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.

2021 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. Check out the list for 2021 below.

Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor Northwestern Mutual

Day Session Title Presenter
1/21/21 Turning Your Marketing Efforts Into Real Relationships Alan Murdock - Murdock Media Production
2/18/21 Understanding Leadership Styles And How They Translate Over Into The Virtual Space Helena Long, JET Engineering
3/19/21 Succession Planning For Your Business Virginia Vanderslice, Ph.D., Praxis Consulting Group and Daniel Goldstein, Folience
4/15/21 2021 Small Business Priorities for Employers Donna Meek, PEO Services of Oasis, a Paycheck Company
5/20/21 Cyber Security - Not Your 80s Terminator Movie Ed Leighton-Dick, Kingfisher Technologies
6/17/21 How You Operate Matters. The EOS Talk. Michelle Owens
7/28/21 Law & Libations Jonathan Schmidt, 303 Legal
9/16/21 Handshake - The Powerful Workforce Pipeline to Reach Students Prior To Graduation Allan Boettger, The Pomerantz Center at the University of Iowa
10/7/21 That Would Never Happen to Me. Protecting Your Company and Employees With the Right Kind of Insurance

Lindsay Handy, Sheets Forrest Draper Insurance
Spencer Stephens, Sheets Forrest Draper Insurance


Successful Succession; Right Seat, Right Bus, Right Time

Patti Seda, Seda Consulting
11/19/21 The Value of Mental Wellness in the Workplace Dr. Jacob Christenson, Covenant Family Solutions
12/16/21 TBD Kalvin Grabau Keele, Northwestern Mutual


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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