July 18, 2019
ABI Participates in Department of Energy Roundtable
Photo credit: Kerry Gibson

ABI Board Member Julie Vande Hoef and ABI Director of Public Policy Brad Hartkopf joined Daniel Simmons, assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), and others for a tour of the Ames Laboratory on Tuesday. Following the tour, there was a roundtable discussion about key issues for the advanced manufacturing industry. Read more .
Iowa Sets Another Record for New Business Filings
Secretary of State Paul Pate declared Iowans broke the record for new business filings with 24,720 filings this fiscal year. This is the fourth consecutive year the record has been broken and reflects a 4.5% increase from fiscal year 2018. Fast Track Filing was put into effect in 2018, making the process much more efficient. Secretary Pate noted his enthusiasm for the increase and emphasized how vital a growing business ... Read more .

Miller-Meeks Considers 2nd District Congressional Bid
First-term State Senator Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-Ottumwa) announced Monday she is exploring a run for the Republican nomination for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District. Miller-Meeks, an ophthalmologist and a former director of the Department of Public Health, made the announcement in a letter she wrote to Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Jeff Kaufmann, where she submitted her resignation from the state central committee. Read more .

Nunn Decides to Forgo Run for Congress 
Earlier this week, another first-term state senator announced he would not seek the Republican nomination for the 3rd Congressional District and would instead serve out the remainder of his state senate term. State Senator Zach Nunn (R-Bondurant), a military officer, announced in May that he would be hosting a listening tour around the 3rd District to see whether he might run for Congress. Read more .

Employer Innovation Fund Rule to Go Into Effect
Iowa Workforce Development has adopted and filed the Employer Innovation Fund rule. The rule will go into effect on August 21, 2019. IWD reported that no comments were received and no changes were made to the initial notice. Read the  final rule . Reminder: All applications for funding are due August 1, 2019. For more information about the Employer Innovation Fund, including application information, go here .

Federal Spotlight: House Votes to Repeal Cadillac Tax
On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved passage of  HR 748 , which eliminates the “Cadillac Tax.” The bill, the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019, passed the lower chamber with a strong bipartisan vote of 419-6. The tax was created under the Affordable Care Act in 2010 as a means of helping to pay for the healthcare law. It adds a 40% surcharge tax to high-cost employer healthcare plans. Read more .
New Event: Iowa Manufacturing Matchmaking
Speed-dating isn't just for finding love. Join ABI and CIRAS for a matchmaking event on October 2 in Altoona where buyers and sellers of Iowa-produced industrial products will have the opportunity to meet in a structured, low-risk and highly efficient manner. This is your opportunity to connect with potential customers and suppliers right here in Iowa. Learn more and register .
The Power of Knowing the Value of Your Business
Rob Leibfried, CPA, ABV
Honkamp Krueger

When I tell someone I specialize in business valuation, the first question I typically get is, “That’s unique, how did you get into that?”

But, they’ll also ask, “So how do you value a business?” My first thought is, “How much time do you have?”

Business valuation can be so much more than a calculation to arrive at a number or a value. If done correctly and used to its fullest, a business valuation has the power to alter the course of an owner’s and a business’ future. This makes it one of the most valuable tools in strategic planning. Read more .
CEC Recognized on CRN's 2019 Solution Provider 500 List
CEC (Communications Engineering Company), a nationally recognized systems and technology integrator with locations in Iowa and Wisconsin, has announced that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named CEC to its 2019 Solution Provider 500 list. This annual list ranks the largest North American IT channel partner organizations by revenue. Read the full news release .

BCC Advisers Advises Boulder During Its Acquisition
AFC Industries, Inc., a portfolio company of Incline Equity Partners, has announced it has completed an acquisition of The Boulder Company, a value-added distributor of industrial components to original equipment manufacturers. BCC Advisers, a Des Moines-based investment banking firm, advised The Boulder Company on the transaction. Read the full news release .

BrownWinick Attorneys Featured in 2019 Great Plains Super Lawyers and Great Plains Rising Stars
Eleven BrownWinick attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2019 Great Plains Super Lawyers online listing, and 13 were selected for inclusion in the Rising Stars online listing. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The listings include the states of Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Read the full news release .

ABI Members Among Coolest Places to Work
ABI members de Novo Marketing, ProCircular and Van Meter are among the 2019 Coolest Places to Work in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor, according to a list recently unveiled by the Corridor Business Journal. Coolest Places to Work identifies and honors local companies that have created the most engaging and rewarding work environments. Rankings will be announced at a special event in August. See the complete list .

Developers Realty Group Sells Large Tract to Chinese Manufacturing Company
Developers Realty Group  has sold a large tract of soon-to-be-viable M-1 and R&D office and commercial development site to a Chinese manufacturing company. The realty group has one of the states largest development opportunities in the state of Iowa under construction right now. The 141 flyover at I-80 and Johnston 141 corridor brings Grimes, Urbandale and all of North Polk County into a circle of opportunity.