Events and services are focused on improving overall entrepreneurial knowledge:
- CEO / CFO roundtable events
- Educational speakers at bi-monthly membership meetings
- Educational materials & guidance
- Electronic newsletters
- Executive Entrepreneur Forums
The EDC sponsors networking events designed to expand entrepreneur peer and resource pools. Events include business/social exchange programs with guest speakers and targeted networking invitees, as well as venues for entrepreneurs to present their business models for funding.
Renew Rural Iowa Program
Renew Rural Iowa (RRI) is an Iowa Farm Bureau program that reaches out to rural entrepreneurs via the "Business Success" seminar, based on Curt Nelson's Baking and Business seminar. The seminars, hosted in conjunction with regional economic development groups, will be held at various locations around the state and cover the fundamental components to building and growing a successful business:
- Strategic Fit
- Business Planning
- Building and leading the optimal management team
- Leadership and its effect on performance
- Resources - money, technology, and facilities
Entrepreneurs who attend the seminars and meet the EDC's criteria of scalable, interstate-commerce business, are welcome to contact the EDC for subsequent mentoring assistance. The EDC will follow its new client process and will also require a signed Mentoring Services Agreement from entrepreneurs coming through RRI program. Mentoring Services Agreement fees will apply and will be discussed at the initial meeting. For more information on Renew Rural Iowa, visit www.renewruraliowa.com.