Tyson & Anne Greenwalt Family

A Small Business Grows in Stuart

Becoming a successful small business owner isn’t always a planned thing, sometimes it just happens.  Such is the case with Anne and Tyson Greenwalt of Stuart.  Just two years ago, this husband and wife team were working full-time for two companies in Des Moines—Tyson in construction and Anne in event planning.  Now they are the owners Carver’s Ridge, LLC, a growing and ever-changing engraving and landscaping business in Stuart, complete with a 5,000 square foot building including a gift shop, design center, production area, and office.  

Photo of Heidi Bell

AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has announced the 2013 award winners for its two special entrepreneur awards.

Heidi Bell, owner, From The Ground, Leon, is the 2013 Deb Dalziel Woman Entrepreneur Achievement Award winner. Michael Sexton, founder/owner, Real Time Ag, LLC, Rockwell City, is the 2013 Neal Smith Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner.

The Deb Dalziel Woman Entrepreneur Achievement Award honors an Iowa woman entrepreneur who has significantly changed or improved her life and the lives of others. The award is presented in memory of Deb Dalziel, a devoted small business advocate who was director of the Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Community College, Burlington, from 1987 until her death from cancer in 1999 at the age of 44.

Bill Oetken at Office Machines

Oetken Office Machines Opens for Business

In 1995, Bill Oetken was recruited from his job as produce manager for Easter’s Family Center in Creston to be a sales representative for Steve Maltzahn’s business, Creston Office Machines.  Oetken had a degree in business and an interest in sales so he jumped at the opportunity, not realizing that leap would lead him to business ownership someday.