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Overview of University of Northern Iowa Programs for Iowa Businesses

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Presentation given to the Waterloo Rotary on 9/18/13 over programs at UNI that help Iowa business owners.

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Overview of University of Northern Iowa Programs for Iowa Businesses

  1. 1. UNI Resources for Iowa Businesses Rob Williams Business Analyst, University of Northern Iowa Sept 18, 2013 Crossroads Rotary Club http://www.bcs.uni.edu
  2. 2. I want to start a business, where do I start? I’ve been in business for 10 years, how can I grow? Very Broad Ecosystem...
  3. 3. • Collaboratively driven website built by service providers to connect business owners with the right resources, at the right time. • Main Features Include: – Business Webinars powered by MyEntre.Net – Statewide Event Calendar – Resource Navigator & Directory – Iowa Business Concierge http://www.IASourceLink.com
  4. 4. Business Webinars • Free Online Seminars • Expert Speakers • Topics: – Social Media Marketing – Accounting/Tax (IDR) – Hiring & Finding Talent – Search Engine Optimization • Hundreds to watch on-demand http://webinars.iasourcelink.com http://www.IowaTaxWebinars.com
  5. 5. Iowa Business Concierge • ‘Ask us Anything’ • Call, Click, or Chat • Key Referrals & Research http://bizhelp.iasourcelink.com
  6. 6. Business Concierge • ‘Ask Us Anything’ Online Information Service http://bizhelp.iasourcelink.com
  7. 7. FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS High Rent & Target Market Map http://bizhelp.iasourcelink.com
  8. 8. Dan Beenken AdvanceIowa, Team Lead http://www.AdvanceIowa.com
  9. 9. Strategic Marketing Services • Primary Market Research – Surveys (online, mail, phone) – Focus Groups • Market Analysis – Product Intelligence – Customer Intelligence – Competitive Intelligence http://www.sms.uni.edu
  10. 10. Business Incubation @ UNI
  11. 11. UNI Small Business Development Center • Free 1:1 Business Consulting • Business & Market Plan Development • Financials Assistance http://www.iowasbdc.org
  12. 12. EntreFest! Conference Statewide Conference for Iowa Business Owners http://www.EntreFest.com
  13. 13. Iowa Waste Reduction Center Free, non-regulatory environmental assistance to Iowa small businesses • On-Site Reviews • Iowa Air Emissions Assistance Program • Iowa Waste Exchange • Painter Training http://www.iwrc.org
  14. 14. • $5,000 Regional Grant Contest • $10,000 Statewide Grand Prize www.DreamBigGrowHere.com
  15. 15. Questions?

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