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Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Summit

Friday, March 22 and Saturday March 23, 2024

Linn Area Credit Union

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Why attend the Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Summit?

The Summit fosters a space to learn, share knowledge, and build a network of local entrepreneurs and professional relationships. With first-hand experience and qualitative insights embedded in every discussion, every attendee will leave the Summit with tools on how to grow professionally and personally.



Kwai Butler - Oja

 The 2023 Linn Area Credit Union

Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner

Application Workshop

Thursday, February 22 at 6pm

Friday, March 22, 2024

9:00am - Networking

9:30am - Identifying Growth Milestones

10:30am - Business

11:30am Safety and Food Licenses

12:30pm - Lunch

1:00pm - 4 Table Marketing Power Hour

2:00pm -
Legal Filing Session

3:00pm - Business Banking

The Speakers

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Kye Murphy

Director of Commercial Lending


Cherie Tilson

Linn Area Credit Union

Linn Area Credit Union


Jessica Abdoney

Marketing Coordinator



Scott Swenson

Former Regional Director

Small Business Development Center


Dustin Hinrichs

Linn County Public Health Dept


Becca Skalsky

Creative Services Manager - Design


Dean Spina


Bradley & Riley PC

de Novo Marketing

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Vote with your dollars on Saturday, March 23 for your favorite entrepreneur at our Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year, Guest Vendor Market!


YOU help decide who the winner and next business to open at the Market will be.


List of participating vendors coming soon! 


10:00am - 4:00pm - Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Guest Vendor Market
5:00pm - 6:30pm - Pitches, Presentations, and Judges' Decision

Apply below to be selected for the pitch competition on Friday, March 22, and to be considered for guest vending on Saturday, March 23. 

All other individuals who wish to attend Summit sessions may do so for free. 


The winner of the Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year pitch competition is eligible to receive free rent at NewBo City Market for one full year! 

To learn more about Entrepreneur of the Year Summit, 

please contact Matt McGrane at or call 319-200-4050.

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