Staci Ackerson: 2019 Neal Smith Entrepreneur of the Year

Staci Ackerson, a United States Navy Desert Storm veteran, acquired Shankland Insurance in 2012. Staci wanted to expand her business and her husband, Stacy, a retired contractor, knew that Charles City had loads of untapped potential. With Stacy’s vision of rehabilitating the historic Charles City Western Railroad depot in mind, Staci reached out to the […]

Mechanics for Vets, Sioux City

In 2015, Corey Duckett came up with the idea of Mechanics for Vets. He worked out of his garage for 2 years helping his friends and then decided in 2017 he wanted to go mainstream with the idea, and in 2018 filed the necessary paperwork. Mechanics for Vets is a nonprofit mechanic shop out of […]

Zoarc Fitness, Dubuque

Connor Weitz of Dubuque, Iowa graduated with a degree in Health and Human Physiology from the University of Iowa. In 2016 he came up with the idea to start his own brand that could inspire, motivate, and educate people on being healthy and fit. This idea became Zoarc Fitness in the winter of 2017. Zoarc […]

Inner Space, Des Moines

“In June of 2018 after years of personal development and self-searching, we received a download to create a space we wished would have existed when we began our journeys to self-mastery. A space to collectively share, co-create, and integrate experiences and opportunities for transformation. Our mission is fueled by the knowledge and awareness that humans have access to unseen powers of creation and to support each other […]

The Hub, Council Bluffs

When a new YMCA was being built in Council Bluffs it meant one thing to Brooke Hubbard. A huge empty building in the heart of Downtown. In May of 2018, Brooke opened The Hub, which included not one, but four vital businesses that attract many different demographics to one location. They would not only patronize […]

Two Girls One Bucket, Correctionville

Two Girls One Bucket Cleaning Services was started in March 2019 by owners Kayla Stines and Coral Toben. They are a traveling home and office cleaning service that travels all of Northwest Iowa. They provide regular deep detail cleaning and additionally can provide pet care. Currently they have two teams, comprised of two employees each. […]

Sioux City Sprinkler, Sioux City

  Sioux City Sprinkler was established in 1977. In 2006 Tori and Brad Jackson purchased the business. They install and repair lawn sprinkler systems for commercial and residential customers. Some of the sprinklers they repair are the original sprinklers dating to 1977 when the business first opened. Their main focus as a business is for […]

Siouxland Magazine, Sioux City

Siouxland Magazine was started in 2007. At the end of 2018, Becca Feauto and Stacie Anderson purchased Siouxland Magazine. They saw this as an opportunity to reach out to the community and start real, meaningful conversations. This makes them unique from other businesses in the area. They get together with a diverse group of community […]

Underwater Solutions, Spirit Lake

Mark and Cheri Petersen opened Underwater Solutions LLC in 2013 with their son-in-law. Located around the Iowa Great Lakes, they had noticed a change in aquatic vegetation and saw a need for removal even though it wasn’t recognized. They offer lake front weed removal, dive services, shoreline clean up, ice recovery for snowmobiles, Zebra Mussel […]

Zupp and Zupp Law Firm, P.C., Denison

Ever since they were young, twin sisters Jennifer Zupp-Smith and Jessica Zupp have always been partners. They have always wanted to work together and own their own law firm. In 2013, they made this dream come true when starting Zupp and Zupp Law Firm, P.C. This family business is owned by the two sisters, is […]