Middle Bit: Entrepreneurial leadership event scheduled for next month

To make sure aspiring entrepreneurs feel comfortable entering the small business culture the Iowa Center for Economic Success is hosting an entrepreneurial leadership event next month to provide knowledge and relevant tools that can be put into action immediately after the event.

The entrepreneurial leadership event is part of the Aspirant Series hosted by the Des Moines-based Iowa Center for Economic Success. Drake University will host the all-day event.

Megan Milligan is the President and CEO of the Iowa Center for Economic Success and said the event is targeted towards people who already have their own startup, an idea for a business or people looking to rise up as leaders with their corporation or organization.

“Even if you are working for someone else, people who have more of that entrepreneurial mindset often stand a better chance to advance their career and rise up to a leadership position,” Milligan said. “There’s a lot of people who are thinking that way, but we’re trying to empower people who haven’t thought about entrepreneurialism as more of a philosophy rather than just a profession.”

Milligan said what will make this event different is not only will attendees be provided with tools and networking opportunities, but they will start to implement some of those strategies the same day.

“So you aren’t just leaving inspired,” Milligan said. “At our event, you are going to be scheduling those follow-ups and leave with a draft of a pocket business plan and some next steps.”

The Entrepreneurial Leadership event will be from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16 and is limited to 50 people.

“There is only going to be 50 people in the room, so this is a chance to speak with and get resources from some of our biggest business leaders in town,” Milligan said.

To register or for more information, click here.

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