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Mike Draper talks RAYGUN's growth and expansion, as well as why he wanted employees to unionize.
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Creating a Henna Business in DSM USA Additional Resources, Success Stories
Maggie Goldhammer explains how she got her start in henna design and why she loves doing business in DSM USA.
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Koloni helps bring bike and scooter sharing to smaller communities who aren't able to draw companies on their own.
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Rocket Referrals utilizes automation to create touchpoints for insurance agents.
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Ames-based wastewater startup uses algae to remove and recycle pollutants from wastewater.
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Katie Byers explains House Concerts in Greater Des Moines (DSM).
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Mike Colwell calls artificial intelligence the great equalizer of the startup world.
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Former Global Insurance Accelerator Director Brian Hemesath discusses insurtech and how to find startup success within the industry.
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After working for two Greater Des Moines (DSM) startups, Kate Wagner launches clothing line Lidgett.
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Tej Dhawan discusses the past, present and future for Greater Des Moines' startup and entrepreneur community.
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Liz Lidgett talks about how her love of art turned into launching a DSM USA startup business.
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Episode 28: WorkHound and the Importance of Employee Happiness How to Start a Business, Staffing & Hiring, Success Stories
Max Farrell and Andrew Kirpalani talk about starting WorkHound and the lessons they learned along the way.
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Episode 27: Monetery Recap and Workplace Culture with Ben Milne Events & Networking, Finance, Banking & Capital, Success Stories
Ben Milne, Founder of Dwolla, discusses the success of the company's new event, Monetery, and the importance of creating an inclusive workplace.
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ClinicNote is redefining speech therapy through their electronic medical records.
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Dwolla's Travis Ensley discusses his journey from the Navy to the world of startups.
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Startup Success: CABCo and Expanding in DSM USA Staffing & Hiring, Success Stories
Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing Co. owner Scott Carlson explains how the right people help your business grow.
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Certintell founder Ben Lefever discusses how the Certintell solution engages patients for better outcomes.
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Fusion Boutique owner Sara Jacobson discusses her experience as a business owner in DSM USA.
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LenderClose and the Importance of Building Your Network Events & Networking, Success Stories
LenderClose Founder and CEO, Omar Jordan, discusses the importance of networking when starting a business.
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Cassie Sampson talks startup expansion for Greater Des Moines (DSM) small business owners.
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Overcoming the Challenges: ScoreYard Startup Success How to Start a Business, Success Stories
Des Moines small business owner discusses startup challenges and how he overcomes them.
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Learn more about Agrisync, a software company focused on agriculture.
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CEO of Gain Compliance shares how a software company focuses on compliance in the insurance industry.
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Megan McKay shares how Peace Tree Brewing found success amid the 2009 recession and how the original name for the brewery was too risqué.
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Marry My City offers a new way to create a wedding registry full of experiences rather than stuff.
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Melissa Carlson shares how to give your brand a persona and to think about it as more than just a logo.
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Rachel Eubank of Sticks discusses her passion for art and developing the Sticks brand.
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Pitchly founder discusses pitching to investors and helping startups raise capital.
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Gabe Glynn explains how Makusafe technology and data successfully make workplaces safer.
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Velorosa founders discuss growing the cycling apparel startup and selling at RAGBRAI.
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At age 24, Kate Banasiak became a minority owner of Diversified Management Solutions. She's now CEO.
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Steve and Des Sherlock find support for Pablow through Global Insurance Accelerator.
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"Ambitious Adventures" questions restaurant owner about DSM small business community.
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Tracy Fuller started InnovativEvents as a way to cope with a personal tragedy, but has since grown it into a global success.
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Brad Dwyer explains how Hatchlings found success and led to the development of new apps.
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Todd Krone and Jason Cope of startup PowerPollen discuss creating yield technology.
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Amy Vohs of Lil' Sidekick speaks about the technology behind her tether tool for moms.
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Crème's Christina Moffatt shares her experience as a female business owner in DSM USA.
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Megan Vollstedt explains how running a startup led her to Iowa's AgriTech Accelerator.
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Dwolla Startup Founder Talks Raising Capital and Inclusion Finance, Banking & Capital, Staffing & Hiring, Success Stories
Ben Milne of Dwolla talks about raising capital and creating an inclusive workspace.
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Kaylee Williams of VolunteerLocal talks being a female business owner in DSM USA.
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Amos Petersen explains how startup FarrPro creates solutions for the swine industry.
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HLT co-founder shares startup's steps to success in various mobile solutions markets.
