KinoSol SBC, Ames

Four students at Iowa State University came up with an idea that they knew could not be put to waste. Clay Mooney, Mikayla Sullivan, Elise Kendall, and Ella Gehrke decided to create a solar-powered food dehydrator to fight hunger and food waste in foreign countries in September of 2014. They got involved in a competition […]

Pickled Palette, LLC, Sioux City

Ashley Prince always had a love for art and design and so went to Iowa State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design. She is a painter, designer, creator, and teacher who wanted to share her passion for art with others. After some deliberation, Ashley started her own art business, Pickled Palette, […]

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

Jessica and Jennifer Zupp are twin sisters who were born and raised in LeMars, Iowa. They went to high school, college, and law school together and graduated from Buena Vista University in 2003, both double-majoring in Criminal Justice and Political Science. Graduating from the University of South Dakota’s School of Law, they obtained their juris […]

Stella Vivian Boutique, Bellevue

Have you ever had a vision that you felt so passionate about and made it a reality? Well Bailey Kloft did just that as she watched her lifelong dream of fashion and styling come to life. After obtaining her Master’s degree in Business Analytics, she wanted to use her strengths in business and add a creative […]

Zoarc Fitness, Dubuque

Conner Weitz graduated with a degree in Health and Human Physiology and a passion for fitness and promoting positivity. After training a wide variety of people, Weitz wanted to create a brand that would inspire, motivate, and educate all types of people on what it means to be healthy and fit. In the winter of […]

The Kerr Spot, Morning Sun

Growing up in Morning Sun, Mindy Kerr had always dreamed of opening her own bar. In June of 2017 Mindy and her husband, Brad, decided to give her dreams a foundation and opened The Kerr Spot. The Kerr Spot is Morning Sun’s go-to hangout spot where you can order everything from “Hawkeye Shots” to their […]

O’Leary’s Kitchen, Des Moines

  In June of 2016, Valerie Singer went to visit her mother in Montana. Little did she know this trip would reshape her career and stir the entrepreneurial spirit within her. While eating lunch at a local farmers market, Valerie was amazed at the quality and authenticity of the vendor’s Irish Flatbread Sandwiches.  Later that […]

Miss Behavin Boutique, Spencer, Arnolds Park and Storm Lake

Boutique owner credits SBDC for success   The third time might just be a charm for Tahnee Shuck, proud owner of Miss Behavin Boutique at 307 Grand Ave. in Spencer, with a second location in Arnolds Park. After three years in business, Shuck’s third Miss Behavin location is set to open in Storm Lake this […]

The Midwest Girl®, Dubuque

Being a girl from the Midwest is a special thing so sisters Marissa Hoffmann and Marah Odgers, formerly Droessler, wanted to create a brand to celebrate exactly that. The two sisters were already running a bridal boutique together, and were looking for a new business venture when they decided to take the leap with The […]

Kelsey’s Funny Farm, Denison

When Kelsey Hipnar’s local pumpkin patch closed due to the owner’s retirement, she felt a pull to keep one in the community. After much research and with a little help from family, she opened Kelsey’s Funny Farm.  Kelsey’s Funny Farm provides a field trip opportunity for local schools and an outdoor recreational area to the […]