July 11, 2019
ABI Joins GDMP and Iowa Farm Bureau on Trade Op-ed
Earlier this week, the Des Moines Register published a joint  editorial  by ABI, the Greater Des Moines Partnership and Iowa Farm Bureau that encouraged Congress to adopt a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico. The opinion piece focused on the economic impact trade has on Iowa–from eggs to intellectual property. ABI has also been active with the USMCA Coalition in social media communication efforts to support a new agreement. If you’re interested in learning how you can be engaged in the USMCA Coalition’s efforts, contact  Nicole Crain .

DNR Publishes New Fact Sheet on Indoor Venting Sources
Earlier this summer, ABI participated in a DNR client contact meeting where the air quality bureau staff provided a draft of a fact sheet on indoor venting sources. The DNR informed attendees there is confusion and questions around what is exempt. In an effort to clarify when a permit may/may not be needed for an indoor source, the DNR put together a fact sheet. They allowed for feedback from stakeholders and made some changes based upon the information they received. If you would like to review a copy of the fact sheet, you can find it at  www.iowadnr.gov/airconstructionpermits  under the General Guidance tab.  

Public Policy Meetings Less Than One Month Away
ABI’s five public policy committees are set to meet in August to review and recommend legislative policies and priorities to the ABI Board for the 2020 legislative session. The committee meetings are the next step in the association’s member-driven policy process. Participation has been strong the last two years, and you won’t want to miss these meetings. ABI members will also have a chance to hear from influential speakers including Director Kraig Paulsen, Director Debi Durham and more to be announced. Click on the links below to register for each meeting.

ABI Attends ARRC
Brad Hartkopf, director of public policy, and Drew Wynes, coordinator of public policy, went to the Administrative Rules Review Committee (ARRC) meeting on Tuesday. There were several rules of interest to ABI members that were discussed. The rules the association heard about during the meeting included the  Skilled Workforce Grant program  and the  Last-Dollar Scholarship program , which are two key components of the Future Ready Iowa initiative. Read more .

Federal Spotlight: CDW Issues Joint Employer Standard Comments
The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW), along with 44 other employer entities including ABI, recently submitted  comments  to the Department of Labor (DOL) for  Notice of Proposed Rulemaking  (NPRM) regarding Joint Employer status under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The CDW, of which ABI is a member, is a collection of nearly 500 organizations representing the interests of million of employers across the country. In the comments, the CDW supported the DOL’s proposal regarding the four factor test to determine if there is a joint employer relationship. Read more .
Event Spotlight: Connecting Statewide Leaders – Recruiting (and Retaining) Your Talent
Join ABI members and local leaders at Shive-Hattery in West Des Moines on August 7.

This Connecting Statewide Leaders event will feature:
  • Discussion on how you can use unique strategies to create a work environment everyone can love and to build loyalty among your emerging leaders
  • Networking reception with Leadership Iowa University members
  • Opportunity to explore Shive-Hattery’s unique work space

Register now and learn how your company can help turn a "for now" job into a long-term career.
Meet Our Newest ABI Members
Avance Alliance
Collis LLC
Exec1 Aviation
Goodwill of Central Iowa
The Law Office of Kay Johansen
Opus Design Build, L.L.C.
Point Builders
Rocking W Services LLC
Staybridge Suites Des Moines Downtown
Via Rail Engineering, Inc.

Miller Products Partners with Goodwill To Meet Production Targets
Eric Prosperi
Director of Commercial Services
Goodwill of Central Iowa

When most people hear the name Goodwill, they think about our retail stores or the last step in their spring-cleaning project. Goodwill may not be top-of-mind as a resource for businesses … but it should be.

Goodwill’s primary mission is to provide training and support to people with barriers to employment. We help people with physical, intellectual and social barriers to employment by working with them to develop skills that will make them ready to contribute to companies like yours.

Goodwill is a source of well-trained people. In fact, we place over 500 of our program participants in jobs around the region each year! But that’s not the only way Goodwill helps businesses improve productivity and get important work done. Read more .
U.S. Department of Labor to Host Retirement Plan Compliance Assistance Seminar for Small- and Medium-sized Businesses
The U.S. Department of Labor will hold "Getting It Right – Know Your Responsibilities," a retirement plan compliance assistance seminar, on June 17 in Des Moines. The program will increase awareness and understanding about basic fiduciary responsibilities when operating a retirement plan. The seminar is free. Learn more and register.

NIACC Pappajohn Center Announces Entrepreneur Gala in October
The NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center will host the NIACC Pappajohn Entrepreneur Gala on October 29. The gala celebrates the entrepreneurs and partners who make our communities a great place to work and live. Recognition will include Entrepreneur of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Under 40), Business of the Year, the Innovation Award, and the NIACC Pappajohn Legacy Award. Read the full news release .

Capture Marketing is Now Capture Management Solutions
Capture Marketing is excited to announce the launch of its new company brand–Capture Management Solutions. The new name better reflects its growth within the association management sector. Capture Management Solutions is a marketing and association management company that focuses on cause marketing for associations, nonprofits and government entities. Check out the new Capture Management Solutions website .

Industrial Tech Startups Experience Growth at Maple Ventures
Maple Ventures opened its doors last August with a mission to provide support to industrial technology startups, allowing them to focus on innovation and product advancement. Since the launch of the West Des Moines entrepreneur support center, the startups involved have seen some major growth and changes. The initial startups, including FarrPro, MakuSafe and HartSmart Products, have either ... Read more .