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Online events happening this week: April 6 – April 12

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.

Leadership & Strategic Planning in Uncertain Times

Shannon Welch, Vice President of Sales, LocaliQ, will present on leadership and strategic planning due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Monday, April 6  |  11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  |  Register Now

Employment Law Tips: COVID-19

Attorneys from Lynch Dallas PC will discuss employment law tips related to COVID-19, including wage and hour concerns, unemployment concerns, remote work policies and more.

Tuesday, April 7 | 9 am – 10 am | Join Webinar

Nonprofit Industry Q&A

Marie Primus, shareholder and nonprofit industry expert, will discuss how the recent changes and legislation are impacting the nonprofit world.

Tuesday, April 7 | 9:30 am – 10:30 am | Join Webinar

Copywriting: Grab their attention with words

In this workshop, you’ll learn the basics of how to effectively write and grab your audience’s attention.

Tuesday, April 7 | 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm | Register Now

Communicating with Customers During COVID-19

In this seminar, Torey Morez, co-founder of Rocket Referrals, will take you through a series of recommend steps providing suggestions on what to say and how to say it. 

Tuesday, April 7  |  10:30 am – 11:30 am  |  Register Now

Agribusiness Industry Q&A

Mike Regan, shareholder and agribusiness industry expert, will discuss how the recent changes and legislation are impacting the industry.

Tuesday, April 7 | 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm | Join Webinar

2020 ICR Iowa Conference

2020 ICR Iowa Conference is an annual conference offering comprehensive leadership resources including events featuring prominent speakers, networking opportunities, public/private initiatives like the EPIC Corporate Challenge and other important services to advance women’s leadership and impact the future workforce.

April 7 – 8 | All day | Join Conference

Social Media: Upgrade to a business account

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to utilize social media marketing to reach your customers for free.

Thursday, April 9 | 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm | Register Now

Strategic Planning and Best Practices with Joseph Benesh

Joseph Benesh with Ingenuity Company will take you through elements of drafting a comprehensive strategic plan, setting and adapting goals and tactics, as well as mitigating strategies for dealing with these changing times and circumstances for your organization’s operations.

Friday, April 10  |  10 am – 11 am  |  Register Now

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Online events happening this week: April 6 - April 12 | 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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