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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 met with SBDC consultant Nancy Barnett for business plan development and review, as she was in the process of applying for a $400,000 SBA loan. Soon after, Wells Fargo awarded Angela a $230,000 SBA practice finance loan. Nancy also referred an attorney, accountant and banker, all of whom currently sit on Angela’s professional advisory board.

Angela also sought marketing assistance from SBDC consultant Wendy King, who helped her orchestrate and execute her marketing plan; including website development, advertising, public relations, search engine optimization, outreach and networking. Angela says, “I owe a lot to Wendy.”

“The assistance I received from Wendy and Nancy are the root of my success. They really helped to create structure and provided me with the resources and tools to make sure my business was on the road to success.” Angela dealt with many obstacles before opening her doors in September of 2012. “Believing in my product, who I am and how I add value has helped me to move forward despite my obstacles. And the SBDC gave me the confidence to overcome all the challenges I faced when starting my business.”

Just three months after starting her business, Angela built a client base of over 40 patients, with gross revenue of about $108,000. She has two full time employees, including a personal trainer and a medical assistant.

Angela is a true example of business success in the Denver community. A leader in the health and wellness industry, one of the fastest-growing industries in Colorado, Angela advises that other business startups be adaptable. “You have all of your plans in your mind and how you want things to occur, but the reality is that it could change. If you go with the flow you can achieve success.”

Alt Ethos

You may have seen their installations during Denver Startup week or read their name in 303 Magazine as “Denver Artists to Watch in 2018.” Alt Ethos is introducing a new way of capturing the attention of audiences through experiential design. By combining mixed reality (MR), augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) to create interactive light displays, people are more than just viewers – they become part of the art display. CEO Ethan Bach and

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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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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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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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Paleo Meals To Go

A few years ago, Ty Soukup went on his first multi-day backpacking trip around the Maroon Bells 14ers in Colorado. But, his biggest challenge wasn’t the terrain – it was figuring out what to eat. He couldn’t find any backpacking meal options that would fit with his Paleo diet. “I thought to myself, why isn’t someone making a backpacker meal that appeals to folks on alternative diets?” Soukup recalled. “It was in that moment that

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Coppertops Paperie

When considering starting her own business, Jessica Burke was given the advice, “do something you completely love, even in the tiny details.” The only thing she felt absolutely certain she loved – tiny details and all – was paper products. Jessica’s passion drove her to start CopperTops Paperie, a company that sells personalized paper products, in 2013. CopperTops is most widely known for their patent-pending bottle wrap, which emerged from a conversation with a customer

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