Tag: Veteran-Owned



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 #212: Cap Arms & Ideal Energy


Cap Arms – Sibley
Built on the trust and partnership of childhood friends, CapArms was the idea that brought three military vets together again. Pushed out of a major metropolitan area in Minnesota, this ammunition company found the perfect fit in a small Iowa community.

Ideal Energy – Fairfield
After returning home from active duty, a Navy SEAL sought an education in sustainability at a small Iowa university. Now, he and his wife work together, using renewable energy to sow the seeds of peace.

FULL EPISODE #208: Musco Lighting & Rocket Referrals


Musco LightingMuscatine/Oskaloosa
From movie sets to speedways, learn about the Iowa company that has been there to make sure the lights turn on.

Rocket Referrals – Des Moines/Keokuk
Meet two brothers who credit their father with cultivating their own interest in becoming entrepreneurs.

FULL EPISODE #202: Cookies BBQ & Schumacher Elevator


Cookies BBQWall Lake
“Speed” Herrig, a recognizable face in Iowa barbecue, shares the stories. Learn the stories behind his many entrepreneurial endeavors.

Schumacher ElevatorDenver
The Schumacher family of Denver, Iowa, has operated businesses in the town since before the Great Depression, and runs the town’s largest employer.