The Midwest Girl®, Dubuque

Being a girl from the Midwest is a special thing so sisters Marissa Hoffmann and Marah Odgers, formerly Droessler, wanted to create a brand to celebrate exactly that. The two sisters were already running a bridal boutique together, and were looking for a new business venture when they decided to take the leap with The […]

Kelsey’s Funny Farm, Denison

When Kelsey Hipnar’s local pumpkin patch closed due to the owner’s retirement, she felt a pull to keep one in the community. After much research and with a little help from family, she opened Kelsey’s Funny Farm.  Kelsey’s Funny Farm provides a field trip opportunity for local schools and an outdoor recreational area to the […]

Jewell Family Dentistry, Jewell

In the tiny town of Jewell, Iowa, Dan and Meryl Scarrow discovered a business opportunity. Though Dan was still in dental school, the Scarrows knew they wanted to move to a small town and start their own practice one day. The moment arose when they spotted Jewell listed as “a community in need of a […]

Ramsey’s Market, Lenox

Theo and Bonnie Ramsey purchased a historic local grocery store in Lenox, Iowa on April 1, 2015 and turned it into Ramsey’s Market, an “Iowa-based neighborhood grocery, incorporating the culture and style of rural America into our modern attitude”. Formerly, the store was Cheese’s Food Center, run by the Cheese Family since 1895. The previous […]

KASK Creative Art Workshops, Crawford

Kelsey Hipnar dreamed of developing a creative outlet for her local community in Crawford, Iowa. In 2009, she took the first steps to make her dream a reality by starting Kelsey’s Art Space for Kids summer camps (KASK Camps). Over the next few years, Hipnar expanded the workshops to include individuals of all ages and […]

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 […]

Makenna Jane’s Boutique, Grundy Center

Renae Hockemeyer always knew she wanted to be an entrepreneur, specifically in retail. While serving as the chamber of commerce director for her town, she received a call from a boutique franchise and realized it was the perfect opportunity for her to follow her dreams. Renae opened the franchised boutique on April 1, 2014. After […]

Outfox, Ltd., Coralville

After visiting an escape room in Prague, Carolyn Beyer had the idea to bring the excitement and mystery of an escape room back to Iowa City, Iowa. On Labor Day of 2015, Carolyn officially opened Outfox, which consisted of three themed rooms, Jurassic Iowa, Lost Will, and The Abducted Officer. An escape room is where […]

C.A.P. Recycling, Sioux City

C.A.P Recycling is a female owned family business located in Sioux City, Iowa. Cora Parr independently owns the business and her husband Amos is one of five full-time employees. Prior to opening the business, Amos had over 20 years of experience in the aggregate recycling industry and even won recycler of the year. His experience, […]

The Vine – Faith Inspired Gifts & Supplies, Sioux City

Kelley and Devlin Bertrand had thought about opening a family business for many years. Wanting to assist the South Sioux City community expand their faith, they believed there was a need for a retail store where Catholics could purchase religious materials. In 2013, they decided to act upon those dreams and look into opening The […]