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Miss Penny’s Playskool

After a career as a preschool teacher in a childcare center, Penny Steinhour made the leap to become a licensed home childcare provider about 6 years ago to spend more time with her grandchildren. During this time, Penny said of herself, “I never really looked at it as a business. I looked at it as I was just grandma and I stayed home to take care of children to give them a good foundation for life.” As the years passed Penny began to lose her inspiration, falling into a rut of monotony and not knowing what the next step to take might be. Throughout this time Penny had stayed connected with her local Early Childhood Council in Adams County (ECPAC), through which she learned about the North Metro SBDC Business Fundamentals Course being offered. Through the course Penny broke through barriers in her business, gaining a new outlook and perspective on her business and ultimately, on herself.

Penny reflected on the course saying, “It really changed everything in the way that I thought of myself. I found my self-worth through that class in my business and that was incredible.” Penny has since acted on her newfound confidence by making important changes in her business. Penny increased her rates for the first time in five years, she received a reimbursement grant for her families as well as other grant funding to purchase supplies, curriculum, and equipment for her business, she has made plans to move and grow her license to a large family license, and is making plans to hire an assistant in 2021. Prior to taking the SBDC Business Fundamentals course, Penny was working 50 hours a week in her own business and also worked a part-time job for 10 hours a day on Saturdays to make ends meet. Since the course ended, Penny has implemented the financial techniques presented in the course, allowing her to leave her part-time job and focus solely on her own business.

Penny described her new achievements saying, “I used to say I would love to do that and now I say I am going to do that. I know I can do anything I want. I just have to do it. I have to set that dream, set that goal, and make that goal happen.” Penny found the support and assistance of the SBDC instructors, presenters, and consultants to be a critical component in developing the next steps to take in her business. Penny is a source of inspiration for other childcare providers as well as she encourages them saying of the course, “It will change your life as to how you see not only yourself, but your business.”

This course is funded by a partnership between the Office of Early Childhood, Colorado SBDC network, ECPAC, and the North Metro SBDC.

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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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

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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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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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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

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Nova Engineering

An affinity for science and its potential applications drove Manhar Karsanbhai to pursue his Bachelor of Science at Colorado University in electrical engineering. After spending several years gaining experience in semi-conducting, storage, and research and development with companies from Colorado to California, Manhar decided it was time for a change. “It’s a big leap going from corporate America to jumping in to business ownership,” he said. Nova Engineering was established in 1979 and Manhar took

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