Presenter: Jenny Quiner, Founder of Dog Patch Urban Gardens Date: August 7, 2020 Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm Location: Online Come and listen to the stories of entrepreneurs, small business owners and community members making their mark in Iowa. As you create your own story, treat yourself to this time each month to rekindle your entrepreneurial spirit and connect with others. This month listen to the amazing story of Jenny Quiner, Founder of Dog Patch Urban Gardens About our speaker Jenny started Dogpatch Urban Gardens in the fall of 2015 with the help of her husband, Eric Quiner. The main reasons for starting the farm are to promote health/nutrition, enhance the community, environmental conservation as well as to instill family values for their sons. Jenny is a Des Moines native and loves the Des Moines community. Her husband Eric is also a Des Moines native, and they have three sons: Oliver, Walter, and Lewis. Jenny graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in Health Promotions and earned her Masters of Education from Colorado State University. She has always been very health-minded and this is one of the guiding principles behind the creation of the farm. After graduating from CSU, she was offered a job to teach science at her alma-mater Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines, Iowa. Jenny and Eric moved back home to Des Moines in 2010. While teaching, Jenny had her 3 sons and felt compelled for a life change, and that is when the farm operation come into fruition.
Presenter: TJ Daniels, Lending Coordinator Date: August 11, 2020 Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm Location: Online Have you felt uncertain or confused when looking at a credit report? This webinar will provide an overview of the different types of credit reports (Business Division and Consumer Disclosure Reports), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and explain where the information on credit reports comes from. We will highlight the different sections of a credit report (personal identifying information, credit history, public records, and inquiries) and discuss important information to be aware of when reviewing a credit report. Finally, the process of how an account becomes a charge-off will be explained before reviewing best practices. About our speaker TJ is the official cheerleader of The Iowa Center. She’s a vibrant supporter of our mission, programs, clients and staff. As a Certified Credit Counselor, she assists clients with their credit, budget, financial statements and so much more. She also works with our lending programs assisting clients from start to finish, and often times well after the loan has closed making many friendships along the way.
Presenter: Pamela Smith, Microsoft Office Specialist Date: August 18, 2020 Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm Location: Online What can Microsoft Office do for your Business? Microsoft Office includes many features that can help you run your business. With built in Templates we can quickly create a Customer Invoice, Inventory List, Flyer, or Newsletter. In this session we will look at the Programs in the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint) and explore features that can benefit your business. We will also take a look at features in Microsoft 365 (Teams, OneDrive, Forms, Planner, Stream, Shift) that can be valuable tools you can access from your computer, tablet or phone. If you are currently using Microsoft Office or thinking about purchasing office, this session will give you an overview of features that can make your life easier. About our speaker Pamela Smith, Microsoft Office Specialist, has been educating individuals and corporations for over 25 years on the features of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Most recently, Pamela has helped train on the features of Microsoft Office 365, including but not limited to O365, OneDrive, Teams and OneNote. “At first my training was about teaching employees and individuals how to use the computer and the Microsoft Office programs. As employees have become more proficient with the programs, my training focus has changed. My training is now about educating employees on the features of the programs that can save them time and streamline their workflow.” “I have traveled all over the United States and in Canada training employees on Microsoft Office and custom software. One of the things I love about my job is having the opportunity to teach people how to be more productive through tips and tricks in the various programs.”
Start Date: August 20, 2020 Time: 9 am - Noon Location: Online Writing a business plan can be intimidating. You're juggling market research with competitor analysis, financial projections with marketing strategies. With so much to consider and organize, it's easy to lose your drive. DreamBuilder Virtual makes it simpler. Here's what you'll do during this 8-week online course: Work to develop your business plan Access online material as well as group + one-on-one virtual support Build your professional network Connect with others working toward the goal of business ownership Learn from guest mentors (including CPAs, attorneys, marketing experts and other small business owners) Class meets weekly online from 9 am to noon for 8 weeks beginning Thursday, August 20. Our final class meeting will take place Thursday, October 8. Cost: $250 (inquire about scholarships!) What we cover: Creating a business plan Delivering the story of your business Targeted Small Business Access to capital Small business banking Taxes Legal considerations Insurance Leasing contacts Understanding profit margin Setting your price point Target audience Marketing Outreach strategy Social media and deciding what works for you Interested? Please download the application here, fill it out and then email to Ciara Ladroma at email@example.com. Once your application has been reviewed, you'll be contacted to schedule a short interview to determine your readiness for DreamBuilder.