Get Involved


One of the reasons that businesses join the Business Partnership is to get more involved in our community. Get connected to the people, opportunities and businesses that can make a difference for you!


Our premier leadership program was created in 1990 and was formed to foster informed, well-equipped invested leaders. Through the program’s life, more than 650 current and future leaders have gained insight into the issues, opportunities, strengths and challenges within our community.

This appointed professional development group meets once a month during the academic year for day-long sessions to gain insight into the issues opportunities, strengthens, and challenges within the Iowa City area.

Application process occurs every year in June!

“I wouldn’t be in the position I’m in today if it weren’t for the Community Leadership Program, in terms of the knowledge it has given me and the connections I’ve made that have helped me to get here. It’s a program that is very close to my heart.”

Kim Casko
Business Partnership President and CEO

New in 2020, our Peer2Peer groups connect our member businesses or individuals with other industry peers to share best practices, new techniques, and visionary solutions. Joining a Peer2Peer group allows you to network in a smaller group, and gain the ideas, inspiration and support to keep you on top of your business.

Leveraging our region’s assets and solving common challenges, these groups will be self-managed by members and facilitated by the Business Partnership.

Email Felicia to learn more. Have an idea for a Peer2Peer group? Click here and let us know.

Our current Peer Groups include the following:

  • Non-Profit
  • Accounting / Finance


Become a Business Partnership Ambassador and help us tell our story. As an Ambassador, you will lead the charge on representing the Business Partnership at various events and business initiatives. While sharing your enthusiasm for the Partnership, you’ll also be supporting small businesses and increasing your business contacts throughout the community. Ambassadors, each from a different member organization, celebrate member ribbon cuttings and ground breaking ceremonies, honor long-standing members in the community, recruit new Business Partnership members and volunteer at events.

Call (319) 337-9637 or email Felicia to learn more. Applications are accepted biannually.

Referral Exchange

  • Referral Exchange connects non-competing Business Partnership member businesses for the sole purpose of sharing leads, referrals, tips, information and advice that directly support their ability to drive business.

Currently two Referral Exchange groups operate:

  • 2nd & 4th Wednesday, 7:45 – 9:00 a.m.
  • 1st & 3rd Wednesday, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Call (319) 337-9637 or email Felicia to learn more.


You can make a difference in the community. Connect with the people, opportunities, and businesses that can make it happen!

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