4th Entrepreneur Expo on May 12th Will Be Held at the Bio Science/Health Science Building on the Iowa Central Community College Campus in Fort Dodge, Iowa

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The Entrepreneur Expo is an annual opportunity for individuals developing a new business, new small businesses and even established small businesses to network while attending informational breakout sessions. Over 20 vendors representing various services ranging from financial, legal council, marketing and more are also on hand to answer questions.

Entrepreneur Expo 2015

"The area is growing with new small businesses. The Expo provides these owners with the opportunity to meet and network in one location," says Cliff Weldon, Executive Director of MIDAS. "Our goal is to provide a comfortable setting."

The Entrepreneur Expo was first held in 2012 as an opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn and network with professionals all in one location. The free event was such a huge success, the sponsors have offered the expo every year with hundreds attending from across the state. The 2015 Entrepreneur Expo will be held on Tuesday, May 12th at the Bio Science/Health Science Building at Iowa Central Community College campus in Fort Dodge, Iowa from 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm.

This year's Entrepreneur Expo will start off with Brenda Clark Hamilton. Brenda is a dynamic keynote speaker and workplace trainer who provides fresh perspectives in leadership, communication skills, team-building, and offering one’s best self to life, relationships, and career.

There will be three break out sessions for attendees. SBDC will present on Marketing Research and Business Plan. A favorite each year is the Local Start-Up Success Stories where businesses talk frankly about the good, bad and ugly of being a business owner. Sister's Homestyle Entrees will be one of the businesses. Owner Deb Davis is the 2015 Iowa Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The third session will be "Show Me The Money" panel featuring several financial experts. All break out sessions are free and open to the public.

Vendors answering your questions will be available all afternoon. The list of vendors includes Buena Vista University, City of Fort Dodge, Development Corporation of Fort Dodge, Frontier Communication, Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, Heartland Bank, Holmes Murphy and Associates, Iowa Micro Loan, Iowa Source Link, Iowa Works, MIDAS Council of Governments, Northwest Bank, SBA, SBDC, Schnurr and Company, Spin Markket, Guthrie Realty, Iowa Realty, EntreFEST and Digity Radio. Door prizes and refreshments will also be served.

Sponsors this year include Iowa Central Community College, MIDAS, SBDC of Iowa, Spin Markket, City of Fort Dodge, Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, Mid Iowa Growth Professionals and Development Corporation of Greater Fort Dodge.

"The area is growing with new small businesses. The Expo provides these owners with the opportunity to meet and network in one location," says Cliff Weldon, Executive Director of MIDAS. "Our goal is to provide a comfortable setting to seek out this information for our guests."

For additional information, contact Cliff Weldon at MIDAS, 530 1st Avenue South, Fort Dodge, IA 50501, call 515-576-7183 extension 211 or by email at cweldon-midas(at)prairieinet(dot)net.

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