Paying it forward

Dreamer: Ini Augustine

Business: SocialWise Media Group

Location: West Des Moines, IA

Industry Contest: Professional Services

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My dream is to hire at low income college students to help grow my interactive marketing company. After overcoming my own challenges, I want to help make sure our students have the technical skills to be successful.
Business Description:
SocialWise Media Group helps businesses generate more sales, and stronger customer relationships. Located in the West Des Moines Business Incubator, we are a full service digital agency. Even though we are a single owner business, I was honored to create marketing strategies for Operation Outreach, Iowa's successful Obamacare education program. Our CEO, Ini Augustine, is this years recipient of the Rising Star Award, Women of Innovation, from The Technology Association of Iowa. She is also a DMACC Alum, and 2013 Aspiring Business Woman of the Year for NAWBO Iowa.
Reason for Entering:
I want to use this money to pay the salaries of interns. I want to provide real life learning and networking for low income college students, while getting much needed help in growing my company. I've been helped so much by mentors provided to me by NAWBO Iowa, and the Technology Association of Iowa, so I want to pay it forward.