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Quad City International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) Present a FREE Seminar & Business Meeting on Monday, November 12, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kat Riley   
Tuesday, 06 November 2012 10:44

The Quad City International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) will hold a FREE Seminar on Monday, November 12, 2012 at MRA, 3800 Avenue of the Cities, Suite 100 in Moline, IL.   The speaker will be David Drewelow, Head Coach, ActionCOACH Heartland.  David will be presenting “Five Keys for Professional Development”, based on John Maxwell's Book "The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth".   Following the presentation, a Chapter meeting will be held.

 

Networking/Gathering begins at 5:30 PM, Dinner at 6:00 PM (reservation is required – meal cost is $8.00) and the speaker will begin at 6:30 PM.

To register, please contact Stephanie Noyd by 11:00 AM on Friday, November 9, 2012 at  (309) 764-8354 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

IAAP is the world’s largest international association of administrative professionals. IAAP offers professional development, leadership training and networking opportunities for administrative professionals. IAAP is a non-profit, volunteer association.

Joining a professional organization demonstrates your commitment to your career. Work is most rewarding when we do it with enthusiasm and give it our best. Through IAAP you will gain knowledge, confidence and contacts that will help you advance professionally. IAAP works to build a professional image of administrative professionals in the workplace.

IAAP membership is open to all persons working in the administrative field, along with business educators, students, firms and educational institutions. There is no test of sponsorship required. Through IAAP qualified professionals can test for the certification rating, the benchmark of excellence in the administrative profession.

For more information please contact Kathy Riley at (309) 786-2705

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Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds Launch IASourceLink.com PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Monday, 05 November 2012 16:31

New statewide online resource for start ups and small businesses

(DES MOINES) – Entrepreneurs in Iowa now have a new online business resource to help them develop their products and ideas.  Governor Branstad, Lt. Governor Reynolds and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) announced today that they have contracted with U.S. SourceLink to help small business owners and entrepreneurs find resources via an online “one-stop shop” accessible around the clock and statewide. The IASourceLink.com website goes live effective today, November 5, 2012.

As part of the Authority’s continuing work with existing small businesses in the state and efforts to support the creation of more small businesses, the IEDA has been working with an ad hoc advisory committee to determine ways to further improve the environment for entrepreneurship.  One of the committee’s recommendations was to improve access to the many resources that are available to small business owners but are sometimes difficult to locate.

IASourceLink.com is a web-based platform which will enable entrepreneurs and small businesses to be connected efficiently and effectively to technical and financial resources meeting their specific business needs. Through IASourceLink, Iowans seeking to start or expand a business will have a simple, streamlined entry to the outstanding small business and entrepreneurial organizations and assets that best meet their needs.

“Small businesses are the backbone of the state’s economy, accounting for 51 percent of private sector jobs,” said Governor Terry Branstad.  “We must create an environment where small businesses can flourish and connect the dots for those who want to start or expand their small business with the vast amount of resources that are already available in our state.  IASourceLink will do just that.”

In addition, the IEDA is collaborating with the University of Northern Iowa’s MyEntre.Net to provide timely, expert webinars, blogs and resource pages dedicated to Iowa small businesses via the website.   A customer desiring additional support may request assistance through the web or a toll free number.

“IASourceLink.com will enable Iowa’s small businesses to access assistance information online or be directed to community partners and programs that help entrepreneurs start, sustain and grow their businesses,” said Lt Governor Kim Reynolds.


U.S.SourceLink is America’s largest resource network for entrepreneurs. Its mission is to match

aspiring and existing entrepreneurs to the resources they need to grow by uniting existing business development programs into collaborative networks, and providing a highly reliable and visible source of business startup and growth information. There are currently 20 networks in place across the country.  U.S.SourceLink founders include the Kauffman Foundation, University of Missouri-Kansas City and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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Social Media Changes Driving Some Marketers Buggy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 02 November 2012 13:38

Social media is the most rapidly changing aspect of communications to begin with. Throw in an IPO (Facebook) and a major overhaul (LinkedIn) and modifications are barreling ahead so fast, even the techies seem unable to keep up.

