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Previous Classes + Events

Below are available recordings from previous live webinars, classes and events:

Navigating The CARES Act

This webinar is presented by the Midwest Business Center of Principal Financial Group, they share how you and your business can get the most benefit from the different loans, relief programs and benefits created under the CARES Act. They answer questions related to PPP loan and compliance.

Customer Focused Selling: Build Your Business With Relationships

You know you must sell to be in business, but for many small businesses we hear that ‘selling’ to others makes them feel uneasy. Sales professional, Anna Mason of PI Midwest, talks about how to redefine your sales process by building real relationships with your customers that translate into sales you can feel good about.

DreamBuilder: How To Pivot During A Crisis 

This special edition of DreamBuilder is designed to help you pivot your business plan in the face of COVID-19 challenges. This session will help you consider how you need to shift your marketing and business plan to withstand the current crisis and how to prepare for a post-coronavirus marketplace.

Screen To Screen Speaking

With online webinar audiences having their distractions more easily accessible, the need to master and execute public speaking fundamentals is just as critical as with a live audience.This workshop will give you tips, tricks, hacks, and resources to sharpen your screen to screen speaking skills, keeping your audience captivated on you and your message.

How to social distance from hackers

In this presentation we will show you how attackers gain information to use against you and your business; and show ways to defend yourself from Internet threats.


80 percent of sales is storytelling, and a well-crafted elevator pitch can open the door to a valuable connection, partnership or referral. Mackenzie Ryan, a national award-winning journalist who now owns a marketing and public relations agency, guides us through a 3-step elevator pitch “recipe.”


Bill Wright, Senior VP & Managing Director at CBRE/Hubbell and Sam Wagner, Attorney at Iowa Legal Aid discussed ways to handle your commercial lease during COVID-19. This webinar addressed the following topics:

•Communication with your Landlord
•Lease language to review during the pandemic
•Creative lease amendment to create a win/win with your Landlord

Legal Resiliency For Small Businesses

Given the social distancing measures encouraged or required in light of COVID-19, this could be a great opportunity for some business development work that normally gets put on the back burner. From updating your contracts or seeking additional insurance, this video talks about some legal considerations growing businesses should think about.

Tips For Building Your Online Store

Small Businesses are looking to generate revenue online due to closures caused by COVID-19. In this webinar, Bridget Drendel & Kat Hutchinson from Project7 shared key things to consider for building or updating your online store.

Navigating Grants: TSB Solo Operator Fund

Watch an overview of the grant application process for the Targeted Small Business Sole Operator Fund. We cover key areas in the grant application, including TSB certification and required documentation needed to submit.

Managing Legal Concerns for Small Businesses During COVID-19

Listen to Sam Wagner with Iowa Legal Aid for a conversation about some of the most common legal questions facing small business owners, including information about unemployment benefits, employment laws, CARES Act, commercial leases, business insurance and more.

Navigating Your Business Financials During COVID-19

Join Mark Phillips, VP of Treasury Management Services with Bank Iowa for a discussion on how to stay engaged with your business financials and your banker as you navigate the challenges caused by COVID-19.

Financial Statements

​Financial Statements are reports that give you—and outside people like lenders—a clear picture of your company’s financial position. They tell you where your money is going, where its coming from, and how much you’ve got to work with. They are necessary if you want to get a loan or bring on investors and are super helpful in making smart business decisions. Increase your understanding of these reports, as TJ Daniels shares the basics of common financial statements—Personal Income Statement, Profit & Loss Statement, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow Statement—and how they work together.

Income Statement Tutorial

This quick tutorial explains the purpose and strategy for putting together a profit and loss statement (income statement). Income statements offer a picture of your company’s revenues and expenses and overall profitability. Managers and investors can use this information to make financial decisions.

Balance Sheet Tutorial

This quick tutorial explains the purpose and strategy for putting together a balance sheet. Balance Sheets are one of several financial statements needs to apply for a loan or grant.

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