Bloom Works Floral, Council Bluffs

In 2004 Alisa Roth had a dream to start and run her own floral business so she stopped into the Iowa Western SBDC (SBDC) to see how they could help her. She was in her early twenties then with two very young children. However, within six months Alisa and her key employee, Susan Enewald, were […]

Snowshoe Candy Company

What could be cozier than curling up beside a roaring fire and munching on seasonal, homemade caramels? Eight years ago, Ali Clark Yahnke was given the opportunity to make the world a sweeter place when her grandfather passed down their family’s caramel recipe to her. As a long time farmer’s market vendor, Ali decided to […]

FarmTable Delivery, Harlan

In the fall of 2013, Ellen Walsh-Rosmann was struck with an idea. As a vegetable farmer in Harlan, Iowa and a new mother of two, Ellen realized how difficult it was to market and deliver her produce in an efficient manner to customers. She decided to start a business which would allow farmers to sell […]

The Vine – Faith Inspired Gifts & Supplies, Sioux City

Kelley and Devlin Bertrand had thought about opening a family business for many years. Wanting to assist the South Sioux City community expand their faith, they believed there was a need for a retail store where Catholics could purchase religious materials. In 2013, they decided to act upon those dreams and look into opening The […]

Loess Hills Lavender Farms, Missouri Valley

While walking through a lavender field at a lavender festival in Washington State, Mary Hamer realized she “had to do this back home.” At that moment, the idea of Loess Hills Lavender Farms was born. Tim and Mary Hamer have been in the lavender business since 2009 and have continued to work full-time on their […]

Willow Creek Glass Chapel and Banquet Barn, Shelby

Shane McCool moved back to Iowa from beautiful Hawaii in 2005 when his parents proposed the idea of building a wedding chapel on their scenic family farm in Shelby, Iowa. Initially a skeptic, Shane was fully committed to the idea after he considered the farm’s location in Iowa – far enough from the city, but […]

Loess Hills Floral Studio

Rhonda Bullington got help from the Iowa Small Business Development Center at Iowa Western Community College to develop her business plan, create cash flow projections, find financing and more so she could start, expand and move her floral shop. Rhonda Bullington’s family has owned a small business in Lincoln, Nebraska since 1975 so owning and […]

Hearing Access Solutions, Inc., Glenwood

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Iowa Western Community College helped Sheryl Butler and Mary Dyer turn their home-based hearing solutions business into a limited liability corporation, and then a corporation, providing assistance in developing their business plan, creating cash flow projections, devising a marketing plan, and understanding accounting practices. Hearing Access Solutions started […]

Katy’s Catering, Glenwood

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Iowa Western Community College gave Katy Marvel general business start-up advice, helped her develop a business plan and financial projections, and assisted her in optimizing her marketing efforts so she could turn her catering hobby into a full-time business. Katy Marvel came to the Iowa Small Business Development […]

Finders Keepers Antique Mall & Coffee Shoppe, Percival

When Jim and Alicia Chrastil’s antique mall and coffee shop was devastated by the 2011 Missouri River floods, the Iowa Small Business Development Center at Iowa Western Community College helped them devise a plan to manage their current expenses and obligations, worked with creditors, and provided marketing advice. Finders Keepers Antique Mall & Coffee Shoppe […]