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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.

Entrepreneurs Wanted: Do you have what it takes to be an Entrepreneur? Take this personality quiz.

Entrepreneurs aren’t born, they are developed. And that is one of the key charges of the Tama County Entrepreneurship Trust: building the framework to maximize the potential of people with the personality and aptitude to innovative, lead and drive our economy in a healthy direction. To this end we continually work to make it easier for our seven school districts to increase exposure and perspective on entrepreneurship as early as elementary school, we celebrate our entrepreneurs’ success as a community, we provide access to training/understanding/skill development, we provide peer support networks, and we provide real-time info on hundreds of sources of low-cost capital.

But in spite of all this, only a fraction of our population will wear the crown of an entrepreneur. Here is a quick personality test designed by Daniel Isenberg at Babson College in London, UK to see if you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur:

  1. I don’t like being told what to do by people who are less capable than I am.
  2. I like challenging myself.
  3. I like to win.
  4. I like being my own boss.
  5. I always look for new and better ways to do things.
  6. I like to question conventional wisdom.
  7. I like to get people together in order to get things done.
  8. People get excited by my ideas.
  9. I am rarely satisfied or complacent.
  10. I can’t sit still.
  11. I can usually work my way out of a difficult situation.
  12. I would rather fail at my own thing than succeed at someone else’s.
  13. Whenever there is a problem, I am ready to jump right in.
  14. I think old dogs can learn – event invent – new tricks.
  15. Members of my family run their own businesses.
  16. I have friends who run their own businesses.
  17. I worked after school and during vacations when I was growing up.
  18. I get an adrenaline rush from selling things.
  19. I am exhilarated by achieving results.
  20. I could have written a better test than Isenberg (and here is what I would change….)

If you answered “yes” on 17 or more of these questions you have a strong cluster of entrepreneurial personality traits. Tama County Iowa has thousands of entrepreneurs and daily we work with hundreds of them on dozens of projects. If we are not working together yet, stop by for a visit. Even if you don’t have a specific idea or resources to start-up a business at this time, your leadership and creativity can be of huge value on nonprofit or government initiatives.




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