Votes can help McJ's 'Grow Here

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Votes can help McJ’s ‘Grow Here’

By Mike Van Sickle
Union editor

McJ’s Embroidery in West Union and Fairfield Farm of Clermont are each currently vying for $5,000 in regional prize money as part of the 2013 “Dream Big, Grow Here” Contest.

Owned by Bob and Jessica Sadler, McJ’s is located on Elm Street in downtown West Union. The Sadlers currently offer a large variety of custom embroidery and screen-printing services to customers.

“We embroider on items such as shirts, coats, hats, lawn chairs, blankets, towels, stadium chairs and much, much more,” noted Jessica on her “Dream Big, Grow Here” application. “We are dedicated to serving our community and helping them find quality clothing at a reasonable price.”

With the new North Fayette Valley whole-grade sharing agreement, McJ’s is continuously expanding its available items in an effort to help the community strengthen its support of the new school.

If the local business owners were to win the regional competition, Jessica reported they would use the monies to purchase a heat press. She explained that the local business currently outsources its screen-printing and heat-press needs, which includes personalizing sports shirts and jerseys, sweat pants and tops, etc.

  “The goal is to get a heat press to make our selection even wider,” she added. “With a heat press, we would be able to create more items in the store itself. This would be a great addition to our embroidery machine.”

Jessica noted that if McJ’s were fortunate enough to win the “Dream Big, Grow Here” Contest, she and Bob would most likely use the cost savings toward the future purchase of another embroidery machine.

While expressing her appreciation to the ongoing support of the community and faithful customers, the West Union business owner encouraged the public to vote on Facebook for one of the 13 “Dream Big” nominees from the Northeast Iowa Business Network’s (NIBN) six-county territory.

As reported in last week’s Union, the public has an opportunity to help select McJ’s Embroidery or Fairfield Farm as one of the final four that will make the “playoffs” or “pitch-off.” Voters can vote once every 24 hours on Facebook for as many businesses as desired. At the same time, participating voters can learn about the unique dreams of the local businesses.

Voting continues through Wednesday, Oct. 30.

“Dream Big, Grow Here” is sponsored by MyEntreNet, the Iowa Bankers Association, Renew Rural Iowa, Iowa Economic Development Authority, VentureNet, Delta Dental of Iowa and the Technology Association of Iowa, along with each regional economic development organization. 

For more information on the “Dream Big, Grow Here” competition, go to

(Editor’s note: “Dream Big” nominee Fairfield Farm will be featured in next week’s Union.)


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