Collective Data helps customers keep track

Customers keep finding more uses for Collective Data, a family of flexible data­base products developed in the Corridor that are used by clients to track and main­tain everything from truck parts to Tasers.

Businesses wary, despite ISPs’ neutrality pledge

Though area internet providers insist last December’s repeal of net neutrality rules won’t negatively impact their customers, some in the Corridor aren’t buying it and worry eliminating utility-style regulations will keep smaller businesses in the slow lane.

CR native is building the future, block by block

A Corridor native’s global startup is becoming a central player in the race to decentralize everything using blockchain. Meet Brendan Blumer in this CBJ exclusive profile.

Forecasting the business trends of 2018

In early December, we asked a few dozen Corridor business leaders from various sectors for the trends and developments they would be watching in 2018. Their answers seem to point to a year of growth for most in the Corridor, but also heavy uncertainty for a few.

Lura McBride named 2017’s Most Influential

Lura McBride, Van Meter Inc.’s chief executive and the Corridor’s Most Influential Person for 2017, is overflowing with “lessons learned.” One in particular stands out.

Ron Corbett, CR’s economic development mayor, looks back

Leaving office at the end of December to run for governor, former Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett led an economic renais­sance over the last eight years unequaled in Iowa’s second largest city since the days of Don Canney. He sat down with the CBJ for an exclusive interview.

In good hands for five generations

Hands Jewelers, which has operated from the same location in Iowa City since 1854, is the rarest of family businesses: those that have survived past three generations.

New UFG wellness center a draw for talent

A new 6,000-square-foot wellness center at United Fire Group opened on Nov. 27, looking a lot like a upscale health club with 24/7 card access, 32 workout stations and a group exercise room filled with spinning bikes.

EBD rebuilds with a little help from staff

Agricultural and single-family home construction drove demand for Engineering Building Design’s roof and floor trusses from Day 1 in 1995 until 2007, when the housing market collapsed.

IWLC puts focus on male allies for 2018

The leaders at Iowa Women Lead Change weren’t necessarily looking to address issues of sexual harassment when preparing for 2018, but that conversation seems all but inevitable now.

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