The event is part of CDG’s ongoing “Entrepreneuza” series through the organization’s Economic Vitality (EV) committee. This event will feature a panel discussion with Grace Rigdon, the cofounder and COO of the Deetz App, and her colleagues focusing on recent growth in coverage for the Deetz app. Mount Vernon was one of the first three communities to implement the app earlier this year, and since then, the app has become popular in several communities including Iowa City and Des Moines.
“This has been a breakthrough year for us,” said Rigdon. “This app that started in Cedar Rapids, and later migrated to Decorah and Mount Vernon, has since become popular in several other markets including Des Moines and Iowa City. We wanted to come to Mount Vernon and Lisbon and check in with the business community and let them know what our growing market area might mean to MV-L businesses going forward.”
Added to the agenda, Jo Eckert, from the Small Business Administration (SBA) will lead a program about a federal loan program designed to help small businesses and nonprofits recover from the COVID-19 economic recession.
The event will include heavy hors d’oeuvres. Wine, soda and beer is available for purchase. The panel discussion will be followed by a brief question-and-answer period.
“This is the first Entrepreneuza event since before the pandemic,” said Barb Ihde, Chair of CDG’s Economic Vitality Committee. “We thought Deetz was an ideal choice for our first event back as we feel the Deetz App is a great resource for all Mount Vernon and Lisbon businesses and wanted to make sure we are doing everything we can to fully exploit this resource.”
The Entrepreneuza series is always free and open to the public, however those planning to attend should respond to Joe Jennison, for food planning purposes. To RSVP or for more information, contact Joe Jennison, CDG Director, at (319) 210-9935 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group
The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group exists to improve the social and economic well-being of Mount Vernon and Lisbon by capitalizing on their unique identity, assets and character. Mount Vernon was selected as a Main Street community in 2008, and practices economic development within the context of historic preservation.
About Main Street
The Main Street Approach is a copyrighted process of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Program has been used in Iowa since 1986 with a total of 56 communities having participated. Mount Vernon was selected as a Main Street community on March 4, 2008 by the State of Iowa, after submitting a comprehensive application and presenting to a select board of reviewers.