Meet Me in Cedar Rapids this June!

March 2, 2023 | Mike Ralston, President, ABI

Every year in March, I write this column and focus on ABI’s annual convention. I do so again and I’ll note that the 2023 ABI Taking Care of Business Conference, our association’s 120th annual meeting, is only about 90 days away!

The ABI conference gets bigger and better each year. If you want to add value for your business, there is simply no better place for you to be than at this meeting. The 2023 edition will be the best ever, with hundreds of people converging on Cedar Rapids, June 13-15. After missing out on hosting ABI during the pandemic, Cedar Rapids is eager to see you, and officials there are pulling out all the stops to make this year’s conference simply spectacular.

Three great keynote speakers, an appearance by Governor Kim Reynolds (invited), and high-value workshops will comprise just part of a fantastic program. I guarantee you'll hear inspiring remarks, learn about ways to improve your business, and even be entertained.

Some of you come for golf. Well, conference attendees will enjoy golf at one of our state's finest public courses, Ellis Golf Course. The clubhouse is brand new and much of the course has been rebuilt following the derecho that hit Cedar Rapids a couple of years ago. Golfers will enjoy a fabulous atmosphere.

As always, fantastic food and association programs will highlight the conference as well. But far and away the reason most folks attend, as you so often tell us, is for the very best business networking in Iowa. You can only get that at THIS conference. Bring your leadership teams with you, and visit with other business women and men about issues you share. You can make new sales and generate new business. And you can simply enjoy meeting our state's very best business people. All of this is found at the ABI Taking Care of Business Conference and no place else.

If you haven't already done so, click here to visit the conference registration site, and finalize your plans to attend. At the site, you can register for the conference, find booking links to terrific hotels (two are already sold out, but other great options remain), and you can find out everything there is to know about the conference.

On behalf of ABI Chair Kim Augspurger and our officers and conference committee members, I look forward to seeing you in Cedar Rapids in June!