Innovators Academy, Ankeny

After fourteen years of teaching in top-tier schools around the world, including New York City and Dubai, Annie Barrows combined her love of teaching with the future of technology to create a business that gives back to the youth in its community. Barrows started Innovators Academy to provide children with a “makerspace” where they can […]

All Things Advertising, Mason City

The Founder and Owner of All Things Advertising, Miriah Whitehurst, is an Iowa Native and North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) Alumni.  As a NIACC Alumni she knew the NIACC Pappajohn Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development Center was a great resource to help her grow her business. Miriah visited America’s SBDC Iowa in March of […]

Lucinda Harms Nutritional Wellness, West Liberty

After becoming a pharmacist, Lucinda Harms worked in a traditional pharmacy until she discovered integrative health. She had her own experience in healing without using prescription medication, and her passion for finding alternative options for healthy living has grown since 1997. In October of 2016, Lucinda decided to leave her current job and start Lucinda […]

The Jitney, Monticello

After Katie Farrowe moved from Los Angeles to Monticello, Iowa with her husband, they wanted a way to bring the “big city” atmosphere to their small town. Erin Cox, who lived in Chicago, and Katie decided to try to fill that niche that was missing. They wanted to create a place for good cocktails, wine, […]

Plot Twist Bookstore, Ankeny

Mary Rork-Watson has always dreamed of owning her own business and when the timing seemed right, she couldn’t turn down the opportunity. Mary began researching potential ideas and landed on an independent bookstore, due to the support given by the American Booksellers Association and the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association. Plot Twist Bookstore opened in April […]

Rock and Bach Studios, Waterloo

Chandar Boyle opened Rock & Bach Studios in August 2017, which is a music school that allows multiple music teachers to collaborate under one roof. Chandar’s music school has a wide variety of musical styles available for her students to learn from multiple teachers that all have their own experience and expertise. She wanted a […]

Dow Artists, Chariton

After majoring in music and business, Shantel Dow moved to Chariton, Iowa for her husband’s job and decided to combine her two degrees into something she loved. In August of 2004, Shantel opened Dow Artists, Inc. Dow Artists is a performing arts booking agency. Shantel books live performing art shows for  performing arts centers, fairs, […]

Werner Feed Efficiency Testing Center, Diagonal

Bonnie Larson and her husband Will, purchased their business, Werner Feed Efficiency Testing Center in Diagonal, Iowa, from her sister and brother-in-law in May of 2012. Werner Feed Efficiency Testing is a testing facility that individually measures how much each animal eats and compares that to how much the animal gains throughout the testing period.  […]

Legacy Logistics Freight, Mason City

Sarah Novacek is building a multi-million dollar logistics business from humble beginnings. As the newlywed wife of a kid from a truck-driving family, she was just trying to help her husband find loads and get paid. Her “ah-ha” moment was wondering, “How do truckers do this who don’t have a wife or girlfriend?” That thought […]

Family First Chiropractic, Ottumwa

Dr. Nichole Gevock has dreamed about becoming a doctor since the second grade, and she has never given up on her dreams. After shadowing multiple different professions, Dr. Gevock decided on chiropractic because it is the least invasive and most conservative approach to health care. She also discovered it helped her personal symptoms of migraines […]