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Lori J Photography

Entrepreneurs are known for having to perform many different roles. Many struggle with the financial and accounting aspect of their business, while others have a hard time understanding the power of social media. For Lori Johnson, owner of Lori J Photography, she’s the first to admit that her nemesis is marketing.

Lori J Photography provides a boutique photography service experience for Denver wedding photography, family portraits, and lifestyle headshots for entrepreneurs in Denver. The business offers a full product guide for home artwork decor, specialized ordering appointments for families and couples, and easy and quick sessions and ordering for Denver’s busy entrepreneurs.

Marketing may not be Lori’s strong suit, but she is gradually overcome her dislike. “Our work with Wendy and the Denver Metro SBDC team has allowed Lori J Photography to focus on our target clients,” says owner Lori Johnson.

“We have learned so much about our business needs that we didn’t know before. In the photography world, there is so much competition and as artists we are constantly critiquing. It can sometimes turn destructive and get in the way of the artwork we produce. In working with Wendy, we have learned to put the destructive critiquing aside and focus on the needs of the clients. We have gone from completely despising marketing to enjoying the process of creation and implementation of new marketing plans that our clients love.”

Lori’s revenues have increased by 280 percent per customer since working with the Denver Metro SBDC.

Lori J Photography has begun to expand its support network by becoming a part of photography groups across the world. Lori enjoys helping other blooming photographers as well. She says, “Of course everything is scary in the beginning. It is a huge leap of faith that makes you sick and overwhelmed with defeat. But it’s not this big scary thing anymore. It’s actually a work of art! The most important thing we have learned is to be consistent with marketing strategies. Getting started is the first key, without that leap the world’s inventors would not have given us electricity, cars, and computers. Consistency is also key, it’s not that we saw results right away, it took time, energy, consistency, and effort to keep the Lori J Photography business growing.

“Sticking with it has allowed us to push beyond barriers and get beyond the hatred of marketing and find the fun in getting our name out there. As the owner of Lori J Photography, I feel proud to share our hard work and efforts with Wendy and SBDC. We found results by working smarter, not harder.”

Briar Common Brewery + Eatery

Kent Dawson is no stranger to the hard work it takes to start his own business. He learned young as he and his brother Greg spent their summer breaks helping their grandparents tend to their farm. “Spending time on ‘The Farm’ was no picnic: this wasn’t one of those grandparents spoiling the grandkids situation. It was exhausting!” Dawson recalled. Dawson and his wife moved to Denver in 2008, looking to enjoy what Denver and Colorado

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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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Factotum Brewhouse

The concept of Factotum Brewhouse was first imagined when siblings Christopher and Laura Bruns met their other brother and sister for dinner. As it usually goes when the four congregate, several beers were consumed and before long the idea of a homebrewer-driven craft brewery began to materialize. No strangers to the craft beer scene, Christopher and Laura began racking their minds, trying to think of any brewery—local or otherwise—that truly focused on homebrewers. Was there

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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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Sky Blue Builders

When Mowa Haile set out to build a business with a couple of friends, they agreed on one fundamental principle: customer service. “The opportunity to be customer focused is what motivates us and differentiates us,” said Mowa, President of minority-owned Sky Blue Builders, LLC. “As consumers, we see the mistakes that big companies make – and we want to change that. Everything we do, we consider it from the perspective of the customer. If it

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Moss Pink

A love of flowers led Jil Schlisner to buy an existing flower shop in 2006, rename it and build her business by creating inspirational, beautiful atmospheres for clients. She believes people should wear flowers more often, in the form of corsages and boutonnieres—and on ordinary Wednesdays, not only proms or weddings. Moss Pink Flora & Botanicals, located on E. 23rd and Dexter streets in Denver, provides clients with beautiful shopping environment, as well as personal

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