fbpx

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, Kansas and finally in Westminster, Colorado. Meghan on the other hand, followed her education in space science and was employed by NOAA in Boulder, Colorado studying and documenting various solar activities.

Over time and raising their family, Roger and Meghan noticed that their children’s energy level far exceeded the process of walking throughout a museum and getting something educationally out of it. So with that in mind and with Meghan’s space background and Roger’s fascination with space travel, they decided to design and build a place that encouraged a unique learning process while allowing kids to have fun and be rowdy. They met with an SBDC Consultant, discussed their idea, developed a solid Business Plan and thus KidSpace was born. Meghan said that part of the design process was to catch and enhance the imaginations of children that don’t get the concepts when reading, but by allowing them to touch and feel the concepts of physics or the laws of motion, might give them a better understanding. The design and operational purpose of KidSpace is to bring the science of gravity, friction, fluid dynamics, magnetism and angular momentum to life, making words that might sound scary and complicated, much more accessible and understandable to both children and parents.

The actual facility encompasses 9,650 square feet with party rooms and an array of educational science and space areas that kids can play on and learn from.One unique item is an actual Gyroscope Machine, similar to the one astronauts train on, that the kids can ride and control. There is a darkened Planetarium in which movies are shown about outer space. A unique “Ball Machine” is available that illustrates the six simple machine factors of engineering. Roger was able to obtain a full size replica of an Astronaut’s Space Suit which is displayed, so that photos of the kids can be taken standing next to it. KidSpace also offers a snack bar serving an array of items that fit the desire of both young and old. KidSpace is very proud of their Cafe that features Kaladi Coffee from Denver, another local small business that is veteran owned.

The business has continued to grow and enjoy profitable success. KidSpace has been featured on local TV Stations and has received interest from outside areas, which has encouraged Roger and Meghan to begin evaluating opening a second location. Meghan stated that the help of the SBDC has been invaluable and they plan to continue the relationship as KidSpace continues to grow.

Backyard Soda Company

The beauty of small businesses is their ability to listen to their customers, quickly pivot and reassess. Backyard Soda Company started with a vision of a modern version of a soda shop, but after trying to bootstrap the business with a food cart in 2011, they realized they might be going about selling their product from the wrong angle. Co-owners and founders Patrick Creager and Ari Murdock officially started Backyard Soda Company in 2012, and

Read More »
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,

Read More »
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.

Read More »
Key Results

Key Results is a small company with a long reach. For almost twenty years, Owner, Marge Fajardo, has worked with individual leaders globally and a variety of business groups from small local companies to large governmental agencies in Washington D.C. The ultimate goal of Key Results is to improve the interpersonal health of an organization and build on their people-power to produce better results. Prior to starting Key Results, Fajardo worked in business, government, and

Read More »
Timberleaf Trailers

Kevin Molick is a custom cabinet contractor and outdoorsman. The idea of building a teardrop trailer for his camping adventures intrigued him so he built one to suit his needs. It wasn’t long before he was getting inquires on social media about how one of these trailers could be purchased which moved him to start building more trailers. By the end of 2016 he had built and sold 12 of these custom made trailers. “We

Read More »
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

Read More »