Regional competition encourages small business growth in Northwest Iowa

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – Hoping to help continue new businesses to expand in northwest Iowa, the region’s ‘Dream Big Grow Here’ competition offers five entrepreneurs a shot at $7,000 worth of prize money.

Economic Development Specialist, Renae Billings says, “Economic divisions in northwest Iowa continue to partner for opportunities like this to help entrepreneurial activity and support small business growth in our region.”

But it’s more than just funding this competition and the region has to offer.

“It’s important to offer a creative supportive culture, we offer networking opportunities, business and technical assistance and access the capital. There’s just a lot of opportunity here in our region,” Billings said.

Small Business owner, Melinda Nasers said, “Small town people love to shop small town. It used to be going to the mall and that atmosphere, but now they want to support their local businesses.”

Each business created a booth to showcase their business and gave a six-minute presentation to a panel of judges.

After careful deliberation, ultimately, the owner of Grace Boutique in Sibley took home the grand prize of $4,000.

Nasers said, “It’s hard to describe. It’s surreal. If you qualify to participate, do it. Even if you don’t win, you’re going to learn.”

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