Supporting Aspiring Entrepreneurs in Siouxland

Siouxland Growth Organization (SGO) is excited to announce that they will be hosting their 13th Annual Innovation Market! This year’s Market, Thursday, May 18, will host a Rush Hour Connect from 4-6:30 p.m., gathering the community around aspiring entrepreneurs. Innovation Market strives to grow our community through innovative ideas and supporting local businesses by bridging the gap between the inception of an entrepreneurial idea and making it a reality. SGO uses this event to create an environment where potential startups or businesses, less than a year old, test their ideas in a community setting.

At our Innovation Market, you can expect a wall illuminated with business idea submissions, and attendees are encouraged to vote for their favorite business they would like to see in Siouxland. After votes are tallied, the top five finalists will be announced. The event winners will later attend a business pitch event where they can win up to $5,000  to help get their businesses started. We strongly  believe this helps boost local economic growth and the overall well-being of our community. After you’ve had the opportunity to read all of the impressive idea submissions, you can network and sample from some of Siouxland’s favorite breweries, restaurants, and more!

For the last 13 years, Siouxland Growth Organization has successfully hosted our Innovation Market, awarding more than $100,000 in grant money to help local entrepreneurs realize their vision. It is also one of the only opportunities locally for entrepreneurs to win grant money for their potential business ventures.

If you or someone you know has a business idea you would like to submit for the Innovation Market, please have them submit their business idea to The deadline to submit is Thursday, May 4. If you do not want to start a new business but you want to have a direct impact on the economic influence that entrepreneurs have in the Siouxland community, make sure to stop by our event Thursday, May 18, between 4:30 – 6 p.m. If you have any questions regarding the event, submissions, or how to get involved with the event in the future, please reach out to our Innovation Market Chair, Ashley, at

If you want to join the Siouxland Growth Organization, there are many exciting opportunities to get involved with and affect change in our community. One of the best ways to get involved is to join one of our committees. No matter your expertise or background, we welcome all members interested in helping improve the organization through their committee efforts. 

Our committees include Community Engagement, Connect, Marketing, Innovation Market, and Special Events. To learn more about the various committees that are available, you can visit our website,, and click on the committee titles to be redirected to their respective pages. If you are interested in joining a committee, you can contact the SGO Board Chair of that committee to get involved. 

Our monthly general meeting will be held Wednesday, May 10th  from 12 to 1 p.m., at the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, 101 Pierce Street. The June meeting will be Wednesday, June 14, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., at the South Sioux City College Center, 1001 College Way. These meetings are open to the public and we welcome anyone who is interested in learning more about our organization and how we support our Siouxland community. This is an excellent opportunity to meet our team, hear about our plans for the coming months, and get involved in the activities and events we have planned. If you would like more information about the events we have coming up in the future, please check us out on Facebook.

We hope to see you soon at Innovation Market!

By Sydney McManamy, President of SGO

Siouxland Growth Organization, was formed in 2002 to encourage young professionals to become active members of the Siouxland community. Our goal is to attract and retain young professionals in the area by providing insight into what Siouxland has to offer and how they can get involved in shaping its future.

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