Mad Fish Farms, Dyersville

Mad Fish Farms is a unique startup.  The business is a new startup company within a company.  This new business, Mad Fish Farms, is an aquaponics and hydroponic farm located in Dyersville, Iowa. By utilizing the aquaponics and hydroponics method of raising fish and vegetables, the company is able to produce year-round produce and fish […]

Madreal Solutions, Clive

Josef Reed was, at first, reluctant to move back to his home state of Iowa—specifically the Des Moines area. Upon his return, however, he recognized the city’s need for his education, experience, and leadership skills as major cities similar to Des Moines switch to using IoT (Internet of Things) technologies. IoT is essentially the connection […]

Fogle True Value & Hardware, Centerville

Steve and Leona Fogle spent 25 years building up a construction company, but then decided to invest in the local hardware store in their community of Centerville, Iowa. The store had been in operation for over 40 years, but Steve and Leona renamed it Fogle True Value & Hardware and focused on bringing life back […]

Bloom Works Floral, Council Bluffs

In 2004 Alisa Roth had a dream to start and run her own floral business so she stopped into the Iowa Western SBDC (SBDC) to see how they could help her. She was in her early twenties then with two very young children. However, within six months Alisa and her key employee, Susan Enewald, were […]

Chiropractic Health and Wellness Clinic, Johnston

Dr. Aaron Giddings attended Grand View University for biology, and decided that he wanted to open a chiropractic office of his own. After receiving his doctor degree of chiropractic, he decided to work for an existing practice while he started the process of opening his own. Six months after the planning process began in 2009, […]

Two Lane Chiropractic

Des Moines, Iowa Dr. Penny Hanson has worked within the Chiropractic profession for ten years. After graduating from Palmer College of Chiropractic, Penny reached out to her mentors on whether or not she should start her own practice. Her mentors had no doubts that she would be very successful running her own practice, and neither […]

FinanSynergy and PractiSynergy

Katie Fergus had worked for the financial side of the health care field since 2004, but as a CPA she realized she loved the feel of smaller practices and made career changes. In 2016, she wrote a business plan for a consulting firm and began the life-changing journey of entrepreneurship. Her financial consulting firm FinanSynergy […]

Viewpoint Molecular Targeting, LLC, Coralville

In 2014, it was estimated that 1,169,351 Americans were living with melanoma of the skin, a form of cancer. For patients whose disease is detected early, the cancer can be removed by surgery. However, when melanoma spreads beyond the skin (metastatic melanoma), it is lethal and over 10,000 people will die of metastatic melanoma in […]

Ivy Bake Shoppe, Burlington

                                            It is not easy to open a brick and mortar restaurant after three years of working out of the safety of your own basement. It is not easy to move a business away […]

Smoke Signals, LLC, Indianola

When Marla Gentry realized that her husband Jeff was exceptionally good at cooking and smoking meat for their family, she began to think about the options to market his talents. In June 2015, Jeff and Marla recognized how popular food trucks were becoming and decided to take a chance and start a business. The couple […]