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Partnership events will celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week
By Business Record Staff

The Greater Des Moines Partnership has a series of presentations planned to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 8-12. Diana Wright, startup community builder at the Partnership, said there is significant startup activity in the Des Moines area, and she encouraged people who are building their own startups to participate in the events planned for Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Nov. 8: Cheryl Garland, founder of Integrative Counseling Solutions, will talk about how small business owners can support their mental health. The webinar, scheduled from 4 to 5 p.m., will be confidential and help participants learn how to know the signs of mental health struggles, coping skills, and where to find resources to help.

Nov. 9: ISA Ventures and the Greater Des Moines Partnership will host Sales for Startups, a daylong crash course for sales strategies and tactics for startups.

Nov. 9: The Partnership will host a virtual Meet the Buyers: Small to Big Business Forum from 9 to 11 a.m. It will provide an opportunity for small businesses to learn from buyers with larger companies.

Nov. 10: The Partnership will host a Raising Capital Seminar where startup companies will learn about capitalization tables, equity compensation, managing an investment close and more on the road to raising equity financing.

Nov. 10: The Partnership, ISA Ventures and Techstars Iowa will host a Female Founder Fireside  from 5 to 7 p.m. at Gravitate Coworking Downtown. The event is targeted toward women interested in building and scaling businesses.


Virtual event to celebrate American Clean Power Week
Power Up Iowa is recognizing the first annual American Clean Power Week with a virtual event today celebrating Iowa’s leadership in renewable energy. According to a news release, the event, scheduled for noon, will feature messages from elected officials, highlight renewable energy case studies from around Iowa, and include a panel discussion where experts can answer questions about renewable energy. A list of those participating in the event includes Gov. Kim Reynolds, members of Iowa’s congressional delegation, economic development officials and other stakeholders. Power Up Iowa is an initiative of the American Clean Power Association, a coalition of energy supporters advocating for policies and initiatives that would enhance the state’s wind and solar energy investment. According to the release, the American Clean Power Association represents energy companies that are addressing climate change, creating jobs and spurring investment and driving high-tech innovation across the country.
DMARC, Amerigroup Foundation partner for mobile food pantry
The Des Moines Area Religious Council will begin a mobile food pantry Wednesday with help from the Amerigroup Foundation. According to a news release, a $10,000 donation from the foundation will help DMARC offer the mobile food pantry at CareMore Health’s Des Moines Care Center, 1530 Euclid Ave. The mobile food pantry will be at that site from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, and then return to that location every second and fourth Wednesday of the month thereafter. "Co-locating our mobile food pantries with other services for low-income residents of our community has proven highly effective in meeting the needs of people facing food insecurity in Greater Des Moines," said DMARC CEO Matt Unger. Amerigroup Iowa President Jeffrey Jones said the partnership with DMARC is another step in the company’s commitment to help make nutritious food more accessible to the most vulnerable residents and the community. "We are proud to work alongside community partners like DMARC to address food access and nutrition as well as support the mobile food pantry that will positively impact so many," Jones said.

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Census analysis: Refocus on rural Iowa needed to stabilize population declines
Rural communities, which have been losing population for decades, must do more to stem that loss and stabilize if they are to thrive, the city administrator of one small northern Iowa community said.

The U.S. Census Bureau released its 2020 data in August, and it showed that Iowa’s population grew to just over 3.19 million, up from just under 3.05 million in 2010, an increase of about 4.7%. The data also showed that the migration of residents away from small, rural communities continued with 68 of the state’s 99 counties losing population. Meanwhile, suburban areas, like Des Moines and Polk and Dallas counties continued to grow. Read more

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Cedar Rapids ethanol plant could become source of low-carbon jet fuel
Des Moines Register: An Archer Daniels Midland ethanol plant in Cedar Rapids could be one of three ADM will use to produce millions of gallons of sustainable aviation fuel, the Chicago-based company said Monday. ADM said it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Gevo Inc., a Denver-area company, to produce low-carbon jet fuel and other products at ethanol plants in Cedar Rapids, Columbus, Neb., and Decatur, Ill.

UAW wants temporary injunction in Deere strike to be vacated
Quad-City Times: Striking UAW workers say a judge’s order that is limiting their picketing activities outside a Davenport plant was issued improperly, and they want the temporary injunction vacated immediately. Attorneys for the Davenport-based UAW Local 281, which is in labor-contract negotiations with Deere & Co., say a judge in Scott County took only Deere’s side of the story when issuing the injunction last week.

New study finds ‘forever chemicals’ in streams across Iowa
Iowa Capital Dispatch: A first-of-its-kind study of rural Iowa creeks and rivers found traces of synthetic chemicals that are toxic and persist in the environment indefinitely at sites across the state. "They’re all over the place," said Dana Kolpin, a research hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey who led the study, the results of which were published this month. The study found evidence of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances — also known as PFAS or "forever chemicals" — in nearly a third of the 60 streams that USGS field staff sampled in 2019 and 2020.

Gen Z and millennials are leading a ‘Great Reshuffle'

BY SARAH BOGAARDS: This point in the period of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is increasingly being referred to as the "Great Resignation," to characterize the labor shortages facing many industries. But LinkedIn CEO Ryan Roslansky frames this period as a time of transition, more of a "Great Reshuffle," at least for Gen Z and millennial workers. The executive shared with Time magazine his insight into what workers want and how LinkedIn is working to help them find it. He said employees have a new power to ask employers for better benefits or flexible hours, and the transformation of the employer-employee relationship "places LinkedIn in a strong, singular position to really help shape the new world of work." Roslansky calls it a "reshuffle" instead because LinkedIn metrics show the number of members that changed their job in their profile is up 54% from last year; it’s also up 80% among Gen Z workers. Secondly, he expects as companies adjust their cultures and post-pandemic workplaces, talent will return. "While this reshuffle of talent will most likely play out for another year or two, I believe it will ultimately settle back down in a place that’s going to lead to greater effectiveness for businesses, greater fulfillment for employees," he told Time. In addition to adopting flexibility in leadership, Roslansky said he predicts the top-down leadership style will fade in favor of a more collaborative approach to decision-making.

Iowa DOT worries about supply chain issues ahead of snow season
The Iowa Department of Transportation worries that supply chain issues could cause problems for them when they have to keep snowplows on the roads this winter. DOT administrators told KCRG they are having trouble getting repair parts for plows and trucks in these garages. The head of winter operations for the DOT, Craig Bargfrede, says the guaranteed delivery date on a plow blade is in April 2022. Bargfrede says while this may create some challenges, the DOT is ready. Read more
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