Vote Now for ‘Dream Big, Grow Here’ Contest

Voting in ‘Dream Big Grow Here’ Contest is Underway

Online voting has begun in the North Central Iowa Region’s Dream Big Grow Here contest.

Nineteen entrepreneurs from 11 North Iowa communities have submitted their business dreams. Please visit the website at and cast a vote for the most deserving applicant.

Public voting is open through November 18. The top five vote-getters will go before a panel of judges from the area and make a presentation called a ‘pitch off’ on Wednesday, December 4. The winner will receive a $5,000 cash grant and go on to compete for another $10,000 in the statewide contest.

Lead sponsors for Dream Big Grow Here 2013 are the University of Northern Iowa and the Iowa Bankers Association. Locally, the contest is sponsored by the following organizations:

• NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center
• North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corporation
• Mason City Chamber of Commerce
• Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce

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.

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