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Iowa lawmaker, Waterloo mayor meet with Cedar Valley minority-owned businesses

WATERLOO, Iowa – This weekend, Representative Abby Finkenauer and Waterloo Mayor Quentin Hart toured several minority-owned businesses in the Cedar Valley.

They started by visiting El Patron, before heading over to Spellers True Value, Earth’s Beauty Supply, 2 Scoops Ice Cream, and Cottonwood Canyon in Cedar Falls. Finkenauer also met with the woman who started a new taxi service in the Cedar Valley, called C.A.R Services.

Some owners talked about why it’s important for the community to see what they’re doing. 

Allen Speller, the owner of Spellers True Value, says. “the areas that we’re in can be stimulated by the minority. A lot of the minority dollars don’t stay in the community. It goes out of the community and doesn’t get put back into the community. So if I’m able to show, if my dad’s able to show, or anybody’s able to show that it can be done, and that we can build this community ourselves, I think that would be a great way to do it.”

These owners also talked about what needs to be done on the local, state and federal level to help others interested in starting a business.

Finkenauer chaired a portion of this past week’s “Celebrating Our Nation’s Small Business Heroes,” hearing on the Small Business committee.


Amanda Gilbert

Multimedia Journalist

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