SIOUX CITY, Iowa — This February, Sixteen Siouxland organizations will co-sponsor Entrepalooza, a week-long celebration of entrepreneurial spirit in Siouxland.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18
The celebration will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 18 with a speed networking event at Springboard Coworking. This event, hosted by Morningside College’s Entrepreneurship Group, is a great opportunity for business leaders and students to network.
THURSDAY, FEB. 19
A consulting fair will take place at Western Iowa Tech Community College in the Advanced Sciences Building L416-417. The fair takes place from 6:30-8 p.m. and will provide free advice to small businesses from business experts.
FRIDAY, FEB. 20
On Friday, February 20, the South Sioux City Chamber of Commerce Coffee Hour, taking place from 9:30-10:30a a.m., will be hosted by Northeast Community College’s Enactus Group. The coffee hour will focus on the 5th Grade Jump Start Market. It takes place at the College Center in South Sioux City.
MONDAY, FEB. 23
The following week, Monday, February 23, entrepreneurship activities pick up again. Briar Cliff University will host a series of events in the evening. From 4:30-5:30 p.m., Innovation Grow Market, presented by Beyond the Bell and Briar Cliff’s Enactus Team, will take place in the Heelan Hall Atrium on Briar Cliff’s campus. The public is invited to this event to view and purchase items created by Beyond the Bell elementary and middle school students. The Beyond the Bell students were taught about entrepreneurship by Briar Cliff Enactus students and the items they are selling are a product of lessons learned from the entrepreneurship lessons.
Then, at 6:30 p.m., Briar Cliff will host the Entrepalooza keynote speaker, Brad Feld, a nationally known startup communities guru. In this video conference, Feld will talk about how to make Siouxland more entrepreneurial and will answer questions from the audience. Entrepreneuralizing the community will keep more young people in the area and diversify the economy. Feld will video conference in for the speaking presentation, which will take place in the St. Francis Center in Stark Student Center on Briar Cliff’s campus. This year’s Entrepalooza speaker is sponsored by Siouxland Economic Development Corporation. The first 150 attendees will receive a free copy of Feld’s Startup Communities book.
TUESDAY, FEB. 24
On Tuesday, February 24, the Business Concierge workshop will take place at noon at Springboard Coworking. Representatives from UNI's Regional Business Center will discuss the basics of market research, how the information can be useful in starting a business and how the Business Concierge services can help entrepreneurs find this information. Lunch will be provided. Contact for this event is firstname.lastname@example.org or 712-279-6159.
That evening, two Innovation Markets will be presented; both take place at the Ho-Chunk Center, 600 4th St. The first Innovation Market, presented by Briar Cliff’s Enactus Team and the Sioux City Growth Organization (SCGO), will feature a presentation from 4-5pm. During this one-hour session, high school students will present business ideas for which they wrote business plans on. These ideas will be judged for prizes. Immediately following the high school Innovation Market follows another.
At 5 p.m., the second Innovation Market, sponsored by SCGO, will take place until 9pm. Entrepreneurs and business leaders are invited to attend the event. For this one, young professionals are encouraged to submit business ideas that will benefit Siouxland. Innovation Market is a venue for entrepreneurs to showcase their ideas for businesses, community events and non-profits. To submit ideas, visit www.siouxcitygo.com.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25
On Wednesday, February 25 the Northeast Community College Enactus Team will host small business seminars at the College Center in South Sioux City, Neb. Seminars will be given simultaneously from 6:30-8:30pm. One seminar will be for Hispanic business owners. It will be taught in Spanish and it will guide owners how to use technology for business growth. The other seminar will be for non-Hispanic business owners and it will address how to attract Hispanic customers.
THURSDAY, FEB. 26
On Thursday, Briar Cliff’s and Enactus team will host the annual “Swimming with the Sharks” competitions. Presentations and judging for the contest will begin at 6:30pm at Briar Cliff’s St. Francis Center. Finalists will vie for mini-grants valued up to $4,000. Contest prize money will be provided by Siouxland Economic Development Corporation and Economic Development offices of South Sioux City, North Sioux City, Sioux City, Siouxland Chamber and Woodbury County. For contest rules and applications, visit briarcliff.edu/sharks.
Entrepalooza partners include: Briar Cliff University, Enactus, Siouxland Economic Development Corporation, Small Business Development Center, SCORE, Sioux City Growth Organization, Northeast Community College, Morningside College, Western Iowa Tech Community College, Springboard Coworking, Beyond the Bell, Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, Sioux City Economic Development, North Sioux City Economic Development, South Sioux City Economic Development, and Woodbury County Rural Economic Development.