This week the University of Iowa Research Park will kick off a series called Startup Solutions that offers one-on-one expert advice on a range of topics to help tenants grow their businesses, including human resources, accounting, law and technical issues.  

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The free series begins Wednesday, July 1, when Brenda LaMarche of BRL HR Consulting LLC will be on hand from 2-4 p.m. in the small conference room of the UI BioVentures Center, 2500 Crosspark Road, Coralville. To make an appointment, park tenants should email research-park@uiowa.edu or call 319-335-4063.

“The main goal for this series is to provide our startups with expert advice in the key areas of running a business,” said Stephanie Dengler, director of operations for the UI Research Park, which is part of the UI Office of Research and Economic Development. “With this program companies won’t have to spend their time or money in search of consultation. They can simply schedule an appointment with us, get the help they need, and continue with their research.”

LaMarche, who has more than 21 years of experience as a human resources generalist, can offer advice on a range of HR issues, including employee benefits administration, payroll administration, employee relations, I-9 audits, and management training and support.

Other scheduled consultations, all of which run from 2-4 p.m., include:

  • Thursday, July 2: Hayley Yearian of UI Partners, another program in the Office of Research and Economic Development created to help small businesses in Iowa innovate and grow by providing IT consultation and services and training. Topics that can be covered include creating websites, managing databases, e-commerce, and general business planning.
  • Wednesday, July 8: Bruce Guither of Carlson Hartsock & Guither, PLC will be available to talk about tax planning and preparation, payroll reporting, Quickbooks setup and support, bookkeeping, financial statements, and related topics.
  • Wednesday, July 22: Jason Sytsma of Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, PLC, one of Iowa’s largest and oldest law firms, will be available to provide legal advice to companies at all stages of development.

Additional consultation sessions are being planned.

Established in 1989, The University of Iowa Research Park leases building sites and space to growing technology companies that require sustained research relationships with the UI. In addition to leasing land and buildings, the park is home to a world-class business incubator program. More at http://researchpark.uiowa.edu/

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development provides resources and support to researchers and scholars at the University of Iowa and to businesses across Iowa with the goal of forging new frontiers of discovery and innovation and promoting a culture of creativity that benefits the campus, the state, and the world. More at http://research.uiowa.edu, and on Twitter: @DaretoDiscover.