Palek Studio and Gallery, Des Moines

Shawn Palek had been an airbrush artist for 27 years before he finally decided to seek out a location to serve both as a studio for his own creations and as a place to display his artwork on a more permanent basis. Working with his wife and colleague, Misty Palek, Shawn opened the studio, offering […]

Loess Hills Lavender Farms, Missouri Valley

While walking through a lavender field at a lavender festival in Washington State, Mary Hamer realized she “had to do this back home.” At that moment, the idea of Loess Hills Lavender Farms was born. Tim and Mary Hamer have been in the lavender business since 2009 and have continued to work full-time on their […]

Firehouse Subs, Cedar Rapids

John Chadima was determined to be a business owner and was searching for the right venture to invest in when a friend suggested Firehouse Subs, a fast casual restaurant chain with a passion for hearty and flavorful food, heartfelt service, and public safety. The franchise’s history and practices were enticing to John who really believed […]

Be Well God Bless, Osage

Connecting small businesses with customers and peers while sharing their journey and story has been Angie Huffman’s goal for her family-owned business, Be Well God Bless. The company is an online directory that helps businesses create a social media presence and utilize marketing strategies, all while assisting members in building a community. Angie believes God […]

Royal Nails, LLC, Dubuque

After several years working as a nail technician for two other nail salons, owner Alex Dinh and his wife Emily Embree decided to take their services to a higher level. Wanting to offer unparalleled services, professionalism, and attention to their customers, the husband and wife duo decided to start their own business. Royal Nails has […]

Olliewood Action Sports, Dubuque

Casey Hinderman has been passionate about the skating industry for as long as he can remember. In fact, when he was only 18 years old, he had the idea of opening a skate park. On December 28th of 2015, he was able to make his dream a reality. Casey is the proud owner of O|A|S, […]

Inspire Cafe, Dubuque

Sara Post has always loved traveling and has found herself at coffee plantations in exotic locations like Costa Rica and Hawaii. These experiences instilled a passion in her for telling the story of the farmers and people working on these plantations to create the coffee flavor so many crave every morning. After attending the American […]

Gross-Wen Technologies, Ames

How would you feel if you created a product that could change the reality of hundreds of thousands of individuals? Martin Gross and Zhiyou Wen did precisely that. As a graduate student at Iowa State University, Martin and his professor Dr. Wen invented a sustainable water treatment system that utilizes algae to remove pollutants in […]

Secured Shred Solutions, Carroll

Bev Anderson was working in Ames, Iowa when she heard about the industry of document shredding. She and her husband, Terri Richter, had been trying to come up with an idea for a small business and thought document shredding just may be the perfect niche for them. After two years of thoroughly researching the idea, […]

Shade Tree Auto, Grimes

Clint Dudley began his business repairing cars for his friends and family in his garage. At first it was a way to deduct some property expenses, but soon his friends and family realized it was a great way to save money on their car repairs. Shade Tree Auto began as a side business in 2001, […]