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Tietz Entrepreneurial Center

Are you looking to sharpen your business knowledge or perhaps start your own business? The Tietz Entrepreneurial Center is here to help.

Created through the vision and generosity of Algona entrepreneur Don Tietz and the Donald R. Tietz Foundation, the Tietz Entrepreneurial Center provides aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners with educational and training opportunities to help prepare, launch, and expand business development and growth.

Our staff is dedicated to working with professionals to facilitate seminars in business marketing and management, social media, technology, communication, financials, and more.

Whether you are looking for a collaborative experience or individual coaching, we offer the tools needed to help drive your success.

Services provided include:

Contribute to Local Scholarship Opportunities

Join the Tietz Entrepreneurial Center in supporting entrepreneurs’ dreams and growing economic development in Kossuth County through scholarship opportunities. Your investment in the Entrepreneurial Experience Scholarship and/or the Business Skill-Up Training Scholarship will help make a direct impact on our community by building and sustaining a vibrant, progressive workforce, inspiring entrepreneurial start-ups, and strengthening our business economy.  

*Businesses who are not eligible for 260F grant funds may apply for this scholarship. The number of scholarships available is dependent upon funds contributed. 

Donate!  Show your commitment to Kossuth County’s continued economic development and growth while receiving a tax advantage for your contribution. 

Iowa Lakes Entrepreneur Testimonial

“At Iowa Lakes Community College, I have had several opportunities to learn about business and entrepreneurship outside of my classes. Last year I started working with Tietz Entrepreneurial Center Coordinator Shelly Brown at the Algona campus. This has been tremendously helpful for me because Shelly is always there to bounce ideas off, ask me questions, and offer different viewpoints to consider. She provided me with helpful information and invited me to attend the Young Entrepreneur Convention along with several other students. She also invited me to speak to high school students taking part in the Tietz Center’s ‘Entrepreneurial Experience.’ Shelly Brown and the Tietz Entrepreneurial Center are a huge asset to Iowa Lakes students interested in entrepreneurship. Those who don’t have a Shelly in their life are missing out! Contact Shelly at the Tietz Entrepreneurial Center.”

Zoey Zeller, 2022 Iowa Lakes graduate & owner of Rural Creations, LLC