'Dream Big Grow Here' voting begins

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Want to help a local food product reach grocery store shelves? Update the facade of a historical shop in the region? Help a fitness center purchase new equipment?

Fifteen entrepreneurs in the Iowa Lakes Corridor region are vying for a $5,000 prize to support their business. The Corridor is one of 10 regions in Iowa hosting the "Dream Big Grow Here" contest. Each region will have one winner; the 10 winners then compete at the state level for an additional $10,000.

These entrepreneurs need help achieving their dreams. Voters can visit www.DreamBigGrowHere.com and vote once each day until Oct. 29, for who they believe deserves the $5,000 award. The top five vote-getters will participate in a pitch-off to a panel of judges. The winner will be announced Wednesday, Nov. 14.

This is the second year the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation has sponsored the Dream Big Grow Here contest. Safari Child Care Center in Milford won the 2011 Dream Big Grow Here contest in the Corridor region. They used the award money to purchase new playground equipment at their facility.

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  • Who fund the Cooridor? More specifically, is there any tax payor money that funds this pseudo-organization?

    -- Posted by Molly Weasley on Mon, Oct 22, 2012, at 1:04 PM
  • From their website...

    "The organization is a 501(c)6, non-profit organization in the State of Iowa. The Iowa Lakes Corridor is governed by a 12-member board of directors who set policy and direction for the organization. The board of directors is responsible for the hire of the President and CEO of the Iowa Lakes Corridor. The Corridor currently receives funding from the public and private sector. The total annual budget is approximately $600,000. The Iowa Lakes Corridor has four full-time and two part-time, professional staff members with a central office located in Spencer."

    -- Posted by Sony on Fri, Oct 26, 2012, at 12:54 PM
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