The Bear Coffeehouse + Wine Bar, Spencer

Leann Jacobsen opened the doors to Spencer, Iowa’s swanky coffeehouse and wine bar in September of 2012. Her versatile business, The Bear Coffeehouse + Wine Bar, sits along the Little Sioux River. It is one part of a historic Spencer church that her husband, David Jacobsen, moved from its original location in the middle of […]

Mumm Soft Water, Ida Grove

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Western Iowa Tech Community College helped Bethany Jones and Richard Mumm establish their soft water distribution company by providing assistance in developing a business plan and financial projections, plus provided market research and advice on inventory control. Father and daughter team Richard Mumm and Bethany Jones are the […]

BonBon Frozen Yogurt, Spencer and Arnolds Park

Mercedes (Polaschek) Steffes and her husband, Marc Steffes, received assistance from the Iowa Small Business Development Center at Iowa Lakes Community College in developing a business plan and financial projections so they could get financing to open two frozen yogurt shops in Northwest Iowa. Mercedes and Marc moved back to Spencer, Iowa from Arizona and […]

Spencer Convenient Healthcare, LLC, Spencer

In order to successfully open her healthcare clinic Carol Lewallen sought help from the Iowa Small Business Development Center at Iowa Lakes Community College in developing her business plan, working through the financial projections and understanding the loan process. Healthcare made simple and being provided at hours convenient to the patient—that has been Carol Lewallen’s main […]