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. UNI Business and UNI Business and Community Services help connect cities, businesses, citizens and UNI Business 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 UNI Business. 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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SCAMMER OF A CENTURY AGO PIONEERED TACTICS USED TODAY

George Graham Rice? Never heard of him. Who is he? A century ago, though, he was a famous flamboyant scammer, a pied-piper of stock manipulation.

While incarcerated for the third or fourth time, he wrote a series of periodical articles that eventually coalesced into a book. As with other scammers, Rice was brazen, even boastful about his felonious escapades. He wryly entitled his book My Adventures with Your Money.

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Accounting professor doubles as an established painter

Tim Lindquist began painting when he was just a teenager. A friend invited him over to learn how to create a dog on canvas, and Lindquist was hooked. He asked for paints that Christmas and considered majoring in art at college. But he chose accounting instead, becoming an educator and professor at the College of Business.

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Good-bye, mom and pop restaurants and shops

Most of my readers are familiar with small towns in Iowa that have longstanding family-owned businesses, such as family eateries. Grandparents, parents, and children may own and work in these restaurants. They often have loyal employees that are “part of the family.” These owners may be unable to afford to pay their workers much more than $10 per hour, to say nothing of the proposed $15 per hour minimum wage.

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All hail the billionaire

After months of dreary experimentation in her basement, Dr. von Frankenstein, PhD, has concocted an effective antidote and vaccine for a deadly virus sweeping the United States. She files and receives a patent for her discovery.

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New ways to milk customers

There’s a new way marketers are getting young people to fork over their money. The new tactic revolves around consumers making four payments of one-quarter the retail price of an item (Amanda Mull, “Jeans Now, Pay Later,” Atlantic, January/February 2021, 18-20). This is just the old come-on--“Buy now, pay later”—in a new guise.

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What does it mean to live the good life?

By anyone’s estimation, the recently deceased Vernon Jordan was a “mover and shaker.” A commentary on his life referred to him as, “a civil-rights leader, Washington insider, Wise Man, power broker, deal maker, rainmaker, Wall Street banker and, as an interviewer put it a few years ago in the Financial Times, ‘the most connected man in America (Peggy Noonan, “America Loses a Wise Man,” Wall Street Journal, March 6-7, 2021, A13).’” Whew!

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