Tech takeaway: The Scale DSM Minority Business Accelerator, a program of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, launched in June to help diverse small businesses owners scale their businesses, and the first cohort of business owners completed the program on Tuesday. The origin of the program is a report done in partnership with Bâton Global assessing […]

A conversation with two immigrant business owners From the first Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit held in 2008 on Drake University’s campus to this year’s event marking 15 years of the volunteer-run event, the organization has widened its reach to a growing immigrant business community. Leaders have grown the summit to unite more immigrant entrepreneurs primarily from […]

Ironside Systems, an Iowa-based company founded by public safety professionals Curtis Walsner and Shawn Wagner, has developed a public safety asset management tool to provide first responders that consolidates the tracking of critical resources into one database. According to a news release, the tool can track multiple assets, including radios, people and vehicles, as well […]

Registration is open for the 15th annual National Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit, scheduled for Nov. 19 at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny. The deadline to apply for the Business Pitch Competition is Friday. Sessions will cover planning for the future, marketing and capital resources. The National IES Awards Ceremony will also be held during the […]

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 […]

Principal Financial Group is inviting finance professionals, software developers, business owners and entrepreneurs to join its Principal Innovation Challenge Hackathon. The goal of the hackathon is to create virtual communities where small to medium-sized businesses can connect with each other as well as Principal to discuss their challenges and find guidance and mentorship. Participating professionals […]

Waukee-based payment processor VizyPay’s Cash Discount Program won Best Small Business Payments Solution at the 2022 FinTech Breakthrough Awards, the company announced. CDP is a month-to-month subscription service that allows small businesses to build the cost of processing transactions into their pricing. With the technology, businesses can eliminate all processing fees and maintain the same profit margin on […]

The most recent Principal Financial Wellbeing Index found that more than 1 in 4 businesses surveyed experienced a cybersecurity attack in 2021 and among those attacks, more than half were successful. In about one-third of the attacks, ransomware was involved and hackers were able to access confidential data. The businesses’ systems were rendered unusable in […]