Dual RC

Nathan Eick is a farm boy with a love of photography.  As he got older and started to experiment with commercially available drones, he planned to provide a commercial aerial photography service to map crops.  In November of 2017, Eick formally started the business. He soon discovered that the aircraft available to him were not […]


In the summer of 2016, Colin and Elizabeth (Liz) Hoppe saw a need for a coffee shop in their community.  They sought out guidance from the NW Iowa SBDC to help develop and refine their business model.  With a completed business plan in hand, they presented their vision for the company in the Emmetsburg Dream […]

The Prime Rib

One of the key traits of successful entrepreneurs is their ability to recognize opportunities, and then have the work ethic and persistence to pursue those opportunities.  That is the situation Rob and Carol Gilbertson found themselves in when they were given the opportunity to purchase The Prime Rib in Spencer. The Prime Rib opened in […]

Greenfield Lumber Co.

    On January 1st, 2020, Greenfield Lumber Co., was successfully transitioned from Bob and Jean Guikema, to their daughter Rena Freeland and her husband Jimmy. This has been a family-run business for 36 years, and will continue in the family with the succession. Established in 1984, Greenfield Lumber Co. provides customers with quality lumber, […]

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 […]