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Full Battle Rattle Deli

“In the military, Full Battle Rattle means that you get your gear and are ready to move out. At Full Battle Rattle Deli, we are also ready to move out, but into our communities to serve and support our veteran brothers and sisters.” Michael Gropper, owner of Full Battle Rattle Deli says.

The idea for Full Battle Rattle came about after an experience Gropper had with a veteran who was homeless at the VA hospital. The staff made a mistake and did not call him in a timely manner. Although he got very upset, the situation was quickly resolved in a short amount of time. However, that experience gave Gropper a thought. That what that veteran needed more than just medical care was to be heard, seen and recognized: cared for. On the way home that night Gropper thought about what had happened, considering ways that he could serve other veterans who needed the same things. Veterans who had given so much but were struggling to get back on their feet. Reflecting on his own skills and life experiences, Gropper came up with Full Battel Rattle Deli. A program focused on supporting fellow veterans who are homeless and in transition through jobs and education in the culinary arts.

Full Battle Rattle Deli is a sandwich serving food truck, however, Gropper considers it to be more than that; a caused based vehicle for social change. Their mission is to support veterans one sandwich at a time, providing culinary arts training to veterans who are experiencing homelessness and in transition. “Where others may prioritize money first in their business, ours to take care of our fellow veterans.” Gropper says.

“The Denver Metro SBDC has supported me with the mentorship, guidance and support to make my idea a business reality. From the Leading Edge for Entrepreneurs program to individual mentoring, I have been able to learn the skills and acquire the tools I needed to build this business and run it effectively.” Gropper says.

Right now, Full Battle Rattle Deli is looking to raise money to build a permanent kitchen so that they can provide 6-week culinary arts programs to veterans who are experiencing homelessness and in transition.

You can find them on their website – https://fullbattlerattledeli.com  or on Facebook at @FullBattleRattleDeli.

Under the Sky Event Rental

The idea to launch Under the Sky Event Rental came to Rebecca Anderson when she told her seatmate on a flight to Denver about her wedding. She and husband Patrick had their intimate wedding under katas—Nordic tents that resemble Native American tepees. But, she had only seen them rented in her native United Kingdom. “That planted the seed,” she said. Back in the U.K., there are roughly 30 kata rental companies, up from just seven

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dance2b

Jennifer Tisdale learned early in her years as a consultant that creativity and business opportunity are imperative for a successful startup. Looking for a dance studio to express her own creative outlet, she explored the Denver region to see what dance studios existed and what they offered. The more she searched, the more she realized that a true business opportunity existed. Her idea? Start a boutique fitness studio that provided daily dance classes for adults.

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Open Road Snacks

In January of 2007, Karen and Tim Bradley were looking for an opportunity to combine Tim’s expertise in consumer packaged goods, finance and operations with Karen’s background in graphic design, marketing and sales. That’s when they acquired Rocky Mountain Popcorn Company. “We work really well together and we wanted to use both sides of our collective brain,” Karen said. “With our experience in brand management, we recognized that, while Rocky Mountain Popcorn was proven in

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Wong Way Veg

When Lisa Wong stepped foot into the Denver Metro Small Business Development Center in 2011, her dream of starting a food truck in Denver was just that – a dream. Wong envisioned herself running a business that would marry her love for vegetarian food with her passion for building community. Two years later, her dream became a reality. But Wong’s dream didn’t come to life without hard work. In the fall of 2012, she enrolled

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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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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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