Dow Artists, Chariton

After majoring in music and business, Shantel Dow moved to Chariton, Iowa for her husband’s job and decided to combine her two degrees into something she loved. In August of 2004, Shantel opened Dow Artists, Inc. Dow Artists is a performing arts booking agency. Shantel books live performing art shows for  performing arts centers, fairs, […]

Family First Chiropractic, Ottumwa

Dr. Nichole Gevock has dreamed about becoming a doctor since the second grade, and she has never given up on her dreams. After shadowing multiple different professions, Dr. Gevock decided on chiropractic because it is the least invasive and most conservative approach to health care. She also discovered it helped her personal symptoms of migraines […]

Fogle True Value & Hardware, Centerville

Steve and Leona Fogle spent 25 years building up a construction company, but then decided to invest in the local hardware store in their community of Centerville, Iowa. The store had been in operation for over 40 years, but Steve and Leona renamed it Fogle True Value & Hardware and focused on bringing life back […]

Polar Xpress, LLC, Ottumwa

Nearly three years ago, Sandra Hendred visited a frozen yogurt shop in St. Louis, Missouri and became inspired by the idea of opening a frozen desserts shop in her community of Ottumwa, Iowa. After sharing the idea with her husband, Jeff, they began visiting yogurt shops in Iowa City and Des Moines, then decided to […]

Interim HealthCare of Southern Iowa, Albia

As a teenager, Tonya Lawrence worked as a certified nursing aide in a nursing home and later did home health care. After marrying and raising a family, Tonya came back to her medical ties and went back to school for her nursing degree. Following nursing school, she spent some time working first at Mahaska Health […]

Josh Lopshire Trucking, Ottumwa

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Indian Hills Community College helped Josh Lopshire set up an accounting system, allocate costs, develop cash flow projections, and more to start his trucking business. Josh Lopshire drives trucks for a living and until December 2012 he earned his living driving for others. In June 2012, Josh went […]

The HallTree, Centerville

Emily Hanes obtained purchasing advice and assistance in finding financing from the Iowa Small Business Development Center at Indian Hills Community College so she could purchase a women’s clothing store in Centerville. After working for some time at The HallTree in Centerville, Emily Hanes found out the business was for sale and decided she wanted […]

Jackson Home Center, Centerville

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Indian Hills Community College provided Scott Jackson with business advice on determining a good purchase price for an existing business and then helped him find financing so he and his family could purchase it. Scott Jackson and his family considered several businesses before deciding to purchase the Mitchell […]