From left to right: Scott Simpson, Kerri Sirovy, Katy Petersen, Katie Techen, Teresa Ohnesorge, Diane Higgins. Missing: Jon Coulander, Bill Weisbrod and Alison Simpson

Community Insurance puts emphasis on giving back

Scott Simpson’s favorite part of working in the insurance industry is being there for people. “I love helping people and working with people,” said Simpson, owner and president of Community Insurance. “My slogan has always been ‘Insurance stinks until you need it.’ It’s great when you can work with people and when something does go wrong, you’re there to help them through the situation. Whether it’s a fire, or hailstorms, accidents, just to be there to help people put things back together, that’s what brings real enjoyment.”

Community Insurance provides personal, business and farm insurance to customers mostly within a 60-mile radius of Spencer. Lately, the agency has stood out due to its remodeled office at 315 Grand Avenue.

Advanced Network Professionals (ANP) service vehicle - sponsored by SMU banner

ANP finds niche in serving businesses, schools at affordable price

From the get-go, ANP has focused on providing quality IT services as rates that won’t break the bank. Almost two years after it started, Advanced Network Professionals, also known as ANP, has continued to established itself, serving a range of businesses from small to large and helping them handle their IT needs. ANP provides technology consulting, managed IT services and cloud-based solutions. “Quality service at an affordable price is where we thought there would be a niche for us,” said Logan Wood, one of six co-founders of the Spencer-based tech services provider. “We price ourselves so the small businesses can afford us and the large ones enjoy our rate.”

Mill Creek Machining President Justin Stamer (left) and his team pose for a picture at the Spencer facility.

Mill Creek Machining sees no limit for potential growth in Spencer

Mill Creek Machining is riding a “fantastic” economy and looking to grow in Spencer. That’s the word plant manager Lane Muckey used to describe the economy and how it has treated the metal contract manufacturing facility on A Avenue East in Spencer. In fact, Mill Creek Machining is still hiring – at both its Spencer location and its original plant in Paullina. “We plan on continuing to grow as much as the economy will let us,” Muckey said. “We did not put any limits on it.”

Mill Creek Machining was started by Justin Stamer in Paullina in 2001 inside an old car wash building.

Jeff Bendlin, owner of Midwest Woodworks, stands inside a work space at the business.

Midwest Woodworks shows word-of-mouth still works

When people think of high-quality custom cabinets, Jeff Bendlin wants Midwest Woodworks to come to mind. Bendlin started his residential custom cabinetry business in 2008. It’s grown through word-of-mouth and a devotion to quality. “If somebody wants the best cabinets they can get, I want them to think that they’re coming from here,” Bendlin said. Bendlin noted he’s an overachiever when it comes to customer service and satisfaction.

Woman and man wearing blue Pressed Mountains theme shirt

Every shirt has a story at Pressed

Every shirt at Pressed has its own story. From concept, to design, to matching the designs with garments and, finally, printing the shirt, each of these items of apparel is meant to share its story and connect with people. Feature photo by LARK Photo & Video.

F8 Creative owners Chris Baker and Joe Weber.

F8 Creative owners driven by passion for community, product

Joe Weber and Chris Baker both saw a quality in Spencer that made them want to start a business together in the community. So, in 2011, they did just that. Weber and Baker are the co-owners of F8 Creative, a small marketing agency that has worked on notable projects for businesses and organizations in Spencer, the region and beyond. But it’s the businesses themselves that have captured their attention. “The quality of the companies that are here are really a gem,” Baker said.