In the summer of 2016, Colin and Elizabeth (Liz) Hoppe saw a need for a coffee shop in their community.  They sought out guidance from the NW Iowa SBDC to help develop and refine their business model.  With a completed business plan in hand, they presented their vision for the company in the Emmetsburg Dream […]

The Prime Rib

One of the key traits of successful entrepreneurs is their ability to recognize opportunities, and then have the work ethic and persistence to pursue those opportunities.  That is the situation Rob and Carol Gilbertson found themselves in when they were given the opportunity to purchase The Prime Rib in Spencer. The Prime Rib opened in […]

S&B Farmstead Distillery, Bancroft

S&B Farmstead Distillery in Bancroft, Iowa is the proud vision of entrepreneur Sara Winkleman and comes from some unlikely beginnings. Sara is not a descendent from a family of distillers nor does she have an academic background or training in the distilling industry. In fact, she was originally a hair stylist and salon owner. So […]

Miss Behavin Boutique, Spencer, Arnolds Park and Storm Lake

Boutique owner credits SBDC for success   The third time might just be a charm for Tahnee Shuck, proud owner of Miss Behavin Boutique at 307 Grand Ave. in Spencer, with a second location in Arnolds Park. After three years in business, Shuck’s third Miss Behavin location is set to open in Storm Lake this […]

BonBon Frozen Yogurt, Spencer and Arnolds Park

Mercedes (Polaschek) Steffes and her husband, Marc Steffes, received assistance from the Iowa Small Business Development Center at Iowa Lakes Community College in developing a business plan and financial projections so they could get financing to open two frozen yogurt shops in Northwest Iowa. Mercedes and Marc moved back to Spencer, Iowa from Arizona and […]

Spencer Convenient Healthcare, LLC, Spencer

In order to successfully open her healthcare clinic Carol Lewallen sought help from the Iowa Small Business Development Center at Iowa Lakes Community College in developing her business plan, working through the financial projections and understanding the loan process. Healthcare made simple and being provided at hours convenient to the patient—that has been Carol Lewallen’s main […]