April 2016
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Iowa Innovation Showcase Delivers a Taste of Innovation
By Barbara Hall via Iowa Innovation Corporation
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 get the most attention, or resources, when it comes to starting innovative businesses. The purpose of the showcase tour is to give these cities a taste of the innovation ecosystem, and help nurture good ideas into bankable ventures.
Dream Big Grow Here Final Pitch-Off
By Valyn Reinig via CBGI
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 Des Moines to determine the six industry winners of $5,000. These six will then compete in another final pitch off that afternoon for an additional $5,000 grand prize. RSVP to the pitch off event is strongly recommended here:
Top Winners of 2016 InnovateHER Business Competition 
By U.S. Small Business Administration via SBA
The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced the winners of the 2016 InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Business Challenge, its nationwide business competition to highlight innovative products and services created and launched by cutting-edge entrepreneurs. 
Dispelling the Myths about the SBA
By Jayne Armstrong via SBA
The SBA is rebranding itself to better meet the needs of the small business. It starts with a greater awareness of SBA’s programs and services and increased visibility statewide.

After spending my first year in Iowa listening and learning from our small business community, I realize that many small businesses simply don’t know what we do or what programs and services we have to offer them. It is time to correct the misperceptions about the SBA. 
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Twitter for Business,
Jack Kosakowski
April 7
NAWBO Women Mean Business Summit

Altoona, IA

April 7

Dubuque, IA

April 12
Lunch and Learn: Legal Advice for Startups
Iowa City, IA

April 13
1 Million Cups

Des Moines, IA

April 14
Dream Big Grow Here Pitch-Offs
Des Moines, IA

April 14
TAI Prometheus Awards
Des Moines, IA

April 15
Hawkeye Innovation Expo
Iowa City, IA

April 19
Get Motivated Business Seminar
Des Moines, IA

April 20
Coworking Wednesday
Sioux City, IA

April 22
New Bo Open Coffee Club
Cedar Rapids, IA

April 23
BING-IA Sweat Equity Saturday
West Des Moines, IA

April 28
Affordable Care Act 101 Webinar
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