Pictured (L-R) Todd Rausch, Western Iowa Tech SBDC, Regional Director; Sheryl Leonard, AgCom Insurance Agency, Owner; and
Bill Anderson, Cherokee Area Economic Development, Executive Director

AgCom Insurance Agency, Cherokee, chosen for Cherokee County Business of the Quarter Award

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Western Iowa Tech Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is pleased to announce that AgCom Insurance Agency, with offices in Cherokee and Holstein, is the winner of the Cherokee County Business of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2019.

AgCom Insurance Agency began in March 2007. Sheryl Leonard, Agency Owner, saw the need for a convenient solution of providing both commercial insurance along with crop insurance at one location. The idea has been very successful, and now she has a team of six insurance agents and two locations.

Through the assistance of the Western Iowa Tech SBDC, the company received marketing ideas and network development resources, especially when the company first began.  Leonard says of Western Iowa Tech SBDC Regional Director, Todd Rausch, “Todd and the SBDC gave me the tools and confidence to build a business that reflects integrity, honesty and credibility.”

Leonard says her biggest triumph is putting together a great team, with a focus of giving back to the community. Her team has cleaned ditches, sponsored 5K runs, hosted Chamber coffees and made blankets for local nursing homes. Leonard is especially proud of participating in the local Feed the Farmer program.

The award was presented by Western Iowa Tech SBDC Regional Director, Todd Rausch, on Monday, May 20 at AgCom Insurance Agency, in Cherokee.

For more information on AgCom Insurance Agency, visit their website www.agcominsurance.com.

America’s SBDC Iowa is an outreach program of Iowa State University’s Ivy 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, Hotline 515-294-1222, email eooffice@iastate.edu.

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.

For more information on America’s SBDC Iowa programs or services, call (515) 294-2030 or visit www.iowasbdc.org, https://www.facebook.com/AmericasSBDCIowa, or https://twitter.com/IowaSBDC.

Stacy Dreyer, America’s SBDC Iowa, 515-294-5595, sdreyer@iastate.edu
Todd Rausch, Western Iowa Tech SBDC, 712-274-6454. todd.rausch@witcc.edu