2017 Northwest Regional Contest Update:

Thank you to everyone for participating in this year's Northwest Regional Dream Big Grow Here Contest! 

Congratulations to the winners!

First Place: Small Batch Bakery - Breann White, Lester, IA

Second Place: Creative Edge - Leann Kruger, Rock Rapids, IA

Third Place: B Fierce Boutique - Nicole Rozeboom, Hull, IA

We would also like to congratulate Carroll Street Treats and Twin Flames Wellness Center for making it to the pitch-offs.


We wish everyone the best of luck in the future and hope to see everyone next year!

What is it? 

Dream Big Grow Here is a contest built upon the premise that businesses and entrepreneurs want to secure cash grants if possible. With this contest, we strive to provide an attractive cash competition to engage entrepreneurs online, where they can be connected with resource providers in their region and online. It also gives small businesses and entrepreneurs in Iowa another way to be celebrated.

While in the past we have done an annual statewide contest, this year we have decided to take a regional approach. Keep your eyes open for a contest coming to your area! 

Each business in this competition may be at a different stage of business development and that's okay! Using our online pitch format, EDO's in your community will be able to serve you moving forward, whether you're just starting your business, or trying to grow.

General Eligibility

(for specific guidelines view FAQ link under your region)


1. You must be located in Region you are applying for

2. You must have a for-profit business

3. You must have fewer than 5 full-time employees

4. You haven't been in operation for more than 3 years

Dream Big Grow Here Regional Contests

Dream Big Grow Here is partnering with communities and organizations around the state to host regional contests this year. There will be no statewide contest for Dream Big Grow Here in 2017 or 2018. If you are interested in learning more about hosting a Dream Big Grow Here regional contest - please reach out to Patrick Luensmann at patrick.luensmann@uni.edu or call 319-273-4335. 

2017 Regional Contests


Northwest Iowa Regional Contest - $7,000 in prize money 

Entry Period - September 8th (8:00 a.m.) - October 6th (11:59 p.m.) 

Voting Period - October 9th (8:00 a.m.) - October 20th (11:59 p.m.)

Pitch-off - November 16th, Orange City, Iowa - 5:00 p.m.

Counties: You must be located in Cherokee, Lyon, Monona, O'Brien, Osceola, Plymouth, Sioux, or Woodbury county to be eligible to apply.  

Click here to learn more about the contest and if you qualify






Congratulations to our past Dream Big Grow Here winners!


Watch how small business owner Tom Mulholland’s local grocery business was transformed with help from the Dream Big Grow Here competition!