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 […]

Poshly Picked Boutique, Waverly

Mikala Wilson has always loved to shop and loves to find a great deal or discount even more. A few years ago, Mikala began re-selling items she and her family no long wore. When this was successful, she helped several of her friends go through their closets and sell items that they did not want […]

Drumslingers Academy, Waterloo

Ed Flack has always had a desire to share what he has learned about drumming with a new generation. Because of his knowledge about American traditional style, modern style, concert, jazz, and other styles of drumming, he felt passionate about passing on his talent. Ed opened Drumslingers Academy in Waterloo in January 2018. Ed is […]

Bugsy’s Pest Solutions, Evansdale

Brad Carrier has worked in the pest control industry for over 18 years. After being a part of three different companies that worked with both commercial and residential customers, he decided it was time for him to go into business by himself. Brad launched Bugsy’s Pest Solutions in March 2017, a pest control business servicing […]

Performance Livestock Analytics, Ames

Dane Kuper and Dustin Balsley worked together for different agriculture technology companies in California when it became apparent to them that the livestock industry could benefit from utilizing technology to help manage their business. Both Dane and Dustin came from a livestock background and had intensive knowledge of the industry going in, so with their […]