It takes a lot more than an idea to build a business, but there can’t be a business without the idea. So we asked folks who’ve built wonderful businesses to tell us about how they came up with the idea in the first place.

Misty Rauscher | Life Coach

When I was in college I knew I wanted to help people. When I first started, it was helping with tangible needs- home modifications for the disabled, a home health aid for daily needs of the elderly, or connecting homeless to resources in their community including dental work. But as I transitioned out of that and into the birth world, I assisted with the outward goal of getting the birth people were desiring, I saw so much more that people needed tending to within their daily lives. The general feeling of overwhelm, chaos, being misunderstood, or not doing what they actually wanted to be doing. I wanted to tackle THOSE problems, and so I became a life coach. Read more>>

Teri Adams-Fjellman | Creative Entrepreneur & Artist

Seventeen years ago, stage 4 cancer took me out of the classroom. It was during my time of healing that I turned to art. Silk painting and jewelry were the mediums that called to me the most. When doing art, I enter a quiet in-between place where I believe healing begins. Three days after my first cancer surgery, I was contacted by a friend who worked for a Destination Company. They asked if I would sit at a table and demonstrate my art during a Colorado Artist themed reception being held at the Broadmoor Hotel. I didn’t realize it was an art reception for 250 meeting planners from across the United States. Several people came by my table asking for my business card and asking if I would be willing to do an art workshop for their upcoming conferences. Business card? This was crazy. Read more>>

Renee Bernhard | Founder & Executive Director

My husband and I were foster parents in Adams County. When we closed our home after three years of fostering we understood all too well why the majority of foster parents in Colorado quit within the first 1-2 years. Foster parenting is very hard. It is an emotional roller coaster that no training in the world can compare one for. We knew that we wanted to provide services to foster parents to help them better understand and manage the secondary trauma they experience. We also wanted to help them understand how to more appropriately parent children from trauma backgrounds. We formed Foster Source in the summer of 2016 and have grown very quickly. Read more>>

Erin Baer | Author, Speaker & Coach

The idea started as I was writing my book: from Beaten to Badass. I made and designed a bracelet to give myself motivation to keep writing. I then posted it on my Facebook page and people began to comment. They wanted to know if I would be willing to make them one that they could purchase. I started making and selling the bracelets and began giving a portion from every bracelet sold back to organizations supporting those impacted by Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. This is a cause that is very personal to me. Henceforth, my business, Beaten to Badass, was born. Read more>>

DeAnna Weyhrich | Professional Certified Birth Photographer

After working 18 years in banking and six years at a data management company, I decided I needed a break from the corporate world. I said I was retiring but it didn’t really turn out that way. After about one year of being “retired,” I started exploring my love of photography again. At first, I started taking pictures just for fun but so many people started telling me I should really start my own business. One day my eldest daughter asked me if I would be interested in photographing a birth. Of course, I said yes! I met with the mother to find out more details about her birth plan. The plan turned out to be a C-Section. This would be the first time seeing a baby born that was not a family member and being allowed to be present for a C-Section. It turned out to be a wonderful experience. Read more>>

Julie Campilio | Youth Yoga and Mindfulness Instructor

After struggling with childhood anxiety and working with children my whole life, I wanted to empower youth. Yoga and mindfulness was the magic potion I had been searching for that helped heal some of the panic and anxiety I was struggling with. My anxiety was so bad I commuted back and forth to college because the thought of leaving home crippled me. As I studied, I also worked part-time at a preschool. It was here that I saw a woman who would come into the school and teach children about computers. I thought to myself…”This woman gets to bop around town and go from school to school to teach her passion to children? That looks fun!! It was that spark of inspiration, paired with my experience working with youth of all ages and deep desire to share the life-changing benefits of yoga and mindfulness to youth that this journey began. Read more>>