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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.

Seminars and Workshops | Friday, March 22


Kwai Butler - Oja

 The 2023 Linn Area Credit Union

Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner

On Friday, the Summit features several free-to-attend workshops and seminars providing networking and business development resources. These sessions are open to any community members who are interested in entrepreneurship or starting a business.

The Schedule

9:00am - Networking

9:30am - Identifying Growth Milestones

10:30am - Business Accounting

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

Linn Area Credit Union

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Dan Limbert

Chief Member Experience Officer

Linn Area Credit Union

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Cherie Tilson

Director of Marketing

Linn Area Credit Union


Scott Swenson

Former Regional Director

Small Business Development Center


Jessica Abdoney

Marketing Coordinator



Becca Skalsky

Creative Services Manager - Design


Dean Spina


Bradley & Riley PC

de Novo Marketing

Guest Vendor Market | 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!

10:00am - 4:00pm - Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Guest Vendor Market


5:00pm - 6:30pm - Pitches, Presentations, and Judges' Decision


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


Here are the six business who will be competing for a spot at the Market this year:


Basement Collective


Cedar Witch Goods

The Green Fork Soup & Salad Bar


Missing Link Artistry

Applications for the Summit pitch competition have closed.

All other individuals who wish to attend Summit sessions (listed above) may do so for free, RSVP is not required.

To learn more about Entrepreneur of the Year Summit, 

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

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