Tony Wernimont chosen for Small Business of the Month Award

AMES, Iowa – America’s SBDC Iowa (SBDC) is pleased to announce that Tony Wernimont, owner, Platinum Fitness in Carroll, is the winner of the SBDC’s statewide Business of the Month Award.

Platinum Fitness opened in January 2015 and is a state-of-the-art facility offering many different types of equipment and classes.  There are workout options to meet the needs of all of its members.  Tony Wernimont has overcome challenges in his own life and now wants to help others do the same.  He is partnering with other organizations to teach individuals with challenges how to recover, push through, learn to adapt, and to never give up.  The goals of Platinum Fitness are to provide a positive, welcoming environment, teach proper workout skills tailored to individual needs, and to help client work toward optimal health.

Kimberly Tiefenthaler, Regional Director North Central Iowa SBDC, nominated Wernimont for the award.  She said, “Tony’s story is a great example of the difference small businesses make in our communities!”

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America’s SBDC Iowa is an outreach program of Iowa State University’s College of Business and the Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations. Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies may be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, Ames, Iowa 50011, Tel. 515-294-7612, email

Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, America’s SBDC Iowa has 15 regional assistance centers located strategically across the state. Since program inception in 1981, the SBDC has helped Iowa businesses and entrepreneurs through no fee, confidential, customized, professional business counseling and practical, affordable training workshops.

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Press Contacts:
Tricia Janes, America’s SBDC Iowa, 515-294-2030,
Kimberly Tiefenthaler, North Central Iowa SBDC, 515-576-6242,