Q&A: Meet Megan Sweere

By Diana Wright, ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship

With two weeks under her belt on the new job at the ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, we want to formally introduce you to Megan Sweere.

In her new role, Megan will help facilitate entrepreneurial programming and provide administrative support for both the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship and CyBIZ Lab student consulting.

I’ve had the opportunity to know Megan during her time as a student entrepreneur and consultant for CyBIZ Lab at Iowa State.  She was originally part of the first-ever CYstarters cohort, working on her business, Home Sweet College Home.

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Talk about your career path after graduating from Iowa State.

I am originally from Muscatine, Iowa and moved to Ames in 2012 to attend Iowa State University. While at ISU, I majored in Supply Chain Management and Marketing with a minor in Entrepreneurial Studies.  I was lucky enough to work at CyBIZ Lab and to be a part of the first cohort of CYstarters.  During the summer of 2016, I launched my business, Home Sweet College Home, with the help provided through the CYstarters program.

After graduating, I moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to work for Kohl’s Corporate in the buying office. While working, I grew my business on the side and after a year I quit my day job to go full-time in Home Sweet College Home.  I worked full-time in my business for the last two and a half years before joining the team at the Pappajohn Center.

Why work with students entrepreneurs and businesses?

I love the resourcefulness, creativity, and dedication it takes to be an entrepreneur. When you own your own business, every day is different and comes with a new set of challenges. I learned a lot while working through the challenges in my own business and I want to share that knowledge with others to help them grow and avoid some of the roadblocks.

What is working well in the Ames entrepreneurship community?

In my first few weeks of being plugged back into the entrepreneurship community in Ames, I’ve been impressed with how many resources and events there are for students and the community. The interaction that is encouraged between students and the Ames community is a great resource for businesses hoping to network and grow.

My favorite resource is…

Google search bar.

Best piece of advice I’ve ever been given…

Beautiful things happen when you step outside of your comfort zone.

What I would tell others starting something…

Take the time to slow down and identify the parts of your business that you are best at and enjoy doing, outsource the rest.

Most recently I…

Have been more intentional about taking time for creativity.

Passionate about…

Bringing people together.