One of the most rewarding things about getting to know so many entrepreneurs is seeing first-hand how many of them are focused on so much more than just financial results. So many of the folks we connect with are focused on having a positive social impact on their community or the world at large. Check out some of these amazing folks below.

Chelsea Kaiah | Ute and Apache Beadworker & Artist

My business is a representation of my experience as a Native woman, but also a representation of my culture. My beadwork creates conversations about blood quantum, MMIW, mixed-race identity, and how to heal with good medicine. It creates dialogue of contemporary issues Native folk face, but also spreads knowledge to other non-Native folk about our challenges. Beadwork is a universal language used by different cultures across the world. It is a carrier of stories, future, and past. It’s important to any voice to speak up and represent what they can do and can contribute, especially for communities that are underrepresented. Read more>>

Katya Peepin | Dancer, choreographer, teacher, and founder of Badass Burlesque LLC

I run Badass Burlesque LLC, which is a burlesque production company and school. There is a big debate, of course, about whether or not burlesque is helpful to the individual. It’s been talked about and played out hundreds of times. I, having heard first-hand accounts of how burlesque and my classes helped students gain confidence, take back their sexuality, and take back how they feel in their bodies, am going to say that yes, burlesque is absolutely helpful on an individual level. Read more>>

Tess Hoffmann | Eco stylist and spalon founder

We think and act local; in that we innovate towards reducing waste often associated with the haircare industry. We also create a shared peaceful environment, where you can conscientiously receive hair and body care services. Read more>>

Lynne Baer | Co-Founder / GM / Event Manager

Through years of changing ideas leading to The Pad, one always remained constant: to be as socially & environmentally responsible as possible. We want to inspire not only our guests, but our colleagues and community as well, by showcasing how a business can create a positive impact for people & the planet through thoughtful consideration of employee equality & wages, product procurement, waste & recycling, and support for local artisans and businesses. Read more>>

Kaelyn Weber | Founder

My business is dedicated to helping the world by making the sport of fly fishing more sustainable through conservation education, removing forever plastics from gear, using local manufacturing, and being carbon neutral. Fly fishing is something I came to love during the pandemic. Though I had fished before, in 2020 I got completely hooked. Fly fishing became an outlet to get away from problems in my life and the world and a way to bond with my partner. To this day I take every chance I get to get out on the river. Read more>>

Kalika Kanitkar | Mental Wellness Coach

Staying psychologically healthy has become difficult for many in communities around the world, which has led people to hurting others or sabotaging themselves. I created Alignmental Wellness because I noticed a gap in resources available for people to address frustration, discontent, burnout, overwhelm and trauma, and implement solutions. My business was created with the mission to provide education and tools to the masses so they can take care of themselves mentally whenever such situations arise. Read more>>

Debbie Pope | CEO, YWCA Boulder County

YWCA Boulder County (YWCA) is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Founded in 1922, YWCA tackles social issues of importance to women, particularly around housing, employment, education and childcare. As early as 1926, YWCA formed the Blue Triangle Club for young businesswomen and provided women assistance in finding employment and suitable housing options. Read more>>