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Altitude Spirits

In 2004, Matthew Baris and his father conceived of an idea: to start an organic distillery here in Colorado. Colorado is renowned for its variety of large and small local breweries, so they knew they would see some success with a unique idea like theirs. However, neither family member came from an extensive background in business, so they looked to the Boulder Small Business Development Center to help get their idea off the ground.

Matt and his father started working with the SBDC when the concept for their company, Altitude Spirits, was just an idea. “The SBDC helped us to focus on what we needed to put together a business plan that we could reasonably execute,” said Matt.

Matt started his journey at the SBDC with an event geared towards creating successful business plans. He and his father then worked with consultants to gather more knowledge of the industry, come up with marketing strategies, and sort out distribution plans.

“There were so many aspects of starting a business we hadn’t fully considered prior to working with the SBDC, and it was incredibly helpful to gain a comprehensive understanding of the multitude of aspects that must be dealt with and planned for in order to get a new business up and running,” reflected Matt.

The pair continued to attend SBDC events and consulting meetings in the years after the conception of their business. The SBDC not only helped them to start off on the right foot, but continued to help them expand and fine-tune their strategies well after their brick and mortar business was up and running.

Altitude Spirits has since expanded their business dramatically. They continue to thrive in Boulder and distribute nationally and internationally. The SBDC was instrumental for the father and son duo to get their business started and to learn the tools they needed to be successful business owners.

Full Stop. Bakery

In November 2020, amidst a period of deep reflection, the journey of Full Stop. Bakery began. The founder Sadie Stutzman, then a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering at CU, realized a need For change in her life trajectory. The desire to prioritize people and connections led to the pivot into the food industry. This shift was further fueled by the creation of The OG: Parm & Herb Sourdough Cracker, a collaborative effort with the founder’s

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Boulder’s Best Organics

Sure, visitors to Boulder enjoy the Flatirons, the creek path, and the Pearl Street Mall. But they also enjoy Chocolove dark chocolate, Justin’s peanut butter, and Pangea lotion. Locally made products define the unique character of Boulder just as much as the town’s natural setting. This inspired Arron Mansika to form the company Boulder’s Best Organics. Boulder’s Best Organics creates gift collections of the finest organic items exclusively from Boulder based companies. Mansika chose to

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Grasshaven Outdoor

The media has called her the “Martha Stewart of Camping” and it is a title she proudly wears. Dawn Bitz, founder and majority owner of Grasshaven Outdoor is in business to bring sophistication, style and comfort into our time outdoors through stylish outdoor camping equipment, unique RV housewares and general outdoor fun products. Grasshaven Outdoor also strives to deliver a wealth of great ideas and outdoor recipes. Dawn got her inspiration when, as a busy

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Brewmented

We brew what we teach and we teach what we brew — and we’re gonna have fun. — Bill Campbell, Brewmented Oftentimes, a good business opportunity can be found by looking at an established industry in new and unique ways. For Bill Campbell and partner, Vlad Aleksiev, Brewmented was a solution to converting craft beer drinkers and wine/mead/cider affectionados to home brewers and winemakers. A home brewer since the 1970’s, Bill Campbell has watched the

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