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 […]

TreePans.com, Inc., Akron

Bill Brown started TreePans.com to provide for his daughter’s future. After extensive research in 2012, Bill developed a unique device that accelerates the growth of trees while lessening resources needed to care for them. The result: a round, plastic “tree pan” that fits around the base of newly-planted trees, locking in moisture, reducing water consumption […]

Mud on Main Coffee Shop, Cafe & Roastery, Aurelia and Cherokee

Jessica Kannegieter started her small business on a whim, at a suggestion from her beautician. In October 2011, after some research and obtaining a loan, Jess opened Mud on Main, a coffee shop and café in Aurelia that offers gourmet coffees and wonderful food. Over the next few years the business had its ups and […]

Crossgrain Woodworking, Schleswig

Devon Evers worked on his family’s farm while doing carpentry on the side. Requests for his carpentry items grew quickly so he did some praying, saved some money, and opened his full-time carpentry and preservation business called Crossgrain Woodworking in January 2014. With advice from Evan Blakely of the Crawford County Chamber, and business assistance […]

Key City Creative Center

Three years ago, Tim Hitzler was working his summer job when he came across the idea of being able to accomplish all your needs for any hands on project or idea you have, such as wood working, metal working, and stain glass working. Knowing there are not many places that offer the space to do […]

Snowshoe Candy Company

What could be cozier than curling up beside a roaring fire and munching on seasonal, homemade caramels? Eight years ago, Ali Clark Yahnke was given the opportunity to make the world a sweeter place when her grandfather passed down their family’s caramel recipe to her. As a long time farmer’s market vendor, Ali decided to […]

Worth Brewing, Northwood

Worth Brewing Company has grown from a home-brewery to a wholesale distributor in 10 years, and continues to achieve success. Peter Ausenhus and Margaret Bishop were purely hobbyists before 2006 when they decided to take their home-brewery to the next level. They began attending SBDC-sponsored Fast Track classes to gain a better understanding of the […]

FarmTable Delivery, Harlan

In the fall of 2013, Ellen Walsh-Rosmann was struck with an idea. As a vegetable farmer in Harlan, Iowa and a new mother of two, Ellen realized how difficult it was to market and deliver her produce in an efficient manner to customers. She decided to start a business which would allow farmers to sell […]

ProCircular, North Liberty

After years of working in biotech, Aaron Warner found himself consistently running into the same dilemma; finding cybersecurity that is both affordable and covers a multitude of security facets. In September 2016, he created a solution for the online community at large through his business, ProCircular. ProCircular goes above and beyond traditional cyber security in […]

Stage 2, Fort Madison

Phyllis Gorrell has been working at the Stage 2 Consignment Store for more than 30 years. She was hired at age 16 to work afternoons and weekends, and eventually worked her way up to the position of manager. “I like what I do,” says Phyllis, and it shows. When previous owner Joanne Flaherty decided to […]