Crossroads Manufacturing, Clarksville

Keith Niehaus and Keith Bailey had been working for a traffic signal company for years when they began receiving requests for a type of solar-powered jobsite security and monitoring device. The pair was able to work on the project at their company for a while, but was unable to take the invention to the next […]

Roush Collision & Restoration LLC, Winterset

Joe Roush’s grandfather gave him his very first car, an ’88 Ford Mustang GT, the day he turned 16. From that moment on Joe was infatuated with fixing it up and making it better. When his high school counselor encouraged him to pursue his hobby as a career, Joe began working at the local body […]

Shepherd Engine Development, Inc., Solon

Jim Shepherd, co-owner and founder of Shepherd Engine Development, Inc., spends three to five nights a week providing track support for his clients and business partner, Chad Holladay, at race tracks from March to mid-October. Jim and Chad believe wholeheartedly in the value of building relationships with people, and in this case race car drivers […]

Green Start, LLC, Le Claire

In March of 2014 Leonard Hoogerwerf and Kirk Brown established Green Start, LLC, a company that develops and markets advanced gas oxygen dissolution systems for aeration in waste water collection and treatment facilities. Their product is capable of reducing energy costs while assisting in controlling odors and enhancing beneficial biological activity. Improved presence of dissolved […]

Real Time Ag, LLC

The Iowa Small Business Development Center for North Central Iowa helped Mike Sexton with his Demonstration Fund application during the development phase of his nutrient management regulation software business and then critiqued the project and provided additional insights on what he would need to be successful. Mike Sexton knew that there were problems in tracking […]

The Office, Lenox

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Southwestern Community College helped Mark and Anna Sprouse through every stage of purchasing an existing restaurant, and then helped them further when they needed to expand. From the beginning, Mark and Anna Sprouse were open to any and all ideas and assistance from Dave McLaren at the South […]

Fix Salon, Cedar Rapids

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Kirkwood Community College provided business plan and financing assistance to Juliet Pae-Corr so she could grow and expand her beauty salon/spa business. Juliet Pae-Corr had always wanted to be a hair stylist. Raised by a single mom after the death of her father when Juliet was a toddler, […]

r-Pipe, Inc.

America’s SBDC Iowa helped Tom Cackler, President of r-Pipe, Inc., get prepared and apply for funding to develop and test materials to build a prototype of a better sewer pipe made from recycled materials. There are 740,000 miles of public sewers, plus 500,000 miles of private lateral sewers in the U.S. (EPA 2012). Improved products are […]

QC Analytical Services, LLC, LeClaire

Leonard Hoogerwerf was assisted by the Iowa Small Business Development Center at Eastern Iowa Community College District in finding funding to launch a new product developed by one division of his commercial testing certified laboratory. Leonard Hoogerwerf acquired Quad City Water Treatment Company in 2006. Founded in 1976, the company was a commercial laboratory, water […]

C.A.R.S. (Christian Automotive Repair Service), West Burlington

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Community College helped Terry Schnack with financial projections, accounting assistance, and obtaining financing so he could purchase a building and start his new automotive shop in West Burlington. Terry Schnack is no stranger to owning a business. As the former owner of Wrench Works, an automotive shop […]