October 2016
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A fan of interesting tidbits of information, I’ve always found Guinness World Records fascinating. Not that I’m interested in growing the world’s longest fingernails or being the fastest crab walker (a feat recently achieved by an ISU student), but I do think it would be kind of cool to be a world record-holder.  

So I wonder, if we could get millions of innovators, job creators, business owners and community leaders all celebrating entrepreneurship across the world at the same time, would we break a record? This isn’t as hard as it may seem, because during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) November 14-20, that’s exactly what will be happening.

Originally launched in 2008 by former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Carl Schramm, former president of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Global Entrepreneurship Week now spans the globe with nearly 25,000 partner organizations planning more than 37,000 entrepreneurial activities and engaging over 10 million people. These local, national and global events stem from large-scale competitions to small networking gatherings, all geared towards celebrating entrepreneurial success.

So why do 10 million people worldwide turn up at these events?  Because the world still needs more entrepreneurs!  Become part of the movement and plan an activity in your area to help celebrate entrepreneurship. This year’s GEW themes center on Investors, Women, Youth, Cities and Scale-Ups.  You can put some creative thinking around planning events in these areas, or come up with your own unique experience - the sky’s the limit! Not only can you help inspire potential entrepreneurs as well as show your support for your region’s existing businesses, but your organization will also benefit by reaching new audiences within your community and raising awareness of the good work you do!

I’m not sure Guinness can count all the events taking place around the world during GEW, but you can always keep up-to-date with what’s happening across Iowa on the IASourceLink calendar, and don’t forget to post your event as well!  You’ll hear more about GEW happenings in the weeks to come, so get ready to celebrate.  Maybe we’ll help break a record!

-Amy Kuhlers, Program Manager and Network Builder, IEDA
By Debi Durham via Iowa Economic Development Authority

Hello, I’m Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Many of you are familiar with Iowa’s Targeted Small Business program or TSB as it’s commonly called. It was created by the legislature in the mid-1980’s to provide access to procurement opportunities and financial resources for businesses owned by women, minority group members, persons with disabilities and service disabled veterans. 

CIRAS: Helping Iowa Manufacturers Thrive
Posted by Lea Hensel, UNI Business and Community Services
Three-quarters of Iowa manufacturers right now are betting that being good will be good enough.
According to a recent survey, roughly 75 percent of manufacturers are playing an old-school game – one focused largely on making higher-quality products than their competitors and hoping that this advantage will woo more customers to their doors.
Ottumwa Economic Development
By IASourceLink Administrator
The economic development groups in our communities are crucial for not only bringing in new businesses but also developing programs to promote relocation, expansion, and retention to the area. The Ottumwa Area Development Corporation, also known as the Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation (OEDC), is no different. 
By IASourceLink Administrator
 In 2016, Iowa had an estimated 86,300  women-owned firms, according to a  report released earlier this year by  American Open Express. Of those  women-owned businesses, only a handful are Certified Targeted Small Businesses (TSB). Earlier this year, however, a group of stakeholders from a various state agencies and departments devoted a week to participating in a Lean event focused on growing the number of Iowa’s Certified TSB’s by streamlining and enhancing Iowa’s TSB certification process.
Did you know…. IASourceLink’s Business License Information Center has a great fact sheet on licensing, registrations, tax requirements and other information commonly needed by businesses? This handy tool is a great resource to print off and have available for the entrepreneurs in your community. We’ve just updated all of the information and links, so if you already use the fact sheet, now’s the time to get your new copy!

As always, if you have questions on any license requirement, feel free to contact Christine Cavil at or 800-532-1216.
October 19-21
Iowa Tourism Conference
Quad Cities, IA

October 26
Innovation Expo
Cedar Rapids, IA

November 19
Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit
Ankeny, IA
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