Bloomin Babies

Early in Patty’s nursing career, she knew she wanted to become a midwife. After years as a RN and completing her BSN, she decided it was time to pursue her dream and enrolled at Frontier Nursing University. Little did she know, her education at Frontier Nursing University would not only prepare her to become a midwife but also potentially a future entrepreneur; one of the final capstone projects she had to do was write a business plan for a midwife/birth center business. Armed with Patty’s nursing and midwifery education along with Dick’s Masters of Hospital Administration, they made the decision to move to Grand Junction to be closer to their daughter.

Upon settling into Grand Junction, they found their way to The Business Incubator Center where they took the “Starting a Business in Western Colorado” and “Leading Edge” classes. During this time, they were also in the beginning stages of starting Bloomin’ Babies. Upon completing the classes, the Kandiko’s were confronted with challenge after challenge.

First, they had to find a suitable location close to emergency medical treatment should it become necessary. They signed the lease on their location in February 2013 and were confronted with the next challenge, finding a doctor with hospital privileges that would be willing to take their referral patients. Third, they had to work with local and state fire officials to determine which fire safety rules their birthing center needed to be built to. Finally, they needed to receive their state licensing in order to operate. Some of these challenges were easier to overcome than others but the Kandiko’s persevered and were verbally granted their license on September 17, 2013. They credit their success in part to the resources that the SBDC and staff coaches have provided along the way. Patty & Dick both say, “The coaches and staff were there to help without being too pampering. They are a great support system.”

The Kandiko’s are excited to be able to offer a birthing option for women who want the expertise of medical professionals with a home-like environment with a personal touch. In addition to birthing services, they will also be offering services for all women from pre-conception (annual visits, contraception, etc.) through menopause.

Vital Earth Minerals

Long time SBDC client, Jody Ahrens, is no stranger to starting and running a successful small business. Jody was an attendee at the first Leading Edge course offered by the Grand Junction SBDC in 1986. She attributes the success of her first business, Evergreen Productions, to the knowledge she gained in that class. She learned the basics of starting and running a business and the proper way to keep books and do the day to

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Epic Escape Room

Larry and Kathleen White, along with their daughter, Leslie Kell, were on vacation looking for something fun to do as a family. They looked at a local website listing upcoming activities when something caught their eye and they visited a place called Epic Escape Game. They had so much fun, all they talked about on the way home was how exciting it would be to run a business like Epic Escape Game. They even met

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Delixers LLC

PRODUCTS I have assembled a stable of stars to assist me in the promotion of my fine line of delicious elixirs, mixers and more. I exhibit two breeds of bloody mary mixes: Rooster Collbran’s Tart & Twangy Bloody Mary Mix, tuned with the taste of dill pickles and lemons and Rowdy Roubidoux’s Hot & Wild Bloody Mary Mix, fueled by habanero, horseradish and wasabi. I also boast of a complementary food line featuring: bloody mary

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Press Colorado Juice Company

Stephanie Witwer’s dream of creating high quality, all-organic cold press juices to help individuals live healthier, came to life at an event early in 2015. She met Jon Maraschin, Executive Director of the Business Incubator Center, who encouraged her to attend the SBDC’s Leading Edge course in February. Stephanie did and was inspired to launch her business from the Business Incubator Center’s Commercial Kitchen a few months later. After moving into the Business Incubator Center,

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Kannah Creek Brewery

For Jim Jeffryes, brewing beer had always been a source of refuge from his stressful job in technology. That is, until 1998 when he decided to jump into brewing beer full time. Although Jim had brewed beer recreationally, he had never done it in the quantities he was going to need to support a brewery, so after purchasing land on 9th & Struthers in Grand Junction, he enrolled in beer school and took Leading Edge

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Busy Bea Quilters

When Grand Junction’s only quilting store closed it’s doors in the Fall of 2013, the local quilting community was devastated. With the closest quilting venue hundreds of miles away, avid quilter, Bea Root, and long time quilting buddy, Tracy Miller, decided that something needed to be done. The idea began forming late last year, and Bea, after being referred to the Small Business Development Center by a close friend, signed up for the Pumping up

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