CIVCO Medical Solutions, Coralville

Special 40th Anniversary Client Feature Forty years ago, CIVCO Medical Solutions was founded by Victor J. Wedel, a diagnostic medical sonographer who worked at the University of Iowa. The company has grown immensely since then, with customers now in 85 countries and a partner to the top ultrasound manufacturers worldwide. CIVCO also have nearly 200 […]

Saltlickers, Neveda

“People would want this. They would buy this!” was the recommendation from Jennifer Knox’s friend when she tried Jen’s spice blends for the first time. Little did Jen know just how true her friend’s statement was. In 2011, Jennifer debuted her herb blends as holiday gifts, which eventually were sold in farmers’ markets in Brooklyn, […]

Salvaged Designs, Oskaloosa

Jennifer Thomas-Maxwell of Salvaged Designs in Oskaloosa, Iowa has an incredible business. Inspired by her children and her own childhood of being in a family that owned and operated a garbage business. When Jennifer left graphic design to become a stay at home mom, the budget needed to be stretched. Jennifer still wanted her children […]

The Ragged Edge, Cedar Falls

The Ragged Edge Art Bar and Gallery opened its doors in Cedar Falls in October of 2020. Kendra Wohlert, Ragged Edge’s owner, was born and raised in the Cedar Valley but left the area in 1987. She obtained her music education degrees in California and Arizona and after teaching out west and in Peace Corps […]

Fika Coffee Hus, Stanton

Dwayne and Terri Vennerberg are the owners of Fika Coffee Hus, which is located in the small southwestern Iowa town of Stanton. Fika Coffee Hus opened in May of 2021. Terri always thought it was interesting that the town did not have its own coffee shop. After a survey was conducted of the town’s young […]

Marion Chocolate Shop, Marion

Ben and Katy Davis are the fifth owners of the Marion Chocolate Shop, a forty-year-old business with a reputation for success. Ben and Katy did not set out to buy a chocolate shop, but the opportunity arose and the couple is delighted that they took it. Before owning the chocolate shop, Ben was working full-time […]

The Great Hall of Royal, Royal

Matt and Sara Ricke purchased and began construction on the closed St. Louis Catholic Church in August 2018 with the vision of creating a comprehensive event venue for Northwest Iowans. In May of 2019, they turned their vision into a reality, with the grand opening of The Great Hall of Royal. 2020 was set to […]

Frein Audio & Technology, Mason City

Lucas Frein is a native of North Iowa but he didn’t always think he wanted to build his life, his career in his hometown. His journey to founding Frein Audio & Technology in Mason City was a winding road of discovering how to turn a passion into a successful career. “It wasn’t overnight,” he says. […]

Emmetsburg Collision, Emmetsburg

At their core, entrepreneurs are problem solvers. They identify problems potential customers face, and they build a business that provides a solution to those problems. In his 30-year career as an auto body technician, Justin Lode has seen firsthand the problems vehicle owners encounter on the road. At some point, most drivers experience some sort […]

HomeGrown Junk, Missouri Valley

After working as a corporate graphic designer for 22 years, Shannon Hanna decided to leave her job to pursue her side business of selling reclaimed vintage “junk” full time. Now, Shannon is celebrating the ten-year anniversary of her business, HomeGrown Junk.  Shannon had always loved repurposing junk in unusual ways and had been selling her […]