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There are abundant resources for business owners in Iowa, offering advice, mentorship, services or cold hard cash. But as we learned at our visit to the Mini Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit in Cedar Rapids, the same resources might not work well for all founders.
With that in mind, here's a brief list of resources and events designed for minority and/or immigrant entrepreneurs. What are we missing? Comment below or email email@example.com with additions.
Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit - events and workshops throughout the year, including the flagship, day-long event in November. iesusa.org
- Iowa Black Business Summit - hoping to expand the network of black business owners statewide. www.iowablackbusiness.org
- Iowa City Foreign Relations Council - hosts regular community forums with speakers from around the world. icfrc.org.
- Iowa Latino Heritage Festival - annually, in Des Moines. www.latinoheritagefestival.org
- Diversity Focus - Promoting diversity and cultural awareness in Eastern Iowa. www.diversityfocus.org.
- Emprendedores Latinos de Iowa - a small business develop program run for and by Latinos in Eastern Iowa. www.isedventures.org/services/emprendedores-eli
- Iowa Asian Alliance - rounded in 2002 to promote business growth, leadership and community vitality. www.iowaasianalliance.com
- ISED Ventures - formerly the Institute for Social and Economic Development, ISED focuses on low- to moderate-income Iowans. www.isedventures.org
- Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber - founded in 2008. www.gqchcc.com
- Community CPA - founded by Ying Sa, who also founded the IES, Community CPA offers free financial workshops and a digital library of past seminars. www.communitycpa.com/events
- Culture-Friendly Consulting - Helps businesses and clients with cross-cultural communication. culturefriendly.com
- Sharpened Fluency - coaching for non-native English speakers. sharpenedfluency.com