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Entrepreneurship Update: Vote early and vote often…Tama County has THREE finalists in the business idea competition

Congratulations to three of our Tama County businesses who have been listed amongst 24 finalists in the Dream Big Grow Here Cedar Valley competition. Starting today until midnight May 1, 2011 you can vote once a day (on every computer you own and all nine of our public libraries’ computers) for who you think should win the $5,000 grant. For full list of finalists click: http://www.dreambiggrowhere.com/vote.aspx and select “Cedar Valley.”

Here is the inside scoop on our Tama County, Iowa businesses who qualified:

VAN’S MEAT LOCKER, Dysart Iowa
Travis and Amy Fisher’s dream is to become a certified organic meat locker. The natural and organic foods market has promising growth potential and Van’s Meat Locker already uses natural products like water and vinegar to process cattle, hogs, goats, sheep, elk, deer and bison. But by upgrading their equipment with a $5,000 grant and gaining formal status, they could become the only certified organic meat locker in the State of Iowa.
Click here to vote for Van’s Meat Locker

LUCKY TOTO’S DOG TREAT BAKERY, Traer Iowa
Robin Billerbeck produces a line of healthy preservative free dog treats. She is a part of a group of hundreds of Tama County entrepreneurs who may not be as visible because they keep startup costs low by launching from out of their homes. If she won the $5,000 she would invest it into researching and developing additional product lines, as well as licensing and insuring recipes.
Click here to vote for Lucky Toto’s Dog Treat Bakery.

TJ’S TREASURES, Tama Iowa
Tammy Tomlinson gifts, antiques and collectables shop on Highway 63 brings energy to downtown Tama.  But she also brings a new generation of e-commerce energy by extending her market to capture worldwide traffic online. If she won the $5,000 she would like to increase the attractiveness and safety at her store front which would provide a benefit to all downtown Tama. She would also want to add workforce and expand online sales to increase the overall economic capacity of Tama County by bringing dollars into the county from the outside.
Click here to vote for TJ’s Treasures.
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Winners will be announced at
CELEBRATION OF CEDAR VALLEY INNOVATION
Tue. May 10, 2011
5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunnyside Country Club
1600 Olympic Dr., Waterloo
5:30 – 6:15 p.m. – Social Hour
6:15 – 7:15 p.m.- Keynote Speaker – Sarah Miller Caldicott, great-grandniece of Thomas Edison and award-winning speaker, will share years of research in her book titled Innovate Like Edison: The Success System of America’s Greatest Inventor.
7:15 – 7:45 p.m – Dream Big Grow Here Cedar Valley Award
7:45 p.m.- Book Signing
8:00 p.m.- Coffee/Dessert Bar
Cost: Tickets $30.
Please RSVP by April 27 to Lisa Parsons at 232-1156 or parsons@cedarvalleyalliance.com.

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