OPSG 015: Dawn Bowlus – The Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship

Dawn Bowlus, director of the Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship at The University of Iowa. Dawn discusses how the institute develops the entrepreneurial mind set, builds innovation and creativity skills in the youth to be the entrepreneurs and innovators of the future. The institute is getting young people geared up and educated on entrepreneurship, that is has made an impact on teachers and students. Dawn also talks about the success and history of the institute as well as the future direction of the new programs to come.

OPSG 014: Justin Erickson – Bring Businesses and Communities Together

Justin Erickson, owner of Community Venture Network based in Bloomington, MN a suburb of the Twin Cities, talks about the unique method in which his business connects rural economic development efforts with entrepreneurs who are in need of assistance. Justin has a proven method of increasing deal flow to communities as well as speeding the development timeline for entrepreneurs in taking their business to the next stage of growth. Justin discusses his journey from employee to business owner and what the future plans are for the Community Venture Network.

OPSG 013: Chuck Long – Iowa Sports Foundation

Chuck Long, former Hawkeye stand out and new CEO of the Iowa Sports Foundation. Chuck talks about his new role as CEO at the foundation and some of the upcoming activities that the foundation will be hosting. One of those activities is the Live Healthy Iowa 10 Week Wellness Challenge. Last year 248,000 individuals took part in this 10 week challenge. Chuck also talks about a setback that he sees often, which is learning to stay with it and not to give up when you fail. Chuck’s advice could be very beneficial when taking part in the 10 week wellness challenge.