Monthly Archives: December 2019

Duane Smith is 2019’s Most Influential

Duane Smith speaks with the authority of a business professor about concepts like building a legacy company and the entrepreneurial ladder. Yet, the CEO of TrueNorth Companies, voted this year’s Most Influential Leader, is at his best when he talks about developing the people around him.

Tom Cilek’s New Best Friend: Kelly Hayworth

In the latest episode of this new CBJ podcast, West Bank’s Tom Cilek shares stories with Kelly Hayworth, city administrator with the city of Coralville, about the birth of regionalism in the Corridor and some of their early hijinks aimed at earning Johnson County some national attention.

High fiber: Enseva bringing Hiawatha firms top data speeds

Businesses in Hiawatha are seeing plenty of utility marker flags – and better high-speed data connections and rates – as local data center operator Enseva cuts out the internet service middle man.

Lion Development baking up big plans for Pizza Ranches

Two Corridor-area Pizza Ranches are getting high-end makeovers, the latest in restaurateur and real estate investor Brandon Pratt’s efforts to supercharge his growing portfolio of locations with additional seating, delivery options and FunZone Arcades.

Navigating the ESOP maze

Transferring a company’s ownership from a private owner to employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan may be admirable, but it’s far from simple.

Diversity Straight Up: Phil Jasper

In the latest episode of the new CBJ podcast, “Diversity Straight Up,” hosts Sarika Bhakta and Anthony Arrington talk with Phil Jasper, president of Mission Systems at Collins Aerospace, about the role of diversity in innovation, reverse mentoring and the importance of cultural competency in leadership.

Two new ‘seeds’ taking root in Johnson County

A pair of new startup funding opportunities are on the way in Johnson County to help strengthen the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and ensure early-stage innovators grow their ideas here in the Corridor.

Medtech for the masses

UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids has literally thrown open the door to innovation with a new “makerspace” opening this month for hospital clinicians and patients to create health care devices.

Real Success with Nate Kaeding: Gary Rozek

Former pro athlete and Iowa entrepreneur Nate Kaeding sits down with Gary Rozek, entrepreneur and chairman of Centro Inc., to discuss advanced manufacturing, restaurants and golf in the latest edition of Real Success, presented by MidWestOne Bank.

Amazon’s coming to town

Economic development officials say an Amazon “last mile” fulfillment center coming to Iowa City’s east side could have implications beyond generating new jobs. It might also mean a shot at marrying tech innovations from the University of Iowa with the e-commerce giant’s ambitions of dominating the drone delivery space.

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