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Weekly Update: August 10, 2017

$135,750 in Scholarships Awarded Since 2003
We were putting together some historical data for a few legacy donations recently and the numbers are really interesting.  Founded in 2003, the HBAI Educational Corporation has awarded 140 scholarships amounting to $135,750 to students entering the building trades.  Very impressive!  If you would like any assistance in planning your legacy gifts, please contact Jay Iverson.  The upper left photo was one of our first recipients, Michael Kramer from Earling, IA.
Looking for New Employees?
With our full attention focused on workforce development, we’re oftentimes approached by parents and interested skilled trades workers about where they or their offspring should look for a job.  We immediately say “nearly every one of our member companies are looking for workers” – but let’s qualify that a bit.  If you are truly in the market for employees, please email HBAI Executive Officer Jay Iverson if you would like for your name to be offered to these individuals.  We’re talking higher quality, committed, and potentially great employee material.  It happens several times per month and we’re happy to make the introductions.
Home Equity Used for Business Startup
Equity in a home was used as a source of capital to start 284,618 businesses-7.3% of …
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Weekly Update: July 27, 2017

   A dozen members and spouses of the Cedar Valley HBA (Waterloo/Cedar Falls area) hopped on a bus to tour the Des Moines HBA Home Show Expo on July 20.  In the inset bus photo left to right:  Lori Larson, LGC Companies; Lindsay Varney, Surface Solutions; Stephanie Wright, LGC Companies; and Cedar Valley HBA President Adam Hunemuller – faithfully guarding the coolers.  The trip was sponsored by Kyle Knapke, James Hardie Building Products.  A great idea!
Great Article in Des Moines Register about our Mike Rowe Event
Preparations for the Iowa Trades event with Mike Rowe September 28 are going very well.  Without even officially offering it up yet, we’ve sold over 40 tables and have 120 school officials planning to attend.  We also have a number of significant sponsorships in the works.  Mark your calendar and more details will be forthcoming, including possibly holding closed circuit simulcast events in localized areas.  There was a good article in the Des Moines Register that was unsolicited by our group – check it out here.  To find out how you can help, contact Jay Iverson.  Here’s the latest flyer – circulate it as far as you can!
Certified Aging in Place Specialist Course
The Greater Des …
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