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Area Students To Participate In Entrepreneurial Institute

By Staff | Jun 18, 2015

LOCAL STUDENTS?TO?PARTICIPATE - A trio of Palo Alto County residents will be among the participants at the Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute later this Summer. From left to right are Rachel Schroeder of Emmetsburg, Heather Brown of West Bend, Ashley Claus of Spencer and Nick Schany of Graettinger. — submitted photo

A trio of Palo Alto County residents have been selected by the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation to attend the 10th Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute (OEI) this summer. This is the ninth year students from Iowa Lakes have participated in the event, which will take place August 2 to August 7.

The local Iowa Lakes students participating include: Heather Brown, a Business Administration and Management student from West Bend; Rachel Schroeder, an Accounting Specialist student from Emmetsburg; Nick Schany, Accounting student from Graettinger; and and Ashley Claus, a Sales and Marketing student from Spencer.

Participants attend educational seminars on entrepreneurship and work in teams to complete a computer simulation to start a company. Attendees also have a chance to network with some of Northwest Iowa’s finest entrepreneurs as well as earn three college credits.

Past participants recommended that this year’s nominees apply.

Heather Brown said she applied after “hearing about student’s experiences who attended in the past.” She hopes to gain “a better understanding of what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur.”

“My sister was accepted and she absolutely loved it. I think it’s going to be a great experience to get my future on the right path,” noted Rachel Schroeder. “I hope to learn the importance of working on a team and how to apply what I learn to my real-life success.”

Nick Schany was prompted to apply for OEI based on “the feedback from former students who participated in the program and the opportunity to meet some extremely successful entrepreneurs.”

Ashley Claus said Professor Denise Reimer, Sales and Marketing, recommended she apply for OEI. “I hope to gain experience and leadership skills for future use. I also hope to put my current and past class material into practice.”

An OEI Alumni and Friends celebration is also planned for Saturday, Aug. 1, at Arnolds Park Amusement Park.

The Okoboji Institute is a cooperative effort of the Iowa Department of Economic Development, the Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa, as well as the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation, Iowa Lakeside Lab, Buena Vista University, and Iowa Lakes Community College.