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Current Student Businesses

Eliot Barker, Marketing Management

Wof Coffee

I'm Eliot Barker, a marketing student from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I'm working on a business that I hope will launch me into a lasting entrepreneurial career. It will enable me to use my degree and my skills to create something that I'm passionate about, coffee. As small and scrappy as the beginning of my venture may be, I feel that there is no better time to start than now. 

Wof Coffee began with a stimulus check and a custom, small-batch roaster. The Early Founders program helped me to test the concept and bring it into a reality. Wof Coffee is focused on creating a fun, unique brand that builds a special relationship with its customers and brings high-quality specialty coffee to everyone.

Today, our first coffee, Earl Gnome, is now available for order in our online store at! 

@wofcoffeeroasters on Facebook & Instagram


Emma Slagle, Communications with an Entrepreneurship minor

Honor + Respect

I am from Marion, Iowa which is an hour from UNI. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, staying active, and painting. Honor and Respect is a family owned company started in October of 2018 as a shoe and apparel business. Our goal is to give back to first responders and military personnel that suffer from PTSD with 100% of our profits going to organizations that align with our mission.

Facebook: Honor and Respect LLC

Instagram: @honor.respect


Grace Hartnett, Marketing: Advertising & Digital Media

Darlene Grace Creative Co.

Hi I’m Grace Hartnett and I am from Clear Lake, Iowa. My favorite thing to do is go to concerts, I am very inspired by music which translates into my business as well. I also love to be around family and friends which both are very important to me. I love going out to eat, getting coffee, traveling, and being able to sit down and design on my computer! Darlene Grace Creative Co. is an online design shop offering different products such as art prints, stickers, and t-shirts.

Facebook: Darlene Grace Creative Co.

Instagram: @darlenegracecreativeco


Isaac Hackman, Advertising & Digital Media and Interactive Digital Studies, with a minor in Entrepreneurship

Isaac Hackman Photography, LLC



Robert Sales, Communications


RNS Foods LLC was founded in 2020, bringing all of the entrepreneurial projects at the time together; Rob's Mini Donuts, Rob's Italian Ice and the Delicious Dozen. Rob's Mini Donuts and Italian Ice serve as mobile units in the Cedar Valley, along with indoor locations that provide great game day snacks at the UNI-Dome and McLeod Center. If you were wondering how to start selling mini donuts then Delicious Dozen consulting is your one stop shop for everything to make the most delicious dozen donuts.


Sam Friedrich, Marketing: Sales Management / Minor: Entrepreneurship

Salty Dogs Fundraising

Hello, I'm Sam Friedrich. I'm a senior here at UNI majoring in marketing with an emphasis in sales management and minoring in entrepreneurship. I started Salty Dogs around a year and a half ago and our focus has always been to provide organizations with the opportunity to set up successful salt fundraisers. Each group sells both deicing salt and softener salt to raise money for their teams. To learn more about what I do you can visit !


Parkes Wilterdink, Construction Management

MotoPro HQ

My name is Parkes Wilterdink and I enjoy anything outdoors consisting of(but not limited to): Riding dirt bikes, mountain biking, camping, hiking, and rock climbing. MotoPro HQ is focused on creating products to allow riders to load and haul their bikes easier and faster. 


Maddie Palmersheim, Marketing: Digital Media & Advertising/Religious Studies Major

Virgo Service Solutions

Hello, I’m Maddie Palmersheim, a senior studying digital marketing and religious studies. I am the founder and CEO of Virgo Service Solutions, a platform for connecting local entrepreneurs and freelancers with businesses in need of service in the area. With a background in communications and passion for small business, I aim to strengthen community networks and assist in the flourishing of entrepreneurship in my community and beyond. 


Alex Mammen, Business

Aldema LLC

I am from Algona, Iowa. I am a freshman here at UNI and a business major. I started my business, ALDEMA LLC, this last summer. It is an E-Commerce business run through multiple platforms including eBay, Amazon, Mercari, and Facebook Marketplace focused on reselling and wholesale.