So you want to be an entrepreneur?

MUSCATINE, Iowa — Jim Elias, a Facebook friend who teaches business classes at Muscatine Community College, is preparing for the 2012 Muscatine Entrepreneurship Challenge. And he passed along some information today.

Up to 10 semifinalists will be selected to exhibit their business concepts at the Muscatine Entrepreneurship Day after-hour event put on by the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce & Industry from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on March 29  at the MCC Student Center.

Three finalists will be selected to pitch their ideas in a shark-tank-style competition that evening, according to an email from Elias.  He said  semifinalists and finalists will be notified by phone and email no later than March 16.

The winner will earn the opportunity to be mentored and coached by seasoned entrepreneurs who’ve been there and done it, according to Elias.

In addition to MCC and the chamber, the event is being sponsored by the Muscatine History & Industry Center.

And yes, the idea of entering this blog in the contest as a fledgling  online news site has crossed my mind. The drawbacks are that I need a job with a benefits. And this study out today doesn’t exactly paint a rosy picture.

A couple of milestones: This post is my 100th on this blog, which also has 44 subscribers and counting. And it has topped 6,200 page views — more than a third of those are from the past week.  I’m not sure who is out there reading this, but I want to thank everyone. Please tell your family and friends to check it out, too.

Contact me at or follow me on Twitter @csteinbach.

7 thoughts on “So you want to be an entrepreneur?

  • I read with interest, but I depend on the facebook link. Unless there is some benefit to you to have more subscribers I will continue to click over from facebook and not clutter my email with one more thing. But if it is better for you I would gladly subscribe. Thanks for sharing.

  • That is one reason I have the gmail account. Emails can accumulate there instead of our primary email account. Delete is just a couple clicks away.

  • Sally, I’m still learning as I go here, too, but I don’t think it’s necessary to subscribe, especially if you are a Facebook friend or follow me on Twitter. But I might not always link to what gets posted here. I’m just grateful you are out there, along with everyone else who seems to be finding me here.

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