Tim Putnam

North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC)

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North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC)


Tim Putnam is the Director for the North Iowa Area Community College John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center.  He has been with the Center since July of 2000 and has been the Director since 2015. 

The center offers comprehensive entrepreneurial education, training and consulting for entrepreneurs, small business owners, communities and students.  The Pappajohn Center annually assists in the creation of 27 new businesses with over 100 employees and capital investments of over $11 million, on average.  The Center has achieved a business success rate of 79% for new businesses being able to survive their first 5 years in business.

Tim has led presentations and workshops on entrepreneurial education, creating an entrepreneurial community, creating a community angel fund, and small business development at both state and national conferences. Current areas of focus include developing an Innovative and Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, building a sustainable financial model for the Pappajohn Center, and helping entrepreneurs be successful in all aspects of their business. 

He is very active with National Association for Community Colleges for Entrepreneurship (NACCE).  Tim is a past Fellow for Community Outreach and is currently working on a Member Engagement projects with NACCE.  Tim is the current board president for the Mason City YMCA.   He is a co-founder of the Bicycle, Blues and BBQ Festival and serves as the festival director.  

Tim was an Area Coach with Pizza Hut of America, Inc., and leading sites across the Midwest.  He served as a Captain in the Army National Guard from 1986 – 1996.  Tim has a BS in Business Administration from Kansas State University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Drake University.