2021 Awarded Businesses

The below businesses participated in our 2021 Best Places to Work – Employee Satisfaction Surveys.

According to direct responses from their associates they area an UNbelievable Workplace.

Their associates answered question on how they felt about the following areas – Retention, Productivity, Environment, Privacy, Safe & Respected, Paid Fair, Growth, Belonging, Work/Life Harmony, Appreciated, and Meaningful Work.

Life Dimensions by Ilona

Our award-winning Holistic Wellness Spa offers a broad range of therapeutic services, including body wrap treatments, massages, empowerment coaching, energy balancing and healing sessions, yoga, mindfulness, health coaching, in-person/virtual educational workshops and events  Our highly-trained and professional team is experienced in holistically taking care of every individual’s mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

Advanced Southwest Iowa Corporation

Advance partners with the Greater Omaha Chamber, Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa Economic Development Authority, and Iowa Western Community College to provide a one-stop shop for your economic development needs. Pottawattamie County is open for business with a professional and knowledgeable staff to assist you.

Career Edvantage

At Career EdVantage, our mission is to provide educational and training opportunities for committed students through meaningful relationships and supportive coaching. Established in 2019, Career EdVantage is powered by the Avenue Scholars Foundation. The goal at Career EdVantage (CEV) is to prepare students for a successful career in a variety of fields. Career EdVantage is a collaborative program that assists students with career exploration, selecting a career, and the education and training necessary for success in the career. Career EdVantage will expose the students entering our program to a variety of quality career options in fields such as health care, information technology, automotive technology, trades and manufacturing, and business processes. The Career EdVantage team will coach these students through part-time work thus providing them opportunities to experience the realities of the work world as well as learn and develop the attributes necessary to be successful in it.

Petersen Law

Petersen Law PLLC was established in 2012 as the successor firm to other firms Deborah L. Petersen was previously a member of, including Reilly, Petersen and Hannan. As a general practice firm, we engage in a large number of practice areas and have over 35 years of experience. The firm strives to provide clients with the best legal services possible, while seeking a solution for their issues.

Petersen Law PLLC is located in the historic Creston House in the downtown Haymarket Area of Council Bluffs, just steps from City Hall and the Courthouse.

Promise Partners

Promise Partners mobilizes all of Pottawattamie County and empowers people to share resources to fulfill the Five Promises for all children. We work to mobilize people from every sector of American life to build the character and competence of our nation’s youth by fulfilling Five Promises:

   Ongoing Relationships with Caring Adults;

   Safe Places with positive activities;

   Healthy Start and future; 

   Life Skills through effective education;

   Opportunities to Serve, Learn, and Give back to the community.

Council Bluffs Community School District

It’s hard to choose the best school for your child without exploring learning environments in person. You are encouraged to tour any of our schools (most have been recently renovated!) and to meet our caring and award-winning educational teams.

You’ll discover our students have:

  1. More choices: We have the widest range of educational programs in the area for learners at all levels, plus more than 70 extracurricular activities from which to choose.
  2. More opportunities: With specialized career training and the ability to earn college credits while in high school, your child can graduate with a head start in life.
  3. More ways to succeed: Every child has access to award-winning educators, state-of-the-art technology and an entire school community dedicated to igniting student potential.

Family INC.

FAMILY, Inc. provides public health and family support services to women, children and families in Pottawattamie and Mills Counties. It is FAMILY’s primary goal to assist parents in becoming their child’s first and most influential teacher through education, empowerment, and wellness. With offices located in Council Bluffs and Walnut, Iowa the agency serves both urban and rural communities. These services are administered in homes, shelters, and community settings. Through its various programs, FAMILY works to ensure families have access to the services and support they need to allow their children to enter school healthy, safe and ready to learn. 

Iowa Western Community College

Iowa Western Community College, located in Council Bluffs, was founded in 1967 and offers more than 80 programs of study in both Career and Technical Education, and in Liberal Arts. Nestled on 250 beautiful acres in Iowa’s Loess Hills, the college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offers students the amenities and atmosphere of a larger institution combined with the comforts and quiet of a smaller campus setting. 

HGM Associates Inc.

HGM was founded by Harold Gene McKeown in 1960. 

Here is the rest of the story:

In 1960, Gene was the Shelby County, Iowa engineer.  He was encouraged, by work colleagues, to buy a consulting engineering firm for $4,000. Even though he thought this was too much money, a friend’s mother loaned it to him.  Gene started HGM and he was scared to death! Gene, Betty and their three boys moved into a house in Council Bluffs and set up an office in the garage. Gene’s wife Betty was the original bookkeeper for the business, and they were a great team.  Through the years there were various expansions of office space, staff and locations to continue to serve the clients’ needs.  Today HGM has nearly 70 full time employees in our two offices.

