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Online events happening this week: March 30 – April 5

As in-person events around the world are canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, a number of online events are popping up far and wide.

Here are some of the online events happening this week that might be beneficial to local businesses and organizations. If you know of any event(s) happening this week that we haven’t included let us know and we’ll add it to the list.

Better Virtual Meetings

Wednesday, April 1 |  1:30 pm – 2:30 pm  |  Join Webinar

Shifting to virtual meetings is a big change for many, and it often can mean a loss of brainstorming, collaboration and engaging content.We will share low prep to high prep methods for virtually presenting, collaborating, brainstorming and decision making.

COVID-19 & Unemployment Benefits with Ryan West from Iowa Workforce Development

Monday, March 30 |  11 am – 12 am  |  Join Webinar

Ryan West, Deputy Director, Iowa Workforce Development, will conduct a webinar and give an update on COVID-19 and unemployment benefits for employers and employees. 

Driving Demand Remotely with Drip Marketing Campaigns

Wednesday, April 1  |  10 am – 11 am  |  Join Webinar

Kaylee Williams, President of Volunteer Local, has been running very successful drip marketing campaigns to drive demand for demos of her companies product. Learn from Kaylee how to create, deploy and manage these campaigns for both email and phone based marketing. Learn what tools she uses and hear her tips for succeeding.  

Managing Legal Concerns for Small Business Part 2

Thursday, April 1 | 10 am – 11 am | Join Webinar

Samantha Wagner is a Staff Attorney at Iowa Legal Aid, where she provides legal services and representation to low-income entrepreneurs in both litigation and transactional matters. Wagner will provide updated information to give you as we develop a greater understanding of the issues facing small business owners at this time.

Marketing online and offline: It’s all about reach

Tuesday, March 31 | from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm | Join Webinar

During this workshop, you’ll be introduced to the many different platforms you can market on, both online and offline. By the end of the session, you’ll have the knowledge to identify which platforms are most relevant to your audience.

Remote Selling

Friday, April 3  |  10 am – 11 am  |  Join Webinar

Andy Snook, Founder and CEO of Des Moines-based Fastpath Solutions, has built his business by selling remotely. Snook will share specific specific techniques to succeed in selling remotely.

Scrappy Branding: It’s more than a logo

Thursday, April 2 | 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm | Join Webinar

In this session, you’ll learn that branding is so much more than a logo. We’ll teach you the basics of branding so you can create a great company image on a budget.

Small Business Support: Live Call for Restaurant/Bar Industry

Tuesday, March 31 | 2 pm – 3 pm | Join Webinar

The Iowa Center will host a live call on for small business owners in the restaurant/bar industry. This call is an opportunity to connect in real-time, troubleshoot challenges, and offer/receive support from your fellow small business restaurant owners.

What the Stimulus Package Means for Small Businesses and Nonprofits

Tuesday, March 31  |  12 pm – 1:30 pm  |  Join Webinar

Learn about the small business relief included in the latest coronavirus economic stimulus package passed by Congress this week, including: Who qualifies for federal loans under the stimulus package; How to apply for a loan & what documents you need; Requirements to have your loan forgiven; What other assistance is included in the small business relief plan.

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Online events happening this week: March 30 - April 5 | Clay & Milk
A central Iowa ag-tech accelerator has secured more backers and finally has a name. The Greater Des Moines Partnership first announced the accelerator last year, naming four initial investors. On Monday, the Partnership said the program will be called the "Iowa AgriTech Accelerator" and named three new investors. The new investors include Grinnell Mutual, Kent Corp. and Sukup Manufacturing, all Iowa companies. They join investors Deere & Co., Peoples Co., Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Co. and DuPont Pioneer. Each investor has agreed to put up $100,000 for the first year of the accelerator. Startups entering the program will receive $40,000 in seed funding in exchange for 6 percent equity. Tej Dhawan, an angel investor and local startup mentor, is serving as interim director until the AgriTech Accelerator names a permanent leader. Dhawan held a similar role with the GIA before Brian Hemesath was named as managing director. As interim director, Dhawan said his main job includes hiring the accelerator's executive director, establishing a business structure and initial recruiting for the first cohort. The accelerator will place few filters, such as location and product, on the applicant pool, Dhawan said. "When you’re seeking innovation, innovation can come from every corner of the world so why restrict ourselves," he said. One area the the AgriTech Accelerator won't recruit from is biotech. For its first cohort, the AgriTech Accelerator will work out of the GIA's space in Des Moines' East Village, Dhawan said. A future, permanent home is still to be decided. The accelerator's program will host startups from mid-July through mid-October, ending with an event connected to the annual World Food Prize. The GIA, which the AgriTech Accelerator is based on, also ends with presentations at an industry event. The accelerator has also started lining up a mentor pool. The Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Soybean Association and the Iowa Pork Producers Association have agreed to provide mentors, as has Iowa State University. While the AgriTech Accelerator is loosely based off of the GIA, it will differ in its business structure, Dhawan said. The GIA runs through a for-profit model for both operations and its investment fund. The AgriTech Accelerator will have a nonprofit model for its operations and a for-profit setup for its fund. Dhawan said the nonprofit model is being used so the accelerator can better work with other nonprofit partners, such as trade associations. "These are all organizations that are nonprofits and can be amazing stakeholders without ever having to be investors in the accelerator," he said. "It becomes easier to work with trade associations in their nonprofit role when we are also a nonprofit." When it's up and running, the AgriTech Accelerator would be one of a handful of ag-focused startup development programs in Iowa. Others include the Ag Startup Engine out of Iowa State University and the Rural Ventures Alliance from Iowa MicroLoan. Matthew Patane is the managing editor and co-founder of Clay & Milk. Send him an email at
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