Business Resources

The Economic Alliance is dedicated to creating a strong business environment supporting all employers. Through networking, business support and professional development programs, we engage and connect member businesses.

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Our Programs

The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance offers a variety of programming to grow and develop business, continue our members' development as community leaders, foster professional growth, collaborate and create something new, or simply meet and network with other professionals.

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Forums

Forums provide peer insight and programming on a variety of topics and business segments. Groups are pre-arranged to include non-competing professionals and a wide array of discussion topics.

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Leadership for Five Seasons

Leadership for Five Seasons (LFS) is a premier community leadership program that focuses on developing top talent through a formal leadership curriculum.

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Business Support Programs

Members can attend engaging programming on a variety of emerging business topics each month.

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ImpactCR

ImpactCR is the EA's young professionals organization, creating experiences to connect young professionals to people and places in our community.

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Business Networking

As part of the strategic goals of the Economic Alliance, we strive to support our membership by connecting and engaging businesses through networking opportunities and annual programs and events.

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BizMix

The BizMix is a unique evening opportunity for members and individuals to mingle and experience a different local business each month. Attendees are invited to enjoy networking, special information and insight about area businesses, along with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cocktails.

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Hiawatha Business Summit

Join area Hiawatha businesses for a morning of networking and education at an area business! This informal gathering provides attendees the opportunity to create new business contacts, enjoy a light breakfast and learn more about a topic of interest to Hiawatha businesses.

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Speed Networking

Speed Networking is an opportunity to meet and hear from leaders in growing industries in the Cedar Rapids and ICR IOWA areas. The fast-paced networking rotates quickly through groups of attendees providing everyone the opportunity to give their best elevator pitch over the hour.

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Business Support News

Announcing the LFS Adult Class of 2021

Economic Alliance | Jun 22, 2020

Each year, 35 of the area’s next generation of leaders embark on a 10-month journey known as the Leadership for Five Seasons (LF… Read More

ImpactCR Engages With Young Professionals in a Time of Social Distancing

Economic Alliance | Jun 01, 2020

For a group that relies heavily on in-person events, the young professionals program ImpactCR is getting creative to stay engage… Read More

E-Commerce Offer for Small Businesses Extended Through June 30

Economic Alliance | Apr 15, 2020

The spread of COVID-19 is impacting businesses of all kinds. For small businesses, it’s meant closing their doors and/or limitin… Read More

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