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My dream is to convert the old Johnson Bros. Mill in downtown Shenandoah into a multi-use building.

Dreamer: Rebecca Castle

Business: Johnson Brothers Mill Restoration

Location: Shenandoah, IA

The business would be an S-Corp that will own the Johnson Brothers Mill in Shenandoah. The building is facing demolition, but the City Council has granted us a few months to conduct the needed research to put together a plan to save the building. We would turn it into a multi-use building with offices,...

current rank
1
number of votes rank
1674
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Continue to provide a unique place for couples to celebrate one of the happiest days of their lives.

Dreamer: Shane McCool

Business: Willow Creek Glass Chapel & Banquet Hall

Location: Shelby, IA

We are a chapel and banquet hall that allows couples to celebrate their wedding ceremony and reception all at one place, in a very unique and breathtaking location. Willow Creek Glass Chapel & Banquet Hall is built on a farm that has been in the family for 120 years. We are a husband and wife team...

current rank
2
number of votes rank
1570
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Beacon Vacations dream is to employ 10-15 individuals while being active in the local community.

Dreamer: Bill Oldenburg

Business: Beacon Vacations

Location: Council Bluffs, IA

Beacon Vacations is a full service Travel Agency, owned and operated in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Back in 2009 when most agencies were downsizing or closing their doors, we decided to start an agency in Council Bluffs that would be deeply rooted in the community. It is our belief that Americans will...

current rank
3
number of votes rank
1510
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Our dream is to meet the needs of our quilting community with fresh ideas and inspiration.

Dreamer: Kim Scott

Business: Cut Up & Quilt!

Location: Council Bluffs , IA

We are a quilt shop that provides four components of service. First, we offer the fabric and materials a person needs to create a quilt top. Second, we offer classes to teach new and experienced quilters everything from the basics to new and advanced techniques. Third, we offer long-arm quilting which...

current rank
4
number of votes rank
1372
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operate a grocery store as the 4th generation in the business that my family began in the 1870's.

Dreamer: Tom Mulholland Winner

Business: Mulholland Grocery

Location: Malvern, IA

I operate a grocery store in the small town of Malvern, Iowa, and grew up working in this store for my grandfather, and then my father and his partner when I was younger. Malvern had 4 grocery stores when I was young, but the changes in small town life and the daily commute to the city by much of the...

current rank
5
number of votes rank
1339
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My dream is to open and operate Brother John's Bakery-Cafe in Shenandoah, which is in Page county.

Dreamer: Johnathan Spencer

Business: Brother John's Bakery

Location: Sidney, IA

My business provides patrons an opportunity to enjoy good food and atmosphere while enjoying time with friends or reading a book or studying or working away from home.

current rank
6
number of votes rank
1282
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To see the Black Lantern Collective gallery & studio become a diverse art center for the area.

Dreamer: Theresa McKee

Business: 222 North 7th Street

Location: Missouri Valley, IA

The Black Lantern Collective gallery and studio located in Missouri Valley , Iowa is the only gallery in the area. We provide opportunities for visual artists and musicians to gather and share their talents. Workshops are held in a variety of mediums allowing participants and artists to learn or fine...

current rank
7
number of votes rank
713
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To purchase new equipment to better serve our athletes so they can pursue their dreams!

Dreamer: Andre & Eva Franco

Business: Innovative Strength & Conditioning (ISC)

Location: Neola, IA

Innovative Strength & Conditioning (ISC) is a small strength training business in Neola owned and operated by a young married couple, Andre and Eva Franco. Andre is the sole employee and is a highly qualified Strength Coach, as he is a certified Youth Fitness Specialist (YFS1) and Certified Strength...

current rank
8
number of votes rank
709
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My dream is for Artisan Studio LLC be a sustainable business in Woodbine, Iowa.

Dreamer: Bracinda Blum

Business: Artisan Studio LLC

Location: Woodbine, IA

We are a group of artists, teachers and volunteers that teach classes such as: pottery, fiber, glass blowing, jewelry, painting, paper, up-cycle arts, art expression classes for those with mental and physical challenges, and children’s art camps. We also decided to complement our gallery setting...

current rank
9
number of votes rank
676
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Our dream is to become more of a family fun and learning center & expand what we are already doing.

Dreamer: John Turack

Business: The Family Garden

Location: Griswold, IA

The Family Garden is a soft-serve ice cream shop and grill in Griswold, Iowa owned and operated by the John Turack Family as a business and ministry enterprise. Food is our main product, but our motto is “Where Families Grow Together.” We seek to encourage strong family relationships with games,toys,...

current rank
10
number of votes rank
535
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Have the business grow to the point that I would be able to run it as my sole source of income.

Dreamer: Colleen Oliver

Business: Iowa Wines & More

Location: Harlan, IA

The business promotes Iowa made products,I wish to expand the business. I would use the money to help develop a website and explore other avenues for increasing business.

current rank
11
number of votes rank
507
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My dream is to provide affordable health care to the community at the Family Health Walk-In Clinic.

