Lil’ Sidekick, Polk City

Inventor and entrepreneur Amy Vohs received great advice and business assistance from America’s SBDC Iowa, plus expertise and the use of a 3D printer from the Iowa State University Industrial Design Department, in order to successfully manufacture her all-Iowa made product, Lil’ Sidekick. A hard road and one less traveled by most entrepreneurs, and even […]

Green Start, LLC

Leonard Hoogerwerf and Kirk Brown received business advice and assistance from America’s SBDC Iowa so they could further develop and market their environmentally-friendly products. 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 wastewater collection and treatment […]

BonBon Frozen Yogurt, Spencer and Arnolds Park

Mercedes (Polaschek) Steffes and her husband, Marc Steffes, received assistance from the Iowa Small Business Development Center at Iowa Lakes Community College in developing a business plan and financial projections so they could get financing to open two frozen yogurt shops in Northwest Iowa. Mercedes and Marc moved back to Spencer, Iowa from Arizona and […]

Elements of Beauty Salon, Spa & Electrolysis, Sioux City

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Western Iowa Tech Community College helped Allison Salmon develop a business plan and cash flow projections, plus apply for TSB certification, so she could receive additional education and expand her existing company’s services. Allison (Raby) Salmon worked several years in the hotel industry in Dallas, Texas and realized […]

Loess Hills Floral Studio

Rhonda Bullington got help from the Iowa Small Business Development Center at Iowa Western Community College to develop her business plan, create cash flow projections, find financing and more so she could start, expand and move her floral shop. Rhonda Bullington’s family has owned a small business in Lincoln, Nebraska since 1975 so owning and […]

The HallTree, Centerville

Emily Hanes obtained purchasing advice and assistance in finding financing from the Iowa Small Business Development Center at Indian Hills Community College so she could purchase a women’s clothing store in Centerville. After working for some time at The HallTree in Centerville, Emily Hanes found out the business was for sale and decided she wanted […]

Excel Business Solutions, Inc., Mason City

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at North Iowa Area Community College helped David Ries develop a business plan, create financial statements including cash flow analysis, and work on human relations issues in order to obtain financing to expand and relocate his business solutions company. David Ries was an experienced sales person in an office […]

In The Country Garden and Gifts, Independence

America’s SBDC Iowa at the University of Northern Iowa helped Josh and Sue Spece run new financial projections and complete an application for Targeted Small Business certification so they could obtain financing to move their existing rural greenhouse business to a more accessible and larger location. Mother and son team, Josh and Sue Spece, have been […]

We Run LLC, North Liberty

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Kirkwood Community College helped Brian and Kris Tharp open their specialty running store by providing assistance developing a business plan and financial projections, helpful demographic market research, and advice on location, marketing, legal structure, and other start-up business basics. Brian Tharp started running to lose weight and realized […]

Key City Vision Center, Dubuque

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Northeast Iowa Community College helped Dr. Jeff Manternach and Mark Lewis obtain financing and set up their full service vision center by helping them develop a business plan and cash flows, plus provided additional advice on legal structure, profit splitting and more. Dr. Jeff Manternach, an optometrist, and […]