Business and Community is services is dedicated to making an impact not just across Iowa, but right here in the Cedar Valley. Here are just some of the way BCS programs and projects have had an impact on people in our community over the past year!
Advance Iowa recently worked with Waterloo Tent and Tarp based in Waterloo, Iowa (http://www.waterlootent.com/). President Pete Downs explains how the Advance Iowa process helped challenge him to take a step outside his day to day operations and focus on potential growth opportunities.
UNI’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center was recognized by the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA) as the Student Entrepreneurship Program of the Year. InBIA is an international association with 2,100 members from 60 countries that recognized UNI’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) in the inaugural year of the award. They were recognized for their unparalleled ability to support and grow student entrepreneurs. Last year alone, 19 UNI student businesses were housed in JPEC’s R.J. McElroy Student Business Incubator with an additional 29 businesses being assisted by the affiliate program.
The Institute for Decision Making (IDM) was awarded the winner of the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in the category of Economic Empowerment. UNI was recognized for the IDM’s work and its leadership with grass roots economic and neighborhood development in Northeast Waterloo.
The Metal Casting Center (MCC) served as a leader in growing Iowa’s position in additive manufacturing research, development and direct company assistance. UNI’s Metal Casting Center received one of the first Strategic Infrastructure Grants from the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) to substantially expand service to small- and medium-sized businesses across the state. Additional 3D sand mold printing services and R&D were added and a new design lab opened in partnership with Hawkeye Community College.