J&J Custom Meats, Whittemore

In December 2019, Joe and JoAnn Harren, with no prior meat locker experience, started J&J Custom Meats. They saw the need for this type of business within their community and sought out the resources needed to start. J&J Custom Meats provides meat processing services for beef, pork, and venison, as well as retail sales of […]

Wayne’s Ski and Cycle, Mason City

REACT – RECOVERY – RESILIENCE SBDC IOWA CLIENTS SHARE THEIR COVID-19 JOURNEY Wayne’s Ski and Cycle Matt Curtis, Owner How did you come up with the idea for your business? I worked at Wayne’s Ski and Cycle, a shop that specializes in bikes and cycling gear, skis and snow sport apparel, and fitness equipment, in […]

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, […]

Evans Burn Boot Camp, Clive and Ankeny

REACT – RECOVERY – RESILIENCE SBDC IOWA CLIENTS SHARE THEIR COVID-19 JOURNEY Evans Burn Boot Camp Darci Evans, Owner How did you come up with the idea for your business? My husband and l live in Madison, WI, where I am a mom, trainer, and a full-time ER nurse. When I was 38 my friend […]

College Raptor, Iowa City

REACT – RECOVERY – RESILIENCE SBDC IOWA CLIENTS SHARE THEIR COVID-19 JOURNEY College Raptor William Staib, CEO and Co-Founder How did you come up with the idea for your business? When my 5 kids were all starting to go into college, we realized no one knew how much college really cost. We saw two schools […]

Creme Cupcake + Dessert, Des Moines

REACT – RECOVERY – RESILIENCE SBDC IOWA CLIENTS SHARE THEIR COVID-19 JOURNEY CREME CUPCAKE + DESSERT Christina Moffatt, Owner How did you come up with the idea for Creme Cupcakes? In the middle of a recession, I was tired of seeing people in my office with no joy in their day so my solution was […]

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 […]

Windy Ridge Handcrafted, Parkersburg

REACT – RECOVERY – RESILIENCE SBDC IOWA CLIENTS SHARE THEIR COVID-19 JOURNEY Windy Ridge Handcrafted Angela Scanlan, Owner How did you come up with the idea for your business? Windy Ridge Handcrafted products are the natural approach to bath and body. My products are made as naturally as possible. I don’t use fillers or chemicals. […]

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 […]

NanoBio Designs

REACT – RECOVERY – RESILIENCE SBDC IOWA CLIENTS SHARE THEIR COVID-19 JOURNEY NANOBIO DESIGNS Aaron Santos, President How did NanoBio Designs begin? NanoBio Designs is a start-up company dedicated to fast, easy-to-use, genetic detection devices. The company grew out of nanotechnology research conducted by chemistry professor Derek Lyons, Ph.D. and former physics professor Aaron Santos, […]