'Dream Big Grow Here' receives MAEDC economic development award

Posted on Friday, December 7th, 2012

Courtney Schwitzer, communications coordinator, UNI Regional Business Center/Small Business Development Center, 319-273-4328,

Rebecca Schultze, communications and public relations manager, UNI College of Business Administration, 319-273-3309,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Dream Big Grow Here program received first place in the Mid-America Economic Development Council's 2012 annual Economic Development Awards' online marketing category in the small market division.

Dream Big Grow Here was started by the UNI Regional Business Center through MyEntre.Net, Iowa's online community for Iowa entrepreneurs and small business. The contest is a way to award grants to deserving small businesses and entrepreneurs to help them grow their businesses in Iowa. In 2012, hundreds of Iowa companies from nearly 60 different communities competed in one of 10 regional Dream Big Grow Here contests for $5,000. The regional award winners then compete for a $10,000 grand prize.

The Mid-America Economic Development Council is dedicated to enhancing economic developers' knowledge, capabilities and opportunities through multi-state networking, education and site selector interaction. For many years, it has sponsored the annual Economic Development Awards competition to recognize and stimulate the creative use of quality marketing by economic development organizations throughout the 10-state Mid-America region in promoting their respective communities.  MAEDC's awards partner is Site Selection magazine, and all first-place winners will be highlighted in an ad in the January issue of Site Selection magazine.

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For more information about Dream Big Grow Here, contact the UNI Regional Business Center at 319-273-4328 or visit