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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 documentary project around the world called Unreasonable at Sea, they decided to take the leap into business ownership and started Mass FX Media. After they returned home, they found themselves without much in the bank and only a few projects in the pipeline.

The Schultzes were ready to find full-time jobs to give them some stability with their careers when they decided to consult the Small Business Development Center to learn more about running their company. They had their craft down, but had no idea what a P&L statement was, let alone how to run a business. The one-on-one SBDC counseling started at the beginning with tracking mileage and bookkeeping to the details of taxes and finances. Once in, Shawna was hooked, and she started taking classes on the basics of Quickbooks, opening an office, and hiring. Schultz felt as though learning the ropes from a business professional created a helpful experience with a human touch. She now feels confident about conducting business within all the legal constraints. She said, “The experience of working with the SBDC saved us. We were ready to throw in the towel on our business.”

The Schultzes started Mass FX Media over five years ago to serve clients from a large variety of businesses, large and small, and other filmmakers who need more advanced motion graphics for their videos and films. They describe their professional niches as motion graphics, visual effects, and cinematography. “If we can’t shoot it, we can create it in post-production,” says Schultz.

Today they run a full video production house, with a team of four full-time people providing video services for three main types of customers:

  • They make corporate videos from beginning to end: brainstorming the concept, script writing, shooting, editing, and graphics.
  • They work with other video production companies to capture footage or create motion graphics for their projects, like infographics and animations.
  • They work with documentary filmmakers to adds maps, timelines or data visualizations within the documentary to help tell the story.

For the last two years, Mass FX Media has had many large clients, but most notably been a preferred vendor for Facebook, creating “how to” videos and conference videos. They are also a part of the team working on a film directed by Jeff Orlowski, director of a Sundance film Chasing Ice, on his next feature documentary project about how climate change is affecting the state of reefs around the world.

Shawna Schultz said, “The best feature of this business is the variety of projects we complete, the people we interview, and the causes we get to be a part of. The biggest challenge comes down to the fact that we’re in a very subjective business, and getting it ‘right’ for a client can be a hard thing to pin down.” She loves her work as an artist and admits, “I can’t imagine doing anything else, and having our business allows us to do what we love with people we love for a living. You can’t beat that.”

Cipher Roasting

Kristen Dering, owner of Cipher Roasting, didn’t set out with the intention of starting a small business. Her passion for great coffee led her to start experimenting with small-batch coffee bean roasting. As her friends and family began tasting the coffee brewed from the roasted beans though, they couldn’t keep it a secret. The buzz around Kristen’s coffee slowly grew to the point of officially opening business in July of 2020. Kristen felt she needed

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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

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Mother Tucker Brewery

After decades in corporate America Deb and Scott Tucker agreed it was time to start living their dreams. So after 30 years, with one of the pair in risk management, they decided to take a calculated risk at owning their own business and started Mother Tucker Brewery. They started practicing their craft in their garage inviting neighbors to come in and taste their wares. Their brews were a hit with neighbor and friends. After many

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Colorado Swim School

Armed with the knowledge that drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury fatalities for children under the age of four and the second leading cause in children under the age of fifteen, learning to swim was non-negotiable for Brent and Stephanie Scarbrough’s children. From the time their children were infants, they searched for a swim program that was child-centered, fun and engaging, yet also prepared children to know precisely what to do in the

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2nd Time Sports

2nd Time Sports is an affordable, fun place to shop for team sporting gear and snow sports. Recently, the City of Northglenn honored 2nd Time Sports with the 2017 SMALL BUSINESS of the YEAR Award. Chuck and Anita Adam’s business philosophy is to keep sports affordable for families, by keeping new prices competitive and offering gently used at discounted prices. Kids grow so fast that they really don’t “use up” the cleats, shoulder pads, helmets,

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Mon Cheri Bakery & Bistro

Baking for Cheri Spickard owner of Mon Cheri started as a young child in her grandmother’s kitchen. Cheri loved spending time in Grandma’s kitchen making biscuits and cookies using Grandma’s method of a pinch of this and a bit of that. She did not learn about recipes until age 13 when working with her mother in her mother’s catering business. No one on her mother’s team liked to make deserts so Cheri took out the

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