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Op-ed: Our digital recovery: how Iowa’s businesses will bounce back

By SPN Newsroom / December 15, 2020

This is an op-ed by Brian Waller, president of the Technology Association of Iowa, a statewide, member-based organization uniting Iowa’s technology community by connecting leaders, developing talent, driving public policy and fostering diversity and inclusion. Such cross-sector partnerships play a role in building the tech workforce and closing the skills gap that Midwestern businesses face…

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Startup studio Beeso embraces do-or-die approach

By SPN Newsroom / October 12, 2020

Early on a Thursday, Beeso Studio founder John Bunting is typing a quick email while apologizing for not having his webcam on. This interview, by his estimate, is already his fourth or fifth meeting of the day. Bunting has been busy working out a deal that involves hiring a new team by the following Monday,…

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Developing Leadership When Things Are Not Good

By Tom McCauley / April 23, 2020

Originally posted on the AIM Institute blog No one knows how the coronavirus pandemic will evolve, how long the economy will stay underwater, or even what recovery looks like.  But the radical workplace upheaval and sudden ad hoc shift to remote technology over the past month suggest two truths:  We need more tech talent.   We…

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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Telecommuters

By SPN Newsroom / March 24, 2020

Many of us can only dream of working from home. No more rush hour. No more sack lunches or $11 takeout sandwiches. And especially no more long, drawn-out conversations about the loose floor tile by Kelly’s office.  Well, now we have to miss all of those things.  Many of us are struggling with the reality…

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Impact of COVID-19: Be a Conscious, Local Consumer and Supporter

By SPN Newsroom / March 13, 2020

This is a guest post by Maria Brady. In light of recent cancellations, the Omaha economy faces a period of uncertainty. The economic downturn will impact businesses, workers, families and individuals in various ways—and to differing degrees.  We must remember that little steps can go a long way. While we should limit non-essential social contact…

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Send in the Clowns: An Experiment Outsourcing to Fiverr

By Tom McCauley / February 21, 2020

Outsourcing used to be a dirty word. To some extent, it still is. That’s probably due to public confusion with offshoring, the migration of company operations to other countries to capitalize on cheaper labor. Offshoring connotes economic devastation: factories closed, jobs lost, communities destroyed. On the other hand, outsourcing—contracting work to a third party—is having…

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What the First Hemp Growing Season Will Mean for Agtech

By Tom McCauley / December 20, 2019

This is a guest post by Kate Casas. The legislation surrounding the manufacture and sale of hemp products was once a complicated issue. Now, at least, there’s some clarity around it. The passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 removed hemp from the list of federally controlled substances, a prospect that has farmers nationwide…

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