“I’m a big believer in social media marketing for my business, so when I started having a lot of problems with LinkedIn, I didn’t wait – I sent an email to the Help Center,” says Marsha Friedman, CEO of EMSI Public Relations, (www.emsincorporated.com), in Wesley Chapel, Fla.

“Last week, a ‘customer experience advocate’ finally emailed me back. He wrote, ‘I apologize taking so long to get back to you. We are currently experiencing an unusual high volume of requests due to our recent site enhancements.’ "

Many of the changes were implemented Oct. 16 and, as EMSI’s social media specialist, Jeni Hinojosa, observes, “It’s a great overhaul.”

But, she adds, “It must not have gotten much of a test run because the site has been very buggy.”

Over on Facebook, Friedman says she’s noticed advertisements popping up everywhere - even in her news feed.

“Now that the site has gone public, it's trying all sorts of new tricks to make money for shareholders, but it’s creating some problems,” she says.

One of her employees got this error message while trying to post to her wall: "The server found your request confusing and isn't sure how to proceed."

Hinojosa offered a brief overview of some of the changes and a solution people are turning to – at least in the case of Facebook.

LinkedIn: “One of the new features I like is that you can check for comments and other activity without getting notices sent to your email,” Hinojosa says. “Just go to your LinkedIn page and you'll see the notifications at the top, just like on Facebook.”

“The bugs I and others have encountered include being unable to check private messages; sporadically unable to get into groups; and being notified that invitations to join others' networks are waiting - but when I look, I don't see any,” Hinojosa says. “When we report the problems, the responses we’re getting sound like they’re working on them but they’re overwhelmed.

“Hopefully, they'll get them worked out soon. The good news is, they're aware.”

Facebook: “Sadly, I've been down this road before - and it didn't lead to a good place,” Hinojosa says. “Remember MySpace?”

Since its initial public offering in May, Facebook has been making a lot of changes designed to add revenue. The newest of these are a $7 fee for "promoted posts" from your personal page and a $5 to $15 fee to promote posts from your fan page. They’re not yet available to all 166 million U.S. Facebook users, according to tech bloggers, because it's still experimental.

Now, those with the option will see a “promote” button next to the "like," "comment" and "share" buttons. Click "promote," put the appropriate fee on your charge card, and that post will go to the top of your followers’ news feeds a few times in the days ahead. (It will also wear the Scarlet S label of "sponsored post.") The promise is that more of your followers will see it.

“It doesn't make a lot of sense when applied to personal pages,” Hinojosa says. “How many people will pay to show off their vacation photos? But people using Facebook as a marketing tool may be motivated to pay for more reach.

“Soon, everyone will be scrolling through a bunch of ‘sponsored’ posts before they get to the ‘free’ ones. If you want someone to actually see your post, you’ll have to pay.”

That’s why, she says, people are jumping to ...

Google+: “If Facebook and Twitter had a baby, it would be Google+,” Hinojosa says.

This toddler network, which launched in June 2011, combines Facebook's capabilities for sharing news and photos and Twitter's searchability.

“It allows you to designate one or more "circles" for your friends,” Hinojosa says. “One co-worker might be ‘business’ and ‘close friends’ while another could be just ‘business.’ So everyone sees what's appropriate for them based on your relationship.”

“Like Twitter, Google+ uses hashtags to help sort information and allow people to search for posts on particular topics,” she says. “For instance, if you type #cutecats into the search box at the top of your page, you'll see everything with that hashtag - including comments that incorporate the label.

“What makes me happiest is, Google had its IPO way back in 2004,” Hinojosa says. “So we shouldn't have to worry about this company suddenly drumming up ways to make us pay for what we previously got for free.”

About Marsha Friedman

Marsha Friedman is a 22-year veteran of the public relations industry. She is the CEO of EMSI Public Relations (www.emsincorporated.com), a national firm that provides PR strategy and publicity services to corporations, entertainers, authors and professional firms. Marsha is the author of Celebritize Yourself: The 3-Step Method to Increase Your Visibility and Explode Your Business and she can also be heard weekly on her Blog Talk Radio Show, EMSI’s PR Insider every Thursday at 3:00 PM EST.

