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Success Stories

Since 2008 Integrative Counseling Solutions has reached out to Iowa communities and schools in need of mental health services. Its 12 licensed therapists serve nine Iowa school districts through offices in West Des Moines, Knoxville and Indianola.

A PPP loan through Veridian Credit Union allows the company to maintain its interdisciplinary mental health and substance abuse counseling services to several hundred rural and urban clients in central Iowa. The COVID pandemic forced the business to adjust its operations from face-to-face counseling to a HIPAA protected, secure online service. Clinical Director Cheryl Garland credits the SBA and Veridian for standing by the business and its employees during this difficult time for small business.

Suman Hoque is a pioneer in Des Moines’ farm to table restaurant scene. His popular East Village restaurant, HoQ, established eight years ago, sources approximately 90 percent of its ingredients from local Iowa farms. Hoque believes the best meals begin with the best ingredients. The restaurant features grass-fed beef and lamb, and pasture-raised chicken and duck - all raised without the use of hormones, antibiotics, steroids or cages. Even its butter and cream come from grass-fed cows, the seafood is sustainably sourced from responsible fishing communities and the produce is chemical-free and organic. The majority of HOQ’s menu is gluten-free with many unique vegetarian items. Not to be outdone, the restaurant also purchases fair trade and locally roasted coffee and house liquors from right here in Iowa.

A native of Bangladesh, Hoque relocated to India to study computer science when he was 15. It did not take long to realize it wasn’t his calling. His love of food inspired... Read More

Urbandale-based Primary Source remains optimistic as it plans for the future. First established in 1985, owner Mary Anne Kennedy bought the marketing promotions business in 1997, growing it into a highly visible mainstay in the local small business community. Its promotional products and awards are staples for trade shows, conferences, events and sales visits. In early March, its sales decreased significantly as business events were cancelled and businesses shut down due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Due to the lack of sales this quarter, Kennedy anticipates Primary Source’s revenue will plummet this summer. She utilized an SBA-backed Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan through Great Western Bank to cover rent, utilities and payroll for its six employees for the next two months.

As Iowa’s business community recovers from the shutdown, businesses will need to promote their brand, products and services more than ever to let everyone know they are open for business. Kennedy... Read More

Lana Pol and her family-owned network of small businesses are fixtures in Pella, Iowa’s small business community.  Her late father Wayne Geetings founded Geetings, Inc., a transportation company, in 1972, with his wife and four children by his side. From humble beginnings the entrepreneurial family now operates Geetings, Inc., G.I. Warehouse Corp., Mowbility Sales & Service, Odyssey Spas and Creative Inspirations, small businesses specializing in transportation, warehousing, retail lawn equipment, spas and promotional products. Thanks to an SBA-backed Paycheck Protection Program loan through Marion County State Bank the companies’ 59 employees remain on the job supporting the local and national manufacturing industries.

By continuing to operate during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the company continues to support other local businesses. “We are able to impact the state’s unemployment fund and support our employees and their families through wages and benefits, which in turn... Read More