Inaugural Pappajohn Entrepreneur Gala

First Annual Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Gala

The Pappajohn Entrepreneur Gala celebrates the entrepreneurs who make our communities a great place to work and live. Join us for the Inaugural Pappajohn Entrepreneur Gala on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. We will share our story and annual report, recognize the region’s entrepreneurs, and honor John and Mary Pappajohn’s vital contributions and support to North Iowa with the Legacy Award.

The Pappajohn Entrepreneur Gala will be held at NIACC Muse Norris Center with a reception, dinner, program, and awards honoring entrepreneurs from the following categories: Entrepreneur of the Year, Business of the Year, Innovation Award, and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

We are pleased to announce John Pappajohn as the keynote speaker, and invited guests Governor Kim Reynolds and Director Debi Durham of the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

Tickets will go on sale July 23, 2018.


Award Nominations

Nominations for the following awards can be submitted until Friday, August 10, 2018:

Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Business of the Year Award

Innovation Award

Submit nominations to


Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities to underwrite the gala and support the NIACC Pappajohn Center and North Iowa Area SBDC are available. In order to take full benefit of sponsorship, please express level of commitment by July 30, 2018 to Tim Putnam at 641.422.4192 or Sponsorship information can be found here.