Splash Multisport, Mason City

REACT – RECOVERY – RESILIENCE SBDC IOWA CLIENTS SHARE THEIR COVID-19 JOURNEY SPLASH MULTISPORT Eric Follmuth, Owner How did you come up with the idea for your business? When we started in 2005, I was a swim coach. I noticed there weren’t enough vendors to set up stores at every meet for people to buy […]

Anytime Tees, Council Bluffs

REACT – RECOVERY – RESILIENCE SBDC IOWA CLIENTS SHARE THEIR COVID- 19 JOURNEY ANYTIME TEES   How did you come up with the idea for Anytime Tees? I started the business 10 years ago, as a way to be involved in high school athletics and the Council Bluffs community. At the time I was a […]

Shop Where I Live, Cedar Rapids

REACT – RECOVERY – RESILIENCE SBDC IOWA CLIENTS SHARE THEIR COVID-19 JOURNEY SHOP WHERE I LIVE Cherie Edilson, Founder & Owner How did you come up with the idea for Shop Where I Live? In early 2017 my husband and I were both small business owners. I created handmade products and sold them online through […]

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 […]

The Fisherman’s Edge

About two years ago, engineer and avid angler Greg Ferris came up with the idea for a personal watercraft that would be an alternative to fishing kayaks. Knowing that if he were to move forward with the idea as the basis of a business venture – whatever the business model might be – he was […]

Life & Healthcare

In early 2011, Mona Everson reached out to the North Central Iowa Small Business Development Center for assistance with starting an in-home health care business after she saw first-hand the gap in services being provided in her community and was referred to the center by her local Chamber. Mona worked closely with Lisa Shimkat, Regional […]

Dual RC

Nathan Eick is a farm boy with a love of photography.  As he got older and started to experiment with commercially available drones, he planned to provide a commercial aerial photography service to map crops.  In November of 2017, Eick formally started the business. He soon discovered that the aircraft available to him were not […]

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 […]

Greenfield Lumber Co.

    On January 1st, 2020, Greenfield Lumber Co., was successfully transitioned from Bob and Jean Guikema, to their daughter Rena Freeland and her husband Jimmy. This has been a family-run business for 36 years, and will continue in the family with the succession. Established in 1984, Greenfield Lumber Co. provides customers with quality lumber, […]

Minnehan Metal Works, LLC

In 1993, Minnehan Metal Works, LLC began as a welding and farm repair shop in a garage in Churdan. Anthony and Tami Minnehan have grown their company over the years, and earned a reputation as a company that could design and build products that solved problems in the agriculture and commercial industries. Their projects have […]