Saturday, October 5, 2013

Dream Big, Grow Here

It will begin on October 7 and run through October 11.  Five days.  During this time, we will ask you to vote for us in the Dream Big,Grow Here business grant program/contest. 

You may vote once per day - and we ask you to vote each and every one of the five days.  You must be logged into your Facebook account to vote. 

Our entry page is HERE  Go to this page and you should see a "VOTE" button there.  If you do not, you are not logged into Facebook OR voting has not yet started.

According to the website:
Voting will take place starting on October 7th, 2013 at 8:00 AM CDT and will end at 5:00 PM CDT on October 11th, 2013.

Whys and wherefors are coming up next.  But first - 

VOTE and encourage people you know to vote for us as well.  Do this every day from October 7 to October 11.  Thank you for your consideration.

Now - let us tell you why.

Dream Big, Grow Here is an Iowa-based grant contest developed to help fund small business projects.  There are multiple 'regional' competitions.  We are involved in the Cedar Valley Competition.  

Essentially, each participant is asked to outline a 'dream' or 'project' for their small business.  In the first phase, it is our job to get people to vote for our dream/project.  The top four vote getters plus one 'wildcard' by the time 5pm Oct 11th arrives will qualify to go to a special event for the Cedar Valley participants.  It is there that they will pitch their idea to a group of business leaders.  That group will then decide which project will receive $5000 in funds toward their project.  It is also possible to then qualify to pitch the project at the state level for additional funding.

Our project is to build a second high tunnel building on the farm.  If you want to read our project description in advance, please go to the link given above.  

We will be sending out daily email reminders and will use our blog, website and other methods to ask you to vote.  Please forgive our presumptiousness in asking and reminding, but this seems like an easy and fairly simple way those who support our efforts can help us.  Obviously, even if we get the votes, there is no guarantee we will win the 'prize.'  But, we must handle each hurdle as they come.

Thank you for your help!
Rob & Tammy

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