ABI Conference: The Best Business Networking in Iowa

March 4, 2021 | Mike Ralston

Mike Ralston, President, ABI

About 90 days from now, ABI will host its 118th annual convention. Since last year’s conference had to be canceled, there is perhaps even greater excitement around the 2021 event. Before I share anything else, let me assure you that all possible measures are being taken to protect the health and safety of attendees. Social distancing, appropriate masking and everything else that can be done–will be done–to ensure a safe and terrific conference experience.

The ABI conference, Iowa's Taking Care of Business Conference, gets bigger and better each year. If you want to add value for your business, there is simply no better place for you to be than at this meeting. The 2021 edition will be the best ever, with hundreds of people converging on Coralville/Iowa City on June 8-10.

There will be three keynote speakers at the conference; that’s right, not one, but three. Nationally known authors, entrepreneurs and one of the world’s foremost STEM leaders are all on tap for this event.

As for other conference highlights, one is the area itself. Coralville and Iowa City are two of Iowa’s most forward-thinking cities. Major developments in the Iowa River Landing area are a highlight, as is getting to see our state’s newest athletics event center, the Xtream Arena, as a part of the conference.

Some of you come for golf. Well, conference attendees will enjoy golf at one of our state's finest courses, Finkbine Golf Course. The clubhouse has just received an incredible renovation and the course itself has never played better. Conference golfers are sure to have a fabulous game of golf at the brand new Finkbine.

As always, fantastic food, informative breakouts and association programs will highlight the conference as well. But far and away the reason most folks attend, as you so often tell us, is for the very best business-networking in Iowa. You can only get that at THIS conference. You can visit with other business women and men about issues you share. You can make new sales and generate new business. And you can simply enjoy meeting our state's very best business people. All of this is found at the ABI Taking Care of Business Conference and no place else.

If you haven't yet done so, go NOW to the conference website and finalize your plans to attend. At the site, you can register for the conference, find out about terrific hotels and click links to make your lodging arrangements, and find out everything there is to know about the conference and the Coralville/Iowa City region. Make plans to bring your leadership teams with you. On behalf of our ABI officers and conference committee members, I look forward to seeing you at the conference June 8-10.