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Dream Big Grow Here


2013 Dream Big Grow Here Winner Tom Mulholland, Mulholland Grocery, Malvern, IA

Dream Big Grow Here is Iowa’s premier business grant program providing thousands of dollars in grants and customized technical assistance to help entrepreneurs start or expand their business endeavors.

Owners compete in an online and in-person pitch process for $5,000, then go on to a statewide pitch off event held at EntreFEST for the $10,000 grand prize.  During this unique process, entrepreneurs learn how to apply social media marketing directly via recruiting online votes, are encouraged by their peers, customers, and community champions to continue their effort, and receive personalized training in how to pitch.  At the end of participating in Dream Big Grow Here, entrepreneurs can expect to see double digit growth in their online reach, experience developing and creating a compelling elevator pitch for their business, and in some cases, even receive grant funding to expand.

Almost 1,000 Iowa businesses have participated in Dream Big Grow Here since its novel inception in 2010, resulting in tremendous outreach gains for Iowa entrepreneurs; thousands of comments and votes, and millions of pageviews.

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2014 Dream Big Grow Here Winner, Deb VanderGaast, Tipton Adaptive Daycare, Tipton, IA


Deb VanderGaast, Winner


Dream Big Grow Here has provided a wealth of publicity and media exposure and the benefits went far beyond the prize money. Within the first five months we reached our licensed capacity, which we expected would take at least two years. I could not have imagined this happening in a rural community without the help of Dream Big Grow Here.

Deb Vandergaast, Tipton Adaptive Daycare