Snowshoe Candy Company

What could be cozier than curling up beside a roaring fire and munching on seasonal, homemade caramels? Eight years ago, Ali Clark Yahnke was given the opportunity to make the world a sweeter place when her grandfather passed down their family’s caramel recipe to her. As a long time farmer’s market vendor, Ali decided to […]

Worth Brewing, Northwood

Worth Brewing Company has grown from a home-brewery to a wholesale distributor in 10 years, and continues to achieve success. Peter Ausenhus and Margaret Bishop were purely hobbyists before 2006 when they decided to take their home-brewery to the next level. They began attending SBDC-sponsored Fast Track classes to gain a better understanding of the […]

FarmTable Delivery, Harlan

In the fall of 2013, Ellen Walsh-Rosmann was struck with an idea. As a vegetable farmer in Harlan, Iowa and a new mother of two, Ellen realized how difficult it was to market and deliver her produce in an efficient manner to customers. She decided to start a business which would allow farmers to sell […]

ProCircular, North Liberty

After years of working in biotech, Aaron Warner found himself consistently running into the same dilemma; finding cybersecurity that is both affordable and covers a multitude of security facets. In September 2016, he created a solution for the online community at large through his business, ProCircular. ProCircular goes above and beyond traditional cyber security in […]

Stage 2, Fort Madison

Phyllis Gorrell has been working at the Stage 2 Consignment Store for more than 30 years. She was hired at age 16 to work afternoons and weekends, and eventually worked her way up to the position of manager. “I like what I do,” says Phyllis, and it shows. When previous owner Joanne Flaherty decided to […]

KinoSol SBC, Ames

Four students at Iowa State University came up with an idea that they knew could not be put to waste. Clay Mooney, Mikayla Sullivan, Elise Kendall, and Ella Gehrke decided to create a solar-powered food dehydrator to fight hunger and food waste in foreign countries in September of 2014. They got involved in a competition […]

Pickled Palette, LLC, Sioux City

Ashley Prince always had a love for art and design and so went to Iowa State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design. She is a painter, designer, creator, and teacher who wanted to share her passion for art with others. After some deliberation, Ashley started her own art business, Pickled Palette, […]

Zupp and Zupp Law Firm, P.C., Denison

Jessica and Jennifer Zupp are twin sisters who were born and raised in LeMars, Iowa. They went to high school, college, and law school together and graduated from Buena Vista University in 2003, both double-majoring in Criminal Justice and Political Science. Graduating from the University of South Dakota’s School of Law, they obtained their juris […]

Stella Vivian Boutique, Bellevue

Have you ever had a vision that you felt so passionate about and made it a reality? Well Bailey Kloft did just that as she watched her lifelong dream of fashion and styling come to life. After obtaining her Master’s degree in Business Analytics, she wanted to use her strengths in business and add a creative […]

Zoarc Fitness, Dubuque

Conner Weitz graduated with a degree in Health and Human Physiology and a passion for fitness and promoting positivity. After training a wide variety of people, Weitz wanted to create a brand that would inspire, motivate, and educate all types of people on what it means to be healthy and fit. In the winter of […]