The Great Hall of Royal, Royal

Matt and Sara Ricke purchased and began construction on the closed St. Louis Catholic Church in August 2018 with the vision of creating a comprehensive event venue for Northwest Iowans. In May of 2019, they turned their vision into a reality, with the grand opening of The Great Hall of Royal. 2020 was set to […]

Frein Audio & Technology, Mason City

Lucas Frein is a native of North Iowa but he didn’t always think he wanted to build his life, his career in his hometown. His journey to founding Frein Audio & Technology in Mason City was a winding road of discovering how to turn a passion into a successful career. “It wasn’t overnight,” he says. […]

Emmetsburg Collision, Emmetsburg

At their core, entrepreneurs are problem solvers. They identify problems potential customers face, and they build a business that provides a solution to those problems. In his 30-year career as an auto body technician, Justin Lode has seen firsthand the problems vehicle owners encounter on the road. At some point, most drivers experience some sort […]

HomeGrown Junk, Missouri Valley

After working as a corporate graphic designer for 22 years, Shannon Hanna decided to leave her job to pursue her side business of selling reclaimed vintage “junk” full time. Now, Shannon is celebrating the ten-year anniversary of her business, HomeGrown Junk.  Shannon had always loved repurposing junk in unusual ways and had been selling her […]

Iowa Project Brewing Company, Spencer

Lucas Kline and Nicholas Applegate have been friends since high school. Growing up in Saint Joseph, Missouri, they remained close friends while life took them in different directions. Lucas moved with his family to northwest Iowa, while Nick moved south to Kansas City with his wife. In 2019 their friendship transitioned into a business partnership […]

White Star Ale House – Cedar Rapids

After being involved in a wide range of industries in England such as professional football, fashion, and music, Aaron Jacob decided to become a sports agent. This profession made him realize his passion for working with various people and that he had a talent for negotiating and dealing with contracts. In July 2019, Jacob found […]

Norsemen Trucking, Lake Mills

AMES, Iowa – America’s SBDC Iowa (SBDC) is pleased to announce that Norsemen Trucking, of Lake Mills, is the winner of the organization’s statewide June Small Business of the Month Award.  Norsemen Trucking was founded by David Steffens Sr. after retiring from his first career in law enforcement. He started with a single truck, then […]

Caring Hands and More

Bruce Teague started Caring Hands & More in 2004 after having worked in the industry at the young age of 19. He realized he had a passion for working with end of life patients and with their families. He felt strongly that he should be able to help people stay at home during their final […]

Corn Crib Creations, Grundy Center

Corn Crib Creations is an always homemade-never frozen catering business located in Grundy Center. Owner Tammy Venenga has always loved cooking, starting off early with ten years of 4-H in her home state of South Dakota. When her son graduated high school in 2002, she channeled her love of cooking into catering for friends and […]

Victory Chiropractic, Britt

In August 2017, Dr. Brady Wilson founded Victory Chiropractic in Britt, Iowa, where he was born and raised. While finishing his studies at Palmer Chiropractic School, he decided he would come back to Britt to start his career. “I always knew I wanted to come back to Britt to build my business and raise my […]