Targeted Small Business Highlights

January 5, 2021
Targeted Small Business Highlights

Janna Alampi, President and CEO of EPICx Studio in Ankeny, led a workshop titled, “Building Science: Air Barriers 101,” at the virtual 2020 AIA Iowa Central States Region Convention on September 23. Janna is a licensed architect, qualified commissioning provider, building enclosure consultant, and building forensics analyst. The course looked at the building science of air barriers so participants could better understand their use and function.


Deb Brown, owner of Building Possibility in Webster City, and co-owner of SaveYour.Town, was interviewed on a national podcast, RuralBusiness.com. Brown shares information about revitalizing small towns, filling empty buildings and working with locals in the podcast episode.


Classroom Clinic, a telehealth company that provides mental health services to rural schools, was recognized by software developer Bio:neos for their work in providing support and improved access to mental health services. Located in Carroll and founded by Sue Gehling, Classroom Clinic received grant funding from Northwest Iowa Care Connections (NWIACC) and Rolling Hills Community through the CARES Act grant funding, which is helping them accelerate the development of their school-based telehealth platform.


Gaia Waxing Beauty & Wellness Studio, owned by Chrystina Morteo, was featured in the Telegraph Herald regarding the opening of a second studio location within the Millwork District of Dubuque. Chrystina joined forces with her brother Luis Morteo to make the new endeavor possible. Gaia Waxing provides a variety of services, including waxing, cosmetology, massage and plasma skin therapy, in addition to a variety of body care products.


Golden Openings in Urbandale, owned by Kimberly Baeth, was honored as a 2020 BBB International Torch Award Winner. Winning businesses were recognized for outstanding commitment to leadership, character, social responsibility and high standards of organizational ethics. In addition, Golden Openings was featured in the Business Record for recently signing a contract with the White House for exclusive vendor rights to provide anything from ribbons and banners, to red carpet or holiday decorations.


Kori Heuss, President and Owner of Heuss Printing in Ames is speaking at The Business of Art Conference on March 6. Heuss will be leading a session on marketing strategies for artists to grow their business. Heuss Printing offers promotional print and marketing items, including company giveaways, parade items and more.


Lola’s Fine Hot Sauce was recently featured in the Business Record for being selected to have their hot sauce sold at Walmart. After Walmart’s annual Open Call pitch event, Lola’s will be one of 175 small businesses to find itself on the shelves of the national retailer in early 2021. Located in West Des Moines and owned by Taufeek Shah, Lola's is a generational family recipe, which is already is carried in national chains such as Whole Foods, Costco, Target and restaurants through the U.S. and parts of Canada.


Katherine McClure, portrait artist at Katherine McClure Photography in Prairie City, Iowa, had three painted portraits accepted at PPA's 2020 International Print Competition. Her award-winning pieces will be displayed in January 2021 at the Imaging USA convention. Her work featured local Iowans Amelia Brown, Class of 2021, of Prairie City, Rev. Matthew McClure of Prairie City, and the Bassman family of West Des Moines.


Mary Anne Kennedy, owner of Primary Source, was awarded NAWBO Iowa Advocate of the Year. The NAWBO Mission is to propel women business owners into greater economic, social and political spheres of power statewide, and the Advocate of the Year award honors one outstanding individual or company who has worked to practice, innovate, and effect change by supporting and advocating for women business owners in Iowa. Primary Source is a promotional products, awards and corporate apparel company located in Urbandale.


Studio Fusco was interviewed by Local 5 News regarding free posters/signs with COVID updates they are making for local businesses and organizations. Studio Fusco is owned by Audrey Fusco, and they have been providing copies, prints, business cards, banners, posters and more for free to other small businesses since the start of the pandemic. Studio Fusco is a print shop and graphic design studio located in Indianola.


Velorosa Cycling was selected as one of three winners of the Title Nine 2020 Movers and Makers Pitchfest. They are now working with the Title Nine team to create a line of exclusive Velorosa cycling wear that will be available only at Title Nine in the Spring of 2021. Title Nine is nationally known women’s outdoor apparel and gear company, who also offers mentorship to the companies who competed as a way to support and promote smaller women-owned businesses who are trying to learn and grow. Velorosa Cycling is owned by Kim Hopkins and Lisa Carponelli and located in Des Moines.



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