Winners of the 2012 regional Excellence in Exporting Awards were presented by Lt. Governor, Kim Reynolds on November 2nd at the “Risk and Rewards Exporting Conference” held at the Michael Manatt Community Center in Brooklyn, IA.
The Greater Des Moines Partnership Regional Export Award was presented to Insta-Pro of Urbandale, Iowa
The Iowa Innovation Gateway Regional Export Awards were presented to Miraco, located in Grinnell, Iowa and Interpower located in Oskaloosa, Iowa The Iowa Economic Development Authority also presented regional awards to Bridgestone of Des Moines and Interpower of Urbandale.
The regional Excellence in Exporting Awards were presented to recognize companies that are expanding their markets internationally. Recipients were chosen based on their achievements and commitment to exporting as a component of their business strategy.
“The importance of exporting from Iowa continues to grow on an annual basis. This growth is not only in agricultural products sold abroad, but in the efficient production and export of manufactured products,” said Paul Gregoire, chair of the Iowa Innovation Gateway and vice president of Human Resources for the Fisher Division of Emerson. “Celebrating the organizations that have contributed to our increasing exports is a distinct honor. They have not only . . . → Read More: Winners of the 2012 Regional Excellence In Exporting Awards Announced
We have a Winner of the $5,000 IIG DREAM BIG GROW HERE Entrepreneurial Contest!
Iowa Innovation Gateway collaborated with MyEntre.net to hold its second Dream Big Grow Here contest. The Dream Big, Grow Here business grant contest is an opportunity for Iowans to win one regional $5,000 small business grant and then go on to pitch their business for a shot at a $10,000 grand prize. Contestants entered their businesses online and encouraged others to vote for their dream.
Iowa Innovation Gateway had 20 entrepreneurs from the IIG region enter a dream. The top 5 vote getters participated in a pitch off contest on October 23. Presentations were judged on the following criteria: the viability of the business, an effective plan for use of prize money, the ability to raise additional capital, a potential to generate wealth in the region, the business provides economic diversity to the region and there is a potential to create jobs in the region.
The winner of the Pitch off was Cyrogen Design located in Marshalltown. Cryogen Design develops and builds low-cost 3D computers and 3-D printers for schools, businesses and researches. The company was founded in June of 2011 by Tyler Richard and . . . → Read More: We Have A Winner!
The on-line public voting phase of the regional Iowa Innovation Gateway DREAM BIG, GROW HERE contest closed on Tuesday, October 15, at 11:59 p.m. Twenty different regional entrepreneurs submitted testimonies about their businesses for the contest.
1. Tyler Richard, Cryogen Designs 2. Sean Casey, Heartland Pediatric Feeding Disorders Services 3. Deanne Grabinski, On Call Restore 4. Brenda Systsma and Lisa Van Gilst, Sliver Elements by LB Designs 5. Chris and Kim Corbin & Luke and Sally Gran, TableTop Farm
These top five vote getters will now present to a panel of regional judges on October 23th to see who will take home the $5,000 regional grant. Judges will be using the following criteria to determine the final winner: the viability of the business, an effective plan for use of prize money, the ability to raise additional capital, a potential to generate wealth in the region, the business provides economic diversity to the region and there is a potential to create jobs in the region.
The IIG regional winner will also be eligible for the statewide pitch-off to be held at the MyEntre.net EntreFest March 7th in Cedar Rapids. The winner of the statewide pitch-off . . . → Read More: Top Five Vote Getters Invited to Regional Pitch-Off
Adapted from NAMC's Newsletter
On May 11th, TR (Tony) Raimondo, Chairman of Nebraska’s Dream It. Do It. Initiative and Jennifer McNelly, President of the Manufacturing Institute helped kick off Iowa’s DIDI Initiative.
They presented to an audience, which included Iowa Lieutenant Governor, Kim Reynolds and Paul Gregoire, VP Fisher Controls/Emerson and IIG Chair to discuss the impact DIDI will have in attracting and retaining top talent in the manufacturing sector.
TR presented about Nebraska’s DIDI initiative and what programs they use to encourage students to pursue careers in manufacturing AND related businesses.
DIDI fosters growth, innovation, and jobs by building regional alliances through awareness and education geared at students, parents, and educators designed to capture and prepare the next generation of skilled workers.
L to R: Jennifer McNelly, President of The Manufacturing Institute; Lori Shaefer Weaton, Director of Business Development for Agri-Industrial Plastics; Paul Gregoire, VIP Global Human Resources for Fisher Controls/Emerson; Kim Reynolds, Lt. Gov. For Iowa; TR "Tony" Raimondo, Chairman NAMC and Behlen Mfg. Co
. . . → Read More: Iowa Kicks off Dream It. Do It. Intiative Under the Leadership of IIG Chair
On June 6, Iowa Innovation Gateway co-sponsored an event at which 230 attendees representing 85 businesses and 17 colleges and universities, joined Social: IRL at the Science Center of Iowa for “Beyond the Keynote” with Brian Solis.
Attendees were inspired to create change and challenged to stop conducting "Business as Usual". Iowa Innovation Gateway, is pleased to join forces with Social:IRL again to bring a follow up event to Des Moines where participants will learn how to make change happen in their businesses on August 30th from 1-5pm at the Science Center Of Iowa.
For this special follow up event, Social: IRL will return to Des Moines with Social Media Explorer’s Jason Falls for an in-depth discussion on tools, tactics, content, planning, strategy and measurement. Jason will help take attendees to the next level in creating change in their businesses and organizations by equipping them with practical knowledge, supported by plenty of case studies and valuable takeaways.
Ranked by Forbes Magazine as one of the nation’s “Top Ten Social Media Influencers,” Jason Falls is an author, speaker, and CEO of Social Media Explorer, a digital marketing agency and information products company. He is one of the most in-demand speakers in . . . → Read More: All Business, No Hype Social Media Event Coming to Des Moines