I Live to launch an online platform for small businesses to sell products and services virtually. The marketplace, www.centraliowa.shopwhereilive.com, is free of charge to Urbandale Chamber members, and businesses have begun to add products and services to the site. The public is encouraged to check […]

America’s SBDC Iowa announced Laurie Pieper as the new tech director for the state, who began her new role Feb. 3. As tech director, Pieper will lead the SBDC’s Rural Development Initiative and work with clients and resource partners to develop opportunities for commercialization of Iowa businesses’ technologies, products and services. Previously, Pieper developed the […]

Anders Sörman-Nilsson was a lawyer before he became an internationally-known futurist, author and public speaker on the TEDGlobal circuit. His mother, who still runs the family menswear business in Stockholm, Sweden, still thinks of him as a “glorified astrologer,” Sörman-Nilsson told the audience at this week’s Iowa Technology Summit during the keynote.  “There’s no one […]