Terry Stark- Renew Rural Iowa Participant / Owner: Chocolaterie Stam

Upcoming Seminars

Renew Rural Iowa
Renew Rural Iowa is uniquely designed to help Iowa entrepreneurs uncover opportunities for improving their business – while providing the support and connections necessary to make those opportunities a reality.

Iowa Farm Bureau’s Renew Rural Iowa seminars are uniquely designed to help Iowa business leaders cut through the confusion that comes with developing and growing a business by understanding the stages of business growth, their unique challenges and methods to overcome them. Individual seminars will help you appraise the strengths and weaknesses of your own businesses and learn about tools to help you accelerate your existing business or jump-start new ones. You’ll also have the opportunity to discuss your challenges with other business owners and utilize the collective power of their experiences to help you address your barriers head on.

Who Should Attend?
People with an idea for a business, those already in a business looking to grow, or those wanting to learn what is being taught today to grow businesses in Iowa. (CEOs, CFOs, general managers, directors, vice presidents and top executives of Iowa-based interstate commerce businesses.)

Registration / Seminar Schedule
For seminar dates, topics and locations, call (800) 254-9670, or see listing below.

The Journey To Your Vision Seminar
October 9, 2018- Treynor, Iowa
Treynor Community Center, 11 W. Main Street

Every business faces peaks and valleys as they progress through stages of growth. Do you know what stage your business is in and how you can reach the next level?

Attend this valuable half-day seminar to help stack the odds in your favor by understanding the stages of business growth, their unique challenges, and methods to overcome them.

Joel Bennett, Lead Consultant - Veel Hoeden Consulting, facilitates this “hands-on” event providing an opportunity to discuss your challenges with other business owners and utilizing the collective power of their experience to help you address these barriers head on.

Registration: Renew Rural Iowa offers this $350.00 valued workshop at no cost. TS Banking Group invites you to register for $25.00. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

To register, call (800) 254-9670 or visit https://treynor-journeytoyourvision.eventbrite.com.

Click here to view the brochure.

Please contact Lavonne Baldwin at lbaldwin@ifbf.org or via telephone at 800.254.9670 with questions regarding this event.

CALL (800) 254-9670 to REGISTER, or CLICK HERE.

Venture School is coming to Des Moines this Fall!

The University of Iowa’s Venture School, a premier statewide entrepreneurial training program, is now accepting applications from Des Moines area startups and businesses!

Help Des Moines Grow and Scale | Benefits to the community Helping us recruit teams in your region is beneficial to your community. The success of the Venture School program is evident in our 300+ successful alumni from a variety of industries. Our alumni businesses help to elevate their communities with their successes by creating jobs for others – helping to impact the economic growth and entrepreneurial ecosystem across the state of Iowa.

About the Program The Venture School program uses the National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps curriculum, real-world experimentation, customer discovery, and the Lean LaunchPad methodologies to help Iowans test their ideas, create a solid business model, and launch their startup. While in the program, teams will have access to connect with entrepreneurs, mentors, and resources across that state that will be invaluable to helping their startup grow and scale as a part of Iowa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The Details
- Eligibility: For Iowa startups and businesses – all industries are welcome
- When: Program will run for 7 weeks beginning in October
- Deadline: Apply by September 10, 2018
- Apply and more info at
- www.venture-school.com

What others are saying “At the end of the day, choosing to participate in Venture School is one of the best decisions we have made. I really think that we have saved so much time and money through the customer discovery process. We changed our total direction that our expensive consultant was taking us. I believe in Venture School so much that I drove eight hours every week so I could go through the program again for a second business.” – Bill Brown, Founder of TreePans and Insulights (’15, ’17 Venture School Alum)

The Venture School program was developed by the University of Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC)