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SBA Helps E-Commerce Business Keep Clicking

(Des Moines, IOWA) -- Clickstop Inc., an E-commerce retailer, in Urbana, Iowa continues to expand and the company credits the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for help in making that growth possible.

The growth of Clickstop and its flagship brand, US Cargo Control.com, has once again fueled the need for expansion of the company's facilities. A new 42,750 foot warehouse addition was just completed in December of 2012, marking the second major building project in less than two years. The company had built a new 35,000 square foot headquarters building in Urbana in March of 2011, construction of which was made possible in part by the SBA’s 504 loan program. The 504 program provides small businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing, that, in addition to other uses of proceeds, allows them to modernize or expand facilities or machinery. When it came time to build the new warehouse addition, the 504 loan program was... Read More

Tim Greene of Quality Machine of Iowa Named the SBA’s 2012 Iowa Small Business Person of the Year

(DES MOINES, Iowa) – In recognition of the small business community’s contributions to the American economy and society, the President of the United States designates one week each year as National Small Business Week. Scheduled for the week of May 20th of this year, Small Business Week 2012 will honor the more than 26 million small businesses in America. Since its establishment in 1963, the highlight of this annual tradition is the presentation of awards which focus on the outstanding contributions of small business persons and champions at the district, state and national levels. The U.S. Small Business Administration has named Tim Greene, of Quality Machine of Iowa in Audubon, Iowa as its 2012 Iowa Small Business Person of the Year.

Quality Machine of Iowa, Inc. grew out of a company started by Tim Greene’s father, Bill. He started Quality Machine, Inc. in 1968 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Tim worked at the company while growing up. The company survived through hard... Read More

Salute to Black History Month

Lu Spaine, an African-American business owner of the widely-known business, Zumi Collections LLC, in Des Moines, Iowa, turned her love of fabrics and vibrant colors into a shop at 42nd and University, which she fills with imported merchandise from around the world. Lu Spaine grew up in Des Moines. Her West Coast career in computers came to an end due to corporate downsizing so she started a business in Los Angeles. When her mother fell ill back home, she moved her business home, too. She sells women’s clothing, accessories, home decor and Fair Trade products from Africa, Southeast Asia and South America. Spaine was one of the 20 “ready for growth” small business owners chosen to participate in the 2011 SBA E-200 program through the Des Moines District SBA office. The program allowed her to take an in-depth, long term look at her business in order to navigate both temporary challenges and rapid growth.

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Iowa 2011 Small Business Person of the Year

From left to right in photo are: Terry Branstad, Governor of Iowa; Gina Blean; Kelly Heysinger; Pat Brown-Dixon, SBA Region 7 Administrator; and Joseph Folsom, SBA Des Moines District Director.

Iowa Small Business Persons of the Year
Kelly Heysinger and Gina Blean, Co-Owners
Unified Therapy Services, Inc.

Dubuque, Iowa

Kelly and Gina's motto is "Together We Can Make A Difference."

Unified Therapy Services, a pediatric-focused outpatient clinic offering physical, occupational, and speech therapy services, opened its doors in 2006 with three therapists, a staff person, and a vision. Owners Kelly Heysinger and Gina Blean believed in creating a business to provide patient-centered therapy services to address specific needs. Their philosophy is to collaborate with everyone involved in the care of their client, including physicians, teachers, respite workers, parents, grandparents,and others. This teamwork helps patients achieve their goals at... Read More