A new idea that would positively impact thousands throughout Iowa.

In 1985, it was recognized that businesses across the state were in need of professional assistance in starting, maintaining and growing their businesses. With this in mind, the University of Northern Iowa began a new collaboration to develop programs with the purpose of providing outreach to businesses and communities across Iowa.

Over the next decade, UNI leadership devoted considerable time to better understand local-level economic development needs across the state. The outcome resulted in the creation of 12 programs that would address specific needs such as community and economic development, entrepreneurship and the environment.

The programs were brought together in the year 2000 under the umbrella of Business and Community Services (BCS). BCS works with businesses, entrepreneurs, communities and governments, providing a wide array of services from marketing research and business incubation, to environmental compliance assistance and economic development. The BCS brand continues to grow to cater to the needs of Iowa businesses providing unsurpassed expertise and knowledge.

 

Business and Community Services Programs

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Sydney Bartling credits UNI business college with internship case competition win

For Vinton, Iowa native, Sydney Bartling (Real Estate ’19), this project wasn’t entirely new. During her spring internship at Dominium, a Twin Cities-based affordable housing developer, Bartling was tasked with a case competition — propose a potential development deal to the organization’s partners.

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UNI's MBA program seeking potential clients

University of Northern Iowa MBA program is seeking clients for student capstone experience. This course is the comprehensive application of the MBA curriculum in a strategic context.

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Federal policy reversal a relief for UNI international students

International students and campus administrators at the University of Northern Iowa breathed a sigh of relief after the federal government rescinded a policy decision Tuesday that could have forced thousands of international students across the country to return home amidst a global pandemic.

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