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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 to the Naval Reserves in her hometown of Denver. Prior to starting Watchdog Cleaning Solutions USA, Tasia was involved in Military Honor Operations at many funerals and memorial services for fallen Veterans. Tasia’s father, Paul, was a Crew Chief on a Medivac helicopter during the Vietnam War and although he has passed on, the two of them shared a special bond and feelings towards Veterans. Tasia has carried forward this caring and desire to help Veterans in starting Watchdog Cleaning Solutions USA.

Enhancing her education, she received a Master’s Degree in Counseling and a Post Certificate in Counseling Military Families from Regis University in Denver. After meeting with an SBDC Business Consultant, Tasia opened the cleaning business in 2016, with the focus of employing Veterans and providing a unique commercial oriented cleaning service. The Mission Statement is…”As a Veteran owned and operated small business, our focus is hiring Veterans and their dependents, ensuring we provide our clients with cleaning technicians of the highest level of integrity, experience and pride in all the services we offer”. Using a partnering methodology with their clients, which involves continued communication, accountability and performance reviews, has enabled the business to grow and obtain numerous client referrals. Using before and after photos and frequent meetings with clients, enables the business to head off problems before they become a reality. Watchdog currently is contracted with one of the largest property management firms in Colorado and is working on a plan to expand and open a second office in Colorado. Tasia said that the hiring of an experienced Sales Manager in 2018, has been a very successful move as it has opened up new market opportunities for the business.

Watchdog Cleaning Solutions USA, is focused on being the premier commercial cleaning service, setting a new standard by providing impeccably cleaned properties, healthy and enjoyable work environments and a comprehensive level of customer service as well as priding themselves in their customer communication strategy and client relationships. Tasia has commented many times that her association with the SBDC and the Business Consultant she works with has provided an invaluable resource, which she plans to continue to use on a regular basis.

Photography provided by owner.

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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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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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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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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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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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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