$5000 Contest!

The Dream Big Grow Here grant contest is an opportunity for Iowans to fulfill their dreams of self-employment or expansion of their current firm.  Entrants compete online for a chance to win a $5,000 regional grant, and then become eligible to compete for a chance to win a $10,000 grand prize. Check out the How It Works section for official contest rules.

Northeast Iowa Business Network 2012

This contest has ended

The Northeast Iowa Business Network (NIBIN) is excited to host our second annual DBGH. 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. The networking that the entrepreneurs gain from the process has been outstanding with 20 businesses competing in the contest last year. This year, NIBN is going to host their own mini pitch-off to further assist businesses with the public speaking portion of the contest.

The Basics

  • Must be based in Northeast Iowa
  • Must be 18 or older
  • Must be for-profit or non-profit
  • Must have 2 to 40 employees
  • Top 3 will pitch in Fall 2012

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Meet Last Year's Winner!

K&K Gardens
Hawkeye, Iowa
K & K Gardens is an innovative retail garden nursery nestled on the edge of the prairie in Northeast Iowa. Now in their twelveth year, K & K Gardens continues to offer a superior small town retail garden center, while providing exquisite viewing gardens.