Embellishments & Designs, Burlington

Lisa Waste was familiar with real estate, she has been a realtor for several years. Lisa was not familiar with the screen printing and embroidery business but found an opportunity when Embellishments and Designs, a business that was well established in the Burlington community, was for sale. Lisa reached out to the Southeastern SBDC for […]

Bark & Play Dog Daycare & Suites, West Burlington

Bark & Play Dog Daycare & Suites was established in 2014 by Ann March. She was working long hours and found it difficult to find someone to care for her dog. She decided to open a dog daycare, and has since added additional services including boarding suites, in-house dog baths, and even homemade dog treats. […]

Ivy Bake Shoppe, Burlington

                                            It is not easy to open a brick and mortar restaurant after three years of working out of the safety of your own basement. It is not easy to move a business away […]

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 […]

Majestic Estate, LLC, Burlington

After long careers with the U.S. Navy and NASA, sisters Lorraine Guerra and Tammy Adams settled in Burlington, Iowa with hopes of establishing their families outside of the big cities they had worked in. With over 35 years of event planning experience through their jobs and for friends, the two sisters decided to make their […]

C.A.R.S. (Christian Automotive Repair Service), West Burlington

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Community College helped Terry Schnack with financial projections, accounting assistance, and obtaining financing so he could purchase a building and start his new automotive shop in West Burlington. Terry Schnack is no stranger to owning a business. As the former owner of Wrench Works, an automotive shop […]

Gypsi and The Wholesome Basket, Burlington

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Community College helped Doreen Roy with payroll, accounting and human resource issues so she could combine her existing home-based business with a new retail business in a storefront in Burlington. Doreen Roy began making natural goats’ milk soaps for her family in 1999. Experimenting further using natural […]

Hometown Medical Care, West Point

With assistance from the Iowa Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Community College in developing a business plan, creating financial projections, and understanding and implementing QuickBooks, Peggy Hirte was able to set up her new family medical practice in West Point, Iowa. Peggy Hirte grew up in West Point, Iowa, but lived most of her […]