Smart Businesses

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Ames businesses are encouraged to participate in a new comprehensive EcoSmart program, Smart Business, and be a part of creating a sustainable Ames through involvement in opportunities including: energy and water conservation, transportation, waste reduction, indoor and outdoor environmental quality, carbon footprint, and community engagement. Businesses can participate in rebate programs and implement a business energy plan that saves money while helping the environment.

Current participants in the Smart Business Challenge include:

Ames Chamber of Commerce


The Ames Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit corporation made up of concerned business and professional people who volunteer their time and resources to make Ames a better place to live, work and do business.

 Arcadia Cafe


Arcadia Cafe, located at 116 Welch Ave, Coffee, Bakery, Dining, & Spirts in the heart of campus. Passion for taste and the patience for quality are the principles Arcadia was built on.



Barilla, located at 3311 E Lincoln Way, is an international manufacturer of pasta products.

Cafe Diem



Cafe Diem, located at 229 Main Street, is a family owned coffee shop offering an assortment of beverage and menu items.

Campustown Action Association
 Capture  CAA, located at 119 Stanton Ave #602, The Campustown Action Association (CAA) is made up of Ames and ISU community members who seek to improve and promote all that is Campustown.
Don & Sons Body Shop Inc.
 Capture Don & Sons Body Shop, located at 1003 E Lincoln Way, is a Direct Repair Shop for most insurance companies. They write the estimate and work directly with your insurance company.
Duck Worth Wearing
 Platinum Smart Business Medallion Located at 232 Main Street, Duck Worth Wearing is a children's and maternity resale shop that carries clothing, maternity, toys, books, equipment, and much more. 
 The Fighting Burrito


The Fighting Burrito, located in Campustown at 117 Welch Avenue, offers burritos to order.

The Frame Shop


The Ames Frame Shop, located in the Main Street Cultural District as 210 Main Street, provides custom framing and artwork.

 Green Hills Retirement Community Health Care Center


Green Hills Retirement Community Health Care Center at 2200 Hamilton Drive offers private rooms and skilled nursing, and memory care, rehabilitation, recovery, and more.

 Jax Outdoor Gear

Jax Outdoor Gear, located in West Ames at 4723 Lincoln Way, provides a wide range of products for outdoor recreational activities.

The Loft Ames
 Medallion The Loft, located at 233 Main Street, is a unique resale clothing store for teens to adults.
 Lutheran Services of Iowa (LSI)
 Medallion Lutheran Services of Iowa, located at 1323 Northwestern Ave. One of Iowa’s largest human service agencies.
 McFarland Clinic

McFarland Clinic prides itself on serving the health care needs of central Iowans by offering primary care providers and specialists.

Morning Bell Coffee Roasters
 Medallion  Morning Bell Coffee Roasters, located at 111 Main St., Suite 103, is a specialty coffee roaster/retailer that provides fresh-roasted, specialty coffee to retail and wholesale customers.
Nelson Electric
 Capture Nelson Electric, located at 239 S. Bell Ave., offers complete design/build services, updating, new construction, commercial and industrial work, remodeling, systems wiring, and lighting design services.
Octagon Center for the Arts
 Capture Located at 427 Douglas, the Octagon offers education classes and outreach programs, rotating exhibits, retail gallery shop, and special events such as the annual Octagon Art Festival.
Pure Bridal
 Capture Pure Bridal, located at 306 S. 16th St., offers a collection of wedding gowns, bridal party dresses, prom dresses, jewelry, accessories, shoes, undergarments, and almost all formal attire needs.
 Ron's Auto Repair
 Medallion Ron's Auto Repair, located at 119 Washington Ave, provides a wide variety of vehicle repair services and is staffed with ASE-Certified technicians. 
 Renewable Energy Group (REG)
 Capture Renewable Energy Group, located at 416 S Bell Ave, REG is a leading North American advanced biofuels producer and developer of renewable chemicals.
S B & A Architects
 Capture S B & A Architects, located at 1421 S. Bell Ave., Suite 101, has a full range of professional expertise, providing clients with development services, master planning, architectural design, interior design with FF&E (Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment) procurement, landscape architecture and owner representation.
Wordly Goods
 Gold Worldly Goods, located in the Main Street Cultural District at 223 Main St., is a nonprofit store operated by volunteers that serves as an international marketplace specializing in the fair trade handcrafts of artisans from developing areas around the world.
 platinum  Wheatsfield Co-op, located at 413 Northwestern, just off Main Street, is a full-service natural foods grocery that has been community-owned since 1974. Specializing in local, natural, and organic foods and products. Everyone can shop.
Wild Water Car Wash
 platinum  Wild Water Car Wash, located at 204 Clark Ave., offers car washing services, including automatic washers, self-serve washing bays, a large vehicle bay, and vacuums. The business also offers a self-serve pet wash.