WORK | ENTREPRENEURSHIP
One of the most important elements of growing a new or existing business is to have available tools and resources available to the entrepreneur. At the Iowa Lakes Corridor, we believe one way to provide a critical resource and to encourage the spirit of teamwork is through mentorship.
The Iowa Lakes Corridor region is home to several successful, home-grown businesses and industries. Many of these successful entrepreneurs will volunteer their time to provide meaningful impact to the lives of those new to the world of business.
Business-to-business relationships provide a means for business owners to develop relationships with business executives who can become both teachers and role models. Mentors are able to assist entrepreneurs and small businesses by giving advice on trade shows and advertising, by helping select sales representatives and buyers, and by sharing knowledge of market trends.
When choosing a mentor:
- Consider the developmental stage of your firm.
- Know your strengths and weaknesses.
- Know your objectives and desired outcomes.
- Profile potential partners.
- Learn about existing organizations and resources, public and private, that can complement your efforts.
- Create a strategy for your company.
If you are looking for a mentor to help with your business, or if you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact us.
Market research is often a shortfall in a business plan. Iowa Lakes Corridor staff has compiled a substantial amount of demographic information about the Iowa Lakes region and has access to much more.
Through government websites and commercial databases, the Iowa Lakes Corridor will work with you to identify potential customers, market potential, and industry trend information to assist you in your business planning and development decisions.
Pleasefor more information about market research assistance.