Business Services

Whether your business is in year 50 or just starting up, it’s our business to support companies of the Cedar Valley through our portfolio of business services.  As a business service agent for your business, we are here to connect you to resources for business solutions in workforce, finance, real estate, government, market intelligence, supply chain, and more.

Cedar Valley Resources

  • Cedar Valley Regional Partnership (CVRP) - Partners take an integrated approach to helping new companies from the initial site location search through site selection, start-up, and ongoing operation. Partners see each other not as competitors but as collaborators. 
  • Industry Insights – This is a region-wide program carried out by CVRP economic development professionals to manage business retention and expansion (BRE) data. Download the 2017 Industry Insights Report
  • Incentives and Project Management – We help your firm identify and quantify available incentives and programs, and managing the process with agencies and governments when your firm is ready to grow.
  • Manufacturing Day Events – We promote awareness of careers in manufacturing, engineering, and skilled trades, to more than Cedar Valley students so they can see the 21st-Century technology first hand.
  • Retailer Support – Through Value in the Valley and Investor-to-Investor Discounts we encourage support of Cedar Valley retailers.
  •  Startup and Entrepreneur links and resources.

Alliance & Chamber Investors/Members Networking Events

  • Annual Celebration and Awards – The annual celebration provides recognition for contributions of individuals, businesses, and organizations.
  • Business Education Events  – Workshops and seminars scheduled as needed.
  • CEO Roundtable – This annual breakfast is an opportunity for CEOs, COOs, and CFOs to gain valuable insight into current business issues.
  • Golf Classic  – Network in a relaxed atmosphere with Alliance & Chamber investors, community leaders, and potential clients.
  • Good Morning Cedar Valley – Quarterly networking breakfast informing investors of current issues in Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Black Hawk County, and the Greater Cedar Valley.
  • New Investor Briefings – An opportunity to learn about the value of the Alliance & Chamber investment and to network with other new investors.
  • Power Networking – Build your prospect list with 50 new business contacts in just 90 minutes via one-minute in-person interactions.
  • Strictly Business Expo – This annual event is an opportunity for investors to showcase products and services.

For the dates and times check out the Business Events Calendar.

Cedar Valley Talent Connect

  • Cedar Valley Campus – working with our Cedar Valley colleges and universities to increase attractiveness, services, and value to pursuing higher education in the Cedar Valley.
  • Cedar Valley Diversity & Inclusion – this initiative focuses on the importance, impact, and benefits to business of effective diversity and inclusion practices. A summit and two multicultural receptions are held annually.
  • Cedar Valley Leadership Institute (CVLI) – Increasing knowledge and skills of emerging business and civic leaders through monthly professional development days focusing on economic development, government relations, and diversity.
  • Leader Valley –Implementing The Leader In Me® in Cedar Valley K-12 schools to employ the7 Habits of Highly Effective People in the classroom.
  • Live the Valley Networking & Communications – Creating more opportunities for young talented professionals to meet with employers and learn more about the Cedar Valley.
  • Talent Connect Job Fairs – Matching you with new talent for today’s openings.
  • Talent Tells All Panel Events – Great feedback for your firm to learn what talented people are seeking in an employer and workplace.
  • Work the Valley Tours and Events – Helping students and placement teams know more about the Cedar Valley and career opportunities.
  • Work the Valley Job Board– Job seekers can search the most currrent job listings posted by Alliance & Chamber investors. 
  • Convening the vital discussion between business and education.
  • Working to increase use of basic and advanced virtual reality techniques in teaching problem-solving in secondary schools.

Cedar Valley Region of Iowa

To expand the base of business and institutional investment, delivering opportunities for business locations to our Cedar Valley cities.

  • Promoting the Cedar Valley of Iowa as a location for businesses in targeted sectors, complementing our strong base in advanced manufacturing and related services, product based information technologies, health care and higher education technologies and bio-based products and services.
  • Working in tandem with our local partners throughout the Cedar Valley economic area to deliver a unified message about the attributes and advantages of expanding a business here.

Competitiveness and Amenities

  • Broadband – encouraging true gigabit capability and access for the entire Cedar Valley.
  • Air service – increasing and strengthening commercial air service schedules and options at the Waterloo Regional Airport (ALO).
  • Industrial rail service

Business and Economic Information

  • Data about the businesses and economic conditions of the Cedar Valley is available at through the Cedar Valley Regional Data Portal
  • Extensive surveying to discover opportunities for and barriers to growth in the Cedar Valley

Cedar Valley Government Relations

  • Annual business and civic priorities agenda
  • Networking and forums with elected government officials regarding business issues