The Bear Coffeehouse + Wine Bar, Spencer

Leann Jacobsen opened the doors to Spencer, Iowa’s swanky coffeehouse and wine bar in September of 2012. Her versatile business, The Bear Coffeehouse + Wine Bar, sits along the Little Sioux River. It is one part of a historic Spencer church that her husband, David Jacobsen, moved from its original location in the middle of […]

Majestic Estate, LLC, Burlington

After long careers with the U.S. Navy and NASA, sisters Lorraine Guerra and Tammy Adams settled in Burlington, Iowa with hopes of establishing their families outside of the big cities they had worked in. With over 35 years of event planning experience through their jobs and for friends, the two sisters decided to make their […]

GehlPRO Welding, Carroll

Pat Gehling had over 25 years of experience in welding and repair when he decided to start his own company, GehlPRO Welding, which opened for business in March of 2014. Pat’s entrepreneurial experience and strong business sense was crucial to his success in building the new company from the ground up. Years before opening the […]

Interim HealthCare of Southern Iowa, Albia

As a teenager, Tonya Lawrence worked as a certified nursing aide in a nursing home and later did home health care. After marrying and raising a family, Tonya came back to her medical ties and went back to school for her nursing degree. Following nursing school, she spent some time working first at Mahaska Health […]

Buchheit Law, PLC, Sergeant Bluff

Six years ago, Lindsey Buchheit and her husband, Dave, moved to the budding community of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa so that their children could attend its exceptional school system. Having previously worked as an attorney for two Sioux City law firms, Lindsey established Sergeant Bluff’s only law firm in June of 2013. Buchheit Law focuses its […]

Iowa PowderCraft, LLC, Clear Lake

For nearly two years, John and Colleen Thompson of Clear Lake, Iowa thoroughly researched powder coating as a small business concept. They interviewed owners of powder coating companies and visited many operations across the country to get a feel for what was necessary to create a successful business in their local area. Some operations even […]

Poppin’ Bottles n’ Brushes, Sioux City

Some businesses are just fun to do and others are built around fun. Poppin’ Bottles n’ Brushes is designed to do both. Friends Jennifer Bower and Sarah Petersen spent most of their lives working for other people, but decided to start their own business venture when they stumbled across a great business model in nearby […]

Crossroads Manufacturing, Clarksville

Keith Niehaus and Keith Bailey had been working for a traffic signal company for years when they began receiving requests for a type of solar-powered jobsite security and monitoring device. The pair was able to work on the project at their company for a while, but was unable to take the invention to the next […]

Wright Plumbing & Well Service, Onawa

After 25 years of plumbing, well service, and septic work in the town of Onawa, Iowa, Pete Wright made the decision to become his own boss. He and his wife, Tara, became the co-owners of Wright Plumbing & Well Service and officially opened their business in August of 2014. The new company was quickly inducted […]

Roush Collision & Restoration LLC, Winterset

Joe Roush’s grandfather gave him his very first car, an ’88 Ford Mustang GT, the day he turned 16. From that moment on Joe was infatuated with fixing it up and making it better. When his high school counselor encouraged him to pursue his hobby as a career, Joe began working at the local body […]