 
MF Global collapse, questions remain in aftermath PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Friday, 02 November 2012 09:12
Thursday, November 01, 2012

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today made the following comment on the aftermath of MF Global’s collapse.  Grassley is a senior member of the Agriculture Committee.

“This week marked the one-year anniversary of MF Global’s filing for bankruptcy protection.  While I’m pleased many people have received a large share of their money back from this fiasco, we still need to know more about what happened.  This is not a case of ‘all’s well that ends well.’  Even if farmers and investors ultimately get a substantial amount of their money  back through the bankruptcy process, what if they end up losing millions of dollars?  What about the shaken confidence in our regulators and the commodity trading system in general?   And what about the next time?  To date, there have been no announcements of criminal prosecutions and no clear explanation of how and why MF Global lost customer money that was supposed to be segregated.

“Now, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission is issuing proposed regulations in response to the MF Global and Peregrine Financial collapses.  More regulation isn’t going to ease farmers and investors’ concerns.   We don’t even know what exactly happened at MF Global, so how can we be sure new regulations will help?  What ultimately would bring confidence back to those who participate in the futures market is knowing the regulators conducted a real analysis of what went wrong at MF Global, then found and implemented the best solution for preventing these incidents and prosecuted responsible parties if necessary.   Solutions might be better enforcement of existing regulations or targeted new regulations.  But proposing new regulations without a clear understanding of what went wrong puts the cart before the horse.   It doesn’t restore the confidence that’s been disrupted.”

 
Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds Celebrate another Economic Development Win for Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Obama for America   
Friday, 02 November 2012 08:55

$1.7 billion project now the single largest capital investment in Iowa history

 

(SIOUX CITY) – The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) Board held a special, telephonic meeting to take action to award direct financial assistance and tax credits to CF Industries, Inc., for an expansion of its existing fertilizer manufacturing operation in Woodbury County.

The Port Neal project will add new state-of-the-art ammonia and granular urea production units to meet customer demand.  The project will supplement existing production of ammonia and urea ammonia nitrate (UAN).

 

The project will have a total capital investment of $1.7 billion and will create 100 new jobs with a qualifying wage of $20.12.

 

“This is another great announcement for Iowa, and we are proud that CF Industries has chosen us for its $1.7 billion expansion,” said Governor Terry E. Branstad. “Our state is clearly well-positioned to take advantage of the growing domestic fertilizer industry.  Not only does that mean significant investment that will continue to grow our economy, but also the creation of high-paying jobs for Iowans.”

 

Today, the IEDA Board awarded the project $1.5 million in direct assistance and tax credits in the total amount of $22 million.  The tax credit award is made up of $13 million in sales tax refunds paid during construction and $9 million in investment tax credits (ITC).  The board will also consider future amendments to the award to allocate an additional $12 million in ITC in each of the next four fiscal years (FY13-FY16) for a potential total ITC award of $57 million.

 

“It is so rewarding to watch existing companies continue to make investments in Iowa.  With today’s announcement that a company with current operations in Iowa will make a capital investment of nearly $2 billion, it is obvious that we are on the right track to reaching our goals of creating jobs and increasing wealth for Iowans,” said Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds.  “Just since January 2011, the IEDA has projects under contract that will result in $5.23 billion of capital investment in our state.”

 

CF Industries is a global leader in fertilizer manufacturing and distribution, the second largest nitrogen fertilizer producer in the world and the third largest phosphate fertilizer producer among public companies. CF Industries owns and operates world-scale nitrogen and phosphate plants and serves agricultural and industrial customers through its best-in-class distribution system.

 

“CF Industries is proud of its long history of serving Iowa farmers and we are pleased to increase our manufacturing presence in Iowa in a major way,” commented Stephen R. Wilson, chairman and chief executive officer, CF Industries Holdings, Inc.

 

In 2010, CF Industries acquired Terra Industries Inc., positioning the company as a nitrogen bellwether in the global fertilizer industry and the premier nitrogen and phosphate fertilizer manufacturer in North America.  In addition to its Port Neal facility, the company operates terminals at Spencer and Garner.

 

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