Poshly Picked Boutique, Waverly

Mikala Wilson has always loved to shop and loves to find a great deal or discount even more. A few years ago, Mikala began re-selling items she and her family no long wore. When this was successful, she helped several of her friends go through their closets and sell items that they did not want […]

Drumslingers Academy, Waterloo

Ed Flack has always had a desire to share what he has learned about drumming with a new generation. Because of his knowledge about American traditional style, modern style, concert, jazz, and other styles of drumming, he felt passionate about passing on his talent. Ed opened Drumslingers Academy in Waterloo in January 2018. Ed is […]

Bugsy’s Pest Solutions, Evansdale

Brad Carrier has worked in the pest control industry for over 18 years. After being a part of three different companies that worked with both commercial and residential customers, he decided it was time for him to go into business by himself. Brad launched Bugsy’s Pest Solutions in March 2017, a pest control business servicing […]

Sweet Spot, Independence

Sandy Tull began her baking career baking for family and friends on the side while providing in-home child care. She eventually became licensed to sell baked goods from her home, but it wasn’t until she received encouragement from others that she decided to open her own bakery, Sweet Spot. With the only outside seating located […]

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 […]

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 […]