AgCom Insurance Agency, Holstein & Cherokee

In March 2007, Sheryl was teaching elementary reading for the BCIG School District. Her husband was an agriculture and commercial lender and had many clients that were farmers. Sheryl saw the need for a convenient solution of providing both commercial insurance along with crop insurance at one location. She continued teaching for a few more years, and […], Sioux City

In mid 2015 Geoff Arnold, Luis Trejo, and Sean Richardson met at a Sioux City business networking event. Geoff had just moved to Sioux City from New York City, where he was VP Technology for a digital media startup. Geoff, Luis and Sean connected over their shared interest in technology and entrepreneurship. Not long after, […], Inc., Akron

Bill Brown started to provide for his daughter’s future. After extensive research in 2012, Bill developed a unique device that accelerates the growth of trees while lessening resources needed to care for them. The result: a round, plastic “tree pan” that fits around the base of newly-planted trees, locking in moisture, reducing water consumption […]

Mud on Main Coffee Shop, Cafe & Roastery, Aurelia and Cherokee

Jessica Kannegieter started her small business on a whim, at a suggestion from her beautician. In October 2011, after some research and obtaining a loan, Jess opened Mud on Main, a coffee shop and café in Aurelia that offers gourmet coffees and wonderful food. Over the next few years the business had its ups and […]

Crossgrain Woodworking, Schleswig

Devon Evers worked on his family’s farm while doing carpentry on the side. Requests for his carpentry items grew quickly so he did some praying, saved some money, and opened his full-time carpentry and preservation business called Crossgrain Woodworking in January 2014. With advice from Evan Blakely of the Crawford County Chamber, and business assistance […]

Pickled Palette, LLC, Sioux City

Ashley Prince always had a love for art and design and so went to Iowa State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design. She is a painter, designer, creator, and teacher who wanted to share her passion for art with others. After some deliberation, Ashley started her own art business, Pickled Palette, […]

Zupp and Zupp Law Firm, P.C., Denison

Jessica and Jennifer Zupp are twin sisters who were born and raised in LeMars, Iowa. They went to high school, college, and law school together and graduated from Buena Vista University in 2003, both double-majoring in Criminal Justice and Political Science. Graduating from the University of South Dakota’s School of Law, they obtained their juris […]

Kelsey’s Funny Farm, Denison

When Kelsey Hipnar’s local pumpkin patch closed due to the owner’s retirement, she felt a pull to keep one in the community. After much research and with a little help from family, she opened Kelsey’s Funny Farm.  Kelsey’s Funny Farm provides a field trip opportunity for local schools and an outdoor recreational area to the […]

KASK Creative Art Workshops, Crawford

Kelsey Hipnar dreamed of developing a creative outlet for her local community in Crawford, Iowa. In 2009, she took the first steps to make her dream a reality by starting Kelsey’s Art Space for Kids summer camps (KASK Camps). Over the next few years, Hipnar expanded the workshops to include individuals of all ages and […]

C.A.P. Recycling, Sioux City

C.A.P Recycling is a female owned family business located in Sioux City, Iowa. Cora Parr independently owns the business and her husband Amos is one of five full-time employees. Prior to opening the business, Amos had over 20 years of experience in the aggregate recycling industry and even won recycler of the year. His experience, […]