Summit at Iowa State Says “YES” to Rural Entrepreneurs

AMES, Iowa — The Community Vitality Center (CVC) and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development are partnering with the U.S. Small Business Administration, USDA Rural Development and other sponsors to host a Rural YES (Young Entrepreneur Summit) on Nov. 9. The summit will be held at the Scheman Building in the Iowa State Center, in Ames, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The event is sponsored by 16 sponsor and co-sponsor groups and is free to participating or prospective entrepreneurs. Small Business Administration Deputy Secretary Marie Johns and USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Doug O’Brien will share their perspectives and success stories from around the country. Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds are attending, and Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey has been invited.

The purpose of the program is to provide an opportunity for young and emerging entrepreneurs to:

  1. hear success stories from other rural entrepreneurs,
  2. listen to and share ideas for improving entrepreneurial development opportunities in rural America,
  3. and make contact with other rural entrepreneurs and support networks.

There will be a free networking reception and trade show featuring local Iowa foods.

Rural YES recognizes outstanding young entrepreneurs and shares their success stories from across rural America to inspire others to participate in creating a rural entrepreneurial cultural that provides greater opportunity for successful enterprise development and support in the future.

The CVC has put out a request for success stories of young entrepreneurs from rural Iowa to be recognized during Rural YES. Those interested in nominating someone for recognition at this event can contact CVC Director Mark Edelman at

Online registration is available by clicking “Register Now” at