By Anna McConnell, Iowa Small Business Development Centers

Joe Roush’s grandfather gave him his very first car, an ’88 Ford Mustang GT, the day he turned 16. From that moment on Joe was infatuated with fixing it up and making it even nicer. When his high school counselor encouraged him to pursue his hobby as a career, Joe began working at the local body shop.

By Anna McConnell, Iowa Small Business Development Centers

Sherry Keefe had been working at Hair Designers, a Corning, Iowa salon, for 29 years when the owner decided to sell. Sherry agreed to take on a new role in the workplace by purchasing the full-service salon and becoming a business owner, while still serving as a stylist.

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.