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Jefferson small business owner Chris Deal delivers a keynote speech at the IGNITE Entrepreneurial Expo hosted by Main Street Fort Dodge and the Fort Dodge Small Business Task Force on Central Campus in Iowa on Wednesday.

Aspiring area entrepreneurs learned about local, regional and national resources for small businesses at the IGNITE Entrepreneurial Expo Wednesday at the Bioscience and Health Sciences Building on the campus of Iowa Central Community College.

Main Street Fort Dodge executive director Kris Patrick said the expo’s goal was to attract local entrepreneurs “fired” about opportunities in the Fort Dodge area.

“We hope that attendees will be engaged and really find a way to enter the entrepreneurial network that we are trying to create and we have seen that happen time and time again tonight,” she says.

The event was co-hosted by Main Street Fort Dodge and the Fort Dodge Small Business Task Force and featured an array of information booths, panels and keynote speakers.

Chris Deal, a small business owner from Jefferson, was one of the keynote speakers at the event.

“There is something special about small businesses” Case said. “We should devote more time and attention to growing the next generation of local businesses rather than trying to attract a branch or warehouse.”

He spoke about the importance, as a small business owner, of finding motivation; be persistent and creative; seize opportunities when they arise; and leveraging partnerships.

The next event in the IGNITE Entrepreneurs Series will be the Smart Start class on May 23 at the IowaWorks office on the Iowa Central campus. The interactive classroom will be an educational opportunity for start-up businesses or those planning to start their own business. The class is open to only 25 people and registration is required. Registration can be found on the mainstreetfd.org website.

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