FOURGE SOCIAL - SOCIAL MEDIA LUNCH & LEARN
Mar
25
11:45 AM11:45

FOURGE SOCIAL - SOCIAL MEDIA LUNCH & LEARN

Join Fourge Social at the Creative Adventure Lab on March 26th from 11:45 – 1:00 PM for the first of many social media lunch and learns.

March’s workshop will focus on the elements and people necessary to create, execute and manage a successful social media strategy. We will share a few case studies of businesses Fourge has managed to provide insight into this topic as well.

To add to the fun, we’ll be doing a drawing for a free social media service by Fourge Social in honor of St. Patrick’s Day and giving someone a little luck!

WHEN: MARCH 25 11:45-1P

WHERE: Creative Adventure Lab upstairs in the Innovation Lab

COST: Free to Fourge Social partners and $15 for all others. Lunch will be provided.

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LUNCH TALK WITH  WICKED RIVER EVENT PRODUCTION
Mar
28
12:00 PM12:00

LUNCH TALK WITH WICKED RIVER EVENT PRODUCTION

Join us for lunch and a talk with Danielle Stowell, owner of Wicked River Event Production, a local company that specializes in event planning and logistics management.

Danielle will talk about why face-to-face meetings still matter in this age of easy digital communication, and provide examples of local success stories, with takeaways you can use as a model your next big event.

Lunch Talk happens each month in the Innovation Lab at Creative Adventure Lab to share business tips, ideas and tools among small business leaders in the community.

COST: FREE (bring your own lunch) or pay $10 and we’ll order from Jimmy John’s

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FINAL PITCH EVENT @ IOWA VENTURE SCHOOL
Apr
11
5:30 PM17:30

FINAL PITCH EVENT @ IOWA VENTURE SCHOOL

Hear the final pitches from 8 startups in the spring Venture School cohort!

During the 7-week business accelerator program, Iowa Venture School participants used the National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps curriculum, real-world experimentation, customer discovery, and the Lean LaunchPad methodologies to help test ideas, create a solid business model, and launch their startup!

At the Venture School Pitch Event startups will pitch their business ideas and share their plans with Venture School instructors, mentors, potential investors and YOU! 

Come hear the pitches and support the entrepreneurship ecosystem in our community!

WHEN: THURSDAY, APRIL 11 at 5:30p

WHERE: Creative Adventure Lab; John Deere Innovation Space

Sponsored by:

Dupaco Community Community Credit Union

Dubuque Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

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IOWA VENTURE SCHOOL (FALL)
Oct
3
to Nov 14

IOWA VENTURE SCHOOL (FALL)

REGISTER BY SEPTEMBER 16

Ready to take your new business idea to the next level or expand your existing business? Join the fall cohort of the Iowa Venture School!

During the 7-week program, the Iowa Venture School program uses the National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps curriculum, real-world experimentation, customer discovery, and the Lean LaunchPad methodologies to help you test your ideas, create a solid business model, and launch your startup! While in the program you and your team will have access to connect with entrepreneurs, mentors, and resources across the state that will be invaluable to helping your startup grow and scale! 

There is no better way for you to evaluate your business idea, receive expert guidance, and find the support you need - all through a program that fits your busy life! 

COST: $300-500 per business team, ask for details (scholarships available)

DATES: Thursday Nights - Oct 3, 10, 17, 24,, 31 Nov 7, 14

SPONSORED BY DUPACO COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION

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LUNCH TALK WITH  CONTENT MADE RIGHT
Feb
28
12:00 PM12:00

LUNCH TALK WITH CONTENT MADE RIGHT

Join us for lunch and a talk with Carl Busch, owner of Content Made Right, a start up company that is launching Iowa’s first podcast network!

Carl will share his thoughts about one of the fastest growing trends on the market, podcasting. Learn what a podcast is, how it can benefit your business, and what you need to create a podcast. 

Lunch Talk happens each month in the Innovation Lab at Creative Adventure Lab to share business tips, ideas and tools among small business leaders in the community.

COST: FREE (bring your own lunch) or pay $10 and we’ll order from Jimmy John’s

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Let us know if you are bringing your own lunch or if you want us to order a box lunch from Jimmy Johns - choose Turkey, Ham, Roast Beef; cost is $10.
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POSTPONED TO MAY 8th - SMALL BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL EDUCATION FORUM
Feb
12
9:00 AM09:00

POSTPONED TO MAY 8th - SMALL BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL EDUCATION FORUM

RESCHEDULED FOR MAY 8th DUE TO THE PREDICTED SNOW STORM

Join leaders from the Dubuque community as they outline expanding financial education opportunities for low- and moderate-income families.  Leaders will also discuss small business and entrepreneur support and expansion throughout the Dubuque area.   

