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Partnership with Kirkwood Community College Offers Members Discount on Professional Development Programs

​We're committed to providing members of all sizes and investment levels with high-quality programming connecting them to available resources in the region to grow their business. We're partnering with Kirkwood Community College to offer Economic Alliance…
We're committed to providing members of all sizes and investment levels with high-quality programming connecting them to available resources in the region to grow their business. ……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2018/03/partnership-kirkwood-community-college-offers-members-discount-professional-development-programs

Leadership Component Reimagined for Adult Class of 2019

​Each August, 35 of the best and brightest leaders in our community embark on a ten-month journey known as the Leadership for Five Seasons Adult program. Leadership for Five Seasons (LFS) is a premier community leadership program that focuses on developin…
Each August, 35 of the best and brightest leaders in our community embark on a ten-month journey known as the Leadership for Five Seasons Adult program. Leadership for Five Seaso……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2018/08/leadership-component-reimagined-adult-class-2019

Leadership for Five Seasons Youth Program Changes Teens' Perspective on Cedar Rapids

​The Leadership for Five Seasons (LFS) Youth program brings together 40 high school juniors from Cedar Rapids metro area high schools to strengthen their leadership skills through in-depth programming that acquaints them with community needs, opportunitie…
The Leadership for Five Seasons (LFS) Youth program brings together 40 high school juniors from Cedar Rapids metro area high schools to strengthen their leadership skills through……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2018/09/leadership-five-seasons-youth-program-changes-teens-perspectives-cedar-rapids

Share Your Knowledge in a Business Support Program

Our membership is full of subject matter experts ready to share their valuable knowledge with other businesses through our Business Support Programs. These programs exist to develop businesses, develop employees as leaders and foster professional growth.
Our membership is full of subject matter experts ready to share their valuable knowledge with other businesses through our Business Support Programs. These programs exist to devel……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2018/11/share-your-knowledge-business-support-program

New Forum for ESOP Businesses

Economic Alliance Forums are industry based groups of non-competing professionals providing peer insights on relevant industry topics. Previously, the Economic Alliance offered three Forums: Marketing, Executive and Food & Beverage. Thanks to member input…
Economic Alliance Forums are industry based groups of non-competing professionals providing peer insights on relevant industry topics. Previously, the Economic Alliance offered th……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2019/01/new-forum-esop-businesses

New Online Platform Offers Opportunity for Small Businesses to Participate in E-Commerce

​Online shopping has changed the way consumers shop. In fact, according to a recent report from SalesCycle, e-commerce grew by 16 percent in 2017. Even the biggest buy local enthusiasts can’t deny the convenience online shopping offers. Creation, manageme…
Online shopping has changed the way consumers shop. In fact, according to a recent report from SalesCycle, e-commerce grew by 16 percent in 2017. Even the biggest buy local enthus……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2018/12/new-online-platform-offers-opportunity-small-businesses-participate-e-commerce

Thank You, Next: Speed Networking Returns in April

​Networking events are excellent opportunities to grow connections and potentially lead to new customers, clients or mentors. But have you ever found it difficult to connect with more than just a handful of people at an event? Based on this feedback from …
Networking events are excellent opportunities to grow connections and potentially lead to new customers, clients or mentors. But have you ever found it difficult to connect with mo……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2019/02/thank-you-next-speed-networking-returns-april

Region-Wide Collaboration in Surveying Small Businesses

​As an organization that represents the business community, it’s vital for the Economic Alliance to always have a pulse on our community’s opportunities and challenges. We exist to assist growth in our area.
As an organization that represents the business community, it’s vital for the Economic Alliance to always have a pulse on our community’s opportunities and challenges. We exist to……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2019/03/region-wide-collaboration-surveying-small-businesses

Resources Available to Learn More About Fair Chance Hiring

The Economic Alliance listens consistently for challenges local member businesses are facing. Workforce, both retention of quality workforce and recruitment of talent are strong barriers to growing businesses in our region. While the Economic Alliance exi…
The Economic Alliance listens consistently for challenges local member businesses are facing. Workforce, both retention of quality workforce and recruitment of talent are strong b……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2019/06/resources-available-learn-more-about-fair-chance-hiring

Connecting With Industry Peers Through Forums

Conversations with peers in your field can provide immense value. They understand your unique opportunities and challenges while sharing insights on their past experiences that you can learn from. Economic Alliance members are eligible to join any of our …
Conversations with peers in your field can provide immense value. They understand your unique opportunities and challenges while sharing insights on their past experiences that yo……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2019/06/connecting-industry-peers-through-forums

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