(Algona, Iowa) The Tietz Entrepreneurial Center and Iowa Lakes Community College offer a free Business Startup event from 6:00 to 7:30 pm on February 13 at the Algona Campus located at 2111 Highway 169 North.

The event welcomes people who are interested in entrepreneurship and don’t know where to start or who have an idea that they think could be a great business or side hustle and need guidance on taking their concept to the next level.

Five professional panelists will share information about resources available to assist people in their business startup journey and will answer any questions. They will also provide practical advice on how to launch a business.

The panelists include Vicki Mallory, Executive Director of the Algona Area Chamber of Commerce; Bernie Merrill, Owner and General Manager at A2Z Broadcasting, LLC.; Jacob Tjaden, Algona City Administrator; Larry Wajda, Northwest Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Director; and Jason Wartick, Executive Vice-President and Chief Credit Officer of Iowa State Bank.

Entrepreneurs, hobbyists, side hustlers, and students are encouraged to attend. 

Registration is encouraged and can be completed at or by calling 800-252-5664 (reference class #6818).