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Quad Cities Resources
Quad Cities Chamber Entrepreneurial Community
Fostering an Entrepreneurial Community. Ignite Quad Cities is a community of entrepreneurs and business leaders with a vision to grow companies, jobs, and profits in the region.
Learn about where to find local entrepreneurial meetups and plug into the extensive network for makers, creators, and idea-oriented movers and shakers all over the QC!
QC Co-Lab & Maker Space!
The QC Co-Lab is a makerspace established in March of 2010 to promote the sciences, technology, engineering, art, and music. The Quad Cities, a five-city metropolitan region situated on the Mid-east Iowa / Northwest Illinois border, is full of a rich artistic culture complimented with a budding technical sector to compliment large centers of industry. The makerspace makes it home near the mighty Mississippi River containing dedicated project rooms including industrial and electrical workshops, library, a classroom and AV studio.
The QC Co-Lab facility is open 24-hours a day 7 days a week to dues paying members of the organization. The QC Co-Lab is available for non-members as well for special events, workshops, and tours can be arranged. Tuesday nights are our regular “Hack Nights” where we invite all members to come work on their projects together to have a second pair of eyes, or just have fun.
•2,000 sq ft of coworking & collaboration & selective event rental
•Large Conference Room that can be divided into 2 smaller rooms
•Telephone Booths for private phone calls
•5 small offices that accommodate teams of 2-3
•Full-time & part-time membership levels available
Quad Cities Open Coffee Meetup
Quad Cities Open Coffee meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 8 - 9:00 a.m. coworkqc hosts our Open Coffee group each month, located at the corner of 2nd and Brady in Davenport. This is a casual gathering of entrepreneurs and early stage businesses sharing challenges and best practices to validate and grow their businesses.
Thanks to Atomic Coffee, who is our coffee sponsor.
hanks to coworkqc for being our location sponsor.
And thank you Northwest Bank & Trust, our title Ignite Quad Cities sponsor.Ignite Quad Cities is an initiative of the Quad Cities Chamber to support the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the Quad Cities region.
Ignite Quad Cities Entrepreneur Meetup
This group is for anyone that is, or aspires to be an entrepreneur starting a business venture. Join us whether you have an idea, your business is just beginning, or you are up and running and would like to collaborate with other entrepreneurs and business owners. Mentor or be mentored. Bring your device and work side by side, or just come to chat.
Ignite Quad Cities is an initiative of the Quad Cities Chamber to support the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the Quad Cities region.
TechBrew is a casual networking event for entrepreneurs, educators, technologists, business people and government professionals.
TechBrews are hosted monthly in communities across Iowa:
Central Iowa - Des Moines and Ames
Eastern Iowa - Iowa City and Cedar Rapids
Cedar Valley - Cedar Falls and Waterloo
North Iowa - Mason City and Clear Lake
Quad Cities - Davenport and Bettendorf
Even though entrepreneurs are busy and magazines & websites present consise, digestible information, books allow for "unplugging" from your device or the web and they don't require a battery. Better yet?: plan an afternoon away from a desk or office and go for a hike with a book!
Be Your Best Boss by
Publication Date: 2016-02-09
guide to help make the most of your mid-career entrepreneurial pursuits ... whether they were originally planned for or not. Employee to Entrepreneur is the book to help entrepreneurially minded professionals seize the opportunity offered by the current economic environment to begin a "second act" in their careers. This complete guide explores the full range of questions and concerns voiced by mid-career entrepreneurs, including: how to get started after a lifetime of having other bosses, risks and rewards of making the entrepreneurial leap, and the drawbacks to starting a business under the constraints of traditional start-up costs. Aspiring entrepreneurs will learn to: - Recognize why the right business fit is so important. - Understand the impact that proper funding can have on the future success of a business. - Assess the financial risks and potential rewards of funding their business using a self-directed 401(k). - Avoid common mistakes by learning through the experiences of others. - Gain the needed confidence to act on making their dreams a reality. William Seagraves, a seasoned and serial entrepreneur himself, carefully deconstructs each part of the process so that the reader is able to honestly evaluate first themselves and second the unique mid-career business opportunity at hand. The book includes wide-ranging advice from a financial professional who has helped hundreds of clients navigate the tricky waters of this mid-career change. This book will be the go-to resource for the rapidly growing number of mid-career entrepreneurs".
Head Strong by
Call Number: 612.82 ASP
Publication Date: 2017-04-04
"From the creator of Bulletproof Coffee and author of the bestselling The Bulletproof Diet comes a revolutionary plan to upgrade your brainpower--in two weeks or less. For the last decade, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Dave Asprey has worked with world-renowned doctors and scientists to uncover the latest, most innovative methods for making humans perform better--a process known as "biohacking." In his first book, The Bulletproof Diet, he shared his biohacking tips for taking control of your own biology. Now, in Head Strong, Asprey shows readers how to biohack their way to a sharper, smarter, faster, more resilient brain. Imagine feeling like your mind is operating at its clearest and sharpest, and being able--possibly for the first time in your life--to do more in less time? What it suddenly became easier to do the very hardest things you do? Or if you could feel 100% confident about your intellect, and never again fear being the person in the room who just isn't smart enough, or can't remember something important?
Killing It by
Call Number: 658.421 OL
Publication Date: 2016-12-06
The former CEO of Clif Bar, Co-founder of Plum, and serial entrepreneur offers insights about launching and growing a business while maintaining a fulfilled life in this practical guide filled with hard-won advice culled from the author's own sometimes dark, raw experiences. With a foreword by Steve Blank.
Mad Genius by
Call Number: 658.4063 GA
Publication Date: 2016-01-19
This is a manifesto about ideas. Big ideas, small ideas, and outlandish ideas. Ideas that innovate, ideas that disrupt markets, and especially ideas that irritate. More than ideas, though, Mad Genius is about how ideas are born and the role they play in entrepreneurial thinking. This is a manifesto for managers who want to become leaders and leaders, who want to blow up mediocrity. Because whether you work in a traditional business, a nonprofit service organization, or in the public sector, the best way to create fresh and innovative solutions is to think like an entrepreneur"-- Provided by publisher.
Raising an Entrepreneur by
Call Number: 338.04 BI
Publication Date: 2016-09-01
"In this book, a political powerhouse and mother of two thriving entrepreneurs interviews the moms of over fifty of today's most successful innovators and--based on her findings--provides ten rules for raising confident, fearless, self-made individuals whose ideas and drive will change the world."--
The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster by
Call Number: 658.409 HA
Publication Date: 2015-03-03
From Amazon: "The entrepreneur roller coaster: why now is the time to #JoinTheRide, will prepare you for the wild ride of entrepreneurship. It will warn you (of forthcoming fears, doubts, and the self-defeating conditioning of your upbringing and past), inoculate you (from the naysayers, dream-stealers, and pains of rejection and failure), and guide you (as you build those under-developed skills of independence, self-motivation, and self-accountability) safely past the landmines that blow up and cause the failure of 66 percent of all new businesses. You will learn the best strategies Darren has ever collected from the most successful people on the planet, covering the four essential skills necessary for entrepreneurial success: Sales, Recruiting, Leadership, and Productivity."