Taking Care of Business Conference

June 4 – 6, 2019 | Ames

Registration opens February 21, 2019.

The Iowa Association of Business and Industry’s Taking Care of Business Conference is Iowa’s premier business conference, bringing together industry leaders to learn, network and share ideas on how to grow and strengthen Iowa’s business climate. If you are passionate about business in Iowa, you need to attend this conference. Interested in sponsoring the 2019 conference? Contact Kathy Anderson, kanderson@iowaabi.org, 515-235-0575

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Download the 2019 Conference App

The Iowa ABI app is now available to download for both Apple and Android devices! This year’s app has many improvements and useful features you’ll want to have on your phone to make the most of your conference experience. Below are links to download the app for the respective device types, or you can search “Iowa ABI” in the App Store or Google Play store.

Download the App

The first thing you'll need to do is download the app on the device you're bringing to the conference.

Don't have iOS or Android?

Don't have iOS or Android? Use the following link to access the mobile web version of the app: https://crowd.cc/iowaabi

  • Peggy Noonan

    Peggy Noonan

    Peggy Noonan is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Wall Street Journal, where her weekly column, Declarations, has run since 2000. She is also the bestselling author of nine books on American politics, history and culture, including the bestsellers What I Saw at the Revolution, and When Character Was King.

    She is one of 10 historians and writers who contributed essays on the American presidency for the book, Character Above All. In her most recent release, The Time of Our Lives, Peggy chronicles her career in journalism, the Reagan White House and the political arena.

    In 2017, Noonan received the Pulitzer Prize for Political Commentary for her coverage of the 2016 Presidential Election. She was also a special assistant and speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan. Before entering the Reagan White House, Noonan was a producer and writer at CBS News in New York, and an adjunct professor of Journalism at New York University.

  • Paul Shirley

    Paul Shirley

    After graduating from Iowa State University with a degree in mechanical engineering, Paul Shirley embarked on a nine-year professional basketball career that included stops on three NBA teams, five teams in Europe and several minor league outfits.

    While playing for the Phoenix Suns, Paul started a blog that led to a book deal with Random House. That book, Can I Keep My Jersey?, was released to wide acclaim in 2007. Paul has since written for Esquire, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, ESPN.com and for FlipCollective.com, a website he started.

    Paul lives in Los Angeles, where he runs a writers’ workshop called Writers Blok and PenCoach.com, where he serves as a writing coach, editor and mentor. His second book, Stories I Tell On Dates, was released in 2017. He is at work on his third and fourth books.

  • Rowena Crosbie

    Rowena Crosbie

    Rowena Crosbie is president of premier research and corporate training company Tero International, co-author of Your Invisible Toolbox: The Technological Ups and Interpersonal Downs of the Millennial Generation and co-host of the show Your Invisible Toolbox.

    Rowena’s ability to inspire audiences has consistently earned her reviews as a top-rated speaker and trainer. Her powerful communication style, combined with her commitment to helping people challenge the way they think, ignites a passion in her listeners that endures long after her presentations are over.

    Her program delivers the culminated wisdom of many years of research, ranging from the philosophical to the practical. Audience members leave her sessions with useful tools to help them become the very best they can be — in both their personal and professional lives.

Become a sponsor of the Taking Care of Business Conference and share your business and your brand with more than 600 attendees from across Iowa and the Midwest, many of whom are decision-makers within their companies. Foster relationships with new and existing customers and grow your business at the 2019 Taking Care of Business Conference.

Click here to see sponsor benefits

Contact Kathy Anderson, kanderson@iowaabi.org, 515-235-0575.

  • DMACC Conference Booth

    DMACC has been proud to serve as a top sponsor for the ABI Taking Care of Business Conference for a number of years because we understand the value this sponsorship provides. Access to decision-makers and the ability to spread the DMACC message is unparalleled.

    Rob Denson, President, Des Moines Area Community College
  • Gateway Hotel & Conference Center

    2100 Green Hills Drive
    Ames, IA 50014
    (800) 367-2637

    Group Code: Taking Care of Business Conference 2019 – IABI
    Rooms starting at 149.00 USD per night
    Deadline: May 6, 2019

  • Best Western Plus University Park Inn & Suites

    2500 University Blvd.
    Ames, IA 50010
    (515) 296-2500

    Group Code: Iowa Association of Business and Industry ABI 2019
    Rooms starting at 109.00 USD per night
    Deadline: May 6, 2019
    Reserve Online

  • Radisson Hotel Ames Conference Center at ISU — Sold Out on June 5th

    2609 University Blvd.
    Ames, IA 50010
    (515) 268-8808

    Group Name: ABI Conference
    Group Code: ABI
    Rooms starting at $129.00 / per night
    Deadline: May 6, 2019
    Reserve Online

Overflow Hotel Options

  • Fairfield Inn & Suites

    2137 Isaac Newton Dr.
    Ames, IA 50010
    (515) 232-4000

    Group Name: Iowa ABI
    Rooms Starting at $109/night
    Deadline: May 15, 2019