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
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 2020 below or download a printable schedule.
Please Note: As of March 16, and due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, many of these upcoming business support programs have been adjusted in format and topic. Please see www.cedarrapids.org/coronavirus for event updates.
|1/16/20||2020 Trends in Marketing||Vicki Dirksen - Plaid Swan|
|2/20/20||Focus on Employee Growth||John Spanczak - Leverage. Powered by Clickstop.|
|3/19/20||Employee Handbook: What Should it Include?||Brenda LaMarche - BRL HR Consulting|
|4/16/20||When Their Home Office Becomes "The Office" - Effectively Managing Remote Employees||Helena Long - Jet Engineering|
|4/23/20||Speed Networking - Registration Opening Soon||--|
|5/21/20||Secrets to Sales Success 2 - Registration Opening Soon||Lee Roberts - BerganKDV|
|6/18/20||Beyond the Word Diversity: Impacts of Cultural Norms in the Workplace||Anthony Arrington - Top RANK|
|7/16/20||Marketing is NOT Magic: How to Plan, Implement and Evolve in the Digital Age||Joshua McNary - McNary Marketing & Design|
|8/20/20||Basics of Data Privacy: New Practices for a New Age - Registration Opening Soon||Ed Leighton-Dick - Kingfisher Technologies|
|9/17/20||Mental Health in the Workplace Panel||TBD|
|10/8/20||Speed Networking - Registration Opening Soon||--|
|10/15/20||Media Relations Know How & Tips to Get Your Organization Coverage||Melissa McCarville - Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance|
|11/19/20||Dos, Don'ts and How To's of Employment Background Checks - Registration Opening Soon||Buzzy Castonguay - C4 Operations Background Checks|
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.