Leah Pitts

Shelly Zimmerman

SMC Ins Inc., Dumont Shelly Zimmerman had a great opportunity as a long-term employee of Harrison Thornburgh Insurance Inc. to buy the existing business from her retiring employer. From a small town storefront in Dumont, the agency had built up a strong book of business in crop insurance, property, casualty and health, among other lines. As …

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Muscatine Entrepreneurial Center for Business Development

The Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) announced on December 16, 2013 that its Davenport center, the Eastern Iowa Small Business Development Center, is an active member of the Muscatine Entrepreneurial Center for Business Development (Center) and will be providing free business counseling at the Center at least two days per month. They will also …

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Chuck Dirks

CQM Systems LLC, Coralville The Iowa Small Business Development Center at The University of Iowa assisted Chuck Dirks extensively with his energy efficient water treatment and tube cleaning systems business and continues to help him grow his company. Charles (Chuck) Dirks grew up on a farm in Jones County and graduated from Anamosa High School. …

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Heidi Bell

From The Ground, Leon Heidi Bell and her husband are fourth generation farmers in Decatur County who are committed to sustaining rural Iowa communities and rural economic development. In 2009, with help from the Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Southwestern Community College, Heidi purchased a storefront on the town square in Leon, population 1977, …

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Lisa Shimkat

As Regional Director of the Iowa Small Business Development Center for North Central Iowa in Fort Dodge, Lisa was honored as the 2010 Iowa “State Star” by the national association of Small Business Development Centers – America’s SBDC. America’s SBDC annually recognizes Small Business Development Center employees for demonstrating exemplary work performance, significantly contributing to the …

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Sue Pitts

As Regional Director of the Iowa Small Business Development Center at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Sue was honored as the 2011 Iowa “State Star” by the national association of Small Business Development Centers – America’s SBDC. America’s SBDC annually recognizes Small Business Development Center personnel for demonstrating exemplary work performance, significantly contributing to …

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Mike Upah

As Regional Director of the Iowa Small Business Development Center at Iowa State University in Ames, Mike was honored as the 2012 Iowa “State Star” by the national association of Small Business Development Centers – America’s SBDC. America’s SBDC annually recognizes Small Business Development Center (SBDC) personnel for demonstrating exemplary work performance, significantly contributing to the …

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Dave McLaren

  As Regional Director of the Iowa Small Business Development Center at Southwestern Community College in Creston, Dave was honored as the 2013 Iowa “State Star” by the national association of Small Business Development Centers – America’s SBDC. America’s SBDC annually recognizes Small Business Development Center employees for demonstrating exemplary work performance, significantly contributing to the organization’s …

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