Dream Big, Grow Here Contest Provides Platform/Capital for Northwest Iowa Small Businesses


Northwest Iowa Development Group, City of Sioux City, Siouxland Economic Development Corporation



Plymouth, Lyon, Cherokee, Osceola, Sioux, Monona, Woodbury, and O’Brien Counties




The Northwest Iowa Development Group in Sioux City, Iowa was looking for a way to promote their resources as a region and offer support to business owners in their communities.


Locating and connecting with entrepreneurs that are looking to start or continue to grow their local small business can be difficult. Often business owners/entrepreneurs don’t engage with resources that can help them because they don’t know they exist. Dream Big Grow Here is an online business contest platform that is design to incent new/growing businesses to participate and connect with resources, market their products, and learn more about different approaches to growing their business.


dream big grow here finalists


The group collaborated with the Iowa’s West Coast initiative to host a regional contest. They raised and offered $7,000 in prizes along with business pitch coaching and connections with business resources such as small business development centers. Ten new and expanding small businesses were identified in Northwest Iowa and each gained exposure in the region.


Check out this video from a past DBGH winner!

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