Apex Winner 2010
Kim Emshwiller is a small business owner and a true entrepreneur at heart. Since 2001 Kim and her business partner have started five businesses. Kim’s first business as well as her first true love is a fertilizer and chemical farm supply dealership. Starting as a buying group with a hand full of farmers and a pick-up truck Kim started Vision Ag, Inc. It has since grown into a full service retail dealership.
In 2004 a retiring farm manager asked Kim if she would take on his clients and Vision Ag Farm Management Services, LLC. was born. Kim and her staff provide full farm management services.
Kim grew up on a dairy farm and watched her mother garden and make handmade soap all of her life. In 2007 Kim and her sister convinced their mother to take her hobbies to a new level and market them commercially. They started Blue Monday Soap Company and sell most of their all natural handmade soap and body products by e-commerce.
With not quite enough to do; in 2008 Kim and her business partner saw a niche market that needed filled and they started Prairie’s Edge, specializing in everything outdoors. Prairie’s Edge helps everyone from a fisherman, gardener, to an animal lover satisfy their passions.
When the Ford dealership in Rensselaer went out of business, Kim and her partner saw eight people with a lot of skill and no job. They hired the service manager, parts manager, secretary, and all the mechanics to perform auto repair under the name of Auto Works.
When Kim isn’t satisfying her passion for business she serves her community as much as possible by serving as the President of the Rensselaer Chamber of Commerce, sits on the NW IN Workforce Board, and Jasper County Farm Bureau board. She is also an active member of the Pheasants Forever, National Turkey Federation, and Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry associations.
Kim graduated from Purdue with a BS degree in Agricultural Economics. She bleeds black and gold and tries to get back to Purdue as much as possible to cheer on the Boilers.