June 2015
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Dream Big Grow Here Winner Reflects on Journey
By Trace Steffen via HowFactory
There is never a perfect time to shout "YOLO" from the rooftops and start building a business. There's always an excuse, a reason to wait. It's like making a commitment to eat better and exercise more. The best day to start, is always tomorrow.  Unless you can't. Unless you have to know... Can I do this? 
University of Iowa Venture School Winners
By Jennifer Ott via John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center
$20,000 was awarded to three winning University of Iowa Venture School Alumni teams. The 12 teams from all over the state of Iowa pitched their newest business models to a group of investors, mentors, and entrepreneurs at the UI Pappajohn Education Center in Des Moines. 
Building Momentum for Ag Innovation at EntreFEST
By Sandy Ehrig via Renew Rural Iowa
Renew Rural Iowa is a charter sponsor of both EntreFEST and the Dream Big Grow Here contest. We understood from the beginning the importance of these new and innovative showcases designed to encourage and inspire entrepreneurship in Iowa. As the Dream Big Grow Here contests have evolved with industry specific contests this year it seemed most appropriate for Renew Rural Iowa to host the competition geared at innovation in agriculture.
The International Trade Office: Assisting Your Exporting Needs
By Kathy Hill, Team Leader, International Trade Office
Have you ever thought about how you could create a global presence for your company? Where do you start? The International Trade Office of the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) has been assisting Iowa companies develop or expand their export markets for more than 30 years.
Micro Loans: What Are They and How Do You Get One?
By Craig Downs via IowaMicroLoan

Micro loans: What are they?  How do you get one?  You know, the who, what, where, when section.

For our purposes micro loans are simply loans of between $5000 and $50,000 to either existing businesses or start-ups that have 5 of fewer employees.  We can finance not only start-ups, but expansions and refinances of existing debt.  Approximately 90% of start-ups do so with some form of credit card debt.  We can even refinance that and mitigate some of those HIGH interest rates.

Grant Opportunities for Iowa Companies
By Jordan Hobfoll via Iowa Innovation Corporation
Do you have a novel, innovative idea to solve a problem in technology, energy, medicine, agriculture, transportation, education, or for the military?  If you do, one of 11 federal agencies might award up to $1.7 million in grant money to your for-profit company to develop the idea, and The Iowa Innovation Corporation can help you try to get it.  The money would come from a pool of over $2.6 billion in grants issued through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs each year. 
Email Etiquette: Crystal Review
By Valyn Reinig
In my last blog post I wrote about a new predictive email technology called Crystal, that scours the internet for information on people and then provides suggestions on how you can better word your emails to suit their personalities. Since writing that post I was able to access a trial of Crystal and here’s what I found out...
Iowa Sales/Use Tax Basics (Part 1)
Terry O'Neill
Wednesday, June 17

Conscious Leadership: Why leadership is Mostly About Paying Attention
Sarah Young
Thursday, June 25

June 4
Tech Town Hall
Sioux City, IA

June 6
BING Sweat Equity Saturday
West Des Moines, IA

June 9
Workplace (R)evolution
Iowa City, IA

June 10-12
ABI Taking Care of Business Conference
Bettendorf, IA

June 16
TechBrew North Iowa
Clear Lake, IA

June 17
Cedar Valley Open Coffee
Cedar Falls, IA

June 17
Iowa Sales & Use Tax Basics (Part 1)
Online Webinar

June 18
Roundtable Coffee
West Des Moines, IA

June 23
Government Contracting Webinar
Online Webinar

June 24
Midwest Educators Forum on Entrepreneurship
Mason City, IA

June 25
What the Healthcare Law Means for your Small Business
Online Webinar

June 25
Conscious Leadership: Why Leadership is Mostly About Paying Attention
Online Webinar
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