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IWD Launching Business Engagement Division, Reaching Out to Build Business Relationships

New Structure Will Focus on Helping Employers Find the Workforce Tools They Need Iowa Workforce Development has launched a new Business Engagement Division, reorganizing employees around the state to create a more efficient team for assessing and resolving the workforce challenges of Iowa employers. This launch will be accompanied by an employer outreach blitz across …

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Bump's BBQ diner on Iowa City golf course

New Member Spotlight – Bump’s BBQ, Burgers, & Beer

Location: 1380 Melrose Avenue Iowa City Bump’s is a full-service restaurant and bar. Although they are located in the Finkbine Golf Course clubhouse, they are open to the public year-round. They specialize in sandwiches, hickory-smoked BBQ, and local craft beer. Set in the scenic golf course, Bump’s is also a unique Iowa City event venue …

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The Iowa Language Learners Job Training Program

Governor Kim Reynolds today announced a new grant opportunity intended to reduce language barriers in the workforce. The Iowa Language Learners Job Training Program will help employers provide sustained programs for English language instruction to support improved communication in the workplace. “Here in Iowa, we’re focused on breaking down any barrier that may stand in …

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Applications Open for 10,000 Small Businesses Program

10,000 Small Businesses partners with local colleges to provide small business owners with a practical business education. 67% of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses alumni see revenue growth just 6 months after completing the program. They are seeking Iowa applicants who are passionate about growing their business and creating jobs in their communities. View the …

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local coffee shop in Coralville Iowa

Partner Spotlight – Dunn Brothers Coffee

Owners: DeAngelo and Alex Seay Location: 3284 Crosspark Road  Coralville, Iowa DeAngelo and Alex have lived in Coralville for over 5 years. They started their business 4 years ago, after visiting Dunn Brothers Coffee in Burlington, Iowa. They were so impressed that they asked the owner and shop managers about their business. “The atmosphere was …

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UI Reach - partners with employers in Johnson County

UI REACH Introduces People with Disabilities to Johnson County’s Workforce

Only 19.1% of people with disabilities are working right now. UI REACH has over 200 alumni and 87% are employed! UI REACH (Realizing Educational and Career Hopes) is a comprehensive transition program for students with intellectual, cognitive and learning disabilities through the University of Iowa College of Education.   20 students graduated from the program in May …

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Iowa Voc Rehab

Resources from Voc. Rehab. for Johnson County Employers

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (Voc. Rehab.) is a state program that works with individuals who face barriers with employment. Voc. Rehab. prepares, trains, and educates these individuals to be productive team members. Voc. Rehab. also partners with businesses to prepare the workplace for and place these qualified candidates. Check out their no-cost business services listed …

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handmade local goods and candles

New Member Spotlight – Tura Lura Co.

Owner: Erika Christiansen Location: Iowa City Connecting Makers + Artists to Local Retailers Erika Christiansen hand crafts concrete candles and home goods in her small studio. She sells her products locally through markets and pop-ups. Recently, she began working to offer her locally made products on the shelves of local businesses. “That inspired my idea …

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Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit in Iowa

National Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit: speak, attend, compete

The National Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit is BACK on Saturday, November 19th in Ankeny, Iowa. There are a several ways that you might be interested in getting involved: apply to speak, attend, or compete. Apply to Speak Calling all experts! Let your voice be heard at the Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit. The Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit works with …

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