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Loans are up, earnings down for Iowa banks through Q3

Iowa’s banking industry continues to ride out the rocky economy, with loans up but earnings and credit quality ratios weakening through the third quarter, according to the latest FDIC data. 

Collins plans layoffs as RTX authorizes $5B in buybacks

Collins Aerospace plans to lay off 65 workers at its plants in Decorah and Bellevue in its latest round of layoffs.

Czech Village NewBo district launches small business lab

The Czech Village New Bohemia Main Street District is rolling out a new online business coaching service, “The Small Business Lab,” for the approximately 200 small businesses in the district.

Buy. Give. Grow. campaign aims to keep dollars local

Hoping to champion a “local-first” mindset and support businesses through the holiday season and beyond, the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance last week announced Buy. Give. Grow. presented by GreenState Credit Union.

Tom Cilek’s New Best Friend: Bruce Teague

In the latest episode of “Tom Cilek’s New Best Friend,” Tom and Bruce discuss his arrival in Iowa City as a teenager, and working as a business owner and public official in the age of COVID and Black Lives Matter. Presented by West Bank.

UI’s Tippie College elevates acting dean to permanent role

Amy Kristof-Brown, who has served as interim dean of the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business since March 1, will become the college’s permanent dean, UI officials announced today.

Wahls elected to lead Iowa Senate Democrats

Sen. Zach Wahls of Coralville was elected to serve as the new Democratic leader of the Iowa Senate, replacing Sen. Janet Petersen.

Loyal to Local campaign encourages local shopping

A new grassroots campaign, Loyal to Local, will launch Nov. 16 to increase support of small businesses.

Cedar Ridge becomes Iowa’s best-selling bourbon

Cedar Ridge Iowa Straight Bourbon is the state’s top-selling 750 ml. bourbon, according to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division.

Diversity Straight Up: ‘Looking Up’ and driving change

In the Season 2 debut of the CBJ podcast, “Diversity Straight Up,” hosts Sarika Bhakta and Anthony Arrington talk with Michele Sullivan, former Caterpillar executive, TED presenter and now author, about growing up different, starting tough conversations, and her new book, “Looking Up.”

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