Deb Dalziel Woman Entrepreneur Achievement Award

The Deb Dalziel Woman Entrepreneur Achievement Award is awarded annually to women who have significantly improved or changed their own personal situation, thus having an impact on others around them. The award was established in 1999 by America’s SBDC Iowa to help highlight the accomplishments of women entrepreneurs in Iowa. The purpose of the Deb Dalziel award is not only to honor Dalziel, a long-time advocate of women entrepreneurs, but also to ensure that the groundwork is in place to assure women equal advantages in the business world.

As director of America’s SBDC Iowa at Southeastern Community College from 1987 to 1999, Deb Dalziel served as a mentor for women developing business projects. According to Ron Manning, former state director of the Iowa SBDC, Deb was a resourceful consultant and advisor who served as an excellent example for her clients of how women can achieve success in the business world. Dalziel died of cancer at the age of 44.

Past Award Winners

                                                                Nannette Griffin

                                                         Griffin Muffler and Brake

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Erica Brewer

Belle Allure Minkz & Boutique


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Yulia Dannen

D&S Services

Mason City

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Sue Tyrrell

Hands Up Communications

Cedar Rapids

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Sara Winkleman

S&B Farmstead Distillery


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Doreen Roy

Wholesome Basket


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Alisa Roth

Bloom Works Floral

Council Bluffs

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Sarah Novacek

Legacy Logistics Freight

Mason City

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Shelly Zimmerman

SMC Ins Inc.


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Heidi Bell

From the Ground


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Christina Moffatt

Creme Cupcake+Dessert

Des Moines

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Wendy Wright

Get Funky Gifts & Stuff

Sioux City

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Kristen Stephens Sharma

Inspired! Inc.

North Liberty

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Sarah Gall

The Runner’s Flat

Cedar Falls

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Sally Nichols

Burlington in Bloom


Anna Bradley

Criterion 508 Solutions, Inc.


Jane Shekleton

JaneyLynn’s Designs

New Hampton

Penny Brown Huber

Funding Solutions


Nancy Moeller

CustomCraft Trailer Outfitters and Inn the Hunt


Deanna Cloud

Marvel Media Inc.

Sioux City

Mary Connell

Air Control Inc. and ACI Fabricators


Vanessa Oden

Vanessa Oden communication Services


Pat Galasso

Ge-Angelo’s Inc.

Clear Lake

Martha Wolf and Susan Saunders

Ivy Bake Shoppe & Cafe

Fort Madison and Burlington

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