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{made} wins southeastern region of MyEntre.Net's 'Dream Big Grow Here' contest

October 3, 2012

Kiley Miller, executive vice president, Mt. Pleasant Area Development Commission, 319-385-3101

Courtney Schwitzer, communications coordinator, UNI Small Business Development Center, 319-273-4322

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – {made}, an online shop and community of eco-inspired artists, has won $5,000 in the Southeast Iowa Dream Big Grow Here regional contest and the chance to compete for an additional $10,000 in the state-wide contest this spring.

Dream Big Grow Here was started by the University of Northern Iowa's 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. The southeastern region's contest is the first of 10 regional competitions.

According to {made} co-founder Tiffany Colton-Ralston, "the support from the community and the artists we represent was re-affirming of our business motto: Give. Receive. Repeat."

In the Southeast Iowa Dream Big Grow Here contest, {made} was among the top-five vote getters and then competed against WeACT Iowa, based in Mt. Pleasant; Keokuk Dragway in Keokuk; Ray's Specialty Meats, also based in Mt. Pleasant; and Wild Whisk, based in Fort Madison, in the final-round before a panel of judges.

"We are really pleased with how this context came together," said Kiley Miller, executive vice president of the Mt. Pleasant Area Development Commission, which was the regional contest host. "It was an exciting contest, demonstrating the passion, creativity and entrepreneurial zeal of our region.

More information about {made} is available at

Dream Big Grow Here is sponsored by MyEntre.Net at the University of Northern Iowa, the Iowa Bankers Association, Renew Rural Iowa, Delta Dental, Community Vitality Center, Iowa Economic Development Authority, the Technology Association of Iowa and VentureNet Iowa. The southeast Iowa regional contest was hosted by the Mt. Pleasant Area Development Commission, Grow Greater Burlington and Iowa Wesleyan College.

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