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Vandergaast Take Top Prize at EntreFest

IOWA CITY, Iowa (CBS 2/FOX 28) - A Tipton daycare center has taken home the top prize at this year's EntreFest in Iowa City.

Tipton Adaptive Daycare specializes in providing care to children with diabilities, developmental delays, and those who have special medical needs.

Deb Vandergaast, owner of the daycare, says it outgrew her home. Now she says she'll use the $10,000 in EntreFest winnings, along with the other $5,000 she'll receive after also winning the Dream Big, Grow Here competition, to put towards renovations at a new location for her daycare.

"Half the building is ready to open; we'll open next month, hopefully,"Vandergaast said. "The other half of the builfing, we haven't started yet, so this money is going to go towards renovation of the other 2,000-square-feet into three more classrooms and two more restrooms."

Vandergaast beat out nine other small businesses from across Iowa to take home the state award.
 
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