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It’s Not Just Business, It’s Personal – YES I AM Designs

It’s Not Just Business, It’s Personal – YES I AM Designs

According to Kristine Bauer, Owner of YES I AM Designs, her business isn't just business, it's personal. Kristine's business creates treasurable personalized gifts and ...

Can’t It Be Small Business Day, Everyday?

Can’t It Be Small Business Day, Everyday?

  I've been searching for the right words for this post for a while now. As we near the Christmas season it's been on my mind even more. While searching for ...

Our Why – Every Business Has A Why, Here’s Ours

Our Why – Every Business Has A Why, Here’s Ours

Every business has a why. It's the reason why you decided to start a business in the first place. The reason why you keep on moving forward with, it day after day. This is the ...

Katy’s Kitchen- Baking the World a Sweeter Place

Katy’s Kitchen- Baking the World a Sweeter Place

Katy's Kitchen creates custom cakes and cookies for birthdays, weddings, and other celebrations. Katy Sennett, a local baker and owner of Katy's Kitchen, is relatively new at ...

Former Passion Turns Into a Current Business for a Local Teacher

Former Passion Turns Into a Current Business for a Local Teacher

It's never to late to pursue something you're passionate about. For George Herman, owner of The Well Spoken Monkey, he's found passion once again in something he's loved since he ...

Cedar Rapids Area Woman Steps Into the ‘LimeLight’

Cedar Rapids Area Woman Steps Into the ‘LimeLight’

In her early 60’s, Cindy Lee may not be your typical direct sales consultant, but the beauty company she represents, LimeLight by Alcone, is anything but typical. After she ...

The ‘Vanilla’ Homemade Way of Life

The ‘Vanilla’ Homemade Way of Life

Thrifty Mom = Resourceful Skills Raising four boys and being thrifty went hand in hand for an Eastern Iowa mom turned grandmother. Nita Janssen admits that while raising up her ...

Cedar Rapids Family of Artists Has Gone Colorfully MAD

Cedar Rapids Family of Artists Has Gone Colorfully MAD

If you have ever attended a Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers' Market or another event in the area, you've probably seen these MAD artists' work. They create the beautiful walking ...

What It’s Like To Be An Entrepreneur- Explained in GIFs

What It’s Like To Be An Entrepreneur- Explained in GIFs

Want to know what it's like to be an entrepreneur? Though it's not always easy, entrepreneurship is one of the most rewarding endeavors one can engage in. You get to deliver ...

Father’s Day Gift Guide – He’s Hard to Shop For, Until Now

Father’s Day Gift Guide – He’s Hard to Shop For, Until Now

Let's face it, Dad's are hard to shop for. It seems like they've got every tool imaginable and way more ties than they'll ever need. This year, try something different. Purchase a ...

How I Fixed My Really Bad Gift Giving Skills

How I Fixed My Really Bad Gift Giving Skills

By Robert Edilson I'm assuming I'm not alone in this... but I'm bad at giving gifts. So bad, in fact, that I bought my wife a blender for her birthday one year and actually ...

3 Things to Never Say to a Farmers’ Market Vendor

3 Things to Never Say to a Farmers’ Market Vendor

By Cherie Edilson Farmers' Market Vendors LOVE Farmers' Markets We farmers' market vendors are a special breed of small business owners. We wake up in the early morning hours ...

Thank You For Loving Local

Thank You For Loving Local

When you buy from a small business an actual person does a happy dance. Thank You For LOVING Local! We absolutely love our community! Thanks for liking/sharing our website and ...

Easy ways to shop local that can have a BIG impact

Easy ways to shop local that can have a BIG impact

Shop Local to Grow Our Community When we have shopping to do, it might not cross our mind to shop local first. It’s simple enough to head down to the mall – or easier still, to ...

Cedar Rapids Small Businesses Coming Together Online Through A New Website

Cedar Rapids Small Businesses Coming Together Online Through A New Website

Cedar Rapids small businesses are coming together online through a new website- www.cedarrapidsmarketplace.com. The Cedar Rapids Marketplace has combined the passion for buying ...

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