Monthly Archives: May 2016

MERGE gets $1.5 million for prototyping studio

A newly announced grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority will help pay for a biomedical and electronics prototyping hub to be housed at the MERGE center in downtown Iowa City.

POGO brand gives Eco Lips a bounce

A new lip balm brand in a distinctive refillable container this month is opening doors for Eco Lips with mass-market retailers.

SCOTUS rules in favor of CRST on fees

A dispute over $4.7 million in legal fees between CRST International and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been decided in the company’s favor.

Kirkwood looks back at 50

Turning 50 is a good time for reflection, and that even goes for community colleges. A recently commissioned economic impact study found that between 2013-2014, Kirkwood added $973.3 million in income to Iowa’s economy.

Moxie Solar named 2016’s Fastest Growing Company

The North Liberty-based installer of solar arrays took the top spot in this year’s Fastest Growing Companies program, growing its revenues more than 536 percent between 2013-2015.

Corridor businesses still processing EMV tech

For Harold van Beek, local businesses’ slow adoption of EMV payment card technology is playing out in a familiar scene.

CR seeks balance in food truck regs

A new set of regulations is around the corner for food cart and truck vendors in Cedar Rapids, leaving entrepreneur Otmane Benjilany with one wish.

CRCC golf course completes Ross-toration

The Cedar Rapids Country Club’s three-year, $700,000 restoration of its Donald Ross-designed golf course was revealed April 30 to its members, and will take the national stage on May 16 as it hosts a U.S. Open qualifying event.

Wellmark, UI Health Alliance partner on new health insurer

Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, the state’s largest health insurer, and the University of Iowa Health Alliance are joining forces to create a new health insurance company that will initially provide coverage for a limited number of Iowans.

Daydreams Comics turns page on 30 years

Daydreams Comics, the quaint shop on Dubuque Street in downtown Iowa City, appears on the surface to be everything a superhero is not: quiet, friendly and easily accessible.

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