Hair Designers of Corning, Backgrounds Coffee, Corning

REACT – RECOVERY – RESILIENCE SBDC IOWA CLIENTS SHARE THEIR COVID-19 JOURNEY Hair Designers of Corning, Backgrounds Coffee Sherry Keefe, Owner How did you come up with the idea for your business? I came up with the idea for Backgrounds due to the fact I love coffee and there was no place in Corning to […]

Greenfield Lumber Co.

    On January 1st, 2020, Greenfield Lumber Co., was successfully transitioned from Bob and Jean Guikema, to their daughter Rena Freeland and her husband Jimmy. This has been a family-run business for 36 years, and will continue in the family with the succession. Established in 1984, Greenfield Lumber Co. provides customers with quality lumber, […]

Café Sign Floral and Gift, Lenox & Bedford

Becky Smith has found momentous success in her recent start-up flower shop, Café Sign Floral and Gift. Like many Iowans, she has deep, family roots in agronomy and farming, and she has always felt drawn to using her skills to take care of the earth. After a 21 year career, she decided to change direction […]

Werner Feed Efficiency Testing Center, Diagonal

Bonnie Larson and her husband Will, purchased their business, Werner Feed Efficiency Testing Center in Diagonal, Iowa, from her sister and brother-in-law in May of 2012. Werner Feed Efficiency Testing is a testing facility that individually measures how much each animal eats and compares that to how much the animal gains throughout the testing period.  […]

Ascherl Chiropractic Sports & Wellness, Winterset and Earlham

Jeremy Ascherl has found immense success in his business, Ascherl Chiropractic Sports & Wellness, over the past year and a half. When first deciding to open his business, he knew he could do it. After looking over everything he realized it would be much easier if he had assistance in purchasing office space and obtaining […]

Ramsey’s Market, Lenox

Theo and Bonnie Ramsey purchased a historic local grocery store in Lenox, Iowa on April 1, 2015 and turned it into Ramsey’s Market, an “Iowa-based neighborhood grocery, incorporating the culture and style of rural America into our modern attitude”. Formerly, the store was Cheese’s Food Center, run by the Cheese Family since 1895. The previous […]

Precast Concrete Company, LLC, Creston

As Darian David and his wife, Jamie, were considering buying Precast Concrete Company in Creston, Iowa, they had no idea what steps were needed to get the ball rolling. The previous owner wanted to sell his company to someone local he could trust and that he felt would run it the same way he had […]

Roush Collision & Restoration LLC, Winterset

Joe Roush’s grandfather gave him his very first car, an ’88 Ford Mustang GT, the day he turned 16. From that moment on Joe was infatuated with fixing it up and making it better. When his high school counselor encouraged him to pursue his hobby as a career, Joe began working at the local body […]

The Office, Lenox

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Southwestern Community College helped Mark and Anna Sprouse through every stage of purchasing an existing restaurant, and then helped them further when they needed to expand. From the beginning, Mark and Anna Sprouse were open to any and all ideas and assistance from Dave McLaren at the South […]

Oetken Office Machines, Creston

Bill Oetken received assistance from the Iowa Small Business Development Center at Southwestern Community College on company formation, writing a business plan, preparing a budget, and developing sales projections so he could purchase an existing office machine company that has been part of his community for more than 60 years. In 1995, Bill Oetken was […]