Emilea Hillman is an innovative, young entrepreneur from Independence, Iowa, and the owner and operator of Em's Coffee Co. Emilea is vibrant, personable, has a strong passion for work.


She is well known in Iowa for leaving a segregated workshop and becoming a business owner, and she’s only 23. She takes pride in owning her own business, and she operates her coffee shop with the support of family.

Emilea employs others with and without disabilities and is a valued business owner in her community. With family support, advocacy, networking and the assistance of her local WIPA, Emilea was able to open her coffee shop in a matter of 10 months. Emilea has shown the town of Independence that people with disabilities cannot only work in their community but own a business too. Emilea is also a member of Iowa’s Developmental Disability Council.





Em's Coffee Company 324 First Street East Independence IA 50644 (319) 332-1234


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