ReEnvision Ag, Nora Springs

ReEnvision Ag is an agricultural start-up located in Nora Springs, Iowa, founded by Jayson Ryner – farmer, musician, entrepreneur and creative problem solver. ReEnvision Ag is developing disruptive technology that will change the row-crop farming industry. Jayson came up with the idea for the system – now called REAP (ReEnvision Ag Planting) System to allow […]

Coloff Digital, Forest City

Coloff Digital is located in Forest City and provides a wide range of brand strategy, website, graphic design, video, social media, and digital marketing solutions. The company started in 2013 as a division of Coloff Media which owns and operates 12 radio stations across North Iowa. Jim Coloff founded the division after hearing from his […]

EZ Manufacturing, Charles City

The inspiration for EZ Manufacturing began 2013 when founder, Bruce Goddard, was struggling to find a way to prevent his net wrapping for livestock from freezing during the cold winter months. This predicament would eventually lead them to creating an innovative, rear-mounted bale processor. After two years of development and testing, Bruce had perfected his […]

SERVPRO of Mason City, Mason City

Keith and Holly Messenger have owned SERVPRO of Mason City since October 2017, when they purchased the business from its original owners of ten years. SERVPRO provides a professional response to property damage emergencies. Clients include insurance companies seeking superior and timely restoration services, as well as commercial and residential property owners who require routine […]

Kaleidoscopes To You, Manly

Located in the small North Iowa town of Manly, Kaleidoscopes to You has been lovingly assembled from the merging of two family-owned businesses. Karl and Jean Schilling both came from entrepreneurial families. Karl began working with glass in junior high with a stained glass apprenticeship. Jean’s mother owned and operate The Plant Ranch, a florist […]

The Art of Education University, Osage

The Art of Education University, founded by Jessica and Derek Balsley in 2011, is a local Iowa success story of building a global company in a rural community. This business is located in Osage, which it is a small town in North Iowa with a population of around 3,600. The Art of Education University is […]

Petunias & Pixie Dust, Osage

Lacey Huisman and Michele Johnson founded Petunias & Pixie Dust for a simple reason- their community needed it. They had noticed that there was a common lament from their friends and coworkers in Osage- no one could find attractive and affordable clothing. Michele had been purchasing clothes online from online boutiques for years, but there […]

Red Cedar Lodge, Charles City

  Red Cedar Lodge began with a walk-through of an overgrown farm where Tom Winterink used to play as a child. The property had recently come on the market and during a hometown visit, Tom and his wife Lorraine explored the property with a new camera, snapping pictures along the way of the old barn, […]

Staci Ackerson: 2019 Neal Smith Entrepreneur of the Year

Staci Ackerson, a United States Navy Desert Storm veteran, acquired Shankland Insurance in 2012. Staci wanted to expand her business and her husband, Stacy, a retired contractor, knew that Charles City had loads of untapped potential. With Stacy’s vision of rehabilitating the historic Charles City Western Railroad depot in mind, Staci reached out to the […]

All Things Advertising, Mason City

The Founder and Owner of All Things Advertising, Miriah Whitehurst, is an Iowa Native and North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) Alumni.  As a NIACC Alumni she knew the NIACC Pappajohn Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development Center was a great resource to help her grow her business. Miriah visited America’s SBDC Iowa in March of […]