SwineTech®, Cedar Rapids

SwineTech® began when friends Matthew Rooda and Abraham Espinoza were searching for a solution to reduce piglet crushing at the farrow-to-finish farm Michael worked at in Waterloo. After just one semester at the University of Iowa, Rooda and Espinoza presented their initial findings at the John Pappajohn Founders Club. They were awarded 1st place for […]

SantosHuman, Coralville

Steve Beck is the President and CEO of SantosHuman Inc (SHI), located in Coralville, IA. SantosHuman provides virtual human-in-the-loop solutions through subscription licenses to Santos-enabled software products as well as services that leverage their unique ability to predict human physical behavior and performance. Santos technologies provide early stage design teams with human-centric insight at the […]

Little Lights on the Lane, West Branch

In 2010 Erin came to the SBDC to expand her photography business. She wanted to start an event center for weddings and reception. Erin was looking for a building that she could purchase with some bank financing. However, banks were hesitant to loan her any money even though she and her husband had an excellent […]

VerdiLife, Iowa City

The University of Iowa SBDC has been consulting with Mahdi since he was a student in 2016. He is a PhD candidate in Economics at the University of Iowa, and he is from Iran. He has won numerous business plan contest around the world and he just finished up venture school where I was a […]

Viewpoint Molecular Targeting, LLC, Coralville

In 2014, it was estimated that 1,169,351 Americans were living with melanoma of the skin, a form of cancer. For patients whose disease is detected early, the cancer can be removed by surgery. However, when melanoma spreads beyond the skin (metastatic melanoma), it is lethal and over 10,000 people will die of metastatic melanoma in […]

ProCircular, North Liberty

After years of working in biotech, Aaron Warner found himself consistently running into the same dilemma; finding cybersecurity that is both affordable and covers a multitude of security facets. In September 2016, he created a solution for the online community at large through his business, ProCircular. ProCircular goes above and beyond traditional cyber security in […]

Outfox, Ltd., Coralville

After visiting an escape room in Prague, Carolyn Beyer had the idea to bring the excitement and mystery of an escape room back to Iowa City, Iowa. On Labor Day of 2015, Carolyn officially opened Outfox, which consisted of three themed rooms, Jurassic Iowa, Lost Will, and The Abducted Officer. An escape room is where […]

Firehouse Subs, Cedar Rapids

John Chadima was determined to be a business owner and was searching for the right venture to invest in when a friend suggested Firehouse Subs, a fast casual restaurant chain with a passion for hearty and flavorful food, heartfelt service, and public safety. The franchise’s history and practices were enticing to John who really believed […]

Shepherd Engine Development, Inc., Solon

Jim Shepherd, co-owner and founder of Shepherd Engine Development, Inc., spends three to five nights a week providing track support for his clients and business partner, Chad Holladay, at race tracks from March to mid-October. Jim and Chad believe wholeheartedly in the value of building relationships with people, and in this case race car drivers […]

SERVPRO®, Iowa City/Coralville and Ottumwa/Oskaloosa

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at the University of Iowa helped Brian Meyer with business valuation/pricing, financial projections and financial statements so he could purchase an existing SERVPRO® franchise. Brian Meyer grew up in Wayland, Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University in 1999 with a degree in marketing and a minor in finance. […]