Bill Oetken, Owner

Oetken Office Machines, Creston

Bill Oetken received assistance from the Iowa Small Business Development Center at Southwestern Community College on company formation, writing a business plan, preparing a budget, and developing sales projections so he could purchase an existing office machine company that has been part of his community for more than 60 years. Read More...

Carrie Van Orden, Owner

Max Effect Cycling and Fitness Studio, Iowa City

Carrie Van Orden received help with her business plan and in finding funding from the Iowa Small Business Development Center at the University of Iowa so she could start her cycling and fitness studio.

Amy and Chad Vohs, Owners

You and Yours, LLC, Polk City

Inventor and entrepreneur Amy Vohs received great advice and business assistance from the Iowa Small Business Development Center for Mid Iowa, plus expertise and the use of a 3D printer from the Iowa State University Industrial Design Department, in order to successfully manufacture her all-Iowa made product, Lil Sidekick.

Mark and Anna Sprouse, Owners

The Office, Lenox

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Southwestern Community College helped Mark and Anna Sprouse through every stage of purchasing an existing restaurant, and then helped them further when they needed to expand.


Joe Sipich, Owner

Milio’s Sandwiches, Cedar Rapids

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Kirkwood Community College helped Joe Sipich develop his business plan, plus provided free market research, so he could open his franchise restaurants. Read More...

Josh Lopshire, Owner

Josh Lopshire Trucking, Ottumwa

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Indian Hills Community College helped Josh Lopshire set up an accounting system, allocate costs, develop cash flow projections, and more to start his trucking business.



LtoR: Wee Thomas, Maria Cansino, and Wanida Thomas

Ginger Thai Cuisine, Cedar Falls

Wanida Thomas received help from the Iowa Small Business Development Center at the University of Northern Iowa in writing a business plan, finding a lawyer, applying for financing, and dealing with business problems, so she could open her Thai restaurant.

Tyler Anderson, Chief Fun Officer

Roller City, Mason City

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at North Iowa Area Community College assisted Tyler Anderson in purchasing an existing roller skating rink by helping him develop a business plan, financial statements, and cash flow projections, plus reviewed marketing strategies and financing options.

Dr. Randall Wanke, Primary Researcher, and Leonard Hoogerwerf, Owner

QC Analytical Services, LLC, LeClaire

Leonard Hoogerwerf was assisted by the Iowa Small Business Development Center at Eastern Iowa Community College District in finding funding to launch a new product developed by one division of his commercial testing certified laboratory. Read More...

Tom Cackler, President

r-Pipe, Inc.

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Iowa State University helped Tom Cackler, President of r-Pipe, Inc., get prepared and apply for funding to develop and test materials to build a prototype of a better sewer pipe made from recycled materials.


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