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Bridget’s Botanicals

The awareness of the connection between health and natural ingredients sustainable for the environment is increasingly popular. Between spin classes, yoga, fitness trackers, and Whole 30, overall health is top of mind. Through her study of human health, molecular biology, chemistry and ecological studies, Bridget Molloy became inspired to start Bridget’s Botanicals, a business designed to promote and educate others of the synergy between environmentally sustainable products and natural health products.

Bridget’s Botanicals offers a glimpse of the benefits that come from the integration of botanical medicine with modern scientific research. Some of the products offered through the company include Awaken – a cacao bitter, an herbal first aid kit and a creamy healing salve.

She began seeing consultants at the SBDC in 2015, and soon joined Leading Edge for Entrepreneurs in spring 2016. “All of the consultants, with whom I have been working with for over a year, have been amazing.”

Through Leading Edge, she learned to focus – for her to make an impact on people’s health and connection to the planet, she had to learn to make her vision into a product. Molloy had to go deep and explore one idea, whether that’s marketing and creative aspects or through financials and logistics.

After she graduated from Leading Edge, Molloy launched three new flavors of herbal cocktail bitters (liquid extraction of herbs to flavor cocktails with digestive benefits). Molloy entered this product into SBDC’s latest Trout Tank Food Frenzy where she found herself to be a finalist. Her company is underway of becoming a certified B Corporation to “minimize environmental impact from partnering with local companies to monitoring energy and water usage during product production.”

Molloy credits her major successes to the resources found in SBDC’s Leading Edge.

“I am so thrilled to have been able to work with the SBDC. It has truly been a pivotal partnership in the success of my business thus far!”

In the next year, she looks forward to producing her product in a commercial kitchen, seeing Wild World Bitters at bars and stores around Colorado and working closely with the coral reef and rainforest conservation organizations that part of her proceeds will benefit.

Ristole

“Moving to Denver set me on a trajectory that changed the course of my life.” For Ristole CEO Jackie Adams, a woman whose life has already taken many turns, that’s saying something. Starting her career in computer programming, she quickly found the hours behind a computer screen tedious. She then applied for and was accepted to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania, where she taught high school math in Swahili. After returning to

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Med-Fit

Med-Fit, PLLC provides physician-supervised individualized weight management systems designed to help overweight and obese clients lose and maintain a healthy weight. Owner Dr. Angela Tran is Board-Certified in Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine and has practiced in primary care since 2007. Despite Angela’s extensive education and experience, she admits she knew very little about how to start a business when she decided to seek assistance from the Denver Metro SBDC in January of 2012. Angela

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C-21 Project

Keaunna Figgers, Denver’s newest fashionista, is raising awareness of Down syndrome and doing so in style through her company The C-21 Project, which refers to the extra 21st chromosome that she was born with. Born with Down syndrome, Figgers faced obstacles from the start – she had open-heart surgery at just 3 months old and was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at a very young age. Growing up with arthritis, Figgers would spend hours coloring in

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Big Sky Aerial Technology

In business, the sky is the limit for Big Sky Aerial Technology—literally. This start-up company captures high-resolution aerial images for use in precision agriculture, allowing farmers to analyze the health of their crops. Founded in 2015 by Ron Lester and Jerred Lane, the idea to launch Big Sky Aerial Technology was inspired by the years Lester and Lane spent working with land and air-based remote sensing technologies in the Middle East. “With some of the

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MindCraft Makerspace

“An entrepreneur is someone who jumps off a cliff and builds a plane on the way down.” — Reid Hoffman Entrepreneurs are passionate risk-takers who make an impact on our economy, and they‘ve made Colorado a top-five state for startup activity and for innovation. Entrepreneurs know it takes a lot more than an idea to make a business come to life. Brenda Lane is co-founder of MindCraft Makerspace knows just that. Lane has poured herself

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Discovery College Consulting, LLC

When Sara Zessar first began meeting with consultants and attending programs at the Denver SBDC in 2013, she had a company name and not much else. A former high school counselor, Zessar wanted to start a college consulting practice to assist high school students with the college search and admissions process, but she had no experience in the business world. “I knew what I wanted to do, but I needed a lot of help in

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