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The greatest gift for the holidays

By Greg Dardis | Guest Column
Oprah Winfrey could do a dramatic reveal in her sleep. So, when it’s time to announce her holiday gift guide, she is more than ready.

Are you ready for a higher white-collar salary threshold?

By Brenda LaMarche | Guest Column
Starting Jan. 1, 2020, more than 1 million white collar workers will be eligible for overtime pay, and more companies will be responsible for paying overtime. Are you ready?

The right choice on Cargill’s ask

CBJ Editorial
Cargill has three manufacturing facilities in Cedar Rapids, where it employs about 600 and uses 200 contract employees. So, when Cargill came to the city with an audacious request – to build a private railyard for its corn milling facility on 16th Street SE – the city listened.

Are you at risk of derailing as a leader?

By Gale Mote | Guest Column
Some leaders demonstrate the right behaviors to keep their followers engaged and aligned, even in turbulent times. They are steadfast, decisive, resilient and focused.

Filling a void in Corridor leadership

CBJ Editorial
Next month we will publish the CBJ’s annual list of the most influential people in the region. What stands out this year, unfortunately, is a pronounced lack of diversity on the list and the stark void in local leadership by some of the region’s largest public companies.

Attention-grabbing signage doesn’t always mean ‘good’

By Joe Coffey | The Fifth Estate
Your business’ most overlooked media format might be the most visible one you have – the signage out front. From a media criticism standpoint, signs can say a lot more about a business than an owner intends.

Beware of unintended consequences

Union employees at General Mills in Cedar Rapids may have attained some modest enhancements with their latest contract, but we’re concerned about the long-term consequences, considering the challenge for food companies like General Mills to try to stay abreast of the consumer’s ever-changing diet preferences.

The future of the Corridor is entrepreneurship

By Maurie Cashman | Guest Column
Entrepreneurship is important for many reasons, from promoting social change to driving innovation. It’s about the impact of fostering new ideas and ways of thinking to create dramatic change.

Collective effort needed to reach statewide excellence

By Joe Murphy | Guest Column
As 2020 approaches, the Iowa Business Council is diligently working on creating a career ready workforce, strategies to diversify and increase our population and connecting business with education to make lasting impressions among our youth about the possibilities that exist in their backyard.

Perfecting your marketing mix

By Betsy McCloskey | Guest Column 
According to Marketing 101, effective marketing comes down to getting the right offer in front of the right person at the right time. Constructing the right marketing mix to achieve this is key to success.

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