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Through collaborative leadership we supplied a pipeline of $812 million in new capital investment projects to strengthen and diversify the assets in Iowa. But beyond big number private-sector prospects we also work with the progressive small businesses, nonprofits, civic leaders, workforce, education institutions, utilities, transportation, housing, etc to maximize productivity and long-term prosperity in our evolving economic landscape.

Entrepreneurship Update: How can we support each other better?

I was dashing through the Des Moines airport not too long ago when the striking advertising poster (below) from Pioneer Hi-Bred caught my attention. Not only because we worked with them on a $7 million capital investment campaign into our two Tama County, Iowa plants (Dysart and Toledo), but also because this ad celebrated our rural entrepreneurs on whom they depend, as do the rest of the world.

Our Sept 1, 2010 Tama County Entrepreneurship Trust meeting took an innovative approach as we structured our plan as one would a for profit business. We named our CEO, VP’s, Directors, and Advisory Board. Our action plan a.k.a “Business Plan” was also formatted according to the traditional plan entrepreneurs would use in planning a startup or expansion: (click active links to view progress)

  1. Business Description & Vision
  2. Definition of the Market
  3. Description of Products and Services (agenda item Sept 22)
  4. Organization & Management
  5. Marketing and Sales Strategy (agenda item Sept 22)
  6. Financial Management (agenda item Oct 13)

Tama County Entrepreneurship Trust also got its first corporate sponsor. Come find out at the next meeting what Tama County company sponsors healthy, refreshing, clear, innovative thinking…

NEXT ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRUST MEETING: BRAINSTORMING IDEAS
In the second part of putting together our business plan, we will be brainstorming ideas for deliverables (beyond what we already have) and adding new methods for getting the products/services out.
Wed. Sept 22, 6:30 p.m.
Reinig Center
1007 Prospect Drive
Toledo, Iowa
Free. Public Welcome

NEXT TAMA COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ROUNDTABLE: VALUE ADDED AGRICULTURE
Tue. Sept 28, 2010, 6:30 p.m.
Elberon Community Center
106 Main Street
Elberon, Iowa
Please RSVP to joanne@tamacountyiowa.org or (641) 484-3108 if you would like to join us for an $8 meal at 6 p.m.

FOLLOWING ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRUST MEETING: FUNDING OPTIONS
In the third part of our putting together our business plan we will focus on financing. Over the past few months we have seen a lot of changes and we will discuss not only the resources available to for profit businesses, but also financing the Tama County Entrepreneurship Trust’s product and service deliverables.
Wed. Oct 13, 6:30 p.m.
Reinig Center
1007 Prospect Drive
Toledo, Iowa
Free. Public welcome.

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