While we discussed the recently published article from WalletHub, saying our area is the worst for starting small businesses, we talked with over 20 businesses in the area that are living proof that these writers don't know what they're talking about.

Every one of these business owners talked about starting off small in their garage or basement and working their way to where they are now. It's a process, it's stressful, but it's worth it.

Every one of them also said they wouldn't pick anywhere else to own their business.

We put together a list of everyone we talked to today, so you can go and support them this week.

Abernathy's, Davenport

JP Distribution, Cedar Rapids

Done Right TV, Quad Cities

Buttercupp Candles, LeClaire and Moline

Precious Paws Veterinary Hospital, Bettendorf

Retherford Jerkey, Joy Illinois 

Henry English School, Japan

Sweet Delight, Davenport

Vander Vending, Quad Cities

Cookies and Dreams, Davenport and Bettendorf

Toasted, Davenport

Eleven17, Davenport

Ed's Rods and Rides, Lancaster Wisconsin

L&S Arms LLC, Delmar Iowa

Pupper Mom Apparel, Dubuque

Henry Auto Spa, Henry Illinois

Top To Bottom Cleaning Services, Mechanicsville Iowa

Gary Pond Appliance Repair, Quad Cities

Puppy Love Treat Shop LLC, East Moline

Herrman Metal Solutions, Wilton Iowa

TOTAL CLUSTER FUDGE, Quad Cities

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