Tag: Technology

FULL EPISODE #310: GOMACO & PEAR DECK

 

GOMACO, Ida Grove

Harold and Gary Godberson started a family business making concrete finishing machines in the 1960s. In the fifty years since, their company has become a trailblazer in concrete paving worldwide.

Pear Deck, Iowa City

This small Iowa City software company creates programs for use in the classroom. The teachers and designers behind the business are focused on making their educational tools more engaging for all the students in the classroom.

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 #303: CRAWDADDY OUTDOORS & VISUAL LOGIC

 

CrawDaddy Outdoors, Waverly

As a lifelong outdoorsman, Darrin Siefken spent a career as a conservationist before attempting to run his own business. Discover how community support has been integral to his success in Waverly.

Visual Logic, Waterloo

Early in their careers, entrepreneurs Andy Van Fleet and Kurt Vander Wiel had negative experiences in the highly-competitive tech industry. As partners, they make it a priority to value their employees.

 

FULL EPISODE #207: HTG & Grundorf

 

HTG – Harlan
This farmer bought his first computer in 1982, and he now runs a global IT consulting company from the middle of a corn field.

Grundorf – Council Bluffs
Frank and Susan Grund spent their 20’s touring with a band. Even though they no longer perform, they’ve created a business that still serves the music industry.

FULL EPISODE #106: IGOR Technologies & Scratch Cupcakery

 

IGOR Technologies – Johnston
For many entrepreneurs, starting a business proves to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Dwight Stewart has made a habit of it.

Scratch Cupcakery – Cedar Falls
Is it possible to have too much success? For this bakery, the huge lines out their doors proved to be their greatest challenge.

FULL EPISODE #102: Far Reach & Stone Cliff Winery

 

Far Reach – Cedar Falls
You often hear of businesses with multiple founders, but have you ever heard of a company with five? This tech company has found a way to make it work.

Stone Cliff Winery – Dubuque
Looking for a more simple lifestyle, the Smiths moved to Iowa. But what they found instead was opportunity.