The NIACC Pappajohn Center and SBDC are proud to advise and assist rural entrepreneurs as they start a new endeavor or grow their existing company. Explore the stories of some of the local businesses we have helped.
Jessica & Derek Balsley – The Art of Education University, Osage, IA
Jessica and Derek Balsley are revolutionizing education and building a global company in Osage, IA.
Derek and Lizanne Engh – Engh Rental and North Iowa Lumber & Design, Britt, IA
Derek and Lizanne Engh show what North Iowa’s young entrepreneurs can achieve.
Dean and Marcia Sonquist – Plas-Tech Tooling, Garner, IA
Dean and Marcia are crafting entrepreneurial excellence in Garner, IA – and celebrating 25 years of business success.
Bob and Suzy Rolling – Lake Time Brewery, Clear Lake, IA
Building a destination brewery in downtown Clear Lake.
Brad and Angie Barber – Cabin Coffee, Clear Lake, IA
Brewing hometown success by remaining true to their community.
Dave and Mary Hopper – Natural Plus Nursery, Clear Lake, IA
As the garden grows… so does the gardener.
The dream of many young students attending dental school is to one day own their own practice. While a lofty dream for many, it became a real life success story for Dan Scarrow – with a little help from longtime Jewell residents, Fred and Ann Marcalus.
Peter Ausenhus & Margaret Bishop, Co-owners, Worth Brewing Company
The tiniest brewery dreams big in a small town.
Performance Livestock Analytics
Big data and data analytics thrive on Iowa’s prairie.
Sarah Novacek, President & Owner, Legacy Logistics Freight, Inc.
Nominee for the Iowa SBDC Deb Dalziel Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Tony Halsted, Hoover’s Hatchery, Rudd IA
Nominee for the Iowa SBDC Neil Smith Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Dumont Insurance Agent Wins Statewide Woman Entrepreneur Award
Shelly Zimmerman is the 2015 Iowa Small Business Development Centers’ Deb Dalziel Woman Entrepreneur Achievement Award winner.
Latham Hi-Tech Hybrids LLC
Corn is big business in Iowa, but high technology corn is becoming an even bigger business.
Owens Family Concessions LLC.
Turning adversity into opportunity.
North Central Mechanical Services Company, Mason City
The journey from apprentice to business owner.