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.

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gelu Italian Ice

Ronn and Karin Gookin are not new to the entrepreneur world. They bought their first business, a flooring store years ago. With no food service background, it was an idea presented to them by their partner, John Nelson, to start producing and selling Italian Ice in the Grand Valley. In New York City, where John is from, it is not unusual to see an Italian Ice cart on every corner and in every park. However,

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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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