Sara Winkleman, Founder and Owner of S & B Farms Distillery, has been named the 2019 Deb Dalziel Woman Entrepreneur Achievement Award winner by America’s SBDC Iowa. This award recognizes an Iowa woman entrepreneur who has significantly changed or improved her life and the lives of others.
Sara was nominated by Michael Wampler, Regional Director of the Northwest Iowa SBDC.
Sara will be recognized February 26th during SBDC Day at the State Capitol.
The Deb Dalziel Woman Entrepreneur Achievement Award is awarded annually to women who have significantly improved or changed their own personal situation, thus having an impact on others around them. The award was established in 1999 by America’s SBDC Iowa to help highlight the accomplishments of women entrepreneurs in Iowa. The purpose of the Deb Dalziel award is not only to honor Dalziel, a long-time advocate of women entrepreneurs, but also to ensure that the groundwork is in place to assure women equal advantages in the business world.
As director of America’s SBDC Iowa at Southeastern Community College from 1987 to 1999, Deb Dalziel served as a mentor for women developing business projects. According to Ron Manning, former state director of the Iowa SBDC, Deb was a resourceful consultant and advisor who served as an excellent example for her clients of how women can achieve success in the business world. Dalziel died of cancer at the age of 44.
After several months of hard work, construction remodeling, researching, and licensing, S & B Farms Distillery will officially open for business on Thursday, November 1. Three products will be for sale including: Hog Wild, Private First Class, and Field Fire Moonshine. Also for sale will be several styles of t-shirts, hats, and whiskey glasses.
“We are excited for customers to try our products and let us know what they think. It has been a long process to get to this day, but we think we have great products to offer and look forward to hearing the reviews,” says owner Sara Winkleman.
The distillery will be open Tuesday – Saturday, from 10am – 5pm. If those times do not work for you, feel free to call or email to schedule a tour.
S & B Farms Distillery announces plans to build a distillery in Bancroft, Iowa. Construction has started on a former dentist office with plans for the distillery to be operational by late summer. When finished, the distillery will feature a tasting room for visitors.
“We are looking forward to bringing this type of business to north Iowa,” says Sara Winkleman, owner of S & B Farms Distillery. “Craft beer and wineries have really been making an impact in our culture lately, and I believe there’s also a market for craft whiskeys and bourbons made with our Iowa corn.”
S&B Farms will use only the highest quality ingredients, and product will be produced in a copper still. Four recipes are currently being perfected for flavored whiskey and bourbon. Corn for the product will be produced on distillery owners Sara & Brian Winkleman’s farmland.
“We intend for the distillery to be a welcoming stop for locals and visitors to the area. We are excited about the support we have received so far and appreciate the help from Iowa Lakes Community College’s Small Business Development Center,” said Winkleman.