A couple of Central Iowa business updates for your information:

  1. SEMEE – The next SEMEE (Society for Entrepreneurial-Minded Executives) meeting is scheduled for July 19, 2007 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the EMC Insurance Building downtown.  I attended the February meeting and thoroughly enjoyed it.  Last time there were some great presentations by some excellent companies including US Rodeo Supply.  The focus of the organization is finding resources, other than money, that might help these companies grow.  Unfortunately I can’t make it this time because of a prior commitment but I highly recommend attending if you are interested in business and live in Central Iowa.  It is a terrific networking and learning opportunity.  Hats off to the Steens of Transition Capital Management for continuing this great program.  There is no charge to attend.  For more information you might want to check out my podcast with Adam Steen.
  2. BIZ – The Business Innovation Zone (BIZ) led by Mike Colwell is off to a fast start.  BIZ is a new regional business accelerator through the Greater Des Moines Partnership.  The organization already has many active clients in the first four months and has approximately 10 more ready to join.  A client, Aerospace Geartech, received substantial funding from the Department of Economic Development with the assistance of BIZ in order to start a new Central Iowa business.  For more information you may want to check out this podcast with Mike.  He has a tremendous amount of insight in business and a wealth of experience.