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Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit November 2009

11/16/2009 Leave a comment

The 2009 Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit’s mission is to bring businesses of diverse backgrounds together to share, learn, and celebrate the immigrant entrepreneurship experience and contribution to the overall community.

The Summit will exhibit the success stories of immigrant entrepreneurs. Create true understanding among different ethnic groups and business growth tips are shared among immigrant business owners and the keys to succeed by working with immigrant populations are shared in a non-competitive and supportive environment.

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E-Invitation for Upcoming Henry County Economic Development Forum!

11/11/2009 Leave a comment

Upstairs Meeting Room – Heatilator Center
307 E Monroe St
Mount Pleasant, Iowa
Tuesday November 17, 2009
6:00 p.m.


Join us Tuesday, November 17th @ 6:00 pm at the Heatilator Center Upstairs Meeting Room for this important Economic Development Forum!

Community Meeting: Get Involved!
This Community Meeting is an opportunity for Henry County residents to share their vision of what our future will be. Local citizens will present their goals and ideas for Community and Economic Development. Community members are encouraged to offer new ideas and identify ways that we can work together to improve Henry County for generations to come.

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Monmouth College takes initiative with local focus.

10/12/2009 Leave a comment

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”


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.”
Categories: Economic Events