October 2015
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Entrepreneur Spotlight: Goquets
By Shawn Harrington
The idea for a floral startup began at a Startup Weekend Ames event during April of 2013. We were tackling an issue for many people (including myself) who had experienced extremely poor service when ordering flowers online. Key problems included the time wasted scrolling through picture galleries, only to find out the flowers being delivered did not match the pictures they were ordered from.
Innovation Iowa- Style: Prepare to be Wowed at Innovation EXPO
By Christie Remley via EDC, Inc.
The innovators. The risk takers. The job creators. Where can you meet more than 100 Iowa entrepreneurs and learn about the impact their innovative businesses are making  in Iowa? Attend Innovation EXPO 2015 on Wednesday, October 21st at the Coralville Marriott. The EXPO is an unprecedented opportunity to meet many of Iowa’s leading innovators and see first-hand the cool products and services they are creating. 
Midwest Social Media Summit
By Deb Brown via Webster City Chamber
Four Iowa organizations have partnered to bring training to small businesses in using social media as an effective marketing tool to use to grow their business.  Webster City Area Chamber of CommerceClear Lake Chamber of CommerceSocial Connections LLC and NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center all received requests for social media training and came together to bring experts in the small business arena who are using social media effectively. 
Grants through the Iowa Student Internship Program
By Jennifer Meier via IEDA
Are you interested in connecting with young talent with a fresh perspective? The Iowa Student Internship Program is your chance to work with emerging leaders, by providing students with hands-on work experience. It’s also a great opportunity for your company to see their skills and talents in action!
Un-Traditional Start-A-Thon Gives Entrepreneurs a Chance to Start a Business
By Ini Augustine via Iowa Black Business Coalition
The startathon, a term coined by the tech industry, accelerates the startup process. The term typically invokes images of the tech industry, where white college guys start companies in a 48- 72 hour period, marathon style. The Iowa Black Business Coalition aims to break that stereotype with an event during Global Entrepreneurship week, especially for women and minority-owned businesses.
From Farm Girl to Entrepreneur: What I've Learned Along the Way
October 15 | Noon-1pm

IA & SD Tax Issues
for Construction Contractors 
October 21 | 11:30am-1pm

Dream Big Grow Here:
Application Tips & Tricks
November 12 | Noon-1pm

Tri-State IA, SD, & NE Sales/Use Tax Basics
November 18 | 11:30am-1pm

October 7- 9
ICCE Fall Conference
Clear Lake, IA

October 8
IWLC Dubuque Conference
Dubuque, IA

October 12
Simple Steps for Starting Your Business
Ankeny, IA

October 13
Business Succession Planning
Davenport, IA

October 14
Women in Business Forum
Cedar Falls, IA

October 15
From Farm Girl To Entrepreneur
Online Webinar

October 19
Financing Forum
Des Moines, IA

October 19
SBA 101 Workshop
Cedar Rapids, IA

October 21
Innovation EXPO
Coralville, IA

October 21
IA & SD Tax Issues for Construction Contractors
Online Webinar

October 24
Midwest Social Media Summit
Mason City, IA
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