Rachel Dorr Accounting, Oakland

REACT – RECOVERY – RESILIENCE SBDC IOWA CLIENTS SHARE THEIR COVID-19 JOURNEY Rachel Dorr Accounting Rachel Dorr, Owner How did you come up with the idea for your business? After freelancing through college (round 2), I knew I wanted to keep my current clients after I graduated. I wanted to maintain the flexibility of self-employment, […]

Risney Photo and Design, Council Bluffs

REACT – RECOVERY – RESILIENCE SBDC IOWA CLIENTS SHARE THEIR COVID-19 JOURNEY Risney Photo and Design Anne Morgan, Owner How did you come up with the idea for your business? Risney Photo was first opened by my parents in the 1950s. In 2004, I took the business over after they both had passed away. Due […]

Bountiful Blossoms Bee Company, Glenwood

REACT – RECOVERY – RESILIENCE SBDC IOWA CLIENTS SHARE THEIR COVID-19 JOURNEY Bountiful Blossoms Bee Company Carol Fassbinder-Orth, Owner How did you come up with the idea for your business? I grew up on a commercial honey bee farm in Northeast Iowa, Fassbinder Apiaries, but I went to graduate school to be a researcher. I […]

Anytime Tees, Council Bluffs

REACT – RECOVERY – RESILIENCE SBDC IOWA CLIENTS SHARE THEIR COVID- 19 JOURNEY ANYTIME TEES   How did you come up with the idea for Anytime Tees? I started the business 10 years ago, as a way to be involved in high school athletics and the Council Bluffs community. At the time I was a […]

The Hub, Council Bluffs

When a new YMCA was being built in Council Bluffs it meant one thing to Brooke Hubbard. A huge empty building in the heart of Downtown. In May of 2018, Brooke opened The Hub, which included not one, but four vital businesses that attract many different demographics to one location. They would not only patronize […]

Bloom Works Floral, Council Bluffs

In 2004 Alisa Roth had a dream to start and run her own floral business so she stopped into the Iowa Western SBDC (SBDC) to see how they could help her. She was in her early twenties then with two very young children. However, within six months Alisa and her key employee, Susan Enewald, were […]

Snowshoe Candy Company

What could be cozier than curling up beside a roaring fire and munching on seasonal, homemade caramels? Eight years ago, Ali Clark Yahnke was given the opportunity to make the world a sweeter place when her grandfather passed down their family’s caramel recipe to her. As a long time farmer’s market vendor, Ali decided to […]

FarmTable Delivery, Harlan

In the fall of 2013, Ellen Walsh-Rosmann was struck with an idea. As a vegetable farmer in Harlan, Iowa and a new mother of two, Ellen realized how difficult it was to market and deliver her produce in an efficient manner to customers. She decided to start a business which would allow farmers to sell […]

Loess Hills Lavender Farms, Missouri Valley

While walking through a lavender field at a lavender festival in Washington State, Mary Hamer realized she “had to do this back home.” At that moment, the idea of Loess Hills Lavender Farms was born. Tim and Mary Hamer have been in the lavender business since 2009 and have continued to work full-time on their […]

Willow Creek Glass Chapel and Banquet Barn, Shelby

Shane McCool moved back to Iowa from beautiful Hawaii in 2005 when his parents proposed the idea of building a wedding chapel on their scenic family farm in Shelby, Iowa. Initially a skeptic, Shane was fully committed to the idea after he considered the farm’s location in Iowa – far enough from the city, but […]