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Iowa Entrepreneurs' Coalition Pages

NEW IOWA ENTREPRENEUR'S COALITION

Most small business owners start their own companies to gain a more balanced life, with more money and freedom. So why do many of them find themselves too busy running the company to truly enjoy the fruits of their labors, let alone effectively lead? Does this sound like you?

Are you ready to start working on your business - not just in it?

The New Iowa Group through the New Iowa Entrepreneurial Coalition and in partnership with other small business service providers, is pleased to provide you with access to networking, educational, consulting, and training opportunities designed to help you better manage growth, achieve higher productivity, increase revenues, gain a competitive advantage, AND get more out of life. The result? A positive, predictable experience for your customers, a dynamic environment for your employees, and greater owner's equity and ROI for you and your business.

The first phase of the New Iowa Entrepreneur's Coalition program commenced with regular meetings of the Coalition will evolve to become the primary location for small business owners from Central Iowa to engage in Networking, Education and Advocacy.

Networking

In October of 2006, the Des Moines Higher Education Collaborative and its partners unveiled the New Iowa entrepreneur's Coalition. The Coalition was initially located in the John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center in Des Moines.

The Coalition is charged with providing education, networking and advocacy experiences for entrepreneurs and new business owners and with promoting entrepreneur-friendly public policies, and (through education) facilitating the sustainability of new businesses by entrepreneurs and others which have great promise for improving the economic welfare of Iowa.

Beginning with only seven small business members in September 2007 the New Iowa Group now boasts more than 300 members. Each meeting includes a specific educational opportunity as well as the networking component.

The monthly meetings are hosted at locations throughout the Des Moines metro. The Coalition is linked to several business and professional development opportunities each month and introduced to dozens of public and private sector resources designed to assist small business growth. The members also use the meetings to establish their personal network of local entrepreneurs and share tips and problem solving techniques, get advice on profitability and career and discuss mentoring and business models.

Education

New Iowa Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative

The New Iowa Group through the New Iowa entrepreneur's Coalition and our partner organizations developed and organized an outline for a blended course focused on entrepreneurial education. The course curriculum and learning outcomes are based on foundational elements gleaned from dozens of sources including entrepreneurship research, traditional higher education curriculum, state and federal government resources, private sector providers and on-line entrepreneurial curriculum. The Collaborative staff accomplished most of this work through the in-kind efforts of Kent Sovern and the Collaborative staff along with resources and expertise from our partner organizations.

Several members of the New Iowa Entrepreneurial Coalition along with representatives of partnering organizations, served on the curriculum development and review task force for the New Iowa Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative. The Initiative is a dynamic new approach to entrepreneurship education and was created to support new business ventures in Iowa and to assist in the development of the knowledge and skills necessary to create such endeavors.

The course is designed to provide participants exposure to essential business skills, including the ability to develop an entrepreneurial mindset, create a sound business plan, launch their own small businesses, and improve their local communities. During the ten sessions of the New Iowa Entrepreneurial Leadership training course, participants are provided the nuts-and-bolts lessons that are essential for taking a business at any stage to the next level. At the end of the foundation experience, the participants will be better able to access support and referral networks that direct entrepreneurs to the right local resource (public or private) at the right time.

Each of the first eight course sessions is designed as stand alone units. At the same time, the course as a whole is designed and structured around the National Content Standards for Entrepreneurship Education www.entre-ed.org which includes detail instructional objectives with individual performance indicators for the participants.

There are 403 performance indicators in the National Content Standards which allow the New Iowa Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative facilitators and instructors to connect with the broad scope of essentials that practicing entrepreneurs indicate individuals must know and be able to do in order to have success as an entrepreneur.

Session 1 - What Is Entrepreneurship?
Introducing participants to the course and foundational indicators of entrepreneurial behavior
Session 2 - What It Takes To Be an Entrepreneur
Introducing participants to the personal and work skill characteristics of entrepreneurs
Session 3 - The ABCs of Business Organization
Introducing participants to the advantages and disadvantages of the various legal structures for business organization and operations
Session 4 - Ideas and Opportunities
Introducing participants to the process of generating ideas, evaluating the opportunities stemming from those ideas and translating that knowledge into a business proposition/business case
Session 5 - Challenges For New Business Owners
Introducing participants to business organization based on the E-Myth Seven Centers of Business Excellence? model for business organization and analysis
Session 6 - Planning Your Business Venture
The participants utilize the knowledge and concepts from Sessions 1-5 to organize all the necessary research surrounding their business concept and begin building the Business Case for their proposal
Session 7 - Building a Business Plan ? Answering the Key Questions
Introducing the participants to the structure and essential elements of the business plan and begin the intensive tutoring and mentoring needed to fully develop the business proposition into a comprehensive business plan
Session 8 - Building a Business Plan ? Getting Money to Start Your Business
Introducing participants to the variety of business financing mechanisms and financial services (private and public) available to entrepreneurs and small business owners
Session 9 - Guided Work Session ? Fine Tuning Your Business Plan
Intensive session with participant mentors and advisors completing the detailed business plan
Session 10 - Presentation of Business Plan and Award of Certificate
Each participant or team will present their business plan to a panel of judges and awards are presented

Advocacy

The New Iowa Group through the New Iowa Entrepreneur's Coalition helps small business get involved in public policy discussions at the local, state and federal; levels of government. From time to time the members will be asked to participate in a grassroots advocacy that utilizes the latest online technologies and other tools helpful in promoting a progressive small-business agenda in Iowa.

New Iowa Entrepreneurial Coalition puts you--the small-business owner--in the spotlight by featuring your stories of entrepreneurship and political action. Real-life experiences of small-business owners are key to this effort, where you are encouraged to upload information about your activism for small-business issues and learn from others as well.

As the political season intensifies, standing up for small business becomes even more critical.

Support:

The New-Iowa Group is the home for the Coalition and is sponsored in part by American Express OPEN and by E-Myth Benchmark. Click on the Sponsors' logos on the right side of this page. You can Contact Bob or Susan Clements at 888-959-0621 for more information about E-Myth Benchmark.

Check out the New Iowa blog at http://new-iowa.blogs.... Welcome Aboard!


Table of Contents

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KALEIDOSCOPE PARTNERSHIP September 25, 2007 11:01 AM Tina Haase F.
Elizabeth Grace Saunders DSM Register Profile June 27, 2007 9:19 AM former member
Continue to Learn with SkillSoft January 11, 2007 12:32 PM Kent S.
Real Solutions to Real Business Challenges November 9, 2006 7:54 PM Kent S.
About Iowa Entrepreneurs' Coalition May 8, 2009 11:03 AM Kent S.

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