Business Support Programs


The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance’s core function of Business Support is dedicated to creating a strong business environment to support all employers. The Economic Alliance focuses on small and locally-owned businesses to engage and connect them through networking, business and professional development programs.

2020 Business Support Programming

A brand new lineup of programming will be announced soon for 2020. Stay tuned!

2019 Business Support Programming

The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance offers a variety of programming to grow and develop your business, continue your development as a leader, foster your growth as a professional, collaborate and create something new, or simply meet and network with other professionals. Download a printable version.

Day Session Title Presenter
4/18/19 Discover Employee Engagement Tools Ginny Wilson-Peters
4/24/19 Speed Networking --
5/23/19 Become a Champion Local Networker Josh McNary
6/27/19 Effective Storytelling on Social Media Robyn Miessler-Kubanek
7/10/19 Secrets to Sales Sucess Lee Roberts
7/18/19 Giving and Receiving Feedback James Mayhew
8/15/19 How to Survive and Thrive in an E-Commerce World Cherie Edilson
9/19/19 DIY Digital Marketing Tactics - The Basics Josh McNary
10/10/19 Speed Networking ---
10/15/19 Technology for Creative Workforce Solutions ---
10/17/19 Conflict Management and Recognizing + Resolving Sexual Harassment Russ Curry


Our Forums continue to grow, and are designed to provide peer insights and programming on a variety of topics and business segments. Groups are pre-arranged to include non-competing professionals, and topics of discussion vary by forum.

The format for these sessions includes guest speakers, group problem solving, and sharing of best practices. Groups meet monthly, with time of day determined by group preference, and location rotating among members or at the Economic Alliance. Get more information on active Forums.

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