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

ImpactCR Welcomes New Leaders to Advisory Board

Dec 17, 2019

The ImpactCR Advisory Board is composed of 15 members representing a diverse range of industries and professions in the Cedar Ra… Read More

Lasting Impacts from Leadership for Five Seasons Projects

Dec 14, 2019

Each year, 35 passionate community leaders participate in the Leadership for Five Seasons (LFS) Adult program and complete a pro… Read More

Buy Here, Give Here and Grow Here: Reinvest Your Dollars Where You Live

Nov 26, 2019

The following appeared as a Guest Column in The Gazette from Economic Alliance Executive Director Doug Neumann There is power b… Read More

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