Deadline extended for DreamBuilder program to Friday

Partners brings back program after COVID absence


FORT MADISON - Fort Madison Partners, along with Americas Small Business development Center (SBDC) are please to announce the return of the DreamBuilder Program- an in person/on-line business training program for aspiring entrepreneurs.

The deadline for registering for this years program has been extended to Friday.

DreamBuilder, developed by Freeport-McMoRan and the Thunderbird School of Global Management, equip participants with the practical skills needed to start or grow their own business. While the program was initially developed for female entrepreneurs, all aspiring entrepreneurs are encouraged to participate in the program. When community members gain skills, they gain confidence, increase their productivity, mentor others, raise their income levels and reinvest in their children’s education, their family’s health and economic activities as the community level.

DreamBuilder combines interactive online course and access to helpful tools and resources, including an innovative Business Plan Generator, to guide participants in the creation of a business plan. DreamBuiler will begin in February and meet weekly leading up the graduation in April. This course will be facilitated by Janine Clover, SBDC Coordinator, who will guide participants through technical aspects of the program, arrange area entrepreneurs to speak with the class, and create a support system and network.

“We are excited to offer this program again,” said Tim Gobble Executive Director Fort Madison Partners. “We had to take a break the last couple of years due to the pandemic, so this program can really help give a leg up to our local aspiring entrepreneurs of making their dream a reality”.

The program, which will produce a complete business plan in a few short months will cost participants just $120.00. In-person classes will be located at the Fort Madison SCC Center starting Feb 1, 2023 located at 712 6th Street. Climax Molybdenum, a FreePort McMoRan Company, has offered again to provide full program fee reimbursement to all participants that graduate the program.

“We are committed to investing in efforts that increase education and economic opportunities for citizens in our operating communities,” said Amy Conlee, Climax Molybdenum Community Development Specialist. “As part of our effort to ensure all citizens can be full participants in economic development and attain greater levels of prosperity, we are pleased to support the program and the program participants.

Dream Builders Spring 2023 Schedule
February 1-Welcome and Introduction to Class
February 8-Chapters 1 and 2, Starting and Exploring Your Dream
February 15-Chapters 3 and 4, Planning and Making Your Dream
February 22-Chapter 5 and 6, Marketing and Pricing Your Dream
March 1-Chapter 7 and 8, Selling and Managing Your Dream
March 8-Chapter 9 and 10, Profiting and Keeping Track of Your Dream
March 15 NO CLASS, SCC Spring Break
March 22-Chapter 11 and 12, Funding and Formalizing Your Dream
March 29-Chapter 13 Turning Your Dream into Reality and Next Steps/Pitch Contest Resources
April 19- Pitch Contest TBA
For more information about the DreamBuilder program, or get an application, contact the Fort Madison Partners office 319-372-5471.

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