Stage 2, Fort Madison

Phyllis Gorrell has been working at the Stage 2 Consignment Store for more than 30 years. She was hired at age 16 to work afternoons and weekends, and eventually worked her way up to the position of manager. “I like what I do,” says Phyllis, and it shows. When previous owner Joanne Flaherty decided to […]

The Kerr Spot, Morning Sun

Growing up in Morning Sun, Mindy Kerr had always dreamed of opening her own bar. In June of 2017 Mindy and her husband, Brad, decided to give her dreams a foundation and opened The Kerr Spot. The Kerr Spot is Morning Sun’s go-to hangout spot where you can order everything from “Hawkeye Shots” to their […]

Bella Ragazza, Burlington

One day, Wendy Klein was walking around downtown Burlington, Iowa when she realized the city was missing a women’s lingerie boutique. From that moment on, Wendy began developing an idea that would eventually become Bella Ragazza, a specialty shop in downtown Burlington. “I’d always wanted to be a small business owner,” Wendy says. “And my […]

Majestic Estate, LLC, Burlington

After long careers with the U.S. Navy and NASA, sisters Lorraine Guerra and Tammy Adams settled in Burlington, Iowa with hopes of establishing their families outside of the big cities they had worked in. With over 35 years of event planning experience through their jobs and for friends, the two sisters decided to make their […]

C.A.R.S. (Christian Automotive Repair Service), West Burlington

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Community College helped Terry Schnack with financial projections, accounting assistance, and obtaining financing so he could purchase a building and start his new automotive shop in West Burlington. Terry Schnack is no stranger to owning a business. As the former owner of Wrench Works, an automotive shop […]

Princess Boutique, Burlington

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Community College helped Stacey Rickard with start-up advice, financial projections and market research so she could start her bridal boutique. Stacey Rickard was inspired to open a wedding dress boutique after experiencing difficulty finding a dress she liked for her own wedding. A native of Illinois, Stacey […]

Gypsi and The Wholesome Basket, Burlington

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Community College helped Doreen Roy with payroll, accounting and human resource issues so she could combine her existing home-based business with a new retail business in a storefront in Burlington. Doreen Roy began making natural goats’ milk soaps for her family in 1999. Experimenting further using natural […]

Hometown Medical Care, West Point

With assistance from the Iowa Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Community College in developing a business plan, creating financial projections, and understanding and implementing QuickBooks, Peggy Hirte was able to set up her new family medical practice in West Point, Iowa. Peggy Hirte grew up in West Point, Iowa, but lived most of her […]