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
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.