Cedar Rapids Named Top 3 City In Nation For Minority-Owned Businesses


Diversity Focus and the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance are proud to share an analysis from NerdWallet that placed Cedar Rapids as one of the best cities in the country for minorities to start their own businesses.

“The community has worked hard over the past decade to make the Cedar Rapids area a place where anyone can have a vision and see it through to reality,” said Chad Simmons, CEO & President, Diversity Focus.

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From Iowa With حب (Love)

With all the anti-Muslim rhetoric in our nation's discourse right now, the local group Corridor Characters, a channel of Flow Media, just released this video - "From Iowa With Love" - showing the friendships and love that people share right here in Iowa, despite their differences. We hope you will share this message!

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Diversity Focus Releases Key Findings From 2015 Eastern Iowa Community Survey

Earlier this year, Diversity Focus conducted the 2015 Eastern Iowa Community Survey to gauge the community’s perceptions of diversity and inclusion, as well as its experiences in respect to those areas.

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Kirkwood To Promote Latino American History With Free Series

Iowa City Campus involves community partners and citizens in cultural programs

Kirkwood Community College, along with the Iowa City Public Library and the University of Iowa Libraries, will present Latino Americans: 500 Years of History through a grant-funded series of programs.

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Keeping Ties to the Homeland

Suresh Basnet blends ambition, activism and altruism in Iowa; Nepal native leads relief support efforts following early 2015 earthquake

In his downtown Cedar Rapids office, Suresh Basnet has surrounded himself with mementos of his civic involvement, family and roots to his beloved native country, Nepal. Awards and recognition from Corridor organizations share space with Asian folk art. Nearby is a small flag of Nepal, its red-white-blue colors forming two triangular points at the edge.

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Dr. Katherine Loflin to Lead Conversation at Diversity Forum

The 2015 ERGC Diversity Forum is only a month away. This is an event you won't want to miss! Event organizers are excited to work with a variety of community perspectives for this idea building, "Hands In" experience. This year's forum is all about 'belonging'. How do we as employers, employees, activists, artists, and more create a community where people feel they belong? Full schedule at www.ergciowa.org.

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Voices of Diversity: Her Lost Year

DECORAH, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - It's a story of recovery, after a year of being in crisis mode. Author Tabita Green wrote "Her Lost Year" with hopes to show not everyone's mental health situation is the same.

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Voices of Diversity: 2015 Iowa Soul Fest

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - Putting on the Iowa Soul Festival takes a lot of hard work - it requires some digging into history.

Ask University of Iowa theatre professor Loyce Arthur.

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Voices of Diversity: Immigration & The Workforce

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - The Corridor Business Journal holds forums to discuss ways to grow a vibrant and diverse workforce in eastern Iowa.

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Voices of Diversity: Project SEARCH

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - The Shriver Report shows personal connections with people with intellectual disabilities lead to more acceptance and positivity. Project SEARCH is a program in Cedar Rapids aiming to do just that.

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