Tamara Brunow outside of her office at 12 Scott St.

In celebration of National Small Business Week, a locally woman-owned construction company was named “Small Business of the Day” from the office of U.S. Senator Joni Ernst and the Senate Committee on Small Business Entrepreneurship on Thursday.

Tamara Brunow launched Brunow Construction in 2008 and acquired its first contract of $1.3 million to build Gethsemane Presbyterian Church in Lake Manawa.

Brunow has completed numerous contracts ranging in value from $800 to nearly $5 million and for a client list that includes the City of Omaha, the United States Forest Service, the Department of Veteran Affairs, Southwest Iowa Planning Council and the United States Coast Guard, according to a release provided by Ernst.

Brunow Contracting is one of a handful of companies in the country — and the only one of its kind in Iowa — to have earned the U.S. Small Business Administration’s SBA 8(a) Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned and HUBZone certifications.

The success of Brunow Contracting inspired Brunow to also create an activewear line for women called H2W Apparel that now sells at four retail locations.

Brunow is a recipient of the Midlands Business Journal’s 40 under 40 and has proved to other female entrepreneurs and small business owners across the county that it is possible to simultaneously build a business, be a great mother, volunteer as a mentor and remain committed to the community, the release said.

“There aren’t a lot of — started by women, ran by women — construction companies. Not sure what the exact numbers are, but we’re definitely a minority,” Brunow said. “It’s an honor and it’s fantastic to be able to represent Council Bluffs in a positive way.”

As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship highlights the impact of entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories.

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