In The Country Garden and Gifts, Independence

America’s SBDC Iowa at the University of Northern Iowa helped Josh and Sue Spece run new financial projections and complete an application for Targeted Small Business certification so they could obtain financing to move their existing rural greenhouse business to a more accessible and larger location. Mother and son team, Josh and Sue Spece, have been […]

We Run LLC, North Liberty

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Kirkwood Community College helped Brian and Kris Tharp open their specialty running store by providing assistance developing a business plan and financial projections, helpful demographic market research, and advice on location, marketing, legal structure, and other start-up business basics. Brian Tharp started running to lose weight and realized […]

Key City Vision Center, Dubuque

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Northeast Iowa Community College helped Dr. Jeff Manternach and Mark Lewis obtain financing and set up their full service vision center by helping them develop a business plan and cash flows, plus provided additional advice on legal structure, profit splitting and more. Dr. Jeff Manternach, an optometrist, and […]

Ramsey’s Metro Market, Marion

Conrad Ramsey received help from the Iowa Small Business Development Center at Kirkwood Community College in optimizing his business plan, comparing possible locations, and finding financing so he could open his unique wine bar. Conrad Ramsey had always wanted to operate his own business. It was simply a matter of choosing the appropriate enterprise, recognizing […]

Spencer Convenient Healthcare, LLC, Spencer

In order to successfully open her healthcare clinic Carol Lewallen sought help from the Iowa Small Business Development Center at Iowa Lakes Community College in developing her business plan, working through the financial projections and understanding the loan process. Healthcare made simple and being provided at hours convenient to the patient—that has been Carol Lewallen’s main […]

SERVPRO®, Iowa City/Coralville and Ottumwa/Oskaloosa

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at the University of Iowa helped Brian Meyer with business valuation/pricing, financial projections and financial statements so he could purchase an existing SERVPRO® franchise. Brian Meyer grew up in Wayland, Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University in 1999 with a degree in marketing and a minor in finance. […]

Whisk Away Café and Bakery, DeWitt

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Eastern Iowa Community College District helped Laura Prichard by reviewing her business plan, creating cash flow projections, helping her find a good location, and negotiating a lease so she could obtain financing to open a bakery and café. Laura Prichard was a graduate of culinary school and had […]

Bridal Visions by LD, Fort Dodge

LaDonna High received assistance from the Iowa Small Business Development Center for North Central Iowa in developing a business plan and putting together the necessary paperwork to obtain financing so she could open her own bridal and formal wear store. Enjoying every aspect of working in the bridal and formal wear industry, LaDonna finds it […]

The Sioux City Conservatory of Music, Sioux City

With business advice and assistance from the Iowa Small Business Development Center at Western Iowa Tech Community College in developing their business plan and financial projections, plus providing market research and strategy development, Ron and Gia Emory were able to open their non-profit music conservatory. Music lives and speaks at the Sioux City Conservatory of […]

Owen Family Concessions Etc., LLC, Leland

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at North Iowa Area Community College helped Mike Owen with financial analysis, developed cash flow projections, reviewed his business plan, and provided other business advice so he could start his special event concessions company. Mike Owen had some limited previous experience providing concessions to special events in his role […]