Valuable Events: All Year Long, All Over Iowa

February 7, 2019 | Mike Ralston

Mike Ralston, President, ABI

Around this time of year, people begin to finalize their plans to attend ABI's annual Taking Care of Business Conference. If you haven't done that yet, you should.

There is no better value in Iowa business meetings than the ABI conference. You will hear terrific speakers, see fabulous venues, and enjoy great food, golf, and fun. More importantly, you will find no better networking anywhere than that you find at the conference.

Attendees conduct a lot of business at the conference each year. Sales are made, vendors acquired, and prospects developed. So, make your plans now, and we will look forward to seeing you in Ames June 4-6.

That said, you make a big mistake if you believe that is the only high-value event ABI produces. The association hosts valuable meetings and events all year long, all over Iowa. 

Next week, the association's public policy staff will hold its second legislative teleconference of the 2019 session. In March, Business Day on the Hill, the biennial ABI Workers’ Compensation Seminar, and another legislative teleconference will be held. In April, ABI will host another in the popular Connecting Statewide Leaders events (this one will be held in Cedar Falls-Waterloo) and will also produce a business development seminar. 

The ABI Foundation will also hold more sessions for members of the 2018-19 class of Leadership Iowa. This is not to mention one of ABI's best-attended annual events, last month's Legislative Briefing and Reception.

You likely have already guessed my point. One of the best ways for you and members of your employee team to maximize the return on your ABI investment is to take advantage of these high-quality, high-value events. You will find great information, valuable resources, and terrific contacts at each of them. 

Check the ABI event calendar often. In the meantime, THANK YOU for your support, which makes all of our work possible!

Mike Ralston is president of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI). You may email him at