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Sterling Rice Group: An Agency with Impact

January 18th, 2017

Sterling Rice Group is an extremely popular advertising agency located in Boulder. They have done a lot of extremely accredited work and have even been recognized as one of America’s top small agencies in Ad age. Their work has been known to create an impact and immensely shift consumer behavior. SRG has stated, “Ultimately we value and strive to create ideas that make a real difference for brands, businesses and the world around us.” Sterling Rice Group is big on brand positioning and creating one’s own specific vision for each brand. Sterling Rice group also pays a great deal of attention... Read More

Grenadier: Take A Stance With This Agency

November 22nd, 2016

Grenadier is a local advertising and marketing agency located right here in Boulder on University Hill. Grenadier, which is a Barkley partner company, was founded in 2012. Grenadier’s core mission is to help brands that embody the enthusiastic and emerging entrepreneurial mindset. Since it was founded, Grenadier has built their brand on helping clients identify and commit to a purpose, a purpose that does more than just sell stuff. They believe every company has their “why” and that the most successful brands are the one’s who know their “why” and use it every day when interacting... Read More

Boomtown Accelerator: Boulder’s Booming Entrepreneurs

November 9th, 2016

Boomtown Accelerator states that they are a company created for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs. Boomtown Accelerator is a creative lab space for those looking to create their own business. The creative space includes unique classroom-like spaces, as well as conference rooms, private breakout spaces, and of course their Boomtown Connectivity Lab. But Boomtown Accelerator isn’t just a start-up space it’s also an awesome accelerator program. They provide their teams of entrepreneurs with all the resources needed to succeed and build their start up product or service. They also provide them with... Read More

Eyesight Creative: The New Age of Creative Business

October 26th, 2016

Eyesight Creative is a new innovative approach to Business. This startup company, which was founded and built by Jake Hurwitz, a Leeds Business School student at the University of Colorado, is a creative agency and accelerator program that brings together talented individuals with local businesses. It a space where college students and recent grads in the boulder area, who embody strong creative talents such as videography and graphic design, come together to use those talents in a marketable way. These creative individuals get to come together to form a community, where they partner up with many... Read More

Atomic20: Boulder’s Marketing Freelance Network

October 5th, 2016

Atomic 20 is more than just your average marketing company; they also serve as a creative coworking space for freelancers. This space gives freelancers the opportunity to work on projects to build their own company as well as collaborating with others in the process. It serves as a useful community to network and showcase ideas and current projects. Atomic 20 also has a series of events that bring its members together. They have a weekly Intention-Setting Breakfast meeting and Cotivation, where members come together to share upcoming ideas and goals for the week. They also host a 6-week event... Read More

Looking for a Local Copywriter or Editor?

May 18th, 2016

All-American Editorial Services (www.allamericaneditorial.com) is a Boulder-based company that provides copywriting and editing services for small businesses, independent authors, and professionals. Their team has been helping clients in a number of industries, including accounting, publishing, tech, and education. What Makes All-American Editorial Services Different? The company’s founder, Miranda Kozman, left the world of big publishing after she was approached by a number of people who were struggling to find high-quality, competent writers and editors. The story was always the same. Businesses... Read More

Boomtown Demo Day: An All-Male Affair

April 14th, 2016

Boomtown, a prominent accelerator based in Boulder, hosted a Demo Day last night at the Boulder Theater for its 5th class of graduates. “A major focus at Boomtown is on developing and adapting a program that is best suited for the start-up.” By definition, an accelerator’s purpose is to provide resources for entrepreneurs to accelerate the growth of their companies, usually in exchange for a portion of equity in the company. But what I realized last night, as I watched a stampede of almost all male founding teams parade across the stage at the end of the night, that the support provided by... Read More

The New Venture Challenge

April 1st, 2016

On April 7th, the CU New Venture Challenge will host its championship round as five teams compete to win over $20,000 in cash and prizes. The New Venture Challenge is a cross-campus entrepreneurship competition that encourages University of Colorado students from every different school and department to team up with one another and build creative business plans. The teams draft pitches and business plans for their new venture ideas and then compete against each other to win cash and access to crucial mentoring opportunities. The New Venture Challenge participants can compete along one of 6 different... Read More

Boring, Dull, Featurless and Victorious

March 14th, 2016

After winning Super Bowl 50, Gary Kubiak, the Broncos’ head coach goes on record to say, “we grinded all year and we just had to do it once more”. Kubiak just gave everybody an insight into the mind of a champion. You see, The Broncos’ season was nothing like the Panthers’. The Panthers destroyed teams and then danced all over the field like children (by the way, I would’ve danced just as much as Cam. Judge all you want.) Their victories were spectacular. They scored points at will. They dominated. Everything they did was stylish. The Broncos’ season was very different. It was a... Read More

The Man. The Myth.The Legend.

