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.

Rebekah de la Fontaine | Elopement and Small Wedding Photographer

This is such an important question! I think a lot more businesses should think and question how they help the community/the earth/the world. And I don’t think it has to be an all or nothing thing. I think every business can be doing something, small or large! And there are so many ways to impact the world around you. Personally, I try to create a really safe space for LGBTQ+ couples getting married. I am queer myself and I have realized how little wedding businesses try to make queer couples feel comfortable and affirmed. Read more>>

Nadia Palma | Photographer

As a photographer, I learned how to observe and see the world with different perspectives. I am not only capturing the essence of the moment, but also creating experiences and telling a story. Most people when they approach me to have their photograph taken, they are not models; they do not feel comfortable in front of the camera; but they want to portrait a special time of their lives. And that is so important to them, that they will go out of their comfort zone to do so. Read more>>

Michelle Barnes | Candle Maker & Social Worker

With the owner’s background in social work, we knew giving back to the community was a must. We donate 10% of our profit to Standup for Kids, a non-profit organization that empowers and counsels homeless and at-risk youth. This population is dear to our hearts as we believe in the empowerment and resilience of youth. It’s nice to think that in addition to a customer adding serenity to their home with the purchase of our candles, they are also helping a youth in need. Read more>>

Emily Foss | Photographer + Photo Studio Owner

As a photographer myself, I knew one of the most important elements Fort Collins needed was a photo studio. It was vital for many reasons, but most importantly as a space for community. As passionate as photographers are about what they do, we need each other! It can be a lone wolf profession, and to have a tangible place to gather for events, workshops, happy hours, styled shoots, and beyond was so needed because it brings us together to build each other up, learn from one another, and thrive together in creativity. At the heart of Fort Collins Creative Co., we’re not just a photo studio. We’re a place for creatives of all walks to call home. Read more>>

Dani T | Graphic Designer & Inspirational Speaker

If I would’ve been asked this a year ago today, I wouldn’t have had an answer. The best creativity is nurtured through imagination and clean work space. Since 2016, I’ve been doing 90% of all operations myself, like many others building brands today. Yes, I got things done true, but at what costs to self!? After going through mental and physical breaking points recently, my goal became to simply help other’s practice good mental health by creating artistically healthy spaces to thrive in. InVision-Graphics.art provides fun office and home decor while including apparel options to redesign how you feel, while working on your craft. Read more>>

Cara Faith | Spiritual Intuitive Coach and Self-Love Photographer

I believe we all are similar in the fact of deeply wanting to know and feel that we matter no matter what and we are loved no matter what, by ourselves! Currently, the pain in our world is extremely high due to so many internal and external ways of being are dying. We are all going through a massive renewal internally and externally. For my whole adult career, my biggest passion for people is to help them remember how vital it is to fall more in love with themselves, Read more>>