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Iowa Self-Employment Sparks Business Venture


This Iowa owned business is growing like wildfire.

JT FireStarters is a business started by an entrepreneur named Daniel, with help from Iowa Self-Employment (ISE), a program through Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services. During 2019 ISE helped 26 Iowa businesses achieve success! Cumulatively from 2015-2018, 125 businesses were successfully started, expanded or acquired with support from IVRS bringing new jobs to the Iowa Economy.

ISE Business Development Specialist Kochell Ricklefs said, “I have been involved with Daniel since the beginning. It is exciting to see this business still allowing him to do what he enjoys.”

JT Firestarters is located in Bellevue, Iowa where the firestarters are produced. JT Firestarters are a great way to light a fire in a fireplace, grill, wood stove, chiminea, home firepit or campfire!

Already the business is expanding into new territory. During this year’s camping season the crew headed out to campgrounds to hand out free samples in Wisconsin. JT FireStarters then sold 48 cases in 16 campgrounds. In 2019, the business sold a total of 294 cases.

The business plans to grow even more in the coming year.

You can learn more about Daniel and order your own fire starters at