Sioux City, IA 51101
The story of Linn Research is a relatively simple one. I started my business in December 2007 after obtaining my Master’s degree in social work from the University of Iowa in May 2006. The initial connections for my business were made between my instructor at the University of Iowa and a local organization known as Siouxland Human Investment Partnership (SHIP) in Sioux City.
SHIP was looking for a person to research grant opportunities for them on a consistent basis. My instructor knew that I had the ability to use the internet and I could research just about anything from my home. This was perfect for me because I have moderate to severe cerebral palsy that affects my mobility. I signed my first six-month contract with SHIP on December 27, 2007.
One year later, I received assistance from a work incentives coordinator through Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) to develop a business plan and start the process of a Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS). PASS is a Social Security work incentive that allowed me to set aside income to achieve a work goal. This was the most challenging part of the process. I had no idea how to develop the necessary business plan or carry out proper accounting procedures. It took about two and a half years to complete the PASS and purchase my own van for business trips as well as personal use.
I also use Medicaid for Employed Persons with Disabilities (MEPD), a work incentive that allows a working person with a disability to accumulate significantly more money in the bank than the usual asset limit set by Medicaid and still be eligible for Medicaid health care coverage.
Linn Research serves primarily the Siouxland area, yet I have over 300 local, state, and federal resources available to me at any time. I am responsible for identifying and providing summaries of grants on the local, state, and federal levels. Given that it's internet-based, my business has the potential of going anywhere. As of December 2013, I have been with SHIP for six years! Honestly, I can't think of a better situation for myself than the one I currently have.
- Jarrod Linn