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Q3 2013 Tama County Pitch & Build

The Tama County Q3 2013 Pitch & Build occurred on August 27, 2013 with presentations on a health food restaurant in Toledo, a curbside recycling business in Tama-Toledo, a new specialty shop in Gladbrook, and a baseball training complex in Tama County.  Updates were made on the Oakridge Motocross Park in rural Garwin and RMA Supply Company which originated in Dysart.

Corey Brown needed to make a change in his eating habits in order to improve his health.  After seeing positive results, he opened FUELED, a health food restaurant in downtown Toledo to help people make better food choices.  He started with a juicer and sold healthy juices, and had an opportunity to open a restaurant with the kitchen appliances in place.  He has a $0 marketing budget and has $0 debt, using Facebook to post his menu daily.  He buys 75% of his produce locally and will buy organic from anyone.

Deb Osborn saw an article in the local paper stating a specialty shop in Gladbrook was closing down, and her husband encouraged her to buy it.  She has a business background and is an accountant and professional photographer, but also loves scrapbooking and crafting.  She will be opening Serendipity by Deb in Gladbrook in September, which will offer a photo studio, scrapbooking, crafting, and a coffee shop.   She uses Facebook and a website and is working with Matchstick Marvels to attract tour bus groups.

Eric Haughey saw surrounding towns doing curbside recycling and thought he should offer it in Tama and Toledo.   He started a Facebook page asking if local  residents would support his business, Razz Recycling, and got a lot of interest.   He has a large residential customer base and is working on growing his commercial and industrial customer base.  He sells the cardboard he collects to Tama Paperboard, which is a 100% recyclable mill.  He is also talking with another local businessman about recycling tires.

David Chubb has been around baseball for 35-40 years and is looking at creating a sports complex to train throughout the year and also host tournaments in Tama County.  He started with 7 players and now has teams of 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12-year olds, with players from Marshalltown and Belle Plaine.  He currently takes his teams to tournaments statewide.  He has connections throughout the region and knows he can bring in kids from the surrounding area if he has a facility to use year round.

And the winner of the Q3 2013 Pitch & Build is . . . Eric Haughey with Razz Recycling.  The next Pitch & Build, Q4 2013, will be held on Tuesday, November 19, 2013.

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