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BusinessLaunch! Classes      3/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
8345 University Blvd, Clive
In-depth foundation for new entrepreneurs and those in the planning stages. Students will determine feasibility, start-up needs, timeline, and pricing. They will also build skills in financial management, marketing. The instructor will assist the students in writing the business plan. The final product is a business plan draft. Business owners already operating are welcome to take the class and encouraged to do so. Class runs twelve sessions, meeting every Tuesday and Thursday evening for 6 weeks. Class facilitator and primary instructor is Danielle Oldson, MA. Industry experts will teach specific sessions. The total cost is $350 and includes the "Business Planning Guide". Scholarships are available. Please do not register for this class here. You must first take BusinessPrep, which you can register for on our Events page. Thank you!

Office Manager      4/1/2015 12:00:00 AM
1 Prairie Meadows Drive, Altoona
2015 Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence Governor's Celebration & Conference at Prairie Meadows Conference Center, Altoona The 5 IRPE award winning applicants will be receiving their awards including Gold by Genesis Health Systems & Mary Greeley Medical Center, Silver award to Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations & Bronze awards to Urbandale Community School District & Iowa Donor Network. The conference will feature break out sessions by all of the award winning applicants. The keynote speaker, JoAnn Sternke, Superintendent from Pewaukee, WI school district who was the 2013 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award winner.
Prairie Meadows Conference Center, Altoona
NAWBO Iowa, the state chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, holds its annual signature educational and networking event, its Women Mean Business® Summit, on April 1 at the Prairie Meadows Conference Center in Altoona. The “Clarify-Collaborate-Contribute-Celebrate” Summit features ten women presenters as well as networking opportunities throughout the day, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The program includes leadership lessons from keynoters Miriam Erickson Brown, CEO of Anderson Erickson Dairy in Des Moines, and Dawn Ainger, CEO of Genova Technologies in Cedar Rapids. Workshop sessions are scheduled on personal branding, business growth through succession, navigating tough moments, and roadblocks to organizational performance. Those seminars will be presented by Deborah Rinner Godwin of Tero International, Lana Pol and Tiffany Van Zante of Geetings, Inc. and G.I. Warehouse Corporation, Sinikka Waugh of Your Clear Next Step, and Dr. T. Waldmann-Williams of TWW Consulting. “The day is designed for women business owners but is applicable for any business or professional person interested in career growth and achieving success,” said Kristen Hall, owner of KH Mediation and chair of the NAWBO Iowa Summit. “The Summit also provides companies that target ambitious and influential Iowa women with an opportunity to reach them as sponsors and exhibitors. We expect more than 300 attendees, and registration is discounted through March 6.” For the seventh time the Summit will include a woman business owner panel, with successful business leaders sharing their personal and professional experiences through presentations as well as dialogue with each other. This year’s panel members are Megan McKay of McKay Insurance and Peachtree Brewery in Knoxville, Lisa Gran of Splashlight Solutions in West Des Moines and Dr. Susan Wood of Vida Diagnostics in Coralville. Moderator is Laura Scott of Morgan Stanley in Davenport. A silent auction will be included to benefit professional development for women through NAWBO, as well. To register or for complete details, visit The first 100 people registering for the full day receive a fashionable bag and matching wallet. The full-day fee is $150 for NAWBO Iowa members, $175 for nonmembers. Fees increase $25 on March 7. The half-day fee that includes lunch is $110.

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