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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.

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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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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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

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Daddy’s Homemade

Daddy’s Homemade Syrup embarked on its journey with a mission to provide families with an all-natural alternative to traditional syrups and pancake mix. What started as a homemade treat for their own kids evolved into a business inspired by their daughter’s drawings, adorning each label with a touch of family creativity. Beyond breakfast, the unique flavors found their way into various culinary delights, becoming a household staple. The entrepreneurial journey began in February 2020, just

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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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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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