On April 26, 2016, Tama County Economic Development hosted the 2016 Q2 Pitch & Build competition which showcased Tama County business owners and entrepreneurs and their ideas for new businesses across the county. We heard about a bed & breakfast in Dysart, a therapeutic horseback riding business in rural Toledo, and an energy evaluation and chilled beam business in Dysart.
Robyn and Ken Midyett spoke about their plans to open a bed and breakfast in Dysart. They are purchasing an older house, and with Ken’s help and contacts in the plumbing an electrical fields, will renovate it. There will be four bedrooms upstairs and 10’ high ceilings on the main floor. It will be furnished with pieces Ken makes himself from old wood. She is a nurse and plans on using her contacts in the nursing field to promote an employee satisfaction program with a night at their bed & breakfast as an incentive. They plan on being open by July.
Susan and Ryan Crain spoke about their new business just outside of Toledo, Barb Wire Ranch, which offers therapeutic horseback riding. The majority of their customers are traditional riders, but they are certified to offer equine therapy for handicapped people. The weather is their biggest obstacle so they are building an indoor riding arena so they can stay open all year long. They travel with their animals and attend festivals in the area to market their services to children and adults; they also have a website and Facebook page.
Kyle Hopkins of Dysart spoke about his business, Aquadar Technologies, which manufactures an energy efficient HVAC system using active chill beams. The components are machined overseas and will be assembled in Dysart. It is able to use smaller duct work and reduces energy consumption. It would be ideal for schools, office buildings, and other commercial and industrial buildings. He is also doing consulting work, energy audits for larger factories, companies, and malls, and home energy audits.
And the winner of the 2016 Q2 Pitch & Build is . . . Barb Wire Ranch. The next Pitch & Build will be on Tuesday, September 13, 2016.