Governor Branstad & Lt. Gov. Reynolds to speak at Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit on Nov. 9

Des Moines, Iowa — October 30, 2013 — Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will be

attending the sixth annual Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit (IES) on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at

Drake University’s Olmsted Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lt. Gov. Reynolds will have a keynote, offering

guidance, motivation and support for minority and immigrant business owners and their future


Job creation continues to be the governor’s top priority and his administration continues to take part in

initiatives that are dedicated to drive Iowa’s economic growth.

IES will provide 15 hands-on seminars that relate to the governor’s approach to economic growth.

IES continues to prove that it does in fact create jobs and directly contributes to community economic

development. In 2012, more than 150 companies were formed in Iowa by IES attendees alone.

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 cost to attend is $35 and includes a luncheon. To register, visit or call

(515) 288-3188.

About IES

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.

To stay up-to-date on IES events and activities, “like” IES on Facebook at

and follow IES on Twitter (@IES_USA).