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Current Student Businesses

Anna Gilbreath, Art Studio with a Marketing minor

Anna Grace Creates

My name is Anna Gilbreath and I am a freshman at UNI pursuing an art studio major and marketing minor. I am from Des Moines where I took pottery classes and began learning how to hand letter. I am driven by creating my future career and working with other people to make a vision come to life. Anna Grace Creates is about timeless, purposeful, and authentic handmade goods. By committing to resisting the urge to live in a hurry, I want each product to reflect the joy of truly living in the moment. I am looking to continue exploring hand lettering and pottery.

Facebook: Anna Grace Creates Studio

Instagram: @annagracecreates


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



AJ Reding, Bachelor of Liberal Studies with an Organizational Psychology minor

AJ's Garage

My name is AJ Reding and I am very passionate about helping others find spiritual, financial, and emotional freedom. I love the idea of growing a developing a better world! I love to do anything with a board in my free time plus play basketball. AJ's Garage provides a service for people who need cash for their products and need someone to sell their items for them or teach them how to sell their items. AJ's Garage also specializes in online commerce on Facebook and eBay as well as holds yearly garage sales with items for everyone!



Jacob Kurt , Business Teaching with an Entrepreneurship minor

Kurt Lawn Care

My name is Jacob Kurt. I am18 years old and currently studying business and entrepreneurship at UNI.  I started Kurt Lawn Care in 2012 and have continued with it since. I enjoy spending time outside and playing basketball. During my first year of college, I have been involved in Entrepreneurship Club and the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center's Business Incubator Program. During the summer I also volunteer with Business Horizons. Kurt Lawn Care's mission is to create, restore, and maintain lawns through affordable, timely, and professional practices. We don't cut corners we cut grass.

Facebook: Kurt Lawn Care


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

Virgo Service Solutions

Hello, I’m Maddie Palmersheim, a senior studying digital marketing. 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.