Awards

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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Scott Swenson

As Regional Director of America’s SBDC Iowa at Kirkwood Community College in Hiawatha, Scott Swenson was honored as the 2017 Iowa “State Star” by the national association of Small Business Development Centers –  America’s SBDC annually recognizes Small Business Development Center employees for demonstrating exemplary work performance, significantly contributing to the organization’s economic development efforts, …

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