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Create Cooking School

Create Cooking School has actively engaged with the SBDC community for two years by taking advantage of Leading Edge, Trout Tank, financial classes and multiple consultants within the network. And now, owners Erasmo Casiano and Diego Coconati are on the brink of opening Create Cooking School in the Stapleton neighborhood of Denver.

Leading Edge played an important role in the growth of the company. Casiano learned that adapting and pivoting is beneficial to your business, and how crucial it is to the success of the company in the long run.

“Leading Edge gave me the tools to pave a road to success. It helped me plan-out, in detail, the steps I needed to take to understand my market and write a comprehensive business plan.”

They developed relationships with mentors, leveraged what they learned, and ultimately got approved for an SBA 7a loan through Colorado Enterprise Fund.

“They worked hard to find us a location that matched the specific demographics…they kept an eye on the new Stanley Marketplace and once a space became available, they jumped to show us the space.”

After a couple meetings with the Stanley Marketplace, Casiano and Coconati signed the lease in April, and broke ground at the end of May. They now look forward to going 100 percent live on their website and growing through social media, print media and organically, hoping to be open officially by September.

“There have been a lot of curve balls, but Diego and I both believed in our concept enough to keep our heads down and continue pushing towards our goal.”

Future Fit Foods

Future Fit Foods is a woman-and-minority-owned food startup out of Boulder, Colorado, bringing people diverse plant-based foods that prioritize the wellbeing and happiness of people and communities. They are also the winners of the 2021 Trout Tank CPG Pitch Event. Paloma Lopez, founder of Future Fit Foods realized the change people were making was incremental because the business models, brands, and products had not been designed with today’s sustainability and nutrition needs in mind. After

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Back2Basics

Brittany Winkfield is like a lot of entrepreneurs. She saw a gap in the marketplace and instead of waiting for someone else to fill it, she went after it herself. Led by a belief and desire that a Christian lifestyle magazine existed within the community, she used her creative skills, business network, and the SBDC to create Back2Basics Magazine. And she did it with the grace and style of a dedicated entrepreneur that understands how

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Fireside Production

“With resources like the Denver Metro Chamber and the Denver Metro SBDC – and a community of entrepreneurs and leaders who are so willing to share their insights – I have to admit, learning how to run a business has been one of my greatest joys.” Naomi Binkley, founder and managing partner of Fireside Production said. Naomi Binkley and Tom McDonald make their living telling others’ stories through video. They are committed to bringing creativity,

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ECS

Jessica Acosta’s business philosophy is focused on three things: people, planet and profit. The Environmental Consulting Services (ECS) founder and CEO works to bring new jobs to the region while creating sustainable environment and financial stability. ECS, established in 2011, provides services ranging from design and development of stormwater management plans to training. Acosta launched ECS to serve and address environmental management and water quality compliance needs of private, federal, state, and local clients. “I’ve

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Die Die Must Try

Die Die Must Try, which means “something so good you have to try it!” in Singlish, is a Singapore-inspired Boba tea shop, that exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit at its finest. From their humble beginnings to becoming a newly beloved fixture in Denver’s culinary scene, their journey is a testament to courage, determination, and the power of community support. “When we started Die Die Must Try Beverage Co., one of the biggest challenges was building our

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Rupp’s Drums

Rupp’s Drums serves the Denver community with a wide range of music merchandise from drums and apparel to lessons and rentals. Run by a team of experienced musicians, they certainly know their stuff! Learn more about this accomplished SBDC client and finalist for Small Business of the Year at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce 2022 Business Awards below. Rupp’s Drums began back in 1984 and was later purchased in 2018 by Alex Simpson, a

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