Minnehan Metal Works, LLC

In 1993, Minnehan Metal Works, LLC began as a welding and farm repair shop in a garage in Churdan. Anthony and Tami Minnehan have grown their company over the years, and earned a reputation as a company that could design and build products that solved problems in the agriculture and commercial industries. Their projects have […]

Heartland Coffee & Nosh

Stacy and Aaron Orndorff saw a need for coffee and food at their local farmer’s market in Sioux City. They decided to open up Heartland Coffee & Nosh, a family-run mobile food and drink truck, head-quartered in Correctionville, in April of 2017.  With 3 full-time and 17 part-time employees they are able to bring shareable, […]

Coloff Digital, Forest City

Coloff Digital is located in Forest City and provides a wide range of brand strategy, website, graphic design, video, social media, and digital marketing solutions. The company started in 2013 as a division of Coloff Media which owns and operates 12 radio stations across North Iowa. Jim Coloff founded the division after hearing from his […]

EZ Manufacturing, Charles City

The inspiration for EZ Manufacturing began 2013 when founder, Bruce Goddard, was struggling to find a way to prevent his net wrapping for livestock from freezing during the cold winter months. This predicament would eventually lead them to creating an innovative, rear-mounted bale processor. After two years of development and testing, Bruce had perfected his […]

SwineTech®, Cedar Rapids

SwineTech® began when friends Matthew Rooda and Abraham Espinoza were searching for a solution to reduce piglet crushing at the farrow-to-finish farm Michael worked at in Waterloo. After just one semester at the University of Iowa, Rooda and Espinoza presented their initial findings at the John Pappajohn Founders Club. They were awarded 1st place for […]

SantosHuman, Coralville

Steve Beck is the President and CEO of SantosHuman Inc (SHI), located in Coralville, IA. SantosHuman provides virtual human-in-the-loop solutions through subscription licenses to Santos-enabled software products as well as services that leverage their unique ability to predict human physical behavior and performance. Santos technologies provide early stage design teams with human-centric insight at the […]

SERVPRO of Mason City, Mason City

Keith and Holly Messenger have owned SERVPRO of Mason City since October 2017, when they purchased the business from its original owners of ten years. SERVPRO provides a professional response to property damage emergencies. Clients include insurance companies seeking superior and timely restoration services, as well as commercial and residential property owners who require routine […]

Kaleidoscopes To You, Manly

Located in the small North Iowa town of Manly, Kaleidoscopes to You has been lovingly assembled from the merging of two family-owned businesses. Karl and Jean Schilling both came from entrepreneurial families. Karl began working with glass in junior high with a stained glass apprenticeship. Jean’s mother owned and operate The Plant Ranch, a florist […]

The Art of Education University, Osage

The Art of Education University, founded by Jessica and Derek Balsley in 2011, is a local Iowa success story of building a global company in a rural community. This business is located in Osage, which it is a small town in North Iowa with a population of around 3,600. The Art of Education University is […]

Petunias & Pixie Dust, Osage

Lacey Huisman and Michele Johnson founded Petunias & Pixie Dust for a simple reason- their community needed it. They had noticed that there was a common lament from their friends and coworkers in Osage- no one could find attractive and affordable clothing. Michele had been purchasing clothes online from online boutiques for years, but there […]