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  • Tuesday, May 22, 2018 2:00 PM

    In case you missed it...
    A brief look back at news from the past week on BusinessRecord.com

    Going mobile
    You might be saying goodbye to that file cabinet of insurance policies. Learn more

    Creating a neighborhood
    Pieces of Maytag’s past remain in Newton, ready for new occupants. Learn more 

    Midland Building is officially historic
    The downtown Des Moines building has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Learn more 

    BluJaket sets sights on D.M.
    BluJaket is a subscription-based platform for businesses to create and distribute digital coupons within targeted, geotagged locations. Learn more

    LenderClose plans
    It’s growing time for the fintech startup, which closed a round of funding in March with Next Level Ventures. Learn more

     

  • BY JOE GARDYASZ
    Monday, May 21, 2018 9:35 AM
    I reported Friday about the Altoona-based nonprofit’s rebranding from the Homestead. The organization has experienced phenomenal growth, an unfortunate reflection of the increased prevalence of autism in children in the United States — but a tremendous blessing for the children and adults with autism and the families that it’s helping. Remarkably, the rate of autism cases was about 1 in 1,000 children when the organization began as the Homestead 25 years ago. Now, experts say, about 1 in every 59 kids is autistic. 

  • BY JOHN RETZLAFF
    Friday, May 18, 2018 4:30 PM

  • BY KATE HAYDEN
    Friday, May 18, 2018 2:55 PM
    EntreFEST 2018 is wrapping up day two of overtaking downtown Cedar Rapids. 

  • BY KATE HAYDEN
    Friday, May 18, 2018 2:31 PM
    The entrepreneurial community is notorious for an unofficial commitment to hoodies, and frankly, speakers at this week’s EntreFEST, a two-day start-up event in Cedar Rapids, wouldn’t be doing their jobs well without a little lighthearted poking at our favorite stereotype.

  • BY KENT DARR
    Friday, May 18, 2018 11:23 AM
    EMC Insurance Co. plans to expand its corporate presence in downtown Des Moines with an office building it plans to build on the cleared site of the former Younkers Department Store at 701 Walnut St.

  • Closer Look: A conversation with BlackRock’s head of the Americas
    BY JOE GARDYASZ
    Friday, May 18, 2018 6:00 AM
    Although Greater Des Moines boasts a number of world-class financial services companies, it’s a particular honor when a top executive from an industry-leading company from outside of Iowa reaches out to our publication. 

  • Going mobile
    BY KATE HAYDEN
    Friday, May 18, 2018 6:00 AM
    In the next few years, you might be saying goodbye to that file cabinet of insurance policies.

    In April’s final presentations at the Global Insurance Symposium, each pitch rejected the most common accusation leveled at large insurance companies — the inability to innovate — offering white-label and mobile-to-consumer solutions instead of the headache of policy shopping.

  • BY PERRY BEEMAN
    Friday, May 18, 2018 6:00 AM
    The 180 or so participants in the annual Greater Des Moines Partnership lobbying trip to Washington, D.C., returned on May 11.

  • BY PERRY BEEMAN
    Friday, May 18, 2018 6:00 AM
    Iowa State University’s commencement included honorary degrees for two giants of government and business: Adviser-to-presidents Dwight Ink and Kinze Manufacturing CEO and Chairman Jon Kinzenbaw.

  • The Elbert Files: Smoke and mirrors
    BY DAVE ELBERT
    Friday, May 18, 2018 6:00 AM
    The truth about the $2 billion tax cut package approved by Iowa lawmakers a couple of weeks ago is that much of it is smoke and mirrors and is unlikely to occur in the time frame created by the law.

  • McLellan: Where are you listening?
    BY DREW MCLELLAN
    Friday, May 18, 2018 6:00 AM

  • Creating a neighborhood
    BY KENT DARR
    Friday, May 18, 2018 6:00 AM
    Just a couple of blocks from Newton’s historic downtown stands a neighborhood in waiting in the form of the former Maytag corporate campus.

  • BY PERRY BEEMAN
    Friday, May 18, 2018 6:00 AM
    Des Moines City Councilman Josh Mandelbaum, who is in his first term, is trying to tackle the full range of city issues, according to his newsletter: adding sidewalks along to-be-renovated Fleur Drive, what to do with the Argonne Armory, and how to encourage all-ages music shows around town. 

  • BY JOE GARDYASZ
    Friday, May 18, 2018 6:00 AM
    When I saw recently that the nation’s largest health insurer, UnitedHealth Group, reported a 25 percent increase in shareholder earnings to $10.56 billion in 2017 and added about 1.1 million additional policyholders nationally, it made me wonder how health plans in Iowa fared financially over the past year.

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