Midwest Partnership's four county region was selected as Region I of the Regional Entrepreneurship Project, facilitated by UNI's Business & Community Resources. This five-year partnership generated a Strategic Plan for Entrepreneuship, tailored to the region, and developed an annual event called EntreBASH

EntreBASH is an opportunity for area entrepreneurs and small business owners looking to start or grow their business to network with each other and connect with regional resources.

Business consultants will offer one-on-one sessions. Professionals at Round Table Learning Labs will assist with different aspects of starting and running a business, including technology, insurance, human resources, and e-commerce. Statewide and regional resources will also be available, rounding out this opportunity for entrepreneurs and business owners to take their idea or business to the next level. These resources will represent the vast number of organizations in Iowa that are available for planning assistance, funding and financing, tech support, and educational opportunities.

There is no cost to attend EntreBASH, but registration is requested at www.entreBASH.com. Light appetizers will be provided and participants are welcome to come and go as needed. 

Save the date: Tuesday, March 28th, 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the Guthrie Center Activities Center.

Register today!


EntreBASH Guthrie Center details:

2017 Guest Speaker: Meg & Chag Gleason of Moglea in Audubon

Moglea was launched in 2012, and is under the creative direction of Chad and Meg Gleason. Their artful stationery and product line is created by using hand-applied production processes to add one-of-a-kind elements to each product. The production team in their Audubon-based studio thoughtfully applies layers of paint to extra thick sheets of paper before cutting them down. Cards are dipped one at a time in custom blends of pigment and organic dyes. Each piece is finished on one of their antique presses where it is foil stamped, printed or die cut using traditional letterpress printing processes.

The Moglea line is a joyful exploration of composition, pattern and color. For each new release, Chad and Meg intentionally focus on adding unexpected production processes or visual ideas to the current collection. The result is a product line in which each piece feels like a work of art that is meant to be shared. The Gleasons intend to expand the line into a home goods and furniture line in 2017. 


2017 Learning Labs:

Finance, Marty Doud of First State Bank in Stuart

Legal, Warren & Karen Varley of Varley Law Office, PLC in Stuart

Cyber Security, Curt Thornberry of Panora Telco in Panora

Online Presence, Michelle Carns of 4194 Partners in Guthrie Center


2017 Resource Tables:

UNI Business & Community Services

IASource Link

ISU Center for Industrial Research & Service (CIRAS)

Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC)


Region XII COG

ICCC Business Services & Community Outreach

Iowa Workforce Development

DMACC Business Resources

USDA Rural Development

Renew Rural Iowa

Local Utility Providers 

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