Dec 15, 2016
Listening to understand
Take a minute to write down the names of the people in your life who you consider to be excellent listeners.
How many names are on the list?
Dec 8, 2016
We must be doing something wrong at ABI. I say that, because it seems like I keep meeting people who are slowing down and sort of coasting into the New Year. I can assure that is not what we are doing at ABI.
That is because that is not what ABI members are doing.
Nov 17, 2016
Tis the season of giving! Now is the time to give thanks for all that we’ve received this year, and give back to those who are fueled by the support of the communities they serve. This year, we ask that you consider the ABI Foundation when determining how best to use your end-of-year dollars.
Nov 3, 2016
Half of all Americans have had one or more ID stolen at some point in their lives, and the concerns about identity theft continue to grow. The amount of time it takes to recover from such a theft is detrimental to victims and their employers. It’s important to educate yourself on the risks and realities of identity theft and share that information with your employees.
Oct 27, 2016
Have you ever thought about the usability of your website? Maybe the last time you launched a new website for your company, you sat down with members of your team and had them click through a few pages, making sure they understood how to use the site prior to launch.
Oct 20, 2016
On Aug. 2, 2016, the Department of Treasury released proposed regulations under Section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code, which if enacted, are likely to mean a higher tax bill if you transfer shares of family-controlled entities.
Sep 22, 2016
When you have questions about a piece of equipment on your shop floor, you consult your owner’s manual, but where do you turn for answers to the challenges facing your business? Those solutions are often more difficult to track down.
The 2016 Advanced Manufacturing Conference on Oct. 4 in Altoona has valuable instructions to keep your company running smoothly.
Sep 22, 2016
A presidential election year can change the direction of the country. It may also change the direction of the stock market. This article looks at market performance and elections since the 1920s, the beginning of the modern era of diversified market indexes.
Sep 15, 2016
ABI is proud to host the Advanced Manufacturing Conference on Oct. 4 in Altoona for companies involved in manufacturing, along with those that are influenced by and have an impact on this important industry.
Aug 11, 2016
No one knows about the workforce and skill shortages better than you, ABI members and Iowa employers. ABI members have directed staff the last several years to focus on workforce readiness and opportunities for legislative reform. I am pleased to say that ABI has been successful in advocating for changes in Iowa’s education system, specifically career and technical education.
Jul 22, 2016
At the beginning of the year, I spent some time looking at predictions about what lies ahead for the insurance industry and the trends that are likely to make an impact. One thing stood out: the increasing burden of regulatory requirements.
Jul 20, 2016
There are multiple issues that a business owner needs to consider when preparing for a sale of their business. One consideration that is often poorly understood is the cost of a failed deal - it can be enormous and overshadow any other deal costs incurred.
Jul 13, 2016
Years ago, handling payroll for a business was relatively simple–you would write a pay check and submit the tax withholdings. No problem. Unfortunately the number of rules and regulations being mandated continues to increase and we’re here to tell you there is no end in sight.
Jun 30, 2016
There's a lot about Iowa for businesses to like. We have a highly-educated workforce, good schools, attractive employment laws, short commutes, good infrastructure, and reasonable housing prices.
Our business tax system, in contrast, is nothing to brag about.
Jun 8, 2016
There are countless reasons for Iowa high school students to attend Business Horizons, a unique weeklong personal and professional development program of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation.
Here are five ways Business Horizons can have a positive impact on high school students.
May 25, 2016
Three weeks from today business leaders from across Iowa will converge on Sioux City for the 2016 Taking Care of Business Conference. This is the best investment you'll make all year. Here are 3 reasons to attend with your team.
May 15, 2016
Those of you who attend the Taking Care of Business Conference each year understand first hand the value you receive by attending. As leaders in your companies and your industries, the annual ABI conference offers of the very best opportunities in Iowa to network with fellow business leaders and build relationships with potential partners.
But this event isn’t just for executives. It’s also a wonderful learning opportunity for our emerging and future leaders.
May 12, 2016
After volunteering as an industry ambassador at Business Horizons for four years, Gina Vitiritto-Robinson knew her 16-year-old son Nico Robinson would enjoy the experience, but like most participants, the high school student just weeks into his summer vacation needed a little convincing.
May 5, 2016
Several times during the past year, I joined ABI leaders and staff members for meetings in Sioux City. The meetings were important as we finalize plans for the 2016 Taking Care of Business Conference, ABI's 113th annual convention.
Ladies and gentlemen, you do not want to miss this event!
Apr 21, 2016
Last week, members of the ABI Conference Programming Committee got to sit down with the presenters for our upcoming Taking Care of Business Conference for a preview of their Educational Escapes.
Here are some highlights of everything I learned during our meetings. Good luck selecting just two!
Mar 10, 2016
On January 20, 2016, the Wage & Hour Division of the Department of Labor issued an Administrator’s Interpretation providing a roadmap to liability in “situations where more than one business is involved in the work being performed.”
Mar 3, 2016
When I write these columns each month, I typically focus on thanking you for your investment in ABI and providing an update on the state of our organization. This month's column will be a bit different, because I would like to share with you what I am hearing from ABI members about the state of their businesses.
Feb 25, 2016
In business, not all choices are an ‘either or’ proposition. Owners and managers often times believe the zero sum game approach to decision making must be the primary consideration when establishing priorities. “If I do ‘X’, I will not be able to do ‘Y’.” Yet, just the opposite is likely true, especially when delving into the world of risk management.
Jan 28, 2016
The caucuses are a few days away, and Iowa voters are hearing more and more from presidential campaigns. Voters have heard plenty of rhetoric, slogans and promises, but they deserve to hear more about one very important topic: manufacturing.