Ninth Annual Entrepalooza celebrates entrepreneurship in Siouxland | Briar Cliff University

Ninth Annual Entrepalooza celebrates entrepreneurship in Siouxland

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – A multitude of Siouxland organizations will co-sponsor Entrepalooza, an eight-day celebration of entrepreneurial spirit in Siouxland.

This year’s Entrepalooza takes place from Feb. 11 to 21. The celebration will kick off at 6:30 p.m., Monday, February 11 with a presentation by local businesses owners titled, “All in the Family.” This presentation will explore longtime Siouxland businesses that started in Sioux City and have stayed in the family in Sioux City. Panel members include Cy W. Chesterman of Chesterman Co., Garrett Smith from Jolly Time Popcorn, Steve Avery of Avery Brothers Sign Company, Bruce Kalin of Kalin’s Indoor Comfort, and Rusty Clark of Thorpe and Company Jewelers.

The event will be hosted in the St. Francis Center on Briar Cliff’s campus. This event is organized by Briar Cliff’s Enactus team and sponsored by the Siouxland Economic Development Corporation. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Judy Thompson, advisor for BCU Enactus, at 712 279-5549 or

On Tuesday, February 12, Morningside College will host an event. Details about this event are forthcoming. Please check Entrepalooza Siouxland’s Facebook page for updates.

On Wednesday, February 13 there will be the Sharks Boot Camp for Swimming with the Sharks finalists at Western Iowa Tech Community College at 6:30 p.m. The Small Business Development Center sponsors this event. For more information, contact Todd Rausch at 712-274-6454 or

Early on Valentine’s Day, a Business Blender will be held in Onawa, Iowa at 7:30 am. “Three ways to Make Your Customers FALL IN LOVE with Your Business” will be held at Carrier Coffee & Tea Company, 928 10th St, Onawa. For additional information contact Jess Carrier at or Stacy Orndorff at

Love a Local has returned for this year’s Entrepalooza on Thursday, Feb. 14. Similar to Small Business Saturday, Love a Local encourages Siouxland shoppers to buy their Valentine’s Day gift from a locally owned business. Shoppers are encouraged to take a selfie and post it on the Love a Local Facebook page for a chance to win $100. The small business where the winner’s purchase was made will also win $100. It begins February 1 and ends on Valentine’s Day. The small business must be located in Plymouth, Woodbury, Monona, Union, Dakota, and Thurston counties. Rules of the promotion are found on the Facebook page Love a Local is co-sponsored by America’s SBDC Iowa at Western Iowa Tech Community College, Kodeu Marketing, and the BCU Enactus team.

On Monday, February 18, Entrepalooza heads to Makerspace at 1401 TriView for the Education Summit. “Launch It: Startup Competition” will be presented by Stacy Orndorff at 6:30 p.m. Interested teachers, principals, superintendents and parents are invited to this event. This is sponsored by BCU Enactus and Makerspace. Contact Judy Thompson at or 712 279-5549.

Entrepalooza makes a stop in Le Mars on Tuesday, February 19 for Ice Cream Cocktails and Biz Tales. From 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at P’s Pizza House, attendees will have a chance to network and brain-pick fellow entrepreneurs from Siouxland while treating yourself to ice cream cocktails in the Ice Cream Capital of the World®. For more information, contact Neal Adler at

Entrepalooza continues on Wednesday, February 20. Briar Cliff’s Enactus team will host the annual “Swimming with the Sharks” competition. Presentations and judging for the contest will begin at 6:30 pm at Briar Cliff’s St. Francis Center. Finalists will vie for mini-grants valued up to $4,000. For contest rules and applications, visit Applications for grants are open now and end on February 6 at midnight.

On Thursday, February 21, a series of events will be hosted at the Ho-Chunk Centre in downtown Sioux City. At 3 p.m., the Innovation Grow Competition, presented by BCU Enactus and Sioux City Growth Organization (SCGO) will enable Siouxland high school students to pitch their business ideas to SCGO judges. The winning business receives cash awards.

At 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 21, the Innovation Market, sponsored by SCGO and in connection with the Siouxland Chamber’s Rush Hour Connect, will follow. Entrepreneurs and business leaders are invited to attend the event. Young professionals and others 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. For more information, contact Sarah Keely at

The Briar Cliff University Enactus team has been provided funding to support Entrepalooza by Siouxland Economic Development Corporation and Iowa’s West Coast Initiative.

Entrepalooza partners include: Briar Cliff University Enactus, Siouxland Economic Development Corporation, Iowa’s West Coast Initiative, Western Iowa Tech Small Business Development Center, Sioux City Growth Organization, Morningside College, Western Iowa Tech Community College, Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, South Sioux City Economic Development, Sioux City Economic Development, North Sioux City Economic Development, and Woodbury County Rural Economic Development, Startup Sioux City, Le Mars Chamber of Commerce, Sioux City Community Schools, and Monona County Economic Development.

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