Madreal Solutions, Clive

Josef Reed was, at first, reluctant to move back to his home state of Iowa—specifically the Des Moines area. Upon his return, however, he recognized the city’s need for his education, experience, and leadership skills as major cities similar to Des Moines switch to using IoT (Internet of Things) technologies. IoT is essentially the connection […]

Chiropractic Health and Wellness Clinic, Johnston

Dr. Aaron Giddings attended Grand View University for biology, and decided that he wanted to open a chiropractic office of his own. After receiving his doctor degree of chiropractic, he decided to work for an existing practice while he started the process of opening his own. Six months after the planning process began in 2009, […]

Two Lane Chiropractic

Des Moines, Iowa Dr. Penny Hanson has worked within the Chiropractic profession for ten years. After graduating from Palmer College of Chiropractic, Penny reached out to her mentors on whether or not she should start her own practice. Her mentors had no doubts that she would be very successful running her own practice, and neither […]

FinanSynergy and PractiSynergy

Katie Fergus had worked for the financial side of the health care field since 2004, but as a CPA she realized she loved the feel of smaller practices and made career changes. In 2016, she wrote a business plan for a consulting firm and began the life-changing journey of entrepreneurship. Her financial consulting firm FinanSynergy […]

Smoke Signals, LLC, Indianola

When Marla Gentry realized that her husband Jeff was exceptionally good at cooking and smoking meat for their family, she began to think about the options to market his talents. In June 2015, Jeff and Marla recognized how popular food trucks were becoming and decided to take a chance and start a business. The couple […]

O’Leary’s Kitchen, Des Moines

  In June of 2016, Valerie Singer went to visit her mother in Montana. Little did she know this trip would reshape her career and stir the entrepreneurial spirit within her. While eating lunch at a local farmers market, Valerie was amazed at the quality and authenticity of the vendor’s Irish Flatbread Sandwiches.  Later that […]

Kids in Harmony, Des Moines

“I am passionate about improving peoples’ lives through music.” Shelly Peterson knew she wanted to be a music therapist after graduating University of Northern Iowa with a degree in music. To make her dreams a reality, Shelly obtained a master’s degree in music therapy, became board certified, and started her own business from the ground […]

818, LLC, Des Moines

Having spent several years working together in a corporate environment, Melissa Carlson and Rachel Abel found they had a great working relationship, similar work ethics, and professional goals. In 2013, the pair decided to carry their partnership on to the next level, forming a small graphic design business together, which they named 818. They intentionally […]

CLenz Designs, Des Moines

Cody Ritz, originally from the Des Moines area, moved to Dallas, Texas to attend college. While there Cody fell in love with fashion and the industry as a whole. When he moved back to Iowa, Cody struggled to find a job in the fashion industry that allowed him to hone his creative abilities. Finally, after […]

Adore Your Walls and Liz Lidgett Fine Art, Des Moines

After attaining a Master’s degree in public art, Liz Lidgett wanted a career based around exposing people to artwork, who otherwise wouldn’t be. When Liz moved back to Des Moines after college, she worked as the corporate curator for Kum and Go’s art collection. Through this position she realized the high demand in Iowa for […]