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"No Small Thing" Video Conference for Women Business Owners

​We know that it's no small thing to run a business.... So in honor of Small Business Week this May, NAWBO and Microsoft are once again holding the “No Small Thing” video contest. Women small business owners are invited to highlight in a 2-minute or less video the “one thing” that has contributed the most to their success as a small business. The deadline to submit your entry is April 21st.

Be a Part of Small Business Week 

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National Small Business Week takes place each year to recognize and celebrate the many economic contributions of small businesses, and the outstanding work of small business owners at the local, state, and national level. This practice of recognizing and awarding the critical work of small businesses has taken place over the past five decades in the Unites States. This year the legacy of this celebration will continue during the week April 30th-May 6th, 2017.

Resource Partner Spotlight: Center for Business Growth and Innovation

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In keeping with the EntreFEST theme for this month, the Resource Partner Spotlight is centered on the Center for Business Growth and Innovation (CBGI) at the University of Northern Iowa, an organization that has two presentations taking place at the entrepreneurial conference taking place next month.

Pitch Competitions at 2017 EntreFEST

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This month’s entrepreneur spotlight is a little bit different than what you’re used to in previous issues. Instead of focusing on one Iowa entrepreneur and their journey, I’m going to talk about some opportunities entrepreneurs are able to take advantage of at the upcoming EntreFEST.

EntreFEST - Where Iowa's Visionary Founders and Community Builders Meet

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EntreFEST, the two-day business networking event taking place downtown Iowa City on May 4-5th, is fast approaching. It is one of Iowa’s best places for entrepreneurs, startup founders, innovators, educators, and artists to experience a real sense of belonging in a talented community of business professionals. In my role as a program associate at the Center for Business Growth and Innovation, it is my pleasure to be able to have encouraging conversations with small business owners and entrepreneurs from across the state, and EntreFEST will be a prime time to do just that!

From the Desk of Director Durham - Iowa's Historic Tax Credit Program

As humans, some of us try to offset tell-tale signs of ‘experienced maturity’ with everything from serums to surgery. With buildings, on the other hand, the options for renewal are far more limited. In Iowa, we are fortunate that some of our most historic and cultural buildings have a better opportunity for rebirth through the Historic Preservation and Cultural and Entertainment District Tax Credit Program.

Creative Placemaking

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Creative placemaking isn’t a new concept, but it is still a notion that is unfamiliar to many community developers. Per the National Endowment for the Arts, “In creative placemaking, partners from public, private, nonprofit and community sectors strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, tribe, city or region around arts and cultural activities”. One person who has been actively involved in this effort in some of Iowa’s rural communities is Zach Mannheimer, who until just recently served as Vice President of Creative Placemaking with IASourceLink Resource Partner, Iowa Business Growth (IBG).

The Resource Navigator - Now Even Smarter!

Does your organization specialize in serving certain demographic clients or excel in a particular area of service? If so, we can now better showcase those unique capabilities through the IASourceLink Resource Navigator!

Resource Partner - Main Street Mount Pleasant

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Iowa Main Street Challenge Grants have been helping Iowa’s Main Street communities revitalize downtowns for over fifteen years. These dollar-for-dollar match grants leverage four times the state’s investment into rehabilitation projects that help bring life back to underutilized and neglected buildings. Main Street Mount Pleasant was a recent recipient of funds and we asked Main Street Director, Lisa Oetken, to share some thoughts on how the grant proceeds will benefit their community.

DMACC Foundation Entrepreneurship Competition

For decades Des Moines Area Community College has helped thousands of individuals bridge the gap between idea and entrepreneurship. Every day DMACC supports Iowa small business by providing current and future employees with access to the fuel that powers the American dream: education.

              
             

 

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