50 Top Iowa Publishing Companies and Startups of 2021

June 30, 2021

This article showcases our top picks for the best Iowa based Publishing companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Publishing industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.

We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.

We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:

  • Innovation
    • Innovative ideas
    • Innovative route to market
    • Innovative product
  • Growth
    • Exceptional growth
    • Exceptional growth strategy
  • Management
  • Societal impact

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Top Iowa Publishing Startups

Data sourced from Crunchbase and SemRush.

Phantom EFX

Phantom EFX

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Phantom EFX is the developer and publisher of interactive card and casino entertainment games.

Lee Enterprises

Lee Enterprises

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Lee Enterprises is a provider of local news, information and advertising.

Lee Enterprises

Mango Life Media

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Mango Life Media is a publishing company that offers both print and digital publications.

Lee Enterprises

Kendall Hunt Publishing Company

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Kendall Hunt Publishing Company offers hands-on and inquiry-based science and mathematics curricula for grades pre K-12.

Lee Enterprises

NRG Media

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NRG Media is a broadcast media company that specializes in local radio services in Lowa.

Lee Enterprises

Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

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Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier is a daily afternoon newspaper.

Lee Enterprises

Creston News Advertiser

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Creston News Advertiser is a publication of local news and online newspapers.

Lee Enterprises

Perfection Learning

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Perfection Learning is a publishing company offering b2b media and information services.

Lee Enterprises

iPhone Life magazine

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iPhone Life magazine is a publishing company providing apple product information and reviews.

Lee Enterprises

The Des Moines Register

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The Des Moines Register is a daily news website that features news articles, jobs, obituaries, opinion, classifieds, and more.

Lee Enterprises

Job Board Doctor

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The Job Board Doctor is publishing, and e-learning industries.

Lee Enterprises

ECM Publishers

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ECM Publishers is a publishing, printing, digital media and distribution company that operates in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Lee Enterprises

Sioux City Journal

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The Sioux City Journal is the daily newspaper and website of Sioux City, Iowa.

Lee Enterprises

Southern Living

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Southern Living was created to highlight the beauty and culture of the growing South.

Lee Enterprises

Parent.co

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Parent.co is a digital publication for people who are as curious about the world as they are committed to raising great kids.

Lee Enterprises

Heartland Communications Group

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Heartland Communications Group provides marketing solutions.

Lee Enterprises

Meetings Today

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Meetings Today is a meeting planner resource for information on meeting facilities, meetings, and meeting technology.

Lee Enterprises

WHO-HD

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WHO-HD is a local news TV station headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa.

Lee Enterprises

Globe Gazette

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Globe Gazette provides breaking news, sports, entertainment updates.

Lee Enterprises

AOP

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AOP is a christian publishing company that provides bible-based curricula for students.

Lee Enterprises

Mancomm

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MANCOMM develops hundreds of state-of-the-art regulatory products, including training tools, reference guides, and resources

Lee Enterprises

August Home Publishing

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August Home Publishing Company has provided home woodworkers, gardeners and cooks with all the tools.

Lee Enterprises

The Gazette

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The Gazette is a newspaper publishing company that covers various types of news including sports, health, government and entertainment.

Lee Enterprises

The Ames Tribune

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The Ames Tribune is a daily newspaper published in Ames, Iowa.

Lee Enterprises

SAIL Magazine

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SAIL Magazine is a digital publisher that educates and entertains sailors with articles on boats, DIY, cruising and racing.

Lee Enterprises

SDM Magazine

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SDM provides management and technical professionals with comprehensive coverage of the security channel for dealers, installers.

Lee Enterprises

Hanson Directory Service

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Hanson Directory Service publishes phone directories.

Lee Enterprises

Story City Herald

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Story City Herald is a weekly newspaper and has been in the publishing business since 1881.

Lee Enterprises

Business Publications Corporation, Inc

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Business Publications Corporation is a publishing company specializing in real estate magazine, BPC book publishing, and development guides.

Lee Enterprises

Des Moines Radio Group

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Des Moines Radio Group is a broadcast media company based in Iowa.

Lee Enterprises

Grimes Today

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Grimes Today is a monthly newspaper serving the residents and businesses of Grimes, Iowa.

Lee Enterprises

Family Handyman

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Family Handyman is a publishing house that offers a wide array of home improvement topics, advice and ideas for DIY homeowners.

Lee Enterprises

Times Citizen

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Times Citizen publishes news related to business, agriculture, education, sports, government and public safety, along with classifieds.

Lee Enterprises

Humboldt Independent

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Humboldt Independent is a publishing and printing company.

Lee Enterprises

Clinton Herald

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The Clinton Herald is the Gateway area’s source for local news and sports.

Lee Enterprises

Masque Publishing

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Masque Publishing develops and publishes entertainment software, specializing in family entertainment and casino games.

Lee Enterprises

The Oskaloosa Herald

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The Oskaloosa Herald is a publisher of news that provides advertising services.

Lee Enterprises

RDG Media

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RDG Media publishes business-to-business publications.

Lee Enterprises

OmniLingua Worldwide

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OmniLingua Worldwide provides professional translation and localization services.

Lee Enterprises

Cookbook Specialists

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Cookbook Specialists is a customer-oriented printer of self-published books.

Lee Enterprises

River Cities Reader

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The River Cities’ Reader is a monthly, independently owned newspaper focusing on arts, culture, business, and politics.

Lee Enterprises

The Iowa Source

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The Iowa Source is a free monthly arts and entertainment magazine in Iowa.

Lee Enterprises

Stamats Communications

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Stamats Communications produce B2B media products in print, digital, and live events.

Lee Enterprises

West Branch Communications

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West Branch Communications, a newspaper publisher based in Mount Vernon, IA.

Lee Enterprises

Astri My Astri Publishing

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Astri My Astri Publishing specializes in bilingual English Norwegian books on Norwegian Heritage, Culture, History, Language and Genealog.

Lee Enterprises

North American Review

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North American Review is a publishing company providing fiction and non-fiction stories.

Lee Enterprises

Rodale – Book Business

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Rodale – Book Business is a consumer book publisher.

Lee Enterprises

Industry Marketing Solutions

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IMS is a full service business to business publishing and marketing company.

Lee Enterprises

Midwest Publishing & Marketing

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Midwest Publishing & Marketing specializes in advertising services.

Lee Enterprises

Dickinson County News

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Dickinson County News publishes a weekly newspaper that provides the latest entertainment, sports coverage and news articles.

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