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Steven Brockshus discusses FarmlandFinder and its tools for potential landowners in episode 37 of the Small Business and Startup Stories DSM podcast.
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Susan Watts explains how she transitioned from manager to owner of DSM USA art gallery.
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Female Small Business Owners Find Support and Success in DSM USA How to Start a Business, Success Stories
Services grow for female business owners looking to start a business or expand one.
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Dwolla's Ben Milne discusses closing deals and pitching your startup to large companies.
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Liz Lidgett talks about her art advisory service focused on style, space and budget.
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Andrew Kirpalani of WorkHound talks starting a driver retention and referral startup.
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ClusterFlunk Startup Story Success Stories
ClusterFlunk creates easier peer-to-peer communication between students in the same classes.
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As a doctor, the RSS Founder was unsure about the product, but knew the solution he was after.
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Startup Rocket Referrals has found success thanks to tech innovation and communication.
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Charise Flynn, former COO at Dwolla and Founder of c.Results, shares tips for startups.
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FunnelWise startup founder discusses leveraging data through full-funnel intelligence.
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Katie Byers of HomeDitty discusses her passion for house concerts to benefit musicians.
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Mary Anne Kennedy of Primary Source shares her small business success story.
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Nicole Lorenson of PRESERVATION explains her lifestyle small business and photo studio.
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Jen Bramble of Club B-FIT explains her small business and its alternative fitness focus.
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Beth Montpas of Life Coaching is an expert in sales, business and life coach for women.
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HomeDitty connects undiscovered artists with people who host live music in their homes.
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Tricia Rivas talks about starting Trixie's Salon and the Dreamcatchers Foundation.
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Ben Lefever, founder of Certintell Telehealth, shares his success story as a startup.
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Hatchlings, Inc., is a popular Facebook game known as "The Worldwide Easter Egg Hunt."
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Happy Medium, a full-service marketing firm, includes digital and traditional services.
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Derian Baugh of Men's Style Lab explains his online clothing service startup story.
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TelePharm's Founder Roby Miller discusses the billion-dollar pharmacy software startup.
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Founders of Rocket Referrals explain keeping clients engaged and growing referrals.
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Founders of Adore Your Walls talk about the art advisory service that connects people to art they'll love.
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The Great Frame Up founder shares passion for art and her small business success story.
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Claudia Schabel shares insight on transition from corporate business to startup owner.
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Whitney Warne of Ivory House Photography shares her small business success story.
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Leng Vong Reiff of Akili Design talks starting her marketing services small business.
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Liz Lidgett of Adore Your Walls discusses becoming a female startup business owner in Greater Des Moines (DSM).
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Founder Jason Cope explains how improving cross pollination increased profitability.
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Steven Brockshus of Terva discusses owning a startup business in Greater Des Moines (DSM).
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Katie Byers shares how her passion for live music turned into a successful startup.
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Kina McAllister grows StemBox into a successful startup after moving to DSM USA.
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Lil' Sidekick founder grows startup in DSM USA; succeeds as a female business owner.
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Katie Fergus, of FinanSynergy and PractiSynergy, talks opportunity and resources in DSM.
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PowerPollen's startup technology leads to high productivity in seed and grain production.
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Structurely startup co-founders discuss artificial intelligence for real estate agents.
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WinPro's Bill Bernardo hopes to ease active dog inflammation through building immunity.
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WorkHound founders solve driver turnover with a digital employee engagement platform.
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AgTech startup AgriSync finds a solution for the ag industry by providing support for farmers.
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Founder Casey Niemann left Microsoft to form AgTech customer service startup AgriSync.
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Mortgage MarketSmart founders speak on startup challenges and the sales cycle.
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Founder Michael Ferrari's startup SmartyPig grew to $3 billion in transactions quickly.
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Lil Sidekick Founder discusses how she brought her new product to the retail market.
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Gabe Glynn, Founder of MakuSafe, anticipates next steps for his DSM hardware startup.
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Drive Spotter is a video analytics platform for railroad and transportation industries.
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Dorothy's House offers care in a secure environment for victims of human trafficking.
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Catchwind Founder Brian Hemesath shares his journey and discusses tips for startups.
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Hatchlings, "The Worldwide Easter Egg Hunt," hit a peak of 200 million pageviews/month.
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Rocket Referrals' Bootstrapping Success Story Finance, Banking & Capital, Success Stories
Rocket Referrals Co-Founder Torey Maerz discusses bootstrapping in DSM USA.
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