MASON CITY, Iowa- Dozens of small business owners and those supporting entrepreneurship filled the NIACC Activity Center Wednesday for the first John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Gala.
The idea is to promote small businesses and the risks they take to open their own businesses.
John Pappajohn was one of five recognized. Pappajohn and his wife Mary received the first Legacy Award for the amount of time and donations they have made to promoting entrepreneurship.
IEDA Director Debi Durham also spoke saying you can’t think of Iowa Entrepreneurs and small businesses without thinking of the Pappajohn’s.
“Innovation and great startups are happening all across the state,” she said. “It isn’t just metro urban areas; it’s happening in small communities around Iowa and there is no greater example than what is going on at NIACC.”
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