Southwest Iowa entrepreneurial event showcases TEDx speaker, Bill Eckstrom

September 7, 2021 | TS Bank

Council Bluffs, Iowa, September 8, 2021 - TS Bank has partnered with Advance Southwest Iowa to host TEDx speaker, Bill Eckstrom on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 5 p.m. at the Hoff Family Arts and Culture Center. This event is part of the REV program and will also feature networking, appetizers and a REV winner announcement party.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet REV finalists, network with other entrepreneurial-minded guests and enjoy appetizers. At 6:00 p.m., they will hear Eckstrom's talk, “Why comfort will ruin your life” stemming from his viral TEDx Talk, the fastest growing video in the history of the event. He will share his life-altering, personal and professional development ideas through the introduction of the “Growth Rings." Guests will hear this “profoundly authentic” sales professional turned speaker, author and business owner at the southwest Iowa entrepreneurial event of the year.

Earlier that same day, entrepreneurs and business owners will pitch behind closed doors to a private audience and panel of REV judges. Important REV update: finalists can now win up to $15,000 to grow their business, a $5,000 increase since the original announcement. Applications are still available and can be found herethe deadline to apply is Friday, September 10.

TS Bank originally started REV in 2015 in an effort to spur economic growth and encourage business owners to continue pursuing their dreams.  This year will cross the $100,000 threshold (total) awarded through this program.

At the end of the evening (approximately 6:45 p.m.), the 2021 REV winners will be announced.

REV is hosted by TS Bank and Advance Southwest Iowa. Other major sponsors include Nebraska Enterprise FundRevela, POWERTECH, Google,  Heartland Properties, Iowa Western Community College, along with additional sponsors, Pozzi Family FoundationCouncil Bluffs Chamber of CommerceCastle and Associates, Inc., Kitchen CouncilRachel Dorr AccountingMills County, IA Economic Development CorporationModern Matriarch DistilleryStartup Space and Proven Ventures.

Registration is required and the cost to attend is $25.00. Group discounts are available. Visit for tickets.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Kelsey Stupfell at TS Bank by calling 712.487.0334 or Niki Ferguson at Advance Southwest Iowa at 402.720.8799.

About TS Bank: TS Bank’s mission is to Ignite Prosperity® in the communities it serves. Leading the resurgence of community banking, TS Bank reinvests 10 percent of their net income locally; hosting educational events and partners with local organizations and non-profits. TS Bank was chartered in 1923 and has $365 million in assets, along with the largest Iowa state-chartered C-Corp trust department west of Des Moines at nearly $218 million in assets named TS Prosperity Group. Locations include Treynor, Macedonia, Atlantic, Corning, Council Bluffs and Ames, Iowa. For more information visit

About Advance Southwest Iowa: Advance Southwest Iowa Corporation is the economic development organization for Council Bluffs and all communities in Pottawattamie County.  Advance is a one-stop shop for economic development with a focus on business attraction, retention, entrepreneurship and site development.  The Advance staff are proud to work alongside our many community partners to enhance the image and increase the tax base to make Pottawattamie County a prosperous and desirable community to live and do business. For more information visit