Dream Big Grow Here 2012 Winner Tom Mulholland
Dream Big, Grow Here is an award winning business grant contest for Iowans to fulfill their dreams of self-employment or expansion of their current firm.  Dreamers compete online for votes for a shot to win a $5,000 regional grant, and then become eligible to further compete for a chance to win a $10,000 grand prize to be announced at EntreFEST 2014.

All of the contests have now ended.  Our 2015 contests will begin this summer after we announce our 2014 grand prize winner at the upcoming statewide Dream Big Grow Here pitch off event in downtown Iowa City.  In our Archive section, you can find all of our past regional business grant winners.  

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Find your 2013 Dream Big Grow Here Contest Below!

Dream Big Grow Here Contests

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North Iowa 2013

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Our mission is to help businesses start and grow in North Iowa. Dream Big Grow Here North Iowa can help generate excitement and value for those companies in our region who participate.

Cedar Valley 2013

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The Mission of the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber is: To Increase Economic Vitality & Wealth by Leading Collaborative Economic & Community Development. The Alliance & Chamber, with the other six members of the Cedar Valley Regional Partnership, collaborate with MyEntre.Net to deliver tools to small businesses that have significant growth in their vision.

Southeast Iowa Great River Region 2013

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The Great River Region of Southeast Iowa is more than just a geographic location. It is a partnership between four counties in which leaders realize the benefits of cooperative efforts for economic development. Within those four counties, seven organizations committed to economic development have formed the Great River Region Partnership.

Iowa Lakes Corridor 2013

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The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation is a private non-profit economic development agency that represents Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson and Emmet counties. The Corridor’s mission is, "To foster, encourage, promote, aid or otherwise assist in the economic growth and development of the four-county region." A major focus of the Iowa Lakes Corridor is fostering entrepreneurship in the region. We provide coaching services for entrepreneurs, from start-ups through maturing companies. We also work to create the next generation of successful youth entrepreneurs, from kindergartners to college students. The Corridor Region’s Dream Big Grow Here contest is open to all ages and industries with fewer than 30 employees. Submit your Dream today!

DMACC Business Resources 2013

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DMACC Business Resources believes in creating a culture of entrepreneurism by supporting and recognizing regional small businesses. The Dream Big Grow Here contest enables DMACC to learn more about the region’s entrepreneurs while providing entrepreneurs an opportunity to promote either their proposed business or dreams for their current business. DMACC wants all area entrepreneurs to dream big and then grow their dream right here in the DMACC region.

Innovation Gateway 2013

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The Iowa Innovation Gateway believes in creating a culture of entrepreneurism by supporting innovative ideas. The Dream Big Grow Here contest enables IIG to learn more about the region’s entrepreneurs while providing entrepreneurs an opportunity to promote either their proposed business or their dreams for their current business. Iowa Innovation Gateway wants all area entrepreneurs to dream big and then grow their dream right here in the IIG region.

Northeast Iowa Business Network 2013

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The Northeast Iowa Business Network (NIBN) is excited to host our third annual Dream Big Grow Here contest. The contest not only aides entrepreneurs with financial assistance to accomplish their start-up or expansion, but also partners them with the resources necessary to make their business a success. "The exposure and connections our businesses gain is tremendous, and our regional ED group is able to better assist all the participants in reaching their goals," stated Jason Passmore of Howard County Business & Tourism.

South Central Iowa 2013

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The South Central Iowa Area Partnership, Inc. is hosting a regional competition because it believes in an atmosphere which fosters entrepreneurship. This event will help support existing businesses and spark new start-ups in the region.

Sioux City

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Southwest Iowa 2013

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Iowa Western Community College Economic and Workforce Development and the Small Business Development center is committed to our communities and the success and growth of our small businesses. The contest is a great way for small businesses and start ups in the 8 county area to get exposure and have the opportunity to win money for their growth and development. The top 5 vote getters and 1 wildcard will be pitching off to win our region.

Quad Cities 2013

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Dream Big Grow Here in the Quad Cities! Our mission is to strengthen and enhance the business environment, represent the interests of our members, and foster balanced growth in the Quad Cities region.