One of the standing principals that HGM follows today is one of our favorite quotes from Gene.  “I still feel that honesty and integrity are the greatest asset that we have maintained over the years.” 

Iowa West Foundation

The mission of the Iowa West Foundation is to improve lives and strengthen communities for current and future generations. We do this by providing leadership, creating partnerships, leveraging resources and serving as a catalyst in identifying and supporting community needs.

The Iowa West Foundation is funded by investment income and through the Iowa West Racing Association (IWRA), which receives contracted fees paid by local casino operators — Ameristar and Harrah’s. The Foundation is an independent nonprofit recipient, as described in the 501(c)3 section of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation began its grant program in 1996, which awards funds for various community projects of governmental entities or nonprofit organizations. The Iowa West Foundation is headquartered in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Through 2016, the Iowa West Foundation has awarded more than $400 million in funding to nonprofit organizations and governmental entities, enhancing the lives of thousands of area citizens.

Lewis Central Community School District

Our mission: Inspiring Excellence!
Our vision: We develop passionate, innovative, adaptable learners prepared to embrace the challenges of the future and make a positive difference in their community.
Our district goals: Focus efforts of school improvement on accelerating growth for all students and on closing the gaps for students with IEPs and FRL.
Expand and improve the integration of technology throughout the system.
Intervene in timely and effective ways to help meet the needs of all students.
Support innovative teaching practices and instructional methods to more precisely engage and address the learning needs of all students.
Promote the well-being of students. 

Pottawattamie County Community Foundation

The Pottawattamie County Community Foundation (PCCF) is a tax-exempt public charity, 501(c)(3), that serves thousands of people who share a common interest in improving the quality of life in Pottawattamie County, Iowa.

Through PCCF, individuals, families, businesses and organizations can create permanent charitable funds that help their communities meet the challenges of changing times. The foundation invests and administers these charitable funds.

Like all community foundations across the United States, PCCF is overseen by a volunteer board of leading citizens and run by professionals with expertise in identifying the needs of their community.

TS Banking Group

TS Bank’s goal is to IGNITE PROSPERITY® in the communities it serves by reinvesting 10 percent of its net income locally; hosting educational events and partnering with organizations and non-profits. TS Bank was chartered in 1923 and has $385 million in assets, along with the largest Iowa state-chartered C-Corp trust department west of Des Moines at nearly $230 million in assets. Locations include Treynor, Macedonia, Council Bluffs, Atlantic, Corning and Ames, Iowa.

The 712 Initiative

The 712 Initiative was formed by the merging of Bluffs Downtown, Pottawattamie County Development Corporation and Live Well Council Bluffs in January 2016.
The 712 Initiative is able to build off the 20-year history of its parent organizations as an Iowa West Foundation Initiative, while filling the need for an organization that can identify and leverage opportunities around development and quality of life in Council Bluffs.

Willson & Pechacek PLC

Willson & Pechacek, PLC was formed in January 1994. However, the attorneys of Willson & Pechacek have cared for clients since 1949. Indeed, the two founding members of Willson & Pechacek have over 100 years of combined practice of law.

The firm opened its doors at its current location in January 1994, with three attorneys and a staff of six people. Today, we have over 20 attorneys and staff. We have expanded our main office and have satellite offices in Treynor, Oakland, Carroll, Harlan, Clarinda, and Onawa, Iowa.

Omni Dental

Every aspect of Omni Dental is tailored to your needs. We offer comprehensive, convenient, and all-inclusive dental care at the hands of committed and trusted dentists. With practices conveniently located in Council Bluffs and Carter Lake, Iowa, our team of dedicated experts strive to provide the best dental services in the Mid West. Our ever-expanding list of treatment options and new dental technology will make finding a smile solution absolutely effortless. We have been proudly providing excellent dental services for the past 40 years, and have acted as market leaders in our industry. Given our track record of 40 years of success, Omni Dental aims to continually be some of the best dentists in Council Bluffs and Carter Lake by delivering optimal care for our patients. Our team is expertly-trained, extremely knowledgeable, and will look after your every need. It’s important to us that we have open communication with our patients every step of the way. During your consultation, we will listen carefully and ask the right questions to discover your needs and desires. At Omni Dental, we will never over-treat our patients. Our practice uses the most modern and safe technologies and procedures to ensure you get the most comfortable and convenient experience.

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