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EDC Celebrates 10 Years Assisting Iowa Entrepreneurs

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA—SEPTEMBER 9, 2013—The EDC will mark its 10th Anniversary on Thursday, September 12, with a networking celebration at Cedar Ridge Winery, Vineyards & Distillery in Swisher, IA. Entrepreneurs, community leaders, vendors and resources will be on hand to commemorate the business accelerator’s impact on the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Creative Corridor. The event is free and is sponsored by Tallgrass Business Resources (http://tallgrassbiz.com).

In addition to networking, several EDC clients and supporters will talk about the accelerator’s role in Iowa’s economic vitality. The list of speakers for the evening includes:

Curt Nelson, President & CEO, EDC, Inc.
Anna Sobaski, Founder & President, Breads From Anna
Dick Schwab, EDC Board Member and Founder, Iowa Woodworks
Matt Miller, President & CEO, MobileDemand
Dawn Ainger, President & CEO, Genova Technologies,
Jeff Pomeranz, City Manager, City of Cedar Rapids
David Hensley, EDC Board Member and Interim Associate Vice President for Economic Development and JPEC Executive Director and Clinical Professor

In its 10 years, EDC entrepreneur members have raised and employed over $200 million in capital, generated over $350 million in new revenue and created 2,000 new jobs in Iowa.

“We’re proud of the milestones that EDC’s entrepreneur members have achieved over the last decade,” said EDC President & CEO, Curtis Nelson. “With continued support from the community, EDC can provide mentoring and assistance to businesses throughout the Creative Corridor. From inventors to long-standing companies, EDC continues to help grow Iowa’s interstate commerce entrepreneurs,” he added.

Registrations for the celebration event can be made at https://www.edcinc.org/events-calendar/2013/09/ or by calling 319-369-4955.

About the EDC
The Entrepreneurial Development Center was incorporated in 2003 as a community-sponsored, non-profit business accelerator. The company provides economic growth through the development and expansion of entrepreneurial enterprises and has successfully assisted nearly 600 Iowa-headquartered businesses. Its focus is on creating local wealth for area re-investment by growing and cultivating regional, national, and international businesses.