Bountiful Blossoms Bee Company, Glenwood

REACT – RECOVERY – RESILIENCE SBDC IOWA CLIENTS SHARE THEIR COVID-19 JOURNEY Bountiful Blossoms Bee Company Carol Fassbinder-Orth, Owner How did you come up with the idea for your business? I grew up on a commercial honey bee farm in Northeast Iowa, Fassbinder Apiaries, but I went to graduate school to be a researcher. I […]

NanoBio Designs

REACT – RECOVERY – RESILIENCE SBDC IOWA CLIENTS SHARE THEIR COVID-19 JOURNEY NANOBIO DESIGNS Aaron Santos, President How did NanoBio Designs begin? NanoBio Designs is a start-up company dedicated to fast, easy-to-use, genetic detection devices. The company grew out of nanotechnology research conducted by chemistry professor Derek Lyons, Ph.D. and former physics professor Aaron Santos, […]

Jak Sprat, Sanborn

REACT – RECOVERY – RESILIENCE SBDC IOWA CLIENTS SHARE THEIR COVID-19 JOURNEY JAK SPRAT Jodi Krikke, Owner How did you come up with the idea for Jak Sprat? JAK Sprat started in 2012 as a magnet board and magnet hobby/business. It wasn’t until November 2017 that earrings came into the picture. I have always LOVED […]

Hair Designers of Corning, Backgrounds Coffee, Corning

REACT – RECOVERY – RESILIENCE SBDC IOWA CLIENTS SHARE THEIR COVID-19 JOURNEY Hair Designers of Corning, Backgrounds Coffee Sherry Keefe, Owner How did you come up with the idea for your business? I came up with the idea for Backgrounds due to the fact I love coffee and there was no place in Corning to […]

FBB Biomed, Coralville

REACT – RECOVERY – RESILIENCE SBDC IOWA CLIENTS SHARE THEIR COVID-19 JOURNEY FBB Biomed Howard Urnovitz, Co-Founder How did you come up with the idea for FBB Biomed? FBB Biomed is a start-up international biomedical technology firm that is taking on the challenge of defeating COVID-19 and future pandemics. With headquarters and manufacturing in Coralville, […]

Splash Multisport, Mason City

REACT – RECOVERY – RESILIENCE SBDC IOWA CLIENTS SHARE THEIR COVID-19 JOURNEY SPLASH MULTISPORT Eric Follmuth, Owner How did you come up with the idea for your business? When we started in 2005, I was a swim coach. I noticed there weren’t enough vendors to set up stores at every meet for people to buy […]

Anytime Tees, Council Bluffs

REACT – RECOVERY – RESILIENCE SBDC IOWA CLIENTS SHARE THEIR COVID- 19 JOURNEY ANYTIME TEES   How did you come up with the idea for Anytime Tees? I started the business 10 years ago, as a way to be involved in high school athletics and the Council Bluffs community. At the time I was a […]

Shop Where I Live, Cedar Rapids

REACT – RECOVERY – RESILIENCE SBDC IOWA CLIENTS SHARE THEIR COVID-19 JOURNEY SHOP WHERE I LIVE Cherie Edilson, Founder & Owner How did you come up with the idea for Shop Where I Live? In early 2017 my husband and I were both small business owners. I created handmade products and sold them online through […]

ReEnvision Ag, Nora Springs

ReEnvision Ag is an agricultural start-up located in Nora Springs, Iowa, founded by Jayson Ryner – farmer, musician, entrepreneur and creative problem solver. ReEnvision Ag is developing disruptive technology that will change the row-crop farming industry. Jayson came up with the idea for the system – now called REAP (ReEnvision Ag Planting) System to allow […]

The Fisherman’s Edge

About two years ago, engineer and avid angler Greg Ferris came up with the idea for a personal watercraft that would be an alternative to fishing kayaks. Knowing that if he were to move forward with the idea as the basis of a business venture – whatever the business model might be – he was […]