It's often lonely at the top for business owners. We're here to be a third-party sounding board and trusted advisor. 

For the past two decades, the University of Northern Iowa Center for Business Growth and Innovation (UNI CBGI) has built a network of resources and services designed to attract, connect, and accelerate small business and start-up growth with business assistance, capital, partner resources, and valuable connections to their peers.

The success of UNI CBGI initiatives can be attributed to our team’s philosophy to listen to small business owners, imagine what we can do to make life better, and to create solutions leveraging our university and technology assets. Annually, we evaluate how we’ve done in terms of economic impact, user experiences, and potential to scale. We have learned how to better understand business owners through online interactions, an e-mail listserv, statewide annual survey, regional workshops and outreach events, and webinars.

 

 

Resources to Grow Your Business

Our philosophy is to listen to the business community, imagine what we can do to fill gaps in their needs and 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 business owners.

 

Advance Iowa

Advance Iowa is the State of Iowa’s comprehensive consulting program designed to work with mid-sized companies to enhance their growth.
 

Small Business Development Center 

​Advance Iowa is the State of Iowa’s comprehensive consulting program designed to work with mid-sized companies to enhance their growth.

 

 

Business Concierge

Iowa Business Concierge program seeks to connect entrepreneurs with the right public sector organization that can help them grow, the first time, every time. 
 

Strategic Marketing Services

​Strategic Marketing Services is a full service marketing research organization that delivers customized, targeted, actionable marketplace intelligence to clients of varying sizes, industries, and geographic locations.

 

Latest News & Views


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UNI VITA Tax Program Postponed Due To COVID-19 Concerns

University of Northern Iowa’s College of Business Administration’s long-running Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which allows accounting students to prepare tax returns for low- and moderate-income taxpayers, will not be providing services this spring due to COVID-19 concerns. Taxpayers are encouraged to call the United Way at 211 for help in locating an alternative site in their area or use the Internal Revenue Service’s Free File program. 

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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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Travis Steffen
Serial entrepreneur got his start at UNI’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

Travis Steffen remembers the first time he contemplated building a business. An undergraduate student, he was sitting in his dorm room at Dancer Hall, chatting with his two roommates. They wanted to make bed lofts and sell them to incoming students. They calculated a $10,000 profit, life-changing money in college. Although they later found out UNI already contracted with a bed loft company and dropped the idea, Steffen couldn’t shake the potential.

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Is history on repeat? Former UNI student body presidents weigh in on the changes

Four former student body presidents and graduates from the College of Business Administration shared the highlights and struggles of their terms across four decades, illuminating along the way the universal struggles of the college experience and the unique challenges brought on by current events.

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University of Northern Iowa students work on finance software start up at the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center
UNI's business college responds to disruption to finance industry

Technology has made sweeping changes to our daily lives, and the financial industry is no exception. Fintech, which generally refers to financial technology, is changing how companies do business and how consumers manage their financial lives.

 

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Business student elected to Iowa House of Representatives

University of Northern Iowa senior business management major, Carter Nordman, was elected as a Republican to the 19th District of the Iowa House of Representatives, and at 22, he will enter as the youngest legislator in the chamber.

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