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E-Invitation for UNI Entrepreneurship Eco. Dev. Seminar

10/26/2009 Leave a comment
E-Invitation for Upcoming UNI Entrepreneurship Economic Development Seminar
Iowa Wesleyan College – Howe Center Mount Pleasant, Iowa November 4, 2009 10:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Greetings!
Join us Wednesday, November 4th from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm at the Iowa Wesleyan College Campus for this important seminar entitled “Entrepreneurship Economic Development: Turning Policy Into Practice.”

This Seminar is for Community Leaders, Elected Officials, Service Providers and others interested in fostering entrepreneurship in their local communities. Join us at the Iowa Wesleyan Campus, Howe Student Activties Center, Mt. Pleasant, Ia. Entrepreneurship is an increasingly important part of Iowa’s economy. By the year 2015, more than 20% of America’s rural population is predicted to be self employed. Entrepreneurs create jobs, generate local wealth and improve the quality of life in Iowa communities. Learn how to create an entrepreneurship support system to identify, attract and serve locally owned business in your town! We’ll show you how to do it during this interactive, information packed one day seminar.

  • Part One: Learn about entrepreneurship trends, the four species of entrepreneurs, critical services and resources that all entrepreneurs need, and receive a tour and training on using Iowa’s free Online Community for Entrepreneurs to engage and serve small business in your town.
  • Part Two: Learn how to develop a support system in your community! The afternoon session will cover the role of communities and service providers, how to put it all together through collaboration and some best practices from other parts of the country!

Participants will take home a wide array of tools and resources to facilitate the development of an entrepreneurship
support system. All participants will receive:

  • A database of existing entrepreneurs in their respective county.
  • 2 GB jump drive with templates for business start up resources.
  • Administrative access to the online resources at www.MyEntre.Net

Instructor Maureen Collins-Williams is the Director of the Regional Business Center and Business Development and Incubation at the University of Northern Iowa. The Regional Business Center serves as an umbrella for several key outreach entrepreneurship programs of the university, including a service/technology business incubator in Waterloo, an Innovation Incubator on the UNI campus, the offices of the SBDC and an award winning entrepreneurship development system called MyEntre.Net. Collins-Williams is a frequent national speaker on topics associated with entrepreneurship and is on faculty at Heartland Economic Development Course and the International Economic Development Council’s Economic Development Institute.

There is no charge to attend this seminar, but pre-registration is required.
Contact Kiley Miller at 319-
385-3101 Kmiller@MountPleasantIowa.org,
Sal Alaniz at 319-385-4939 Sal@printgroupusa.com
or Amy Kuhlers at 319-273-4328 Amy.Kuhlers@uni.edu

Lunch is on us!
Sponsored by Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance, the University of Northern Iowa,
Iowa Wesleyan College and local entrepreneurship champions
Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce

Iowa Wesleyan College

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New Audio of Midwest Studies Initiative Conference

10/19/2009 Leave a comment

Here are the actual recordings of the Symposium that is changing history and the way we think of the Midwest!

The two main speakers are Jack Schultz and Richard Longworth.
You can find them on 1330 WRAM Radio’s website.
Click here for 1330 WRAM Radio.
Click here for GrowHenryCounty’s MultiMedia page.

New Video of Midwest Studies Conference

10/19/2009 Leave a comment

MCvideoHere is a new video of the
Midwest Studies News Conference.
Check it out here!

Upcoming UNI Entrepreneurship Economic Development Seminar

10/14/2009 Leave a comment

Greetings!

Join us Wednesday, November 4th from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm at the Iowa Wesleyan College Campus for this important seminar entitled “Entrepreneurship Economic Development: Turning Policy Into Practice.”

This Seminar is for Community Leaders, Elected Officials, Service Providers and others interested in fostering entrepreneurship in their local communities.  Join us at the  Iowa Wesleyan Campus,  Howe Student Activties Center, Mt. Pleasant, Ia.

Entrepreneurship is an increasingly important part of Iowa’s economy.  By the year 2015, more than 20% of America’s rural population is predicted to be self employed.  Entrepreneurs create jobs, generate local wealth and improve the quality of life in Iowa communities.  Learn how to create an entrepreneurship support system to identify, attract and serve locally owned business in your town!  We’ll show you how to do it during this interactive, information packed one day seminar. Read More!

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Monmouth College takes initiative with local focus.

