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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 a business plan. “My favorite part of the Leading Edge Course was the business model section. It was that night of class that my idea came together,” stated Jen when asked what her favorite part of the course was.

Jen opened Ruby Jean Patisserie in January of 2018 and has been steadily growing her company one client at a time. She started selling her pastries in pop up shops for farmers markets and mall spaces in Denver. It took a bit of encouragement from her SBDC consultant to really focus on starting out with catering and work her way up to opening her own independent shop. “My SBDC consultant really encouraged and pushed me to start smaller with my business and grow until I was ready to open my own store. It is still a huge goal of mine to open my own bakery in the next few years, but it has been really good building up the business first”. When asked what the biggest challenge has been so far Jen stated, “Staying organized and learning to say no in order to keep the integrity of my brand has been the biggest challenge overall.” Unlike other bakeries, Ruby Jean Patisserie does not work with fondant or gum paste and instead specializes in American inspired baked goods utilizing French technique. The bakery focuses on using the best ingredients available and is baked without artificial flavorings, preservatives or shortening.

The patisserie is continually growing and will soon be offering its products at a winery and a cheese shop in Denver. Jen is very optimistic with the growth of her patisserie business and continues to work with new opportunities that are coming her way. When asked why Ruby Jean for a company name Jen stated with a laugh, “Ruby Jean would have been the name of my son if I had a girl, but now it is the name of my business, which had become my baby”. Coming up on a year since the formation of her company, she has been able to focus on her patisserie full time with the support of her family. Jen is excited about all of the new growth in her company and is excited to keep working towards her goal of opening her own independent shop.

Deltech, Inc.

Deltech Inc. designs and builds furnaces for the production of scientific products, from laboratory implements to semi-conductor components. Deltech is a small, family-run company with a large impact. It began in 1968 as an engineering services company for the mining industry. The co-founders, Calvin L. Stevenson and Donald J. Drinkwater, were mining engineers. Deltech built its first furnace for Coors Tek, then known as Coors Porcelain. Their second customer was Los Alamos National Laboratories. Mary

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Denver Escape Room

For many businesses, being first to market is essential to their success. When owner Brian Lacertosa of the Denver Escape Room began planning his venture, there was nothing like it in the state of Colorado, but by the time he launched he was third to market in Denver. That didn’t stop his momentum though; just a year after opening his first location he has already opened a second location in Phoenix, Arizona, and by 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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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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CG Habitats

CG Habitats is a premium “Board sport Lifestyle” apparel and accessories brand that strives to make the world’s best product offering high quality products for snowboarders, skateboarders, and others who live an active life. Their merchandise ranges from Technical Streetwear, to headwear, to detailed leather gloves. According to Brandi Paik and Co-founder Austin Paik, CG Habitats was born from necessity. As riders who spent nearly every day on the snow, they struggled to find products

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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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