EO Iowa Fellowship Program Announces Class of 2017


 

EO Iowa Fellowship Program Announces Class of 2017

Des Moines, IA (31 October 2016) – Four young business owners, who are also juggling full-time course loads at universities across the state, signed on for two years of mentoring and guidance from the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Iowa Chapter.

Students are selected by the heads of the Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Schools based on their fundamental business plan, ability to scale to $1 million in revenue and having generated revenue to date. The EO Iowa Fellowship Program includes five full-day sessions with set curriculum, as well as mentoring and roundtable discussions that focus on mission statements, operations, sales, marketing and branding, working capital and cash flow, and leadership and culture.

The EO Iowa Fellowship program is unique in the networking opportunities they offer the young entrepreneurs. They bring in a variety of EO Iowa members and sponsors to talk about their experiences and answer questions for the group. Bryan Hoyer, EO Iowa Fellowship alum and CEO of Rite Environmental based in Waterloo, found the opportunity to network and partner with professionals in the industry was by far the greatest takeaway from the program. “When I was first starting my business out of my parents’ garage, most of my entrepreneur friends wanted to build websites or be a marketing guru. Curbside recycling and trash pickup is not a sexy industry. But EO Iowa connected me with CEOs and general managers who had been in my industry for years. I still call or text them for advice on a weekly basis,” says Hoyer. He started out with one pickup truck and 200 curbside residential customers and after only two years, now has over 20 trucks, 10 drivers and over 1,000 customers in the Waterloo and surrounding areas.

“EO Iowa also brings in guest speakers, attorneys, and big bankers – people you would have to pay $300 an hour for usually, but instead we are able to work with them for free.” said Hoyer. And mentors receive just as much out of the program as do the Fellows. “As a mentor, the students help us stay up on the current social media trends and generational marketing tactics. They also ask in-depth questions which keeps us on our toes as well.” said Jason Berger. “EO Iowa has a unique ability to foster peer-to-peer relationships amongst its members– it also has a strong network of support for entrepreneurs in the Greater Des Moines community.” EO Iowa Fellows and mentors look forward to continuing their relationships outside the classroom. “We look forward to seeing the Fellows grow in their endeavors and hope we can continue to establish fulfilling business opportunities,” says Berger.

EO Iowa’s Fellowship program has seen a high level of success over the years – with over half their alumni reaching revenues of over $1 million dollars within the next few years.

 

 

About the Entrepreneurs’ Organization

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a global, peer-to-peer network of more than 12,000+influential business owners with 160 chapters in 50 countries. Founded in 1987, EO is the catalyst that enables leading entrepreneurs to learn and grow, leading to greater success in business and beyond. For more information, visit www.eonetwork.org.

Contact

Ron Mealey
Entrepreneurs’ Organization
Phone: 515.669.3418
Email: ron@customelectricalia.com

 

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