Martin Gross of Gross-Wen Technologies chosen for Small Business of the Month Award

The following press release was posted May 3, 2017

AMES, Iowa – America’s SBDC Iowa (SBDC) is pleased to announce that Gross-Wen Technologies, Ames, is the winner of the SBDC’s statewide Business of the Month Award.

Gross-Wen Technologies has revolutionized hundreds of thousands of individuals’ lives by creating a sustainable water treatment system. Martin Gross and his professor, Dr. Wen, found a way to utilize algae to remove impurities in waste water, and have successfully sold their nitrogen based system as a supplement to fertilizer. With a cost of less than half of what the typical water purifying system for a community is, Gross-Wen Technologies is expanding rapidly and hopes to become the premier algae water treatment system in the state of Iowa, and eventually in the United States.

Ted Bair, director of the Iowa State University SBDC, said, “I thoroughly enjoyed working with Martin; he put in an incredible amount of work and passion into making sure his business was being run as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Martin truly deserves this award.”

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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Contact: Tricia Janes, America’s SBDC Iowa, 515-294-2030,