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Monthly Archives: September 2019

Diversity Straight Up: The Pilot

Hosts Sarika Bhakta and Anthony Arrington talk with CBJ Editor Adam Moore about the origins and behind Diversity Straight Up, the four “tools” of talking about diversity, and what’s ahead for this new CBJ podcast series, presented by Collins Aerospace and the city of Cedar Rapids.

Celebrating the best of the Corridor’s C-suite

The 10 winners of the CBJ’s 2019 C-Suite Awards had 10 stories to tell about their journey to success at a September luncheon at the Cedar Rapids Country Club. Read their full profiles here.

New CBJ podcast aims to broaden ‘diversity’

Diversity is often defined as having to do only with race, ethnicity and gender. But true diversity is about so much more, say Sarika Bhakta and Anthony Arrington, the hosts of a new podcast launching this week from the Corridor Business Journal.

(Un)Hired Help: Reflecting on a year of workforce reporting

All this year, the CBJ has been exploring the causes and effects of the Corridor’s worker shortage, as well as the wants and needs of potential employees. In part six of this special series, we offer up 15-plus takeaways and solutions for improving your workforce.

CBJ Q&A: Kevin O’Brien

O’Brien Family McDonald’s of Coralville, the area’s largest McDonald’s franchisee, is expanding in the Corridor with the recent purchase of five Cedar Rapids locations. But it’s a bigger story than simply growing from 18 to 23 restaurants, as franchisee Kevin O’Brien explains in this exclusive Q&A.

Target sets a (smaller) bullseye on Iowa City

Bigger is not necessarily better in retail these days, which helps explain Target’s strategy of rolling out smaller-format stores over the next year – including one in downtown Iowa City.

CIVCO tops 2019’s Coolest Places to Work

When CIVCO Medical Solutions chose a “Brady Bunch” theme for its slice-of-life video presentation at the CBJ’s Coolest Places to Work event, it wasn’t just to be funny. Introducing the Corridor’s Coolest Place to Work for 2019.

Spotix grills up a tasty workplace culture

North Liberty’s Spotix, the No. 1 medium company in this year’s Coolest Places to Work contest, has cooked up a recipe for company culture that literally makes team members’ mouths water when they talk about their workplace.

Corridor’s coolest small company puts creativity first

A culture that fosters creative freedom, mutual respect, collaboration and learning lifted the creative agency Fusionfarm to the title of Coolest Small Company for 2019.

Corridor retailers offer clothes with a cause

If sustainable fashion conjures up images of burlap suits and hemp belts, Corridor retailers, fashion entrepreneurs and eco-conscious shoppers point to a rising rush of runway-ready ensembles that turn the cliché on its head.

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