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Rural Young Entrepreneur Summit

Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Ames, Iowa
Contact: Judi Eyles (
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Young entrepreneurs in rural Iowa are invited to attend the upcoming Rural Young Entrepreneurs Summit (Rural “YES”)  This first of its kind event is being organized to strengthen the entrepreneurial culture in rural America and the first of five young entrepreneur summits being held around the country.


Rural YES will take place on Wednesday, November 9th in Ames, Iowa.  It begins at 4:30 p.m. on the 3rd Floor of the Scheman Building, on the  Iowa State University Center campus.  The U.S. Small Business Administration and U. S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development  will participate in Rural YES, which is hosted by the Community Vitality Center at Iowa State University.


The event features SBA Deputy Administrator Marie Johns and USDA Deputy Under-Secretary for Rural Development Doug O’Brien, who will share their perspectives and stories of young entrepreneurial successes from around the country, as well as present a panel discussion with four rural Iowa young entrepreneurs.  The panel members will explore how they got into business at a young age and take questions from young entrepreneurs in attendance.


Participants will be able to listen and share ideas for improving opportunities for young entrepreneurial success in rural America; connect with other rural entrepreneurs and support networks;” and shape ideas for a Rural “YES” Findings Report and future social network dialogue.


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