Dreamer: Peggy Hobus

Business: Family Health Walk-In Clinic

Location: Avoca, IA

The walk-in clinic is to help people with health care who do not have insurance, by keeping the visit affordable at $35. Also to provide after hours office availability for working families. I am applying so that I can expand the hours that I can be available to see patients. I would use the money to...

current rank
12
number of votes rank
458
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Our dream is to improve upon, build up and make us a destination for antiquers across the country.

Dreamer: Alicia Chrastil

Business: Finders Keepers Antique Mall & Coffee Shoppe

Location: Percival, IA

At Finders Keepers, we relish in helping customers connect the past with the present by offering quality antiques and collectibles for a fair value while fostering an economic opportunity for dealers in a clean friendly environment where everyone is treated honestly and fairly. We would...

current rank
13
number of votes rank
392
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Extend the size of our field, buy a distillery to distill our lavender, hire 3 employees.

Dreamer: Mary Hamer

Business: Loess Hills Lavender Farm

Location: Missouri Valley, IA

My Dream is to be a world class tourist destination in western Iowa. We are reaching Phase 3 of our plan to reach this status. Next is to have our lavender distilled on our property. This will take 5000 more plants and to purchase equipment to distill our lavender. This will require additional help...

current rank
14
number of votes rank
301
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Demetre Lounge offers fresh tea, food and environment to the Council Bluffs community.

Dreamer: Chet Coenen

Business: Demetre Lounge

Location: Council Bluffs, IA

Demetre Lounge hopes to provide a safe haven environment for students of all ages. We aim to provide local music and a comfortable atmosphere for studying, hosting after school activities, and a place for a crowd that really has nowhere to be in our area. As a business, we hope to secure this group by...

current rank
15
number of votes rank
270
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Construct a new gymnastics facility building of my own designed specifically for gymnastics.

Dreamer: Teresa Middents

Business: Salute Gymnastics

Location: Atlantic, IA

Salute Gymnastics provides gymnastics classes for children from walking through high school. We currently rent a storefront on the main street in downtown Atlantic. Although this building has allowed us to get started, it is not designed for gymnastics and does not fit what we would like to do in the...

current rank
16
number of votes rank
158
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Create an online Role play game and get 100+ players in the first year of release

Dreamer: Caleb Ferleman

Business: section 15 game developement

Location: Council Bluffs, IA

We are an Indie game development company that started up last year. We have been working on the conceptual aspects of the game, and even created a text based test run of the concepts. Now we are working on creating the final game. We have made all of our progress so far without any financial investments,...

current rank
17
number of votes rank
143
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My dream is to be the place people go for nail art design and fitness.

Dreamer: Diane Birkby

Business: Birkby's Corner Fitness & Nails

Location: Sidney, IA

Birkby’s Corner Fitness & Nails is a small family owned business located in Sidney, IA. We opened in Sidney for our local population since we are the only fitness center and the only nail salon in our area, hoping to make a healthy life style and beautiful nails easier to obtain in our small community. ...

current rank
18
number of votes rank
135
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To aspire self-healing, one "Body" at a time!

Dreamer: Becky Lockwood

Business: Ahh-Spirations Therapeutic Massage

Location: Council Bluffs, IA

Investing in therapeutic massage is an investment in one's health. Proactive vs. Reactive. By providing such a service, it not only serves my community but comes back two-fold in the reward to myself by helping others as well as creating an independent livelyhood. It is my dream to become a successful...

current rank
19
number of votes rank
113
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Our dream is too create the United States' biggest reptile breeding facility.

Dreamer: James Parten

Business: Highlander Herps

Location: Mediapolis, IA

We breed investment quality animals. Animals can make people very happy. Animals have always been my passion and they always come first, but giving and customer what they want is also very important. Quality is one of our biggest goals and to bring happiness into people's lives. We here at HH want to...

current rank
19
number of votes rank
113
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Our dream is to expand our goat milk soap business and build a certified dairy.

Dreamer: Janna Feldman

Business: Doe's and Diva's of Honey Creek

Location: Honey Creek, IA

Currently, we produce goat milk soap. We also use the milk to produce several different fresh and aged cheeses for our personal consumption. Our dream is to expand the business by building a certified goat and sheep milk dairy on our farmstead. The cheese we produce is artisan and crafted in small...

current rank
21
number of votes rank
109
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GET FIT 24 is my dream! A network of independently owned fitness clubs networked together.

Dreamer: Brad Shain

Business: Fit 4 Life Fitness Studio

Location: Council Bluffs, IA

GET FIT 24 is a network of independently owned fitness centers. Each has its own owner, but is connected through technology and branding. Members can enjoy the benefits of using clubs in their area or others when they travel. We research the community and assess what type of equipment needs, demographic...

current rank
22
number of votes rank
86
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Be recognized as the industry leader in one-of-a-kind wedding designs.

