The University of Northern Iowa Family Business Center will host a virtual conversation with Mike Wells, retired CEO and family leader of Wells Enterprises, about how Wells Blue Bunny, the second-largest ice cream manufacturer in the country, made the decision to sell to the Italy-based Ferrero Group. The event is on Thursday, Aug. 24, at 8 […]
The University of Northern Iowa Family Business Center will host Robert Pasin, chief wagon officer at Radio Flyer, during its Virtual Breakfast Series event on May 19. Pasin will speak about balancing the legacy of the business and the spirit of entrepreneurship that emerging leaders are experiencing. “One of the most powerful attributes of a […]
Heartland Forward, a nonprofit Arkansas-based think tank that looks at technology, entrepreneurship and economic development in states in and around the Midwest, has published a report evaluating research universities nationwide and which ones are “most proficient at creating new knowledge; embedding it in their STEM graduates; and transferring both to new and existing enterprises.” The […]
Dr. Heidi Vermeer-Quist “lives” family business, both personally and professionally. Her personal experience is as a member of the Vermeer family, which owns Pella-based manufacturer Vermeer Corp. She also co-owns two businesses with her husband: a family business consulting firm called VQ Consult, and Heartland Christian Counseling, where she practices as a clinical psychologist. Businesses that are family-owned […]
The University of Northern Iowa Additive Manufacturing Center received the first of three automated robotic machining cells last month, reports the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. That makes it the only university-based automated investment casting facility in the world, officials said. The cells will create a fully automated investment casting molding line integrated with existing pattern printing technologies.
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 […]
Iowa students who participate in STEM Scale-Up programs in their schools are more likely to express an interest in staying in the state to pursue their careers. And Iowa’s public and private universities are increasing the number of STEM-related certificate and degree programs available to high school graduates. These were among findings from the 2017-2018 […]