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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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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New Social Media Marketing Course at UNI Open to Local Business Professionals

Need an introduction or refresher to the fundamentals of using Social Media for effectively marketing your business or organization? The MBA program in the College of Business Administration at UNI announced a new graduate level one credit course on Social Media Marketing to be offered to its students taught by professional marketer Sara Kies with start dates in April, 2021.

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UNI Business student helped analyze community’s health needs during internship

Taylor Baltes (Management ’20) combined her interest in data with working for a good cause. It started in the late summer when Baltes was searching for an internship for the fall semester. She stumbled upon an opening for data analytics at the Cedar Valley United Way, a nonprofit organization that distributes funds to various community needs.

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