Sep 11, 2020
Breaking the Manufacturing Ceiling
Several Deere factories in Iowa are run by women.
Mar 8, 2019
Through high school programs, community colleges and mentorship, Iowa companies have made leadership development a primary focus in their business plans. And their reason isn’t just for the good for their organizations — it’s also for the good of Iowa.
Feb 9, 2018
After a devastating flood in 2008 forced communities to look inward to rebuild, business leaders in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and surrounding areas banded together to help create a unified brand for the region. Here is their story.
Sep 8, 2017
Business owners are in a world where they can learn the tiniest of details about their customers’ habits, their employees’ whereabouts and how their machines and equipment—even their lightbulbs—operate. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg.
Jun 9, 2017
Many Iowa companies believe they have a responsibility to give back to the communities and employees who help them succeed.
In fact, more than half of Iowa executives say philanthropy plays a significant role in their company’s overall culture and vision, according to the results of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry’s (ABI) 2017 CEO survey.
May 12, 2017
Manufacturing for years had been viewed as a dirty, tough job that was primarily for men.
That image has changed with advancements in technology, safer working conditions, and marketing to attract both youth and women to the industry.
Several women are at the helm of major manufacturing facilities in Iowa and have helped transform the image of the industry from once a “man’s world.”
Apr 14, 2017
Progressive, innovative and forward-thinking are characteristics commonly used to describe Iowa’s small towns that are vibrant and thriving.
Jefferson, Charles City and Le Mars are three of these smaller communities that have taken a holistic approach to ensuring they have a strong future.
Feb 10, 2017
They work side by side most days and have used their marital and professional union to build successful businesses that prosper through each partner’s strengths. Here are the stories of three Iowa couples who have found triumph in business, but most importantly love.
Jan 18, 2017
Northeast Iowa’s educational institutions have played a key role in the growth and redevelopment of Dubuque and northeast Iowa over the past two-plus decades. The area has a multitude of higher educational institutions that have proved to be integral partners with area businesses, and the area continues to grow.
Jan 13, 2017
A focus on current businesses and strategic growth combined with increased educational opportunities and strong, dedicated private and public partnerships has created a vibrant and diverse Dubuque-area economy. The area has done a complete turnaround from the days in the 1980s when it had one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation with more than 20 percent of people out of work.
Nov 11, 2016
Iowa is a top place in the country to operate a business, to affordably live and for quality of life amenities, according to recent national rankings, but there are several areas in which the state can do better in order to ensure it has an adequate workforce and the resources needed to start new businesses and expand others.
Oct 14, 2016
The Iowa Association of Business and Industry has partnered with BIPAC to provide an important resource, www.iavotes.com, where Iowa voters can research and learn more on where candidates and elected officials stand on issues important to Iowa employees, industry sectors and consumers.
Sep 9, 2016
Iowa energy companies are at the forefront of doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint, and to protect the environment and preserve natural resources with the production of renewable sources of energy and the creation of more trails and other green spaces.
Aug 11, 2016
Iowa’s business community and educational institutions have created new relationships and partnerships to ensure students and workers have the training and skills necessary to fill high-demand jobs in the state.
Jun 9, 2016
Access to an adequate, well-trained workforce, along with the increase in health care costs, has the biggest effect on Iowa businesses, according to the results from the Iowa Association of Business and Industry’s 2016 CEO Survey.
Mar 18, 2016
A cybersecurity breach in 2014 that jeopardized the personal information of up to 70 million Target shoppers was a wake-up call for retailers and financial institutions about the importance of data protection.
However, large companies aren’t the only victims of cyberattacks.
Aug 14, 2015
When Josh White accepted a summer help position at Agri-Industrial Plastics in Fairfield after high school, he never imagined he would still be working for the company 12 years later.
White joined the National Guard when he was 17 and served for 10 years, including a yearlong deployment to Iraq in 2005.
He and his boss, Agri-Industrial President Lori Schaefer-Weaton, agree the skills he learned in the military have positioned him well for a leadership role on the manufacturing floor.