Enhancing the quality of life for our students and our community.

Communities are strengthened through the leadership, planning and services provided by city agencies and local businesses. UNIBusiness and UNI Business and Community Services help connect cities, businesses, citizens and UNIBusiness students through community-based outreach and service programs.

 

Institute for Decision Making

Our commitment to Iowa’s community is evident through the University of Northern Iowa’s Business and Community Services’ economic development arm. The Institute for Decision Making guides community-based organizations through organizational planning, technical assistance, applied research and training for Iowans concerned about their community’s economic vitality.

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The IDM typically serves and advises economic development corporations, chambers of commerce, convention and visitor bureaus, community planning groups, nonprofit organizations and similar groups. The IDM has a well-trained staff with education in applied development fields and boast a large background in practical and professional applications.

 

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is an IRS initiative designed to support free tax preparation service for the underserved through various partner organizations, like UNIBusiness. Senior and graduate-level accounting students offer free tax support to the community from February through April 15th.

Contact Joseph Ugrin, Head of Accounting to learn more.

 

David W. Wilson Ethics Education

What role should business play in current societies? What duties should communities impose on business? What rights and privileges should business be granted? David W. Wilson Ethics events are held throughout the Cedar Valley and are designed to ask those large-scale ethical questions to present a balanced view on the issues facing businesses and social institutions.

Visit https://business.uni.edu/about/david-w-wilson-chair-business-ethics to learn more.

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UNI business college leads the way at No. 1 Northwestern Mutual office

Thanks to some UNI business college influence, the Waterloo office of Northwestern Mutual had the No. 1 internship program out of all 214 offices across the country from summer 2019 to summer 2020. Two UNI interns led the way. Caleb Meinders (’21) and Kayla Hoeger (’20) were the No. 21 and No. 32 interns (out of 100s) in the 2019-20 Northwestern Mutual internship class, respectively. Zach Fischels (’19), Clay Meinders (’19) and Owen Ward (’19) also played key roles before graduating.

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UNI named Top 3 program for CPAs

The University of Northern Iowa’s accounting department ranked third in the nation in preparing students to become certified public accountants, according to a new analytic by Baylor University and UNI professors.

The newly created CPA Success Index estimates students’ progress toward completing all four parts of the CPA exam. The metric found UNI students had an 89% success rate on the notoriously difficult test, just below Texas A&M University (90%) and the University of Missouri-Columbia (95%).

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The anxiety young people have about maturing in their twenties has lead to the word "adulting" becoming quite popular. It's a useful, albeit somewhat glib, catch-all term for taking care of yourself. Doing your laundry? Adulting. Scrambling an egg? Adulting. In truth, the real sign of adulthood is living a life that's within your control, and for that, there are several iOS apps to help. With these five apps, anyone can "adult" -- or at least fake it when they need to. 

 

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5 highly effective Gmail tools you should be using but probably aren't

Do you use Gmail for your business or personal email correspondence? Do you want to improve your email experience, rather than rely on Google's standard email interface? Thanks to developers within the email productivity space, there are a growing number of productivity apps available for Gmail users. Following are five powerful Gmail productivity tools to consider adding to your email routine:

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UNI releases new COVID-19 dashboard

The University of Northern Iowa today begins its release of COVID-19 test results. This routinely updated aggregate data, shared in a way that protects individuals’ privacy, is available here. The dashboard will be updated each Friday and Monday. “Timely, accurate information is a powerful tool for fighting COVID-19, and we believe everyone in the community deserves to have access to it as we work together to stop this virus,” said President Mark A. Nook.

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