#Flood2016 showed the best of Cedar Rapids

When faced with a flood, Cedar Rapids banded together It’s not often that you get to fight Mother Nature and win. But that’s what happened in Cedar Rapids in the last week of September. As floodwaters approached a near-historic crest, the entire city mobilized to protect homes and businesses. It truly showed the best of […]

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Reflecting on a summer interning at Vault

Working with the next generation can be a win-win For the past two years, McNary Marketing and Design has been able to work with high school students as summer interns through Kirkwood Community College’s Workplace Learning Connection program. (Other areas might have similar programs – check your local community college.) This year we were lucky […]

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AAF Joshua Speaking

How can you use Digital & Social marketing? ∙ my talk at AAF CR-IC Education Day 2015

On April 7,2015 I spoke to student in Cedar Rapids, Iowa as part of AAF: CR-IC EDUCATION DAY. The event paired upcoming area students with Eastern Iowa’s marketing professionals to learn, meet, and share ideas regarding our craft. I was asked to “wake up” the students with the opening talk titled “DIGITAL MARKETING MATTERS”. I […]

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Checkout new project: Grabbing the Good Life

My wife, Marie McNary, and I have launched a new blogging project for self-employed and entrepreneurial families called “Grabbing the Good Life”. Our goal is to help entrepreneurial families find support and encouragement so they can embrace and enjoy the personal and professional lives their families deserves. Our friend, Christoph Trappe of “The Authentic Storytelling Project”, profiled […]

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Leveraging Google to power your ideas in Iowa

Are you a… Entrepreneur interested in using Google tech to enable your offering? Developer wanting to explore what Google’s ecosystem? Businessperson wanting to leverage Google’s array of products/services? You said yes to any of all of these? Read on… Cedar Rapids Google Developer Group Launch On Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 6PM, I’m proud to be hosting Eastern […]

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CoderDojo returns — add coding to your kid’s school curriculum

CoderDojo, the international movement of kids coding clubs for kids 5-17 years old, is returning to Cedar Rapids this Saturday, September 6th, just in time for the start of another academic year. The Cedar Rapids rendition began last Spring, when a rag-tag group of tech and developer dads got it off the ground and saw immediate […]

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“Your weekend validation test for being an entrepreneur” on iowacity.startupweekend.org

I wrote a piece for Iowa City’s Startup Weekend 2014 this week to help promote the event and the idea of validating your own entrepreneurial ideas.  Here is a snippet: Validate yourself. Spending a weekend at Startup Weekend allows you to do a self assessment of your entrepreneurial skills in a way no other environment allows.  It […]

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Dev/Iowa: Just What An Entrepreneur Needs

On Wednesday, July 9, 2014 I was asked to come and address a classroom of aspiring developers at Dev/Iowa, presented by the University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center. The students have heard from a number of professionals in the software/web development arena this summer, so my talk took a look at the “business” side of the […]

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The workplace is changing: Workplace Revolution

I’ve worked in non-profit, corporate, and now self-employment environments in the last 15 or so years and during this time one thing has remained true: change. Aggressive change has been seen in technology, services, client needs, and employee work. Perhaps the largest changes has been in our workplace expectations – including mine. This week in Cedar Rapids an […]

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