Success Stories

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.

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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.

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Bob and Suzy Rolling – Lake Time Brewery, Clear Lake, IA

Building a destination brewery in downtown Clear Lake.

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Brad and Angie Barber – Cabin Coffee, Clear Lake, IA

Brewing hometown success by remaining true to their community.

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Dave and Mary Hopper – Natural Plus Nursery, Clear Lake, IA

As the garden grows… so does the gardener.

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Jewell Dentistry

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.

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Peter Ausenhus & Margaret Bishop, Co-owners, Worth Brewing Company

The tiniest brewery dreams big in a small town.

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Performance Livestock Analytics

Big data and data analytics thrive on Iowa’s prairie.

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Sarah Novacek, President & Owner, Legacy Logistics Freight, Inc.

Nominee for the Iowa SBDC Deb Dalziel Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

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Tony Halsted, Hoover’s Hatchery, Rudd IA

Nominee for the Iowa SBDC Neil Smith Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

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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.

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Latham Hi-Tech Hybrids LLC

Corn is big business in Iowa, but high technology corn is becoming an even bigger business.

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Owens Family Concessions LLC.


Turning adversity into opportunity.

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North Central Mechanical Services Company, Mason City

Nathan and 2 employees

The journey from apprentice to business owner.

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