Iowa Veterans Entrepreneurship Conference and Travel Assistance


We understand how valuable the experience of attending this conference can be, and we want to avoid conference-related costs being a deterrent to individuals who would not be able to attend due to financial hardship. Though our resources are limited, we thank our generous partner, Allen Lazard and his foundation At the Top for Vets, for providing funds to help reduce out-of-pocket expenses for our Veteran/Military and family attendees.

Allen’s funding is covering conference registration fees for Veteran/Military and family attendees.  The funding can also cover one night of hotel your hotel stay (booked at the discounted group rate at the Gateway Hotel) for Veteran/Military and family attendees of limited means, travelling more than 150 miles round trip, to participate in this important event.

If eligible for Travel Assistance, please select this option during registration.  You will be notified by email if you are selected to receive Travel Assistance.


  • You will be traveling more than 150 miles roundtrip to attend the conference.
  • Attendance is expected at all the conference events on Saturday, May 4 (May 3 Welcome Reception is optional).
  • Completion and submission of the post-conference survey may be expected.

Hotel Needs:

The conference registration DOES NOT include overnight hotel accommodations. Attendees will need to make their own hotel reservations. All charges for overnight accommodations are the responsibility of the attendee.  There are many hotels to choose from in Ames. One of the closest hotels to the conference location, The Gateway Hotel, is offering a discounted group rate of $108.  Other hotel options can be found at

The Gateway Hotel Sleeping Room Reservations

A limited number of rooms are available at a discounted group rate of $108 plus tax per night until April 12 or until the group block is filled. Although the hotel will make every effort to meet your reservation needs, accommodations and the discounted room rate cannot be guaranteed after the April 12 cutoff or if the group block is filled, whichever comes first.

When making a reservation, you must mention you are with the Iowa Veterans Entrepreneurship Conference to get the discounted rate. All rooms must be guaranteed for arrival with a valid credit card. All deposits for individual room reservations are fully refundable if the reservation is canceled before 6 pm the night prior to arrival.

Use this link to make reservations, or call the Gateway Hotel directly at 800-FOR-AMES to make, change or cancel room reservations.


If you meet the eligibility requirements to receive Travel Assistance, one night of the discounted group room rate and tax at the Gateway Hotel will be covered by Allen Lazard’s funding (removed from your hotel bill). You will need to make your own reservation, indicating you are with the Iowa Veterans Entrepreneurship Conference to secure our group rate. We will then inform the hotel that we will cover the one night of room costs (group room rate and tax) on your behalf.

Please Note: The hotel will charge the credit card on file one night of room rate and tax if the guest fails to change or cancel the hotel reservation before 6 pm the night prior to arrival and/or does not honor the reserved arrival date (does not check in to the hotel/no shows).

The attendee will be responsible for all hotel expenses if not checked in for the conference (check-in with conference registration) and participating in the conference sessions.

If you have any questions, please contact Jean Walsh at (515)294-2776 or email at

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