May 2016
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Dream Big Grow Here 2016
By Patrick Luensmann

We had a tough time choosing finalists after 130 outstanding contestants sent in their video submission for our 2016 Dream Big Grow Here Competition. This competition was established to help dreamers grow their business and to celebrate small business in Iowa. Out of those 130 contestants, only 30 contenders were chosen to present at our pitch-off event. These contestants put in long hours to perfect their pitch on their business.

Iowa Jumps in Female-Owned Business Rankings
By Amy Kuhlers via IEDA

A report from American Express Open released Friday indicates that Iowa now ranks 30th in growth of number of women-owned firms in the country and fourth in overall "economic clout" over the past nine years. This is the same report that for the past three years has ranked Iowa dead-last among the states for increases in women-owned firms and revenue. So, why the jump? Despite a headline proclaiming Iowa jumped from 51st place to fourth place among U.S. states in terms of performance of women-owned businesses, that conclusion is like comparing apples to oranges, said Julie Weeks, American Express Open research adviser and author of 2016 State of Women Owned Businesses Report.

Iowa Women Entrepreneurs Wanted
By Amy Kuhlers via IEDA
Are you a female entrepreneur seeking to scale your business?  Would you be interested in competing for awards totaling $40,000 and gaining pitch experience and valuable investor feedback?  If you answered yes to either of these questions, you could join a select group of Iowa women entrepreneurs who will take the stage to wow investors and promote their businesses at an upcoming Invest in She event!
DMACC Students and Alumni: Win $10,000 for Your Business
By Amy Kuhlers via IEDA

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.

Now the college adds to its business-building tradition by offering $10,000 to the winner of the 2016 DMACC Foundation Entrepreneurship Competition. 

May 4
1 Million Cups

Des Moines, IA

May 5
International Documentation Training

West Des Moines, IA

May 9
DreamBuilder Virtual: May

May 11
Coworking Wednesday

Sioux City, IA

May 14
BING-IA Sweat Equity Saturday
West Des Moines, IA

May 16
The Journey to Your Vision Seminar
Forest City, IA

May 17
CIRAS Business Workshop
Marshalltown, IA

May 18
Start Smart
Mason City, IA

May 19
NAWBO Iowa Monthly Program
Des Moines, IA

May 26
B.I.N.G. Lunch 'n' Learn
West Des Moines, IA

May 27
New Bo Open Coffee Club
Cedar Rapids, IA
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