Two women to accept annual SBDC Iowa entrepreneurial awards Feb. 26

Two Iowa businesswomen will accept entrepreneurial awards by America’s SBDC Iowa later this month for their leadership as Small Business Development Center clients. Sara Winkleman, founder/owner of S&B Farmstead Distillery, is the 2019 Deb Dalziel Woman Entrepreneur Achievement Award winner, and Staci Ackerson, owner of Shankland Insurance, is the 2019 Neal Smith Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner. Winkleman, of Bancroft, was called a role model in her nomination for women entering industries that are traditionally male-dominated. Ackerson, of Charles City, was nominated for her work to expand Shankland Insurance and rehabilitate the historic Charles City Western Railroad depot building to house her insurance office and provide temporary executive apartments and rental storage units. The two will accept their awards on Feb. 26 in a ceremony during the Iowa State Capitol’s SBDC Day.