Tag: Food and Beverage

FULL EPISODE #309: FARMHER & RODNEY’S KITCHEN

 

FarmHer, Urbandale

After a leaving a decade-long career in agriculture, Marji Guyler-Alaniz was looking to start her own business. The week she quit, a Super Bowl ad sparked a business idea that started Marji down the path to being a photographer, speaker, and television host.

Rodney’s Kitchen, Waterloo

After overcoming homelessness, professional chef Rodney Lewis made it his mission to help those in need. From his new restaurant, he is working toward building a stronger Waterloo community.

 

FULL EPISODE #306: FAREWAY & INNOVATIVE LIGHTING

 

Fareway, Boone

In the 1930s, two western Iowa grocers made the decision to start their own small grocery store in Boone. Over the next 75 years, their company’s values have grown a hometown staple throughout Iowa.

Innovative Lighting, Roland

Jerry Handsacker served a full career as a lawyer before taking a leap into an entirely different field. His company now produces thousands of unique products from their factory in Roland, Iowa.

FULL EPISODE #305: FRESH WHEATGRASS GIRL & INTERPOWER

 

Fresh Wheatgrass Girl,  Carlisle

After being introduced to wheatgrass juicing during a family health scare, Kerri Rush started a small cafe to spread her new love of healthy food. See how she’s grown a business with a mission.

Interpower, Oskaloosa

When Bob Wersen was approached to move his business to Iowa, he was skeptical. Twenty-five years later, he’s grown his original business and started another company in the state.

FULL EPISODE #304: RMA ARMAMENT & MISSISSIPPI RIVER DISTILLING COMPANY

 

RMA Armament, Centerville

While serving in the Marines, Blake Waldrop lost a friend that was killed in combat. That military experience would later sent him on a rocky journey towards entrepreneurship manufacturing military grade armor.

Mississippi River Distilling Company, LeClaire

Brothers Ryan and Garrett Burchett learned about entrepreneurship by working in a family business in their childhood. They’ve now started a business of their own in one of Iowa’s top tourist towns.

FULL EPISODE #302: SWEET RAW JOY & RCS MILLWORK

 

Sweet Raw Joy, Iowa City

After making the choice to adopt a healthier lifestyle, Laurie Moritz was inspired to start her own wellness-minded business. Three businesses later, Laurie is shipping products globally.

RCS Millwork, Ankeny

Following years working as a high school teacher, All-American wrestler Dan Keller pursued his true passion of woodworking. See how this athlete and mentor brought his life experience to the world of business.

 

FULL EPISODE #301: TRES MENTES SALSA & BERATEK INDUSTRIES

 

Tres Mentes Salsa,  Grimes

Brothers Phillip and Angelo Campos graduated from college to find they didn’t enjoy their corporate careers. With the support of one another and their family, they risked everything to start their own business.

BeraTek Industries,  Cedar Rapids

As a teenager, inventor Gerald Beranek loved tinkering, fixing, and creating. Those interests led him to starting his own product development and manufacturing company.

FULL EPISODE #211: MediRevv & Cabin Coffee Company

 

MediRevv – Coralville
Providing the healthcare industry with a more efficient process for billing and coding, Chris Klitgaard has made MediRevv a driving force behind healthcare companies throughout the US.

Cabin Coffee Clear Lake
Shifting from their careers in sales and consulting, Brad and Angie Barber have turned their idea for a happy coffee shop into a franchise that’s popping up all over the U.S.

FULL EPISODE #210: Peace Tree Brewery & One Mission

 

Peace Tree BreweryKnoxville
A family history of business ownership is helping one woman distribute her product in markets across Iowa and beyond.

One Mission – Mount Vernon
A mission trip to Haiti inspired one family to help other people reach their mission work goals.

FULL EPISODE #209: Agren & Atlantic Bottling Company

 

Agren – Carroll
Follow an agricultural conservation company’s journey from relying on government grants to growing in the private sector.

Atlantic Bottling Company – Atlantic
Discover the storied history of the Coca-Cola capital of Iowa.

FULL EPISODE #205: Thelma’s Treats & StarrMatica

 

Thelma’s TreatsDes Moines
As a college student, Dereck Lewis spent a summer as a guide in the Alaskan wilderness. That experience led him to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams and launch a cookie company.

StarrMatica
– Clinton
Emily Starr wanted to be a teacher from an early age. But, after several years of teaching, she found her true calling as an entrepreneur helping teachers craft creative lesson plans to connect and engage with students.