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Frolic Play Space

Pilar Johnson owner of Frolic Play Space re-imagined an indoor play space for children under seven after visiting an indoor play area with her young daughter. Pilar states, “There really was not a lot of places that I felt like I could take her, be free for a little bit and get a little break which was back when I first said I should really do this”. At that moment, Pilar came up with the idea for an indoor play space specifically for children under seven that gets “back to the basics”. There are no electronics at this play space so the kids play with different stations, do a lot of pretend play, and play with others.

Frolic Play Space is an interactive play space where parents go with their children for playtime and a chance to meet other parents. Pilar states, “With our life getting so busy now with computers and phones sometimes, people forget we need that human connection with other people and with our own children so this gives that opportunity. Of course, there are parents who need to work and there is opportunity for them here as well.”

Frolic Play Space stayed an idea until recently when Pilar felt, “I was in a place where it felt like you have to take some risks if you really want to get out of the same loop.” She was tired of working in an office and wanted a more flexible schedule to spend time with her daughter. Pilar then reached out to the North Metro Denver SBDC about her idea to see how she could make it a reality.
After becoming a SBDC client Pilar stated, “[My SBDC Consultant] really broke it up into steps for me and took the more overwhelming parts to even smaller steps especially writing a business plan. I had all of the ideas in my head and everything was there, but it was necessary to put it on paper and he guided me along the way one-step at a time. I had a very tight deadline from the beginning of what I wanted to accomplish and I pretty much met my deadline only a few months late, but in retro spec it wasn’t that far off. ” Pilar opened Frolic Play Space in August 2017 and is still at a stage where they are trying to spread the word about their business.

Pilar talked about how the biggest challenge was finding a location for her play space she said, “Having a new concept, new business, and never having owned my own business before it was hard to convince people even with a business plan. They still did not want to take the risk and “waste the space” on something they did not understand. [Frolic Play Space] is a new concept in the area, not a lot of people have done things like this before, and there was a lot of convincing and lot of visually explaining for what I was trying to create.” Eight months after her first meeting with an SBDC consultant Pilar opened Frolic Place Space and could not be happier, “It is really a happy job – you can’t put it any other way. There is not that many jobs you can do that you can say hey I made people happy today. There is nothing like that.”

Black Hound Design Company

Black Hound…a name one would at first think was associated to a dog training business or a hunting operation; however, the reality is that it belongs to a custom furniture design and manufacturing business…Black Hound Custom Furniture and Design. In 2013, the owners, James and Kate Hixson, had an idea…a vision that would expand and enhance James’s college education in sculpturing. What started as a wood sculpture for a friend, evolved into a prosperous and

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Profound Fitness

Diana Rael is the owner of Profound Fitness, a small, personalized gym and training program for all fitness needs. That sounds like the description of many typical fitness establishments. However, Rael’s program is anything but typical. She serves people with special needs, those dealing with the challenges of aging, and those who are uncomfortable in a gym setting—as well as everyone else. Rael’s background includes early childhood education, science education, martial arts, and personal training.

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KidSpace

To say that Roger and Meghan Stockman have somewhat of a diverse background and childhood would be an understatement. Megan is a Kansas native raised in rural northern Kansas, served in the military and retired with the rank of Major. Roger, whose Father was with the State Department, was born in Singapore…lived in Africa, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and Ireland…finally landing in Kansas City. Roger’s initial career was in Law Enforcement, serving with agencies in Lawrence,

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Core Progression Elite Personal Training

In 2006, Jon Cerf was graduating from Baylor University, working part time at a fitness center and had plans to go on to Med-School. He had done some work in the landscaping industry when he was in high school and had somewhat developed a fondness for the freedom of being involved independently in business. But something happened while working in the fitness world. The bright light of inspiration went off and he kept wondering how,

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Fiesta Time Inc.

Fiesta Time Inc. is a family business that started seven years ago in Brighton, Colorado. The Jurado family opened it services with only ten tables and seventy chairs, and since then has grown to be a driving force in the party rental industry. Fiesta Time is now much more than just tables and chairs, offering a whole repertoire of frame tents, pole tents, linens, dance floors, and sound systems. Having a strong foundation is essential

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Mass FX Media

Mass FX Media is a small business that delivers big creativity in the area of video production. Shawna Schultz and her husband, Matt, met in high school, drawn together by their interest in producing videos. After they both completed their Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in film production at the University of Colorado, they got jobs making documentaries for Group Publishing for almost three years. When faced with the opportunity to go on a four-month

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