Dreamer: Rhonda Bullington

Business: Loess Hills Floral Studio

Location: Council Bluffs , IA

Be recognized as the industry leader in one-of-a-kind wedding designs. Loess Hills Floral Studio specializes in one-of-a-kind weddings and unique floral trend arrangements. Opening in June 2011, the original business plan was to be a "full service floral shop". However, with one bride trusting us...

current rank
23
number of votes rank
58
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Territory expansion, adding employees, opening packaging facilty to maintain quality of product

Dreamer: Vicky Travis

Business: Lazy T's Gourmet Squces

Location: Lewis, IA

I bottle and sell a healthy sauce which is low in sodium and high in quality. It has no added salt, it is gluten free and has a great, full flavor. I do not use any corn sweeteners or corn syrups. I use only all natural ingredients and no preservatives. I would use the money to further expand my...

current rank
24
number of votes rank
51
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Our dream is to make Council Bluffs the new greeting card capital of the United States

Dreamer: Kara Johansen

Business: Chuckling Chimp

Location: Council Bluffs, IA

Life is hectic! Chuckling Chimp helps you prepare, manage and send cards to celebrate all of life's events. When was the last time you received a birthday card you could eat? We think outside the envelope and we'll help you send an unexpected surprise to a special person. We cater to businesses,...

current rank
25
number of votes rank
50
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Build a construction company that has a great foundation of principals and makes a difference

Dreamer: Kari Frederickson

Business: Remodeling Dreams Construction

Location: Council Bluffs, IA

Remodeling Dreams Construction provides quality work in a variety of crafts to include but not limited to interior and exterior remodels, roofs, siding, windows/doors, deck and gutters. We are hopeful that by applying for this opportunity and being your selection it will enable us to grow as a company...

current rank
26
number of votes rank
49
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Become a successful clothing store owner and designer that franchises nationally.

Dreamer: Angela Poor

Business: J and A Clothing Co

Location: Council Bluffs, IA

We are an original clothing line that is in touch with the latest fashion trends. J and A Clothing Co creates unique clothing, products that have strong appeal to the fashion market, wide appeal to many demographics, competitive prices, innovative designs, that will be received by a diverse age group...

current rank
27
number of votes rank
29
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Offer Broasted Chicken on my menu!

Dreamer: Katy Marvel

Business: Katy's Catering

Location: Glenwood, IA

Katy's Catering is a catering business that specializes in "food like Grandma used to make." Winning the money would allow Katy's Catering to purchase a Chicken Broasting Fryer to add broasted chicken to the menu!

current rank
28
number of votes rank
8
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My dream is for FSS to fingerprint every school-aged child in Pott Co as part of Safe Kids program

Dreamer: Ericka Wellman James

Business: Foresight Security Solutions, Inc.

Location: Council Bluffs, IA

Foresight Security Solutions Inc. positively helps make communities safer places for all of us to live, work and play. The company offers a wide range of security and investigative services, including retail loss prevention, private investigation, witness tracking and interviewing, private process...

current rank
29
number of votes rank
5
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Relocate my studio so its in a more visible location. To encourage physical health and confidence.

Dreamer: Jennifer Warren

Business: On the Fringe Bellydance and Boutique

Location: Council Bluffs, IA

My business provides people with knowledge about one of the oldest dance recorded, how to dance your way into a better physical and metal state and providing dance apparel needed to practice or perform bellydancing. I am applying for the Dream Big Grow Here money to move my studio to a more visible...

current rank
30
number of votes rank
2
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My dream is to finally open my first restuarant called Gray Wolf Smoke Pitt.

Dreamer: Robert Lightfoot

Business: Gray Wolf Smoke Pitt

Location: Council Bluffs, IA

Gray Wolf Smoke Pitt is a full service mom and pop restuarant, that service fresh ribs daily not frozen. I am applying because I really could use the extra $5,000 as working capitail for the business. The money well get me closer to opening the doors to my small restuarant to serve people the real smoked...

current rank
30
number of votes rank
2
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S'Imaginer Foods, Inc. delivers all natural, gluten free, foods to delight customers

Dreamer: Debra Danielsen

Business: S'Imaginer Foods, Inc.

Location: Council Bluffs, IA

S'Imaginer Foods, Inc. produces the mom&me Premium Italian Hot Pepper Sauce. Our sauce is all natural, gluten free, and produced with all fresh ingredients. Our sauce is all purpose. It is a gourmet sauce that retails at .47¢ to .67¢ per ounce versus competitors of other gourmet sauce such as Williams...

current rank
30
number of votes rank
2
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I want to make things out of nothing. I want to inspire those who feel they are nothing or wont be.

Dreamer: Jon Portrey

Business: Twinded-Vine Productions

Location: Council Bluffs, IA

I would use the money to get projects going, things I have been working on that would gain me the exposure I needed to make a dent in the film world. People watch me like crazy, and when I do something they follow. I am a Muse, and when I do projects, everyone starts to do projects. I never sleep on...

current rank
33
number of votes rank
0
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