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Immigrant entrepreneur realizes American dream through restaurant success

Generations of immigrants come to America in pursuit of a better life and the dream of small business ownership. Blanca Plascencia, owner of El Fogon Mexican Grill in West Des Moines, is now living hers after years of hard work and perseverance.

Millennial Entrepreneurs Contribute to Cedar Rapids Rebirth

Great opportunities often arise out of disastrous events. Cedar Rapids’ renaissance following the flood of 2008 spurred many millennials to return home to contribute to its recovery and resurgence. Quinton and Ana McClain’s successful venture, Lion Bridge Brewing, represents the cornerstone of the Czech Village and New Bohemia’s revitalization.

$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.

"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.

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.

$25,000 Could Be Yours! FexEx Small Business Grant Contest

The 2017 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest is open! Whether you've been running your small business for six months or 16 years, submit your business' story by March 29 for a chance to win!

2017 American Small Business Championship and the SCORE Awards

What makes your business unique? Answering that question could put your business in the running for great prizes and national recognition!

SBA Launches 2017 InnovateHer Competition

The U.S. Small Business Administration has launched a new round of InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Business Challenge, a nationwide business competition offering $70,000 in prizes.The competition, backed by the Sara Blakely Foundation, focuses on products and services that make life easier, and last year's winner was Iowa businesswoman, Elizabeth Craven, founder of Upcraft Club.

SBA to Host Lender Matchmaking Fair for Entrepreneurs

Are you seeking financing to start or expand a business? This upcoming Matchmaking Fair might be for you. But hurry - registration is limited!

Sioux City Gets Ready for the 4th Annual Launch Week

A week of events relating to innovation and entrepreneurship will take place in Sioux City as part of the 4th annual Launch Week, November 3rd – 10th. With speakers, startup presentations and plenty of networking, Launch Week aims to inspire, motivate, and promote collaboration among professionals.

              
             

 

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