Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

O’Brien County Wins through Wind

In 2003, O’Brien County supervisors passed a wind energy conversion property tax ordinance. The county will soon begin reaping the economic benefits of that decision with the recent MidAmerican commissioning of the 70,000 acre Energy Highland Wind Farm. The Highland Wind Farm property tax revenues will have a significant impact on...

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Iowa Innovation Showcase Delivers a Taste of Innovation

Iowa Innovation (IICorp) and the Iowa Venture Capital Association are sponsoring an innovation tour of Iowa to help spread the message that Iowa is a great place to start and grow a business. There’s a good innovation story to tell in Iowa, but there are parts of the state that don’t...

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Dream Big Grow Here Announces Finalists

The University of Northern Iowa Center for Business Growth and Innovation has announced 30 finalists in the Dream Big Grow Here business grant program. A pitch off event held in conjunction with Technology Association of Iowa’s Prometheus Awards scheduled to take place during the day of Thursday, April 14th in...

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Entrepreneurship is Abound in Siouxland Once Again

Twenty-two Siouxland organizations will co-sponsor Entrepalooza, a ten day celebration of entrepreneurial spirit in Siouxland soon. The celebration will kick off at 6:30 p.m. Monday, February 15 with “A Conversation with Ted Waitt.” The event will be hosted in the St. Francis Center on Briar Cliff’s campus. Hear Ted talk about...

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An Inexpensive Way to Gain New Skills this Year

As an entrepreneur, at times you might find yourself feeling alone, or even overwhelmed at the many decisions facing your business. So how do you gain new skills or reach out for help? One very inexpensive way, is to attend an EntreBASH event. EntreBASH, similar to EntreFEST, is a short event...

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Gifting Knowledge This Holiday Season

As this year wraps up, perhaps you are looking to take the leap and start a business full-time. Maybe you already own a small business, but you are ready to expand and take it to the next level. Whatever your goals are for your small business in Iowa, we are...

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ABI Connecting Statewide Leaders Event Highlights Business Education Partnerships

Business and education leaders from around the state will gather at Wartburg College on December 10th, to discuss the importance and value of partnerships between Iowa’s business community and educational institutions. The forum is part of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry’s (ABI) Connecting Statewide Leaders discussion, which brings together...

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Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW)

Would you like an opportunity to take part in something as big as our world? To be inspired? To think big? Well now’s your chance! Fling the lid off your entrepreneurial box and jump into a worldwide movement with entrepreneurs from over 160 countries crossing six continents. It’s Global Entrepreneurship...

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Iowa Center for Economic Success Ups the Ante- for Small Business

Over 90% of Iowa businesses gross under $1,000,000. These businesses are our main street retailers and restaurants as well as our bakers, grocers, craftspeople, accountants, lawyers, and artists. At the Iowa Center for Economic Success (formerly ISED Ventures), we are dedicated to working specifically with these small businesses. Business Education +...

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