MASON Town, Iowa – Matt Curtis of Wayne’s Ski & Cycle is the 2022 Neal Smith Entrepreneur of the Yr.
The award introduced by the North Iowa Area Modest Business Progress Centre (SBDC) honors an Iowa entrepreneur who has been in small business a minimum of three yrs and has been significantly assisted by an Iowa Compact Business enterprise Improvement Middle. It is named after lengthy-time Iowa Congressman Neal Smith for his a long time of service to smaller companies.
“Matt has labored to keep Wayne’s Ski & Cycle nimble and relevant. This has included discovering new enterprise niches, developing a society of worker obtain-in, and relocating the small business spot again to downtown Mason Metropolis,” states Brook Boehmler, Regional Director of the North Iowa Area SBDC. “Matt is also notable for his assist of his fellow entrepreneurs by way of the Pappajohn Center’s entrepreneurial programming and mentorship. Matt’s means to determine and fulfill the evolving wants of his consumers has created Wayne’s Ski & Cycle a community mainstay.”
Curtis purchased Wayne’s Ski & Cycle in 2004. “I followed the desire that I did not even know I experienced,” he claims. “If there is one detail I have figured out, it’s that you have to take a chance.”
This is the sixth time in 6 several years that a North Iowa entrepreneur has been identified by America’s SBDC Iowa for their entrepreneurial excellence. Tony Halsted of Hoover’s Hatchery, Rudd, won the 2016 Neal Smith Entrepreneur of the Year Award Brad and Angie Barber of Cabin Espresso Co., Crystal clear Lake, gained in 2017 and Staci Ackerson of Shankland Coverage, Charles City, gained in 2018. Sarah Novacek of Legacy Logistics Freight, Mason Metropolis, was awarded the Iowa SBDC’s Deb Dalziel Girl Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2016 Yulia Dannen of D&S Companies, Mason Town, won in 2020.