Joe Conover, Lakes Market President at Northwest Bank in the Iowa Great Lakes area. Joe talks to us and goes into detail about the strategic discussions that happen when deciding to purchase and expand a business.
Wade Steenhoek, Director of the Martin Heerema Entrepreneurship Program at Central College in Pella, Iowa. Wade touches base on the state of entrepreneurship in our country and in the state of Iowa; specifically relating towards 19 to 22 year old students. Wade also talks to us about how he ended up at Central College and the entrepreneurship program at the college.
Joe Carey, Team Member at Carey’s Electronics in Spencer, Iowa. Joe talks about the history of Carey’s Electronics, what all Carey’s can do for you in the electronics area and the product they sell; which includes vinyl records. Joe also talks about the new product called Sonos; which is an internet based music distribution system.
Eric Johnson, Information Technology Director for The Merrill Company in Spencer, Iowa. Eric touches on The Merrill Company and how it is the warehouse to Arnold Motor Supply, which is the 14th largest auto parts chain in the United States. Eric also talks to us about writing his e-book; You build a Business with People and just how that book came about.
Marc Morehouse, Sports Writer for the Cedar Rapids Gazette talks about how social media and new media technology has changed the newspaper industry.
Mike Ralston, President of the Association of Business and Industry in Iowa, discusses the approach he used in leading the turnaround of ABI. Mike systematically describes the leadership assessment tools he implemented for accountability and growth.
Jolene Rogers, the Executive Director of Business and Community Relations, at Iowa Lakes Community College discusses her role and the colleges role in Economic Development. She discusses grant funding available for businesses, training sessions for businesses, as well as identifying employee challenges in the workplace.