Mason City, IA – October 15,
2009 - The North Iowa Area Community College John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial
Center (NIACC JPEC) regularly works with entrepreneurs to help kick-start new
businesses in North Iowa. Midwest Firearm & Taxidermy in Floyd, used
support from the NIACC JPEC to catapult a business idea into a successful
In 2001, Nick Parcher, of
Rudd, opened a gun shop out of his home. He developed a small client base
through family, friends and by attending many gun shows throughout the state. Due
to his similar interests, Jason Parcher, Nick’s cousin, often helped at the gun
Jason’s future employment
with Winnebago Industries in Charles City was unclear. He decided to open a
taxidermy shop on some property he and his wife purchased a few years earlier. Realizing
that opening a small business is a challenge, Jason asked Nick to partner on
the shop by combining it with his taxidermy shop. In 2004, the cousins started
Midwest Firearm and Taxidermy.
Jason and Nick faced many
barriers to opening their new business. In 2008, they went to the NIACC JPEC to
see Ted Bair, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) regional director. Bair
suggested that Jason attend the FastTrac® New Venture™ class to
develop his business plan. Jason continued to meet with Bair as he completed the
class in the fall of 2008. Bair also helped Jason and Nick as they worked with
1st State Bank in Nora Springs on their financial needs. The
following spring, Jason attended and completed the Northwest Iowa School of
In August 2009, Midwest
Firearm & Taxidermy opened their doors in their new location on Highway 18
east of Rudd. “Business is doing well but could always be better,” Nick said. “It
took both our families long hours to put this all together.” “With the help of
Ted and the SBDC our dream has become a reality,” Jason added.
Midwest Firearm &
Taxidermy provides the finest in outdoor supplies and services all under one
roof for the simple hunter or angler to the complete sportsman. The store
carries a full line of guns, ammunition, optics and fishing supplies. They
also offer on-site gun repair, gun rental, taxidermy and related services.
“Jason and Nick have been
very enjoyable to work with and are constantly reviewing marketing and
operating strategies to move their business forward,” Bair said.
On Saturday, October 17,
Midwest Firearm & Taxidermy will hold their grand opening at the new
location from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a hog roast and a free chance to
win a Benelli shotgun.
John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center is located on the North Iowa Area
Community College campus in Mason City and provides college level courses and
degree programs in entrepreneurship, as well as comprehensive consulting
services for business start-ups, existing industries and owner transitions in
the North Iowa region. Space is available for start-up businesses
in the North Iowa Business Incubator. For more information, contact the NIACC
JPEC at 641-422-4111.