Legacy Logistics Freight, Mason City

Sarah Novacek is building a multi-million dollar logistics business from humble beginnings. As the newlywed wife of a kid from a truck-driving family, she was just trying to help her husband find loads and get paid. Her “ah-ha” moment was wondering, “How do truckers do this who don’t have a wife or girlfriend?” That thought […]

Performance Livestock Analytics, Ames

Dane Kuper and Dustin Balsley worked together for different agriculture technology companies in California when it became apparent to them that the livestock industry could benefit from utilizing technology to help manage their business. Both Dane and Dustin came from a livestock background and had intensive knowledge of the industry going in, so with their […]

North Iowa Designs, LLC, Garner

Danielle Goll was the manager and graphic designer for an established old line printing company and office supplies store in Garner, Iowa. When the owners said that they were interested in selling the business, Danielle moved quickly to make sure she was prepared to own her own business. She signed up for a two hour […]

Worth Brewing, Northwood

Worth Brewing Company has grown from a home-brewery to a wholesale distributor in 10 years, and continues to achieve success. Peter Ausenhus and Margaret Bishop were purely hobbyists before 2006 when they decided to take their home-brewery to the next level. They began attending SBDC-sponsored Fast Track classes to gain a better understanding of the […]

Jewell Family Dentistry, Jewell

In the tiny town of Jewell, Iowa, Dan and Meryl Scarrow discovered a business opportunity. Though Dan was still in dental school, the Scarrows knew they wanted to move to a small town and start their own practice one day. The moment arose when they spotted Jewell listed as “a community in need of a […]

Be Well God Bless, Osage

Connecting small businesses with customers and peers while sharing their journey and story has been Angie Huffman’s goal for her family-owned business, Be Well God Bless. The company is an online directory that helps businesses create a social media presence and utilize marketing strategies, all while assisting members in building a community. Angie believes God […]

Hoover’s Hatchery Company, Rudd

Hoover’s Hatchery Company, LLC, Rudd Tony Halsted had grown up working the incubators and packing chicks for his family’s business, Hoover’s Hatchery Company, LLC, in Rudd, Iowa, and never intended to come back to the family business. However, thanks to the family business, Tony had a college education and a great career in business development […]

Iowa PowderCraft, LLC, Clear Lake

For nearly two years, John and Colleen Thompson of Clear Lake, Iowa thoroughly researched powder coating as a small business concept. They interviewed owners of powder coating companies and visited many operations across the country to get a feel for what was necessary to create a successful business in their local area. Some operations even […]

Excel Business Solutions, Inc., Mason City

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at North Iowa Area Community College helped David Ries develop a business plan, create financial statements including cash flow analysis, and work on human relations issues in order to obtain financing to expand and relocate his business solutions company. David Ries was an experienced sales person in an office […]

Owen Family Concessions Etc., LLC, Leland

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at North Iowa Area Community College helped Mike Owen with financial analysis, developed cash flow projections, reviewed his business plan, and provided other business advice so he could start his special event concessions company. Mike Owen had some limited previous experience providing concessions to special events in his role […]