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Jefferson small business owner Chris Deal delivers a keynote address Wednesday at the IGNITE Entrepreneurial Expo hosted by Main Street Fort Dodge and the Fort Dodge Small Business Task Force on the Iowa Central campus.

Aspiring area entrepreneurs learned about local, regional and statewide resources for small businesses Wednesday at the IGNITE Entrepreneurial Expo in the Bioscience and Health Sciences Building on the campus of Iowa Central Community College.

Main Street Fort Dodge executive director Kris Patrick said the goal of the show is to attract local entrepreneurs “cheered” about opportunities in the Fort Dodge area.

“We hope attendees will engage and really find a way to tap into the entrepreneurial network we’re trying to build, and we’ve seen that happen again and again tonight,” She said.

The event was co-hosted by Main Street Fort Dodge and the Fort Dodge Small Business Task Force and featured a variety of information booths, panels and keynote speakers.

Jefferson small business owner Chris Deal was one of the keynote speakers at the event.

“There is something special about small companies” deal said. “We should spend more time and attention on building the next generation of domestic companies instead of trying to attract a branch or warehouse.”

He spoke about the importance of finding motivation as a small business owner; be persistent and get creative; seize opportunities as they arise; and use partnerships.

The next event in the IGNITE Entrepreneurs Series is the Smart Start class on May 23 at the IowaWorks office on the Iowa Central campus. The interactive course is an educational opportunity for businesses just starting out or those just thinking about owning their own business. The course is open to only 25 people and registration is required. Registration can be found on the mainstreetfd.org website.


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