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Businesses compete for $10,000 at EntreFest

February 25, 2013

Rob Williams, business analyst, UNI Regional Business Center, 319-273-4333
Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Last year, more than 225 small business owners from across Iowa uploaded their business dreams to in 10 regional $5,000 contests.  More than 100,000 Iowans voted and posted support for their favorite small business online. Ten regional contest winners will appear before a panel of judges to pitch their dreams in person on March 7.  One Iowa small business owner will be named the 2013 winner and will receive a cash award of $10,000 from the Iowa Bankers Association.

The 2013 Dream Big Grow Here pitch off is hosted in conjunction with EntreFest!, Iowa's statewide two-day conference for small businesses, startups, people innovating inside big companies and economic developers. For more information, see