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$50,000 in Cash Prizes Available Through Iowa Venture Competition

The Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition contest is intended to encourage and promote entrepreneurial activity and create greater awareness of the resources available to entrepreneurs in Iowa. Innovative, new ventures are encouraged to participate.

What are College Students Looking for in an Employer?

With all the students graduating in the next few weeks, a lot of people are looking for their first full-time jobs. Before I accepted my position at the University of Northern Iowa, I had to figure out if it was a good fit for me.

5 Ways to Nail the Interview and Get Your First Real Job After Graduating

It’s May. The grass is green, leaves are popping up on trees, flowers are blooming all over town, and thousands of students are graduating college and flooding the job market. How does a 22 year-old kid with very little “real-world” work experience stand out in this crowd? By keeping these five things in mind when you sit down for that first big interview.

Resource Partner - Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute


This summer, 32 aspiring entrepreneurs will gather together for a week of learning, mentoring, exploring and pitching - and come away with three college credits for their efforts. For the 12th year in a row, the Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute (OEI) will offer undergraduate students the opportunity to growth their own entrepreneurial roots and have fun at the same time. We caught up with David Hensley, Executive Director of the University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, to learn more about what makes the Institute a success.

Three Iowa Small Businesses and a Non-Profit Recognized Nationally

Happy National Small Business Week! Each year, the Small Business Administration takes the first week of May to celebrate the 26 million small businesses that strengthen our communities throughout America. And since it started in 1963, one of the highlights is awarding small businesses in each state for their work. Upon learning about the four awardees this year, one trend stuck out to me about each - it’s more than just the business. Each person recognized has played a large role not only in growing their business/organization but they strongly support community development whether that be economically, financially or simply time which makes it very easy to be proud of those that are representing Iowa this year.

Downtown Forums Help Revitalize Iowa Communities

The Iowa Downtown Resource Center will offer several downtown forums in June to bring together community leaders interested in engaging in a discussion about their downtowns. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with other downtown leaders and discuss downtown business development issues such as energizing entrepreneurs, business development and business succession.

"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 


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


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.



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