10/12/2009 Leave a comment
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Economic Development Potential of the Midwest Examined

A symposium inaugurating the Midwest Studies program at Monmouth College examined how the Midwest could participate in a growing global economy and how the region can overcome the obstacles that has created diminishing entrepreneurial efforts. One of the featured speakers was Richard Longworth, who delivered the keynote address based on his book, “Caught In the Middle: America’s Heartland In The Age Of Globalism.” Longworth’s contention is that in order for the Midwest to participate in what has become a global economy, we have to “get rid of the old way of doing things.” Jack Schultz, founder of the industrial firm Agracel, Inc., and author of the book, “Boomtown USA: The Seven And A Half Keys Top Big Success In Small Towns,” says that an area like ours which has experienced high unemployment and the out-migration of college graduates has to create an environment that fosters growth among young entrepreneurs. Other participants included:

  • Colleen Callahan, Illinois State Director of Rural Development, USDA;
  • Lawrence Morrissey, mayor of Rockford;
  • Bill Ratzburg, of Deere and Company;
  • Jim McConnehay, president and CEO of the Heartland Partnership Economic Development Group.
“Difference between struggling
small towns & prospering ones”


OklahomaHorizonTV

March 20, 2008 We visit with author Jack Schultz to examine what makes the difference between struggling small towns and those that are prospering.
Jack Schultz gestures to audience members during a presentation Friday afternoon in Dahl Chapel and Auditorium at Monmouth College. Schultz said it takes only one or a handful of individuals to be the inspirational leader to build success in a community. “Are you that person?” Schultz asks. “Maybe it’s you … or you.”
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Monmouth College to launch Midwest Studies initiative

10/08/2009 Leave a comment

I will attend this forum. If there be someone who has the desire to attend and would like to travel with me, please let me know. Sal Alaniz

Perhaps the Mt. Pleasant News and KILJ might consider posting of forum, as there may be citizens interested in this matter.

Forum – Midwest Economic Development

Monmouth, Illinois
Friday, October 9th
2 – 4:30 p.m.

News Release
October 6, 2009

MC to launch Midwest Studies initiative Oct. 9 with major economic development forum

Monmouth College will launch its new Midwest Studies initiative on Friday with a major forum focusing on economic development in Illinois and the greater Midwest. Titled “Roadblocks to Economic Recovery: Challenges for the Midwest Region,” the forum will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the college’s Dahl Chapel and Auditorium. It is free and open the public.

“We intend for the Midwest Studies program to immediately add value to our community, region and the entire Midwest,” said MC president Mauri Ditzler. “The economy in western Illinois needs help, and we are confident Monmouth College can be a catalyst for innovation and change that will add value and enrich lives. We want to be part of the solution.”

Headlining the forum will be keynote speaker Richard C. Longworth, a senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and author of the bestselling book, “Caught in the Middle: America’s Heartland in the Age of Globalism.” A former longtime Chicago Tribune correspondent, Longworth is a realist who will argue that individual Midwestern states, locked within borders drawn more than 200 years ago, are too small, parochial and incompetent to compete in a globalized world. But he is an optimist too, having stated that “the Midwest has always been the bellwether for American social issues, economic trends and political movements. What happens to America, happens first in the Midwest.”

Longworth will be answered by special guest speaker Jack Schultz, founder and CEO of the industrial development firm Agracel, Inc., and author of “BoomtownUSA: The 7 1⁄2 Keys to Big Success in Small Towns,” which attempts to answer the question: “What separates the thriving towns from the struggling ones?” He believes that rural communities are the key to renewal of the Midwest economy.


Richard Longworth


Jack Schultz

A guest panel of practitioners will offer personal perspectives on the unique challenges the Midwest faces. Comprising the panel will be Colleen Callahan, Illinois State Director for Rural Development, U.S.D.A.; Jim McConoughey, president and CEO of the Peoria-based Heartland Partnership, an economic development; Bill Ratzburg of Deere & Co., a loaned executive for community development working for Renew Moline; and Larry Morrissey, mayor of Rockford, Ill.

A small business owner, Callahan specializes in giving motivational speeches and facilitating meetings and debates. The former agribusiness director for WMBD in Peoria, she has traveled abroad on several official missions, most recently to Cuba with former Secretary of Agriculture John Block.

McConoughey has more than 20 years in public service working on downtown revitalization and economic development. With The Heartland Partnership, he and his staff of 25 work hard to ensure a livable community, to expand the entrepreneurial climate and to broaden prosperity.

Ratzburg joined Deere & Co. in 1996 after serving as a senior vice president for finance and administration at two other companies. He has served as a director of business development and of internal relations at Deere, and he holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin.

A native of Rockford, Morrissey was a young attorney in Chicago before returning to his hometown in 1997 to join his family’s law firm. He immediately became active in Rockford community affairs and successfully ran for mayor in 2005 at the age of 35. He was reelected last April on a platform of working to improve a local economy that currently faces one of the highest unemployment rates in the state.

“Our goal is to create an interactive forum on Midwestern economic challenges among a group of talented and seasoned individuals,” said associate professor of political economy and commerce Don Capener, one of the event’s organizers, who will also moderate the discussion.

“We are embarking on a new era,” said Ditzler. “Monmouth College will become the forum for the exchange of ideas about the Midwest’s economy, culture and future potential. We believe in the people and natural resources of western Illinois and the entire Midwest.”

Released by the Office of College Communications
Barry McNamara, Associate Director of College Communications
Phone: 309-457-2117
Fax: 309-457-2330

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