After a career in the trucking business, Stan Squires wasn’t ready to retire.
“He wanted to leave something beautiful behind,” said Sheila Squires, Stan’s wife and co-owner of Table Mountain Creative Concrete. “He’s always been artistic, and he’s a wonderful woodworker and welder.”
So Stan, now 65, got online and learned about all kinds of businesses.
“He came across decorative concrete which, in 2004, was still relatively new in Colorado” said Sheila. “We felt like we were coming in on the ground floor, and we were excited about trying to build a business together.
“Our first few jobs, we did by ourselves. We went to a lot of trainings on stains and overlays” she added.
Today – in addition to Stan as president and CEO, and Sheila as marketing director – Table Mountain Creative Concrete employs six additional individuals. Over the past six years, the gross revenues of this contractor business have progressively grown; and while they once worked out of their home in Golden, they now boast an office and showroom in Wheat Ridge serving both residential and commercial clients.
“Building the business wasn’t always easy, there were some blind corners,” Sheila admitted. “When we met Jeff Gilbert of the Denver Metro Small Business Development Center, the pieces started to fall in place.”
“Jeff counseled us on every level and helped us understand the importance of surrounding ourselves with the right people to help us grow a smart business and make smart decisions” she added.
According to Sheila, more and more people are becoming educated about the beauty and benefits of decorative concrete. Clients commonly ask for “a floor like Starbucks.”
“Our mission is to stain, engrave, overlay and stamp existing concrete to make it more aesthetically pleasing,” said Sheila. “One of the things I love about what we do is that each floor or patio or driveway is one-of-a-kind. When properly maintained, our concrete finishes provide an attractive and durable surface for years and years.”
“The real driver in everything we do is creativity. It drives how we do business, whom we hire and how we serve our customers” she said.