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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 hours meeting with SBDC advisors, doing their due diligence in researching the industry and speaking with other crafters they located a space to place their tasting room.

The premise was simply to create an environment that incorporates all the things the couple loves: time with family, great music, chillaxin’ with friends and of course, brewing delicious beer. Their “family-centric” concept lead naturally to the name; the Tucker Family mothers have lovingly been called “Mother Tuckers” for 3 generations. Add to this the overwhelming support of the Thornton community and Mother Tucker Brewery practically jumped into fruition. Not to say there wasn’t plenty of hard work that went into creating each of their distinctive beers and designing a tasting room that truly feels like home. The Tuckers believe it all came together as if it were meant to be.

“We are so happy we get to spend our happily ever after doing what we love with the ones we love and making new friends along the way” said the Tuckers. If you haven’t ventured into their cozy little corner of the world yet, please do! It won’t be long before you become part of their family of patrons!

As part of their commitment to community the grain used in their beer is locally sourced. They use style specific locally produced Yeast. Recycling is a huge component of their business sending the spent grain to local farmers for feed and recycling all paper and plastics because, “We believe beer just tastes better when it is responsibly made and enjoyed” said Scott Tucker “Try one of ours and taste the difference”!

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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Rheinlander Bakery Success Story

Ed Dimner started glazing doughnuts in his parent’s bakery at the age of nine. The Dimner family started Rheinlander’s German Bakery in 1963 and Ed and his twin brother helped in the shop throughout their childhood growing alongside the bakery. Ed’s parents retired in the mid-1980s while Ed was still in College. After graduation Ed considered his options and realized that he really wanted to go back in the baking business by re-opening in the

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Watchdog Cleaning Solutions USA

Back in 1979, The Village People recorded the song, “IN THE NAVY”, and that is where the founder and owner of Watchdog Cleaning Solutions USA, Tasia Brick, spent four years of her life on active duty. Tasia served across the globe in various ports and duty assignments. During her enlistment she was able to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies from Columbia College. Upon leaving active duty she was afforded the opportunity to transfer

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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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Zoe’s Coffee

In May of 2008, Vaughn and Judy Pepper started a small coffee kiosk business. For many years, they dreamed of turning this kiosk into a full coffee shop. In 2012, they were able to turn this dream into a reality and they expanded into a full coffee shop—Zoe’s Coffee. They explained that location played an extremely important role in the new venture. “Judy and I established the shop based on demographics of the area.” The

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Ruby Jean Patisserie

Jen Essex, owner and baker at Ruby Jean Patisserie came to the Small Business Development Center with a passion for baking and a dream of opening up her own bakery shop. Having completed her French technique training in Chicago Jen was driven to make her dream a reality. Jen decided the best strategy was to enroll in our 11 week Leading Edge Business Planning course which prepares students for starting their own business and writing

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