DES MOINES, IOWA — September 21, 2013 — The sixth annual 2013 Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit (IES) will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Olmsted Center at Drake University in Des Moines. More than 450 minority and immigrant business owners will have the opportunity to learn from 15 hands-on business seminars, including three seminars in Spanish.
The seminars offered this year include:
- “How to Write an Effective Business Plan”
- “How to Jump Start a Business”
- “Is Your Business Ready to Expand”
A brand new addition to the full-day conference and seminar includes a FREE panel discussion, “Access to Capital — 20 Practical Ways”, from 3–4:40 p.m., funded by Wells Fargo. The panel of experts will help answer questions business owners need to know about starting or growing their businesses.
An iPad will be given away at the panel event.
The first IES in 2008 drew more than 300 participants from 35 different countries. In 2009 and 2010, more than 700 participants, combined, from 40 different countries attended, and more than 400 participants attended in 2011. The 2012 event proved to be successful with a record 471 participants from 43 different countries.
The mission of IES is to bring businesses of diverse backgrounds together to share, learn and celebrate the immigrant entrepreneurship experience and its contribution to the overall community.
The summit will exhibit the success stories of immigrant entrepreneurs, and business owners will share ideas for business growth and their keys to success. Participants will be able to network and learn from others in a non-competitive and supportive environment.