Dream Big Grow Here $15,000 Business Grant Competition Announced for North Iowa Region
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Posted by: Jeanne Yocum
Mason City, Iowa – The North Iowa Corridor, Cerro
Gordo Chambers of Mason City and Clear Lake, NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial
Center have partnered with the University of Northern Iowa to offer an award
winning online business grant contest worth $5,000 to regional entrepreneurs
and small business owners called Dream Big Grow Here. This year’s focus will be on businesses that
engage in interstate commerce. Contestants can win cash and gain widespread
statewide publicity by competing in the "North
Iowa 2013” followed by a statewide Pitch-Off event during the annual
EntreFest! conference in March 2014 for a shot at the $10,000 grand prize.
Now in its third year, Dream Big Grow Here offers
entrepreneurs an opportunity to upload their business dream online from now until October 31 at www.DreamBigGrowHere.com, then encourage customers, friends, family,
and community members to vote online for them from Monday, November 4 to Wednesday, November 18th. The top five
online vote getters will then participate in a regional pitch-off event on Wednesday, December 4th to
determine the regional $5,000 business grant winner. Winners from each of the regional contests will
all be invited to go on to compete for an additional $10,000 grand prize
business grant in a live pitch-off event during the statewide EntreFest!
conference for Iowa business owners to be held early next year.
According to Tom Mulholland, owner of Mulholland Grocery in
Malvern Iowa and the 2012 Dream Big Grow Here grand prize winner, "the Dream
Big Grow Here contest has proven to be a bountiful opportunity for my business,
and my community. Just since winning the
contest earlier this year, we have had visitors and gained new customers from
all across the state (and even from outside Iowa). One of our highlights was hosting Kim Reynolds,
our Lieutenant Governor, here in Malvern to see Mulholland Grocery and learn
more about our local business community.”
Lead sponsor for Dream Big Grow Here 2012 is the Iowa
Bankers Association. Other key sponsors
for Dream Big Grow Here are a mix of private and public sector agencies,
including the University of Northern Iowa MyEntre.Net, Iowa Bankers
Association, Renew Rural Iowa, Iowa Economic Development Authority, VentureNet,
Delta Dental of Iowa, and the Technology Association of Iowa. Local sponsors include North Iowa Corridor,
Cerro Gordo Chambers of Mason City and Clear Lake, and the NIACC John Pappajohn
For more information on the "North Iowa 2013” and to enter the contest, go to www.DreamBigGrowHere.com scroll down the page to the map of Iowa and click on your
county. For complete rules
or for more information about this regional contest contact Dan Winegarden at
641-422-4191 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about how your community can
get involved in this exciting initiative, contact UNI Dream Big Grow Here
Statewide Lead Rob Williams at email@example.com or by
phone at 319-273-4333.
The national NACCE Innovation Award
winning NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center provides college level
courses and degree programs in entrepreneurship, as well as comprehensive
consulting services for business start-ups, existing industries and owner
transitions in the North Iowa region.
Space is available for start-up businesses in the North Iowa Business
Incubator. For more information, contact the NIACC JPEC at 641-422-4111.