Zoarc Fitness, Dubuque

Conner Weitz graduated with a degree in Health and Human Physiology and a passion for fitness and promoting positivity. After training a wide variety of people, Weitz wanted to create a brand that would inspire, motivate, and educate all types of people on what it means to be healthy and fit. In the winter of […]

Miss Behavin Boutique, Spencer, Arnolds Park and Storm Lake

Boutique owner credits SBDC for success   The third time might just be a charm for Tahnee Shuck, proud owner of Miss Behavin Boutique at 307 Grand Ave. in Spencer, with a second location in Arnolds Park. After three years in business, Shuck’s third Miss Behavin location is set to open in Storm Lake this […]

The Midwest Girl®, Dubuque

Being a girl from the Midwest is a special thing so sisters Marissa Hoffmann and Marah Odgers, formerly Droessler, wanted to create a brand to celebrate exactly that. The two sisters were already running a bridal boutique together, and were looking for a new business venture when they decided to take the leap with The […]

Royal Nails, LLC, Dubuque

After several years working as a nail technician for two other nail salons, owner Alex Dinh and his wife Emily Embree decided to take their services to a higher level. Wanting to offer unparalleled services, professionalism, and attention to their customers, the husband and wife duo decided to start their own business. Royal Nails has […]

Olliewood Action Sports, Dubuque

Casey Hinderman has been passionate about the skating industry for as long as he can remember. In fact, when he was only 18 years old, he had the idea of opening a skate park. On December 28th of 2015, he was able to make his dream a reality. Casey is the proud owner of O|A|S, […]

Inspire Cafe, Dubuque

Sara Post has always loved traveling and has found herself at coffee plantations in exotic locations like Costa Rica and Hawaii. These experiences instilled a passion in her for telling the story of the farmers and people working on these plantations to create the coffee flavor so many crave every morning. After attending the American […]

East Mill Bakeshop & Catering, Dubuque

Emily and Nick Puls started their life together in Dubuque, Iowa but moved to Napa Valley, California so Emily could attend culinary school. Emily graduated and she and Nick sold their freshly baked goods at area farmers’ markets. Business was good, but when they wanted to start a family, they decided to move back home […]

Key City Vision Center, Dubuque

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Northeast Iowa Community College helped Dr. Jeff Manternach and Mark Lewis obtain financing and set up their full service vision center by helping them develop a business plan and cash flows, plus provided additional advice on legal structure, profit splitting and more. Dr. Jeff Manternach, an optometrist, and […]