Our community is comprised of some absolutely brilliant entrepreneurs and so we asked a few of them to tell us the story of how they came up with the ideas for their business.

Mariana Cevallos | Co-Founder & CEO of Alluvia Packraft

Since Mike (my co-founder and husband) and I met, we’ve always talked about running our own business together. I grew up in the urban Lima, Peru and when I moved to Colorado in 2015 I immediately fell in love with the outdoors. As a Latina woman of color, I felt underrepresented every time I was doing something considered ‘outdoorsy’. Read more>>

Paola Olivas | Online Boutique Owner

Being a Bank Manager for 7 years and counting was numbing my creative thinking. Everything is very structured. I know I needed to start something that would help get my mind going to a different direction. This idea of starting a Boutique also helped me as a first time mom. I was not sure of what to wear anymore and I lost myself for a bit. Going to stores to shop for clothes was not the same anymore. I started looking on how to open a clothing boutique online, looking for vendors, getting really exited about the different pieces that I will be launching at my store and knowing they were quality, everyday items for the working woman of today’s society. Read more>>

Devin Tomiak | Founder of The Biggies Conversation Cards

Seven years ago, I lost my youngest brother to suicide very unexpectedly. He was 28 years old and wasn’t someone you’d ever imagine would take this path. He was loved, supported, successful. He had a gazillion friends and a close-knit family. He was passionate, charming, witty, all of it. So when he died, I felt like the rug was pulled out from underneath me. I felt like if suicide could happen to him, it could happen to anyone–which is a very scary feeling. Read more>>

Kate Morris | Esthetician & Reiki Master

The idea for Blue Moon Studio has been on my mind for a couple of years, slowly taking shape. It got more serious when I was in aesthetics school, but at that time I wasn’t sure yet what the name would be or the kind of space it would be. In the meantime I worked for other studios and spas as an esthetician, learning everything that I could. Many of them were great opportunities to learn what I did like and what I didn’t like, and the idea started to take shape more clearly. I knew I wanted to offer a variety of skin services to my clients that were imaginative and exciting, I knew I wanted to have eco-friendly, organic products that could address a variety of skin types and skin concerns, and I knew I wanted to grow my space in a community environment and give back to my community. Read more>>