Red Cedar Lodge, Charles City, chosen for Small Business of the Month Award

Tom and Lorraine Winterink, Owners of Red Cedar Lodge

AMES, Iowa – America’s SBDC Iowa (SBDC) is pleased to announce that Red Cedar Lodge in Charles City, is the winner of the SBDC’s statewide May Business of the Month Award.

Red Cedar Lodge began eleven years ago with a walkthrough of an overgrown farm where Tom Winterink played as a child in his hometown of Charles City. After more than thirty years away from Iowa, Tom and his wife Lorraine explored the property and began dreaming. The Winterink’s moved back to Iowa and went to work. Demolition and construction began the week they moved to town, and Red Cedar Lodge became a reality. The resort offers three log-sided vacation cabins and provides a getaway destination for the area.

Over the last ten years, Red Cedar Lodge has become a highly regarded destination garnering accolades and awards from tourism organizations and destination guides. In 2015, Red Cedar Lodge was awarded Outstanding Lodging Property by Iowa Tourism. Red Cedar Lodge has succeeded in creating a destination business in rural Iowa.  As they promote Red Cedar Lodge, they also promote North Iowa communities as their very own “resort amenities.” This regional approach to attract guests sparks conversations about Clear Lake, Mason City, Nora Springs, Rockford, Northwood, and Charles City, enhancing the local economy.

Tom and Lorraine have worked with the NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and North Iowa Area SBDC. Tom said, “The spirit of entrepreneurship in rural Iowa is strong, collaborative, and always growing. The North Iowa Area SBDC helps feed that spirit.”

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Press Contacts:
Stacy Dreyer, America’s SBDC Iowa, 515-294-5595,
Brook Boehmler, North Iowa Area SBDC, 641-422-4342,