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Proposals Being Accepted for Entrefest

EntreFest! is a two-day conference dedicated to Iowa small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs, which takes place on a Thursday and Friday either in late February or early March. EntreFest! attracts hundreds of small business owners, individuals that are thinking of starting a small business, community leaders, and service providers who help foster entrepreneurial growth in their communities. 


This collaboratively driven conference is planned by a committee of statewide service providers with the University of Northern Iowa Entrepreneurship Outreach and MyEntre.Net assuming lead. The committee is currently seeking proposals from Iowa economic development groups, regional marketing organizations, city and county officials, entrepreneurs, community leaders, convention center operators, and any other interested parties who wish for their city to be considered for hosting EntreFest! 2013.

Past locations and attendee counts are as follows:
2008 – Cedar Falls – 197 Attendees
2009 – Coralville – 250 Attendees
2010 – West Des Moines – 288 Attendees
2011 – Dubuque – 228 Attendees
2012 – Ames – 225 Attendees

If you are interested in bringing EntreFest! 2013 to your community, please download the request for proposal, complete, and return to Courtney Schwitzer (courtney.schwitzer@uni.edu) by no later than August 31. The proposal application, along with full details, can be found online here: http://host.entrefest.com.

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