Advance Iowa Stories & News

Seven UNI faculty who won Intellectual Property and Innovation Disclosure Competition II

Seven UNI faculty advance research following Intellectual Property and Innovation Disclosure Competition II

Seven innovative ideas by University of Northern Iowa faculty won a cash prize and university support to move forward with their research.
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ADVANCE IOWA and ADVANCE Peer Group relauch: empowering business leaders through peer-to-peer support across the state of Iowa

ADVANCE IOWA, a leading provider of professional networking and development solutions, is thrilled to announce the relaunch of ADVANCE Peer Group.
Lt. Governor Adam Gregg speaks at Employee Ownership Conference

UNI ADVANCE IOWA launches IA-CEO - the Iowa Center for Employee Ownership

UNI ADVANCE IOWA announces the launch of the Iowa Center for Employee Ownership, a groundbreaking initiative to support employee ownership in Iowa.
Faculty Members looking over new Employee Ownership Center

Advance Iowa Creates Employee Ownership Center

UNI’s Advance Iowa is creating an Employee Ownership Center to advance the College’s mission to promote the economic vitality of Iowa communities. Across the U.S., small business closures have been identified as a potential crisis for rural and underserved populations. A 2022 Business Enterprise Institute (BEI) study found over 80% of business owners plan to exit in the next decade. Few of these businesses have a succession plan or plans to transfer ownership. If these businesses close, that could be especially devastating for rural families and economies. Every business closure means lost…
Employee Ownership Conference Thursday, May 11 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Click here to register now

UNI Advance Iowa to offer first Employee Ownership Conference

The University of Northern Iowa’s Advance Iowa will host the inaugural Employee Ownership Conference on May 11, at the DMACC campus in Newton. 
Vermeer Group Photo

Advance Iowa helps family-owned businesses thrive

It’s taken years for the Vermeer family to find their secret sauce. As owners of one the most well-known family businesses in Iowa — Vermeer Corp. in Pella — the Vermeer family has seen three generations come through the business. Jason Andringa, the grandson of Gary Vermeer, who founded the business in 1948, is president and CEO.