Escape Cedar Valley, Cedar Falls

With only two similar businesses in all of Iowa, David and Julie Betz knew they found a niche market with escape rooms. The couple opened Escape Cedar Valley in the heart of Cedar Falls in mid-November of 2015. The idea came from trips to similar business in 2013. They explored the idea of opening the […]

Crossroads Manufacturing, Clarksville

Keith Niehaus and Keith Bailey had been working for a traffic signal company for years when they began receiving requests for a type of solar-powered jobsite security and monitoring device. The pair was able to work on the project at their company for a while, but was unable to take the invention to the next […]

Ginger Thai Cuisine, Cedar Falls

Wanida Thomas received help from America’s SBDC Iowa at the University of Northern Iowa in writing a business plan, finding a lawyer, applying for financing, and dealing with business problems, so she could open her Thai restaurant. Ginger Thai Cuisine is an authentic Thai restaurant in Cedar Falls, Iowa that is owned and operated by […]

In The Country Garden and Gifts, Independence

America’s SBDC Iowa at the University of Northern Iowa helped Josh and Sue Spece run new financial projections and complete an application for Targeted Small Business certification so they could obtain financing to move their existing rural greenhouse business to a more accessible and larger location. Mother and son team, Josh and Sue Spece, have been […]

System Services, Cedar Falls

America’s SBDC Iowa at the University of Northern Iowa helped Nate Neuman expand his home-based security and electronic systems installation business and move it into the UNI Innovation Incubator where it will grow further. Nate Neuman and his father, Lawrence, founded System Services, a company specializing in installing commercial fire alarm systems, out of their home […]

Young G’s Barbeque, Waterloo

America’s SBDC Iowa at the University of Northern Iowa helped Gerald Young develop a written business plan so he could obtain financing to produce and sell his family’s special barbeque sauce. Ever since he was young, disabled veteran Gerald Young had dreamed of sharing his family’s secret barbeque sauce recipe with others. After returning home from […]