Happy Small Business Week 2015

“I love the flexibility and setting my own schedule. And, I am ultimately responsible for the success of my own business.” — Tim Kraayenbrink, Kraayenbrink Financial Services

“I enjoy the creativity working for yourself provides, leveraging your own strengths and chasing your own goals. At the end of the day, it’s hard, but very rewarding.” — Rick Bertrand, local commercial developer

“The harder I work, the more potential I have and my business has. It’s the American Dream. I like the independence – becoming a small business owner is the best decision I’ve ever made.” — Brad ZaunZaun’s Trustworthy Hardware

“Our business is family-owned and it is great working with my family and such wonderful employees each day, knowing we are the best part of someone’s worst day and helping them when they’re in need. It’s a very rewarding experience helping out my neighbors, friends, family and community.”— Jake Chapman, family-owned private ambulance service

“For me, what’s great about owning a small business is it allows you to provide a good or service to people in an area you are passionate about. Though business ownership is extremely rewarding, it’s also very demanding and risky. I will always have a great deal of respect and admiration for anyone who takes on that challenge.” — Jack Whitver, Acceleration Iowa

“I enjoy interaction with employees, clients and customers. It’s like having an extended family; the relationships we building are long-lasting. Being in business for 31 years, you build a lot of relationship you may not have foreseen.” — Michael Breitbach, Trans Star Trucking and Swales Precast Inc.

“Owning a small business and making wheelchair parts for the disabled, allows me to help solve problems, employ hard-working Iowans and contribute to the economic growth in my community.” —Mark Chelgren, Frog Legs, Inc. 

Love Blossoms in the Iowa Senate

Making the decision to run for public office requires the support of loved ones. Three Senate Republicans get to work closely with their spouse on a daily basis to fight for every hard-working family in Iowa.

Brad and Dede Zaun

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Dede and Brad have been married for eight years.

“He proposed to me on Halloween,” Dede said. “He rented a horse, dressed up like a knight and came galloping up to my house.

“I didn’t know what he was doing, so I said, ‘This is the greatest Halloween costume ever!’ and then he got down on one knee and proposed.”

Dede enjoys experiencing everything at the Capitol with her husband and all the work involved.

“Session usually takes us away from our families a lot, but we get to experience it together,” Brad said. “She helps me very much and makes me look good. I don’t call her my clerk – we work together.”

Dennis and Margaret Guth

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Margaret and Dennis met in high school through church and have been married since 1978.

Margaret says this is the first real chance they have had to work together since she was a “city girl and he farms.”

“I have a great appreciation for what happens at the Capitol,” Margaret said.

“She provides tremendous encouragement,” Dennis said. “She knows me better than anyone. There is no one better to sit beside me, ask their opinion and represent me here.

“I think being here together helps build unity in our marriage, because she’s here experiencing it all with me.”

Julian and Nancy Garrett

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Nancy and Julian have been married for eight years.

“I may be the only legislator with a lawyer for a clerk,” Julian said. “She helps me with researching bills along with all the day-to-day activities.”

“I enjoy working here and having the opportunity to see what Julian does every day, how good he is at it, how well he represents his constituents and how hard the job really is,” Nancy said. “I already admired and respected him. Working with him here really increases my respect and high regard for his abilities.”