See how innovation and forward thinking is streamlining resources and support!

The event is FREE and lunch is provided.

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LUNCH TALK WITH  RETHINK MARKETING
Jan
31
12:00 PM12:00

LUNCH TALK WITH RETHINK MARKETING

Join us for lunch and a talk with Christina Rader from Rethink Marketing who will share a Goal-Driven, One-Page Marketing Plan you can use in your business.

Put spitball marketing to an end with this one-page marketing plan! Goal-driven tactics are laid out into a one-page plan to keep you on target and prevent you from just trying things to see if they stick. You’ll get more bang from less marketing with a cohesive marketing approach!

Lunch Talk happens each month in the Innovation Lab at Creative Adventure Lab to share business tips, ideas and tools among small business leaders in the community.

COST: FREE (bring your own lunch) or pay $10 and we’ll order from Jimmy John’s

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Let us know if you are bringing your own lunch or if you want us to order a box lunch from Jimmy Johns - choose Turkey, Ham, Roast Beef; cost is $10.
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FUNDER HUDDLE ON NONPROFIT INNOVATION
Dec
13
11:00 AM11:00

FUNDER HUDDLE ON NONPROFIT INNOVATION

Innovation is a hot topic, especially in the business world. Yet, innovation in the nonprofit sector is more critical than ever as the challenges we face in our communities become more complex and the pressure to have impact at scale becomes greater. How are nonprofits keeping up? What strategies are there for supporting innovation in the sector? Who are the social entrepreneurs and innovators working on this? How can philanthropy play a role in fostering innovation?

This 3-hour session will include presentations from Creative Adventure Lab (Dubuque, IA) and NewBoCo (Cedar Rapids, IA) staff. Both organizations will share their work to foster innovation in the nonprofit sector. Funders will also have the opportunity to participate in two ideation exercises to put these practices and concepts into action.

Learning Objectives:

* Funders will explore how innovation is showing up in the nonprofit sector.

* Funders will learn from examples of what philanthropy is doing to foster innovation.

* Funders will better understand how nonprofits in Iowa are thinking about innovation

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2-DAY LAUNCH BOOTCAMP
Dec
1
to Dec 8

2-DAY LAUNCH BOOTCAMP

This 2-day workshop will help you learn strategies to test your business or product idea or concept! The workshop will cover key concepts from the business model canvas, lean startup, and more. You will learn how to identify, prioritize and test business assumptions and walk away from DAY 1 with a 1st draft of your business model canvas.

Launch Bootcamp is a 2-day workshop
Day 1: Saturday, December 1, 9am-3pm
Day 2: Saturday, December 8, 9am-3pm (must attend day 1 to attend day 2)

REGISTRATION COSTS ARE SPONSORED BY NICC/SBDC

LAUNCH BOOTCAMP is facilitated by Brock Waterman. Brock is a second generation entrepreneur who owns two successful businesses.  He also is the Senior Business Consultant for the Southwest Wisconsin SBDC. 

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SMALL BUSINESS NETWORKING EVENT
Nov
28
4:00 PM16:00

SMALL BUSINESS NETWORKING EVENT

You’re invited to a networking event co-hosted by the State of Iowa Targeted Small Business Program (TSB), Creative Adventure Lab, and the U.S. Black Women’s Chamber of Commerce (USBWCC).

This event is open to all - join us to network with other small business owners, learn about the Innovation Lab and Black Women’s Chamber, and meet other small business resource partners in the Dubuque community!

Refreshments will be provided by the U.S. Black Women’s Chamber of Commerce

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IOWA VENTURE SCHOOL WORKSHOP
Nov
20
5:00 PM17:00

IOWA VENTURE SCHOOL WORKSHOP

  • 210 Jones St. Dubuque, IA 52001 USA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Check out this FREE workshop to learn more about Iowa Venture School and how it can help you grow your business!! 

The Venture School program uses the National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps curriculum, real-world experimentation, customer discovery, and the Lean LaunchPad methodologies to help you test your ideas, create a solid business model, and launch your startup! While in the program you and your team will have access to connect with entrepreneurs, mentors, and resources across the state that will be invaluable to helping your startup grow and scale!

SPONSORED BY DUPACO

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