Middle Bit: SelectQuote to add 100+ new positions at West Des Moines office

SelectQuote announced plans last week to hire more than 100 new employees in West Des Moines as Iowa’s unemployment claims continue to soar from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SelectQuote said it is filling the positions as part of a plan to add more than 1,000 more staffers across the company. The company, based in Overland Park, Kansas, provides insurance price comparisons. The company is looking to fill positions to start as early as May 2020.

SelectQuote hopes that the opening of new roles will help alleviate some financial pressure for those who may have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

FarmlandFinder and Ag-Analytics partner to increase access to land sale data

FarmlandFinder and Ag-Analytics are partnering to increase access to land sale data through an on-demand Farmland Sales Data Feed and API.

“This innovative partnership with FarmlandFinder will allow users to easily access detailed information from tens of thousands of listings to scale their analytics. This will help the ag community more easily assess market conditions and trends to find the best values in the market from an independent data source”, said Josh Woodard, CEO of Ag-Analytics. “We don’t engage in brokering real estate deals and have no farmland investment interests, so are in the best position as an independent third-party to provide this information to the ag community.”

The data feed includes current farmland listings as well as historical sales & auction results to provide growers and analysts with advanced market insights. The data are collected from tens of thousands of public records and structured to enable easy geospatial analysis. The data feed primarily covers twelve states across the Midwestern US.

“Every industry that experiences digitization and connectedness is better able to serve the people who play in that sandbox. With farmland real estate, it’s no different. That is why we’re excited to partner with Ag-Analytics to bring real-time market data to help growers and land professionals better make data-driven decisions,” said Steven Brockshus, CEO of FarmlandFinder.

Cedar Rapids entrepreneur creates directory of Cedar Rapids businesses to support during COVID-19

Cedar Rapids entrepreneur Uzir Thapa has created a website to support the Cedar Rapids area businesses.

Save Local Bites is a directory of Corridor Area restaurants and coffee shops that offer online gift cards for purchase. It’s our hope that by providing this resource, we’ll be able to mobilize loyal customers to provide much-needed support for their favorite places in town. We also link to staff donation sites, if they are available.

Restaurant owners can also add their website or gift card link in the app if they would like.

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