“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 Zaun, Zaun’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.