Small Business Stories

Iowans on the pathway to small business ownership connect and learn what is takes to be successful when they share their own stories, and hear the stories of others. The Iowa Center creates networking opportunities for our clients to connect with Iowa’s business and community leaders, and with each other. Sharing their dreams, victories, and struggles builds community connections and support to propel them to overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams. The Iowa Center invites you to join us in celebrating our client successes!

Small business starts at the kitchen table.
Lola’s, West Des Moines
VIDEO:  Story of with Lola’s CEO Taufeek Shah
NEWS:  Taufeek Shah recognized as SBA Small Business Champion

Small business wakes up early.
Early Bird, West Des Moines
NEWS:  Early Bird expands to second Iowa location

Small business stays up late.
xBk, Des Moines
VIDEO: Story of with xBk founder Tobi Parks

Small business gives back.
Blk & Bold, Des Moines
VIDEO: Story of with Founder Pernell Cezar
NEWS:  Blk & Bold makes Inc 5000 list

Small business cares for the community.
Vibrant Home Care, West Des Moines
NEWS:  The Business of Caring – Doing More Today

Small business collaborates.
Salon Incognito, Red & Lee Vintage and Skinny’s Barbecue, Muscatine
VIDEO:  Story of 2nd Street:  Small Businesses in Downtown Muscatine

Small business tells our stories.
Studio Process, West Des Moines

Small business creates jobs and opportunities.
Zamorins Solutions, Des Moines

Small business gives us energy.
Sunshine Cafe and Smoothies, Clive

Small business builds a brand.
Cocoa Creative, Des Moines
Video: Story of Black Owned Business in Iowa with Cocoa Creative Founder Terrence Thames

Small business makes us stronger. 
Impact Fitness and Nutrition, Muscatine
VIDEO:  Story of Impact Fitness

Small business is full of surprises.
A Glimpse Within, Ankeny

Small business makes space. 
Slow Down Coffee Company, Des Moines
VIDEO:  Story Of Highland Park with Slow Down founders Drew and Kara Kelso

Small business helps you succeed.
One Above HR, Eastern Iowa

Small business turns a side hustle into a main hustle.
Cocoa Creative, Des Moines

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