Starting a new business takes planning and a good sense of direction, but you don't have to travel that difficult path alone.

Many entrepreneurial programs are available through the Center for Business Growth and Innovation in UNI's Business and Community Services division(BCS). As an entrepreneur, you can receive direction and resources to help realize your business goals.

Almost all of our programs have been either nominated and/or won regional, national and international awards, including accolades from organizations like: the Mid-America Economic Development Association, the University Economic Development Association and the International Economic Development Council.  Frequently, UNI CBGI initiatives are heralded as best practice examples for economic development practitioners nationally on how universities can leverage their unique assets to create meaningful impact on regional economies.

 

UNI Dream Big Grow Here award winners

 

Resources for Entrepreneurs

The Center for Business Growth and Innovation’s team philosophy is to listen to the entrepreneurial community, imagine what we can do to fill gaps in their needs; then create sharable and collaboratively driven solutions leveraging our technology and university assets. Annually, we evaluate how we’ve done and strive to scale those resources that are effective to maximize economic impact for Iowa entrepreneurs.

 

Dream Big Grow Here

Dream Big Grow Here is Iowa’s premier business grant program providing thousands of dollars in grants and customized technical assistance to help entrepreneurs start or expand their business endeavors.
 

UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

The UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center provides a range of innovative educational programs and support services designed for student entrepreneurs.

 

Innovation Incubator

The Innovation Incubator's state of the art facility provides technological resources, classroom and office space and priority access to business experts and UNI professors across a diverse selection of industries.

 

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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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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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UNI Business class helps budget forecast for Iowa Arboretum

Ronnie Chen, assistant professor of finance, loves to bring practical experience into the classroom. When he saw an opportunity to the help the Iowa Arboretum, the Boone County nonprofit arboretum where he has volunteered for a couple of years, with its three-year budget, he seized it.

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Sharnae Lamar brings her talents overseas

Understanding personal finance is a luxury where Sharnae Lamar (Finance and Economics, ’16) grew up. On the east side of Des Moines, Lamar says there aren’t many people who know how to manage money, invest, grow income — so when she had the opportunity to go to college, business was of interest.

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UNI's business college recognizes high-achieving students with direct admission

UNI’s College of Business Administration welcomed the first class of freshmen to the UNI Business Scholars Academy this Fall. Like direct admission at other business colleges, the UNI Business Scholars Academy recognizes high-achieving first-year college students with direct admission into the business college and financial scholarship offerings.

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UNI Business helps students earn more credentials before graduation

Having employer-ready graduates is a priority at UNI Business. Part of that focus means helping students obtain professional certifications and credentials — like Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Financial Planner, Six Sigma Green Belt, etc. — before graduation, boosting their marketability for companies and making them career ready.

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