Presenter: Mike Draper, RAYGUN Date: November 3, 2020 Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm Location: Online Growth vs. Quality: Running A Small Business Before, During, and After a Pandemic The entrepreneurial drive tends to push us towards bigger, faster, and more—which is great as long as that’s what is actually best for your business. But how do you know when it’s the right time to scale up? Which factors are most important in making that call? Join Mike Draper, owner of RAYGUN to discuss expanding your product line, understanding what type of growth is best for you, and owning that moment when you decide to take the leap About our speaker Mike Draper is the founder and owner of RAYGUN. It’s the only job he’s ever had. And probably the only thing he’s good at. So let’s keep the questions RAYGUN-related. Though he can also complain about his kids if you want to hear that too.
Presenter: TJ Daniels, Sr Loan Officer + Credit Coach & Alex Polzin, Director of Finance & Administration Date: November 4, 2020 Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm Location: Online As a small business owner, you won’t ever really know the unexpected challenges or opportunities that await you in life and business. Always Ready is a working session for you to learn how to financially prepare your small business for the next step in your journey. The Iowa Center staff will show you what you need to do to always be ready to make financial moves in your business, including applying for a loan or buying/selling new goods. We’ll also show you how to repair and build your credit. This class is especially for you if you’ve ever been denied a loan or need a helping hand to get your financials on track. About our speakers TJ Daniels 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. Alex is responsible for Iowa Center accounting and governmental reporting, he also helps with lending and education programs provided by the Iowa Center.
Presenter: Jody White | Founding Partner, Executive Director Date: November 6, 2020 Time: 12-1pm 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 Jody White, Founding Partner and Executive Director of Dress for Success Des Moines. About our speaker Jody grew up in Des Moines and graduated from East High School. She attended the University of Iowa and graduated from Simpson College with a BA in Management. She “retired” from Wells Fargo Investments in April 2009 to become a stay-at-home mom. After becoming a stay-at-home mom, she was looking for a place to donate her suits. Des Moines was a targeted area to launch a Dress for Success affiliate. With the help of seven other women, the Des Moines affiliate was launched in June 2011. She is a Founding Partner and Executive Director of Dress for Success Des Moines. Since opening their doors, Dress for Success Des Moines has helped over 2500 women who are supporting more than 5000 children in the Des Moines community who are returning to the workforce. Jody enjoys spending time with her husband and four children, golfing, traveling, going to MLB stadiums across the US and attending Hawkeye football and basketball games.
Presenter: Shannon Simone Sellers, Own Your Check Date: November 10, 2020 Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm Location: Online This webinar is for you if you want to learn how to apply your values to your finances, manage your money with purpose, eliminate the guilt you feel about your spending, learn how to make a plan for your financial goals and for what you desire. About our speaker Shannon Simone Sellers is the Founder of Own Your Check, where she teaches people how to excel financially, using a relatable and non-intimidating approach, that everyone can understand! Within 2 years, Shannon eliminated $27,000 of debt, increased her savings from $0 to thousands of dollars, raised her credit score by over 170 points, decreased her credit utilization by 91% and more, while raising a newborn! Through private coaching, group coaching, online masterclasses and speaking engagements, Shannon helps people spend with purpose, maximize their savings, eliminate their debt, increase their income and improve their credit score, so they can eliminate their paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle, pursue their passions and build wealth! Shannon is on a mission to equip, educate and empower people to become the master of their finances and to OWN THEIR CHECK!
Presenter: Ciara Ladroma, Project Manager, The Iowa Center' WBC & Ben Schultz, Client Services Coordinator Date: November 11, 2020 Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm Location: Online Turn your dream into a plan with this small group, one-hour business planning class. The Iowa Center staff will help you kickstart your business plan by providing you a road map on completing your plan and taking the next steps towards business ownership. Also connect with other aspiring small business owners to refine your business ideas as you put them into real plans. About our speakers As our new WBC project manager, Ciara will be organizing and implementing programs to train and counsel Iowans, specifically women, interested in starting or growing a business. Ben spends his time at The Iowa Center meeting with new clients to help connect them with best resources and events for education and advancement. He works to make sure people are aware of the countless opportunities available at The Iowa Center and in the community.