Registration Open for Rural Entrepreneurs Summit

AMES, Iowa — The Community Vitality Center 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 on the second floor of the Scheman Building in the Iowa State Center, in Ames, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

U.S. 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 will share their perspectives on opportunities for successful entrepreneurship in Iowa.

Participants will learn why and how four young entrepreneurs define success and make it work in rural Iowa. The panel includes:

The event provides an opportunity for young and/or emerging rural entrepreneurs to network and connect with resources and programs that can make a difference in the entrepreneurial culture of rural America. Participants will

  • hear success stories from other rural entrepreneurs,
  • listen to and share ideas for improving opportunities for rural entrepreneur success,
  • connect with other rural entrepreneurs and support networks, and
  • shape ideas for a Rural YES Findings Report and future rural entrepreneur networking communications.

A free trade show/networking reception featuring local Iowa foods follows the program.

To participate, please register for Rural YES at

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. Organizers believe this provides greater opportunity for successful enterprise development and support in the future.