Congratulations to Chris Perkins and Cody Henke from Go Topless Glassware for being chosen as the winner of the IIG-sponsored Dream Big Grow Here contest! Go Topless Glassware produces drinking glasses and displays from high-end recycled bottles.. As one of the top five online vote recipients, Go Topless Glassware was invited to present to a panel of business experts. Presentations were judged on the following criteria: the viability of the business, an effective plan for use of prize money, the ability to raise additional capital, a potential to generate wealth in the region, the business provides economic diversity to the region and there is a potential to create jobs in the region. Perkins and Henke plan to increase production volume and invest in more machinery for their Ames location.The business is so new that they don't have a website , but they do have a page on Facebook. More information about Go Topless Glassware can be found at on their MyEntre.net profile HERE and on their Facebook Fan Page.
All five companies in the pitch-off reported being very happy to have the opportunity to rally their customers and supporters around their businesses and most of the finalists reported an . . . → Read More: We Have a Winner of the $5,000 IIG DREAM BIG GROW HERE Entrepreneurial Contest!
The on-line public voting phase of the regional Iowa Innovation Gateway DREAM BIGGROW HERE contest closed on Thursday, September 15th at 11:59 p.m. Thirty different regional entrepreneurs submitted testimonies about their businesses for the contest. Over 16,000 votes were cast throughout the voting period.
Congratulations to: Chris Perkins, Go Topless Glassware Heidi Rockwell, Yumi’s Bakery & Deli Carol Von Klompenburg, The Write Place Josh Cowman & Jon Kettler, Skowty, LLC Simone Bates, Simone’s Cuppa These top five vote getters will now present to a panel of regional judges on September 20th to see who will take home the $5,000 regional grant. Judges will be using the following criteria to determine the final winner: the viability of the business, an effective plan for use of prize money, the ability to raise additional capital, a potential to generate wealth in the region, the business provides economic diversity to the region and there is a potential to create jobs in the region. The IIG regional winner will also be eligible for the statewide pitch-off party to be held at the MyEntre.net EntreBash in Ames in March 2012. The winner of the statewide pitch-off will receive another $10,000 to support their business. Thanks to everyone who has helped . . . → Read More: Top Five Vote Getters Invited to Regional Pitch-Off
Iowa Innovation Gateway, its partners and the Iowa Department of Economic Development are hosting an Innovations in Exporting Conference October 28th from 8 a.m. to 2.p.m. at Vermeer Global Pavilion in Pella. Participants will hear from panels of individuals experienced in many different aspects of exporting. Topics covered will include international business development, contracting and success stories. The conference will be of interest to those who currently export and to those who want to learn more about the world of exporting. Awards for excellence in exporting will be presented during the conference to several Central Iowa companies. Mary Andringa, President and CEO of Vermeer Corporation, will provide the keynote address. Andringa is the Chair of the National Association of Manufacturers and a member of the President’s Export Council. The cost of the conference is $30 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch; there is a discount available for students.To register and learn more about the conference, CLICK HERE Marketing partners in this effort are: Opportunity², Iowa Connections, Greater Des Moines Partnership and Ames-Des Moines Partnership. . . . → Read More: Registration Now Open for Export Conference