Not standing still: Iowa’s largest community bank hits 100

By Dave DeWitte

As Bankers Trust marks its centennial year this month in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and Phoenix,  it’s celebrating more than just longevity.

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The winner of the Thomas L. Cardella Entrepreneur of the Year Award has 21 employees, two physical therapy clinics, a dazzling growth rate and a profoundly simple mission statement: getting better together.

Lil’ Drug Store Products may be hitting middle age, but the consumer products distributor sees a lot of room to run in a retail sector that remains strong and growing.

The Branstad Effect

June 13, 2017

Experts in Iowa-China trade see Gov. Terry Branstad’s arrival as U.S. ambassador in Beijing as a sign of good things to come

“We have some kind of secret sauce here. I’m not sure what it is,” quips Sarah Grunewaldt, director of Main Street Washington, when asked why her county’s retail sales have climbed 56 percent since 1998.

A strong reputation in a niche market has been the recipe for growth at HBK Engineering, which recently opened its second Corridor office.


Your brand can blossom with a plan

June 19, 2017

By Nancy Garberson / Guest Column

Developing a brand takes a lot of planting, consistent work and the discipline to stick with it. Before you dig in too deep on what shade of blue to use on your logo, or what message and voice you’re going to use when engaging people on social media, you need to look at the big picture – the whole garden, so to speak – and draw a plan.

Is your team a real team?

June 19, 2017

By Gail Mote / Guest Column

I find it interesting when managers introduce me to their procurement team or invite me to spend time with an accounting team. In many cases, these groups are far from what we know to be real teams.

America can do better than current health care climate

June 5, 2017

By Ted Townsend / Guest Column

When I took a delegation of UnityPoint Health-Cedar Rapids board and physician leaders to the United Kingdom nearly a decade ago, we went to study a totally different health care system at a time of turmoil and anticipated reform of our American national health care policy.

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