March 6th, 2016

    I was almost done. I knew I had to “pitch” my idea to somebody who had been there before. Someone who had successfully done it. Someone who had navigated this treacherous and unfamiliar territory. I knew just the guy. About a year and a half ago, I decided to start writing a column for About Boulder while I diligently worked on my first book, in addition to several of my own personal blogs. As I neared completion of my book project, I starting to get excited. I knew I had put in the hours and had a very solid foundation built for my entry into the world of authorship. I was proud... Read More

Corporate Philanthropy Made Easy

March 3rd, 2016

In previous articles, I’ve touched on concepts related to creating mission-based organizations and I’ve highlighted companies that have built a culture of impact and sustainability into daily business practices. More than any defined monetary contribution, these cultural and community-based efforts are crucial to ensuring that the future of our world is as bright as the future of our businesses. However, for companies that are looking to create lasting impact through monetary contributions, apart from or in addition to more qualitative efforts, the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado has created... Read More

So Much Impact in One Place

February 25th, 2016

For the past several months, I have written about business in Boulder and throughout Colorado with a particular focus on businesses with an impactful or sustainable mission. These businesses have run the gamut from technology to consumer products to non-for-profits. The Colorado Impact Initiative is a push to bring many of the diverse impact businesses in Colorado together in one place at one time. The culmination of the Initiative’s will be the Colorado Impact Days, a public showcase and investor-focused event to highlight many of the impact businesses in Colorado. While it is important to give... Read More

Supporting Female Entrepreneurs

February 18th, 2016

The statistics around female entrepreneurship are either non-existent or depressingly bleak. Alicia Robb, a senior fellow with the Kauffman Foundation and a prominent researcher on issues of gender, race, and entrepreneurship notes that over the last 15 years 85% of all venture-funded businesses have completely male executive teams with no females in leadership roles. What’s worse is that only 2.7% of venture-funded businesses have female CEOs. Right now, in 2016, the face of entrepreneurship is still male. How can we change that face? How can we make that face more diverse across gender and... Read More

How to Build a Conscious Company

February 11th, 2016

“For conscious companies, growth is different by definition. We don’t grow only for profit; we grow for purpose. We scale not only for a greater bottom line, but also for greater impact.” Says Lori Hanau, founder of Global Round Table Leadership. Many of the companies that I’ve written about and many others in Boulder strive to be conscious companies. They strive to put purpose before profit and to build products or offer services that make a positive impact on society. However, it’s not just an organic foods or a renewable energy company that can be conscious. Any company, no matter... Read More

Consulting for Good

January 28th, 2016

In light of an overwhelming response to last week’s post about the rise of the B Corp, I wanted to follow up on some of the questions that I received. Many in the community wanted to know more about how to become a B Corp from a practical perspective. I think most entrepreneurs understand the concept of the B Corp quite well and, based on the testimonials of existing B Corps, they are starting to understand the benefits of the certification to a company’s bottom line. In short, people get the why, they just don’t necessarily get the how or the when. What sorts of companies should apply for... Read More

The Rise of the B Corp

January 21st, 2016

No, the B Corp is not some new Transformers sequel or some government program designed to eliminate the lingering ills of the 2008 recession. The B Corp is a certification: nothing more than a label, plain and simple. It’s not even an official legal registration designation, it’s simply a signal to consumers that a company intends to behave in an ethically, socially responsible way and, in turn, the company intends to be held accountable for that promise. According to B Lab, the organization that issues the B Corp certification, “B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit... Read More

This Holiday Season, Give the Gift of Action!

December 18th, 2015

Boulder is a town filled with doers: people who would rather get up at the crack of dawn and summit a mountain than sit on their couch and watch television. I believe that this characteristic, the preference toward action over inaction, is what drives so much of the entrepreneurial success in our community. For a town of around 150,000 people, Boulder pulls more than its weight in the international entrepreneurship scene. This means that each of us Boulderites have to do more individually, and thus be stronger as a community. This holiday season, think about the entrepreneur in your life, whether... Read More

Impact Investing vs. Philanthropy: The Zuckerberg Debate

December 10th, 2015

We’ve all heard the ancient proverb: Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime, right? Well, the meaning behind this proverb seems to be at the heart of a debate that has been sparked by Mark Zuckerberg and Dr. Priscilla Chan’s announcement that they would give away approximately $45 billion worth of Facebook shares over the course of their lifetimes. Any announcement made in such a public way by such a public figure is likely to ignite a firestorm of pushback and the Zuckerberg announcement was no different. Critics disparaged the Zuckerbergs... Read More

1 > 0

August 31st, 2015

I watched a video a couple weeks ago by Gary Vayerchuk. He is a very successful entrepreneur, author, etc. I honestly don’t know a lot about him, but he seems like a pretty cool dude. He created a video that talked about the struggle he faced in building his business. He is world renown now, but it wasn’t always that way. Vaynerchuk has millions of followers but nobody knows of his early struggles. Nobody knows of the battle he faced in building his millions of followers. The concept that he talked about that was so appealing to me was called, “1 is greater than 0”. He said that if one... Read More

Fully-focused, Man.

August 24th, 2015

“I’m fully-focused, man, my mind on my money, my money on my mind, got a mill’ out the deal, and I’m still on the grind.” 50-cent Have you ever been completely “in the zone”? What does that feel like? You feel invincible, unbeatable and unstoppable. You are dialed-in. Nothing can distract you from the task at hand. I’ve felt this in the middle of an engineering exam. I’ve felt this on the baseball field. I’ve even felt this shooting 3-pointers in the middle of a basketball game. Nothing could stop the basketball from going in the basket. How do you recreate these feelings to... Read More