Small Business, Big Passion

You know you have a passion for something when you aren’t happy or satisfied with your life unless you are pursuing it. Passion is a powerful driving tool in life. It gives us the determination to go and do, to succeed, and to fail. Without passion, life is monotonous and stale. When a person is passionate about something, you can see it in the way they act, the way they talk about the thing they are passionate about, and the steps they take to pursue their passion.

As you read this article, perhaps someone you know comes to mind. That someone could be you, and a passion you once had or currently have. It could be a famous athlete who was so passionate about their sport, they trained in ways others didn’t so they could be the best. Perhaps it’s a teacher you had who inspired you and made a lasting impact on your life. Or maybe it’s someone who had a dream to start or own a business, and despite the obstacles, made that dream a reality.

If there’s anyone we know who has passion, it’s small business owners. From bars and restaurants, auto repair shops, retail, and everything in between- downtown Sioux City has many passionate business owners.

At Downtown Partners, we’ve seen home businesses grow into their very own storefronts. Ideas and plans went from being sketched out on paper to brick and mortar stores. The best part about it is, we were able to share in the excitement and help business owners pursue their dreams and passion.

Ragen Cote, executive director of Downtown Partners, has been working with downtown businesses for more than 10 years now. When it comes to small business owners, “getting to know someone who is putting their heart, soul, and livelihood into a business, makes you want to do everything you can to help them. It becomes personal. I’m honored to be able to do what I do,” shared Ragen.

Downtown Partners is here to help small business owners. The organization works to create an expanding and vibrant downtown, whether it’s offering a storefront grant, promoting their business on social media, or helping execute a new event. We recognize the commitment it takes to own a small business. Our goal is to make it easier so small business owners can continue to pursue their passion, one sale, idea, or event at a time. 

Bring your passion and your ideas, and Downtown Partners will help you with the rest.

By, Grace Nordquist

Downtown Partners is a non-profit organization that works with downtown stakeholders to create a vibrant, expanding downtown. To learn more about Downtown Partners and to stay up to date on downtown projects and events, visit

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