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Business and Community Services (BCS) is the arm of UNI dedicated to using our university resources and expertise to create a positive and lasting impact across the state of Iowa. Dealing with everything from the restoration of our natural vegetation to growing small businesses, BCS proves you do not have to be part of a big university to have a big impact. UNIBusiness and BCS have helped over 400,000 Iowans in all 99 Iowa counties and continues to grow its programs to help even more! Explore the ways we are working to build a better Iowa.

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Did You Know you Can Create Polls in Zoom?

If you’re prepared for each meeting with an agenda and/or classroom instruction and you’d like to take a poll, simply set one up prior to the meeting directly in Zoom. It’s easy to do and you’re able to share the results with participants during the meeting and download the results.

1 week 2 days ago
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How to Look Like a Rockstar in Zoom

Zoom has become the virtual meeting platform of choice for thousands of people due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re new to Zoom, or virtual meetings in general, the idea of online meetings can be overwhelming for us who’ve never worked or taken classes from home.

1 week 5 days ago
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How to Successfully Lead an Effective Team of Newly Remote Workers

COVID-19 is forcing us to make organizational adjustments that are outside of the comfort zone for some. Although it’s been reported that 43 percent of employees work remotely with some frequency, leading a team of employees from afar can feel daunting, especially if those employees are new to working from home. 

2 weeks 3 days ago
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Staying Productive While Working from Home

Working from home might seem like a dream to most people but that doesn't mean it's always easy. When you work from home, you’re immersed in distraction. It's harder to maintain a healthy work ethic when nobody is around to make you stick to your schedule. If you’ve requested a work from home arrangement or have been ordered to work from home due to COVID-19, you have to hold yourself accountable and these tips will help you do so. 

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