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  • Everyone is a Winner…..Top 15 businesses by popular online voting are invited to set up a table at the Cedar Valley Innovation Day on October 18, 2012 to showcase their product or service at no charge!
  • Pitches will happen on November 13th to a panel of business experts, then the winner will be announced on the 14th at the Annual Business Recognition Event.
  • Informational Session: September 10th, 20129 am to 11 amIowa Western Community College - Council Bluffs - Looft HallDetails atDreamBigGrowHere
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Dream Big Grow Here Contests Dream Big Grow Here Contests Presentation Transcript

  • Rob Williams, MyEntre.Netwww.DreamBigGrowHere.com
  • History• Started in 2010 – Four Statewide Contests – $1,000 Grant Prize• In 2011 – Six Regional $5,000 Contests – Statewide Pitch Off at EntreFest! – $10,000 Grand Prize• This Year: K&K Gardens – Ten Regional $5,000 Contests Regional Winner 2011 – Statewide Pitch Off at EntreFest! – 10,000 Grand Prize http://www.dreambiggrowhere.com/Archive.aspx
  • The Process (in general)1. Submit an Approved Dream2. Garner Online Votes3. Attend Regional Pitch Off4. Win Cash5. Attend Statewide Pitch Off6. Potentially Win more Cash Safari Child Care Center Regional Winner 2011And the whole time... Grow Your Business Dream, Here!
  • This Year’s Contests• Southeast Iowa• DMACC Business Resources• Innovation Gateway• Northeast Iowa Business Network MoGo Organic• Cedar Valley Statewide Winner 2011• Iowa Lakes Corridor• Southwest• South Central• Creative Corridor Adrenaline X Laser Tag• North Central Regional Winner 2011 AM Guitar Repair Statewide Winner 2010
  • Southeast Iowa• Submit Dream: Aug 1st until Sept 10th• Voting: Sept 11th until Sept 20th• Pitch Off Event: – Top Five Sept 25th at Iowa Wesleyan• Counties: Henry, Des Moines, Lee, Louisa, Van Buren, and Jefferson• 30 or Fewer Employees• Local Contact: Angela Shipley, Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance http://www.DreamBigGrowHere.com/SouthEast12
  • DMACC Business Resources• Submit Dream: Sept 1st until Sept. 26th• Voting: Oct 1st until Oct 15th• Pitch Off Event: – Top Five on Oct 25th DMACC Ankeny Campus• Counties: Audubon, Boone, Carroll, Guthrie, Warren, Pol k and Dallas• 50 or Fewer Employees• Local Contact: Tracy Schuster, DMACC http://www.DreamBigGrowHere.com/DMACC12
  • Innovation Gateway• Submit Dream: Sept 1st until Sept 25th• Voting: Oct 1st until Oct 15th• Pitch Off Event: – Top Five on Oct 23rd DMACC Newton Campus• Counties: Jasper, Mahaska, Marion, Marshall, Poweshiek , and Story Go Topless Glassware• 50 or Fewer Employees Regional Winner 2011• Local http://www.DreamBigGrowHere.com/InnovationGateway12 Contact: Tracy Schuster, DMACC
  • Northeast Iowa Business Network• Submit Dream: Sept 3rd until Sept 28th• Voting: Oct 1st until Oct 19th• Pitch Off Event: – Top Three + Wildcard, Date/Time TBD• Counties: Allamakee, Clayton, Delaware, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek• Two to 40 Employees, Non-Profit Allowed• Local Contact: Jason Passmore, Howard County ED http://www.DreamBigGrowHere.com/NIBN12
  • Cedar Valley• Submit Dream: Sept 4th until Sept 18th• Voting: Sept 21st until Oct 5th• Pitch Off Event: – Top Five on Oct 18th at CV Innovation Day• Counties: Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Chickasaw, G rundy, and Tama• 99 or Fewer Employees• Local Contact: Lisa Skubal, GCVAC http://www.DreamBigGrowHere.com/CedarValley12
  • Iowa Lakes Corridor• Submit Dream: Sept 8th until Oct 15th• Voting: Oct 15th until Oct 29th• Pitch Off Event: – Top Five on Nov 13th & 14th• Counties: Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson, and Emmet• 30 or Fewer Employees• Local Contact: Brian Dalziel, Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation http://www.DreamBigGrowHere.com/IowaLakes12
  • Southwest Iowa• Submit Dream: Sept 10th until Sept 28th• Voting: Oct 1st until Oct 22nd• Pitch Off Event: – Top Five on Nov 1st at Performing Arts Center - Black Box; Free booth included• Counties: Pottawattamie, Mills, Page, Fremont, Cass, Sh elby, and Harrison• 25 or Fewer Employees• Local Contact: Sue Pitts, Iowa Western SBDC http://www.DreamBigGrowHere.com/SouthWest12 http://dreambiggrowhere.iowabiztalk.com/
  • South Central Iowa• Submit Dream: Sept 10th until Sept 28th• Voting: Oct 1st until Oct 19th• Pitch Off Event: – Top Five on Nov 2nd Lakeside Casino in Osceola at 4 pm• Counties: Clarke, Decatur, Lucas, Madison, Union, and Wayne• 200 or Fewer Employees• Local Contact: Bill Trickey, Clarke County ED http://www.DreamBigGrowHere.com/SouthCentral12
  • Creative Corridor• Submit Dream: Sept 18th until Oct 19th• Voting: Oct 22nd until Nov 9th• Pitch Off Event: – Top Five on Nov 15th• Counties: Johnson, Washington, Benton, Jones, Linn, Cedar and Iowa• 10 or Fewer Employees• Local Contact: Amanda Styron, Seed Here Studio http://www.DreamBigGrowHere.com/CreativeCorridor12
  • North Central Iowa• Submit Dream: Sept 19th until Oct 17th• Voting: Oct 17th until Oct 31st• Pitch Off Event: – Top Five on Nov 12th from 1 to 4 pm NIACC Campus• Counties: Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Franklin, Hancock, Mitchell, Winne bago, Worth and Wright• 25 or Fewer Employees, Non-Profit Allowed• Local Contact: Tim Putnam, NIACC JPEC http://www.DreamBigGrowHere.com/NorthCentralIowa
  • Strategies to Win• It’s more than Friends, Family, and Fools... – Gotta be in it to win it, period – Find and ask strangers (both online and off) to support your dream entry• Leverage Video & Pictures to Share Your Story• Use (*cough*abuse*cough*) Social Media!• Past Winners... Other Tips: http://bit.ly/P1qRaL Advice from Past Winner Alan Morrison, AM Guitar Repair: http://bit.ly/Tp9Jwv
  • Thanks to our Generous Sponsors! Any Questions?