Family Stories


Family businesses are vital to the state, national and worldwide economies. What sets family-owned companies apart from privately-owned companies? And what makes Iowa's families unique? See for yourself.

Stutsman's: Next generation leadership keeps us ‘grounded to our roots and values’

Lisle Corporation: Adapting and innovating throughout six generations


Doll Distributing: A Legacy of Success in the Heart of Iowa

Bruce family from Osmundson Mfg

Working with family can be a unique challenge — and an opportunity.

Opportunities are opening up for women in family-owned businesses. What follows are eight vignettes from women in all corners of Iowa who are leading from where they are and encouraging you to do the same.

Cabin Coffee: Just Be Happy and Have Fun

Conlon Construction: Construction, philanthropy and letting go of the veil of secrecy

Nor-Am Cold Storage: Service, opportunity and preparing the next generation


Weiler: Family and nonfamily learning from each other


Life is Sweet: Lagomarcino’s folds a fourth generation into their century-old family business


Three Iowa families partner to build feed mill that sets state apart from the rest of world

Will you share your family's story?

Families learn best from each others' experiences, and Katie loves to tell a family's story. Connect with Katie Kreis-Voigt so you can schedule a virtual or in-person meeting, when you'll share more about your family's business legacy and how you've supported the economic output in our great state.


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