Power to Play Sports

With completion expected in the spring/summer of 2016, Power To Play Sports brings the first-ever Events Center of its kind for youth basketball in northern Colorado. As the premier youth organization in the Rocky Mountain region with an established clientele reaching national participation, the venture brings northern Colorado to the forefront of family-destination. Established as a full-time corporation in 2008, PTPS has quickly raised the quality of youth basketball leagues, tournaments and developmental instruction throughout the region. The 52,000 square foot Events center features 6 basketball/volleyball courts, concessions, a team store, indoor lounge and cafeteria, including a beautiful outdoor patio sitting on a lake, and cascade mountain views. With an established clientele of 2500+ teams a year, the year-round programs have become the premier in the Rocky Mountain region. With the additional training academy, and practice rental venue, PTPS offers an exclusive brand of excellence for the basketball/sports enthusiast of all ages. The SBDC has assisted in guidance for the project since the idea of the new Events Center was presented. According to Michael Peterson, President of PTPS, the “SBDC has offered assistance with this project with insight, advice on target market research, as well as obtaining financing… all of which has allowed us to continue our creative vision for the region.” “Cutting corners isn’t an option. We don’t settle for just being good. We demand a level of commitment that sometimes takes people out of their comfort zones. Every decision is based on what’s best for kids, families, officials and the people walking through the doors at our events. That will never change, and ultimately, our ownership, and staff believe people want quality and a safe environment for their children.” Co-Owner, Eric Greene of Windsor sums up the project stating, “When you see the impact it makes on this region bringing nearly 15,000 new families to northern Colorado every year, and seeing new hopes and dreams for our youth, it’s a pretty special thing!”

RoShamBo

Mallory Logan has moved from employee to owner of RoShamBo, a marketing and design shop. This out of the box creative business is celebrating its seventh year in business in Gunnison at 144 North Main Street, Suite B. The creative firm was founded by Delaney Keating who mentored Mallory to eventually take over the business.”I started as an intern when I was a graphic design student at Western in 2008, I have loved every minute

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The Rock Lounge

Marcus Garcia has been the owner of the Rock Lounge (RL), an indoor climbing gym in Durango, since 2014. Marcus had transitioned from being a RL employee, a rock climbing guide, and owner of a small construction company before then. The RL was profitable in his first year, yet he thought there was more potential to be realized. Marcus had sent his business manager to a locally sponsored event which introduced them to the Small

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Broken Arrow

Bob O’Borne was taught by his father at the age of 5 to shoot a long bow. When he was old enough, he harvested the mighty “Wapati” and joined the United States Air Force. He traveled around seeking out different animals with his bow until he settled in Colorado. Bob has always had a desire to own his own shop but did not have the time or opportunity. He believed, “You will never rise to

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Black Swift Technologies

Boulder-based company Black Swift Technologies was founded by three PhD students from the University of Colorado. The three men were inspired to start the company from their work in the field during their studies. At CU, they learned how to chase storms and collect data using old military equipment, which is relatively complicated to use. They set out to simplify the process with unmanned aircraft systems and Black Swift Technologies was born. Although they are

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Element Pet Nutrition

“Not only did I learn a great deal from these exercises, but I was also able to produce solid projections on productivity, which led to raising seed funding for my business. I even had the luxury of choosing the investor of my choice.” Element Pet Nutrition was born out of the love for dogs and cats and the mission to provide them a better quality of life. While working in a veterinary clinic, Marney Zafi

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Ku Cha House of Tea

Originally from China, husband and wife entrepreneurial team, Qin Liu and Rong Pan graduated from the Leeds School of Business at Colorado University with the dream of starting their own company. The original business idea was from Qin’s Business Plan Preparation class while enrolled in CU. In 2005, they launched their business, drawing upon the 5000-year-old tradition of drinking tea. In 2007, Qin and Rong changed the company’s original name from “The Leaf – All

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