Hiawatha Business Summits

Hiawatha Business Summits are an opportunity for Hiawatha area businesses to gather for a time of networking and education! This informal gathering, hosted at a local business, provides attendees the opportunity to develop new contacts, enjoy a light breakfast and learn more about a topic of interest to Hiawatha businesses. Recap with our most recent Summits in the videos below.

Hiawatha Business Summit- 5/21/24

“Addressing Mental Health in the Workplace”

Business leaders are increasingly faced with mental health issues in their workforce that are hard to handle; how to help someone who is struggling, how to educate their workforce, and how to navigate from a legal standpoint. We explored mental health in the workplace by identifying difficult situations, helping human resources, and navigating insurance coverage and access to mental health care.

Hiawatha Business Summit- 2/27/24

“Are You Wasting Your Marketing Dollars?”

Our first quarter Hiawatha Business Summit was hosted and presented by Metro Studios. Attendees had the opportunity to hear from Senior Digital Marketing Strategists regarding the best avenues and platforms in which to invest marketing dollars. They delve into how the platforms differ and why some marketing efforts might not be right for certain businesses.

Hiawatha Business Summit- 12/05/23

“ESG Plan: Do You Have One?”

During the end-of-year discussion, Barbra Solberg, Public Policy Strategist for the Cedar Rapids Economic Alliance, and Eric Harris, Regional Services Manager for Terracon, discuss corporate policies and social responsibility for businesses, as well as how ESG affects consumer behavior.

Hiawatha Business Summit- 08/22/2023

“The Global Economy: A Discussion of Reshoring and Supply Chain”

This Hiawatha Business Summit focuses on “The Global Economy – A Discussion on Reshoring and Supply Chain”, which took place on Tuesday, August 22 at World Class Industries. The panelists expand on how local businesses are working with international dynamics related to reshoring, immigration, deglobalization, and supply chain impacts.

Hiawatha Business Summit- 05/23/2023

“The Future is Calling: A Discussion on AI Technology”

Brooke Easton of Easton Design spoke about what’s happening on the macro level with AI, and new technology trends along with where they are being utilized. She also explained how AI can be used immediately in just about any company with ChatGPT.

Hiawatha Business Summit- 02/21/2023

“Working 9-5???!!: Featuring a Panel on Workforce with Area Professionals

In this session, area professionals Amy Lasack, Kirkwood Executive Director of Continuing Education & Training Services, Deb Dirks, Former Director of Human Resources for Crystal Group, Hollie Trenary, Director of Human Resources for Crystal Group, and Laura Seyfer, Workforce Specialist with The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance discuss changes in the workforce and how to attract and retain talent.

Hiawatha Business Summit- 12/06/2022

“A Conversation with Director Debi Durham: IEDA”

In this session, Iowa’s top Economic Development Leader, Debi Durham. Director for the Iowa Economic Development Authority, chatted with local Hiawatha and Corridor Economic Development Leaders about current growth in Iowa and the local area, as well as set the stage for what we will see in 2023, when it comes to the local jobs market and business growth opportunities.

Hiawatha Business Summit- 9/6/2022

“Infrastructure Advancements”

In this session, Stuart Anderson, Iowa DOT Transportation Development Division Director; Catherine Cutler, Iowa Department of Transportation, Transportation Planner for District 6; and Sally Stutsman, Iowa Department of Transportation Commissioner, discuss what is on the horizon for infrastructure advancements.

Hiawatha Business Summit- 6/21/2022

“Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion”

In this session, Quinn Pettifer (The Gazette), Anthony Arrington (Top Tank Talent Solutions), and Al O’Bannon (LBA Journey) discuss examples/initiatives that have helped drive DEI efforts forward, and how you can implement them at your organization.