NORTH LIBERTY– Three North Liberty entrepreneurs are competing for votes and ultimately $15,000 in the Creative Corridor Dream Big business idea contest going on now. This contest is heating up with 33 early-stage entrepreneurs competing from around the greater Iowa City/Cedar Rapids region.
The five ideas with the most votes at midnight on Nov. 9 will be invited to pitch their ideas live to a panel of successful entrepreneurs on Nov. 15. The winner of the pitch event will go home with a check for $5,000 and be entered to compete at the state level next spring for an additional $10,000 at the statewide EntreFest! conference in 2013.
The North Liberty community is invited to vote now and daily for Brennan and all their favorite big ideas at VoteDreamBig.com.
The contest entries from North Liberty are:
David’s Famous Ice Cream
The richest, creamiest ice cream available in pure flavors.
Help David complete the nutrition labeling and the initial container order required to start distribution by voting for this idea at:
A safety and risk management consultancy helping businesses reduce workers compensation rate and recordable and lost-time injuries and stay in compliance with OSHA regulations.
Help David enhance his advertising, professional memberships and software by voting for this idea at:
A mobile app providing customers and local merchants an easy way to pay, purchase gift cards and track loyalty rewards on their mobile phone.
Help Troy launch the app and market to local vendors by voting for the idea at:
Public online voting at VoteDreamBig.com will end at 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 9.
“The big ideas coming out of this contest are diverse and inspiring,” said Mark Nolte, Iowa City Area Development Group’s interim director and member of the Corridor Business Alliance. “I, along with all of the Corridor Business Alliance members, encourage everyone in the Creative Corridor to check out these ideas and support these big thinkers with your votes. That’s what this contest all about– supporting, connecting, and enthusiastically cheering on those who dream big, push boundaries and move our region forward.”
The Corridor Business Alliance is partnering with the University of Northern Iowa and a host of statewide sponsors to offer this business idea contest to big thinkers in the seven counties that make up the Creative Corridor region: Johnson, Washington, Benton, Jones, Linn, Cedar and Iowa County. Other sponsors include MyEntreNet, the Iowa Bankers Association, Renew Rural Iowa, ISU Community Vitality Center, Iowa Economic Development Authority, VentureNet, Delta Dental of Iowa and the Technology Association of Iowa.
Lead sponsor for the statewide Dream Big Grow Here 2012 project is the Iowa Bankers Association.
“Entrepreneurs and small business owners are the heart and soul of Iowa’s economy,” said John Sorensen, president and CEO of the Iowa Bankers Association. “They provide jobs for thousands of Iowans and economic growth for our local communities. Voting for these local businesses gives them the opportunity to win money that can be crucial to making these dreams a reality. The Dream Big Grow Here grants are a terrific way for Iowa banks to help recognize the hard work and commitment of Iowa’s entrepreneurs.”
For more information on the Creative Corridor Dream Big business idea contest visit our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ccdreambig  or contact Amanda Styron at firstname.lastname@example.org  or 319-32BUILD.
Important Upcoming Dates:
Nov 9: Deadline for public online voting (the five ideas with the most online votes will invited to pitch live).
Nov 15: Live Pitch Night (the winner will go home with a check for $5,000).
Vote for your favorite Dream Big ideas at VoteDreamBig.com.
Get information and updates about our region’s contest on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/CCDreamBig .