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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Montessori school offers downtown experience

CEDAR RAPIDS – Once the winter weather breaks, members of the downtown business community shouldn’t be surprised if they see a troupe of smiling 5-year-olds and their teachers holding hands while walking to the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art or the Cedar Rapids Public Library.

While many children are bused from surrounding elementary schools to experience these cultural enrichments, students enrolled at Cedar Valley Montessori School, located at 110 Fifth Ave. SE, have the ability to access them on a far greater frequency, owing to the fact that they attend the only school located in downtown Cedar Rapids.

Obamacare overshadows Health Care Summit

With the health care environment changing rapidly, speakers at the Corridor Business Journal’s 2014 Health Care Summit described what employers are doing and more steps they can take to remain competitive in benefits.

Overshadowing remarks at the half-day conference Feb. 14 at the Cedar Rapids Marriott was the continuing implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, which was four months into the implementation of health insurance exchanges that the uninsured can use to shop for coverage.

Marion Iron relocation to give city a new look

The long-awaited relocation this summer of Marion Iron Co. could trigger a domino chain of commercial development on the east side of Marion in addition to clearing the way for the city’s new Central Corridor.

Zuidberg announces plans for Cedar Falls facility

CEDAR FALLS -A supplier of tractor components based in the Netherlands has announced plans to open its first U.S. location this year in Cedar Falls.

Zuidberg Frontline Systems B.V. plans to move into 10,000 square feet of leased space in a 40,000-square-foot building slated for development in the Cedar Falls Industrial Park on Capital Way. The company expects to begin moving in June and be fully operational in July at the new space.

Olympian’s startup aims to correct ‘mommy hips’

Two-time Olympic bobsledder Jean Prahm of North Liberty has never been one to dodge a challenge, but her latest will test a new set of entrepreneurial skills. After receiving her entrepreneurship certificate from the University of Iowa in 2012, Ms. Prahm launched her new business, Mommy Hips, this month. The company’s namesake product is a compression garment developed by Ms. Prahm to restore women’s hips distended by pregnancy and childbirth to their original shape.

Palisades Cafe will sustain local focus in Mt. Vernon

Just 4 miles west of Mount Vernon, Palisades-Kepler State Park has proved inspiring to more than hikers, campers and anglers. New owner Rachel Sauter has chosen to christen her Mount Vernon cafe in honor of the local park. Palisades Cafe, 117 W. First St., will feature local and organic foods, much as did its predecessor, the Lincoln Cafe.

FilmScene: Box office success

After its official first few months, FilmScene, Iowa City’s new downtown non-profit movie theater, has released its initial numbers. The theater is filling more seats than expected at its pedestrian mall location. The goal was to fill an average of 18 seats each night at the 67-seat theater. Instead, the average has been 40 a night, selling more than 5,500 tickets.

Three new venues for ‘I do’

There are three very different new options for recently engaged couples – the top of the new Cedar Rapids Public Library, outdoors in the Klopfenstein Amphitheater for the Performing Arts at Lowe Park in Marion, or inside the state of the art Grand Ballroom of the Doubletree by Hilton in downtown.

Small business counseling with a twist

With a new small business counseling program called 99BIZ, Cedar Rapids business counselor Theresa Bornbach is testing a formula she believes will drive participants to achieve results in key areas such as marketing.

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