Ramsey’s Market, Lenox

Theo and Bonnie Ramsey purchased a historic local grocery store in Lenox, Iowa on April 1, 2015 and turned it into Ramsey’s Market, an “Iowa-based neighborhood grocery, incorporating the culture and style of rural America into our modern attitude”. Formerly, the store was Cheese’s Food Center, run by the Cheese Family since 1895. The previous […]

Precast Concrete Company, LLC, Creston

As Darian David and his wife, Jamie, were considering buying Precast Concrete Company in Creston, Iowa, they had no idea what steps were needed to get the ball rolling. The previous owner wanted to sell his company to someone local he could trust and that he felt would run it the same way he had […]

Roush Collision & Restoration LLC, Winterset

Joe Roush’s grandfather gave him his very first car, an ’88 Ford Mustang GT, the day he turned 16. From that moment on Joe was infatuated with fixing it up and making it better. When his high school counselor encouraged him to pursue his hobby as a career, Joe began working at the local body […]

The Office, Lenox

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Southwestern Community College helped Mark and Anna Sprouse through every stage of purchasing an existing restaurant, and then helped them further when they needed to expand. From the beginning, Mark and Anna Sprouse were open to any and all ideas and assistance from Dave McLaren at the South […]

GTS, Lenox

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Southwestern Community College provided business training and customized counseling to Mike Garner so he could secure financing to purchase a metal fabrication and tooling shop in Lenox. Mike Garner is extremely thankful for the history he shares with the Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Southwestern Community […]

Oetken Office Machines, Creston

Bill Oetken received assistance from the Iowa Small Business Development Center at Southwestern Community College on company formation, writing a business plan, preparing a budget, and developing sales projections so he could purchase an existing office machine company that has been part of his community for more than 60 years. In 1995, Bill Oetken was […]

From The Ground, Leon

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Southwestern Community College helped Heidi Bell start and grow her coffee house business by providing assistance in developing a business plan and financial statements, referring her to a revolving loan fund and a website developer, and providing training in QuickBooks and more. Heidi and Lance Bell are fourth […]