We had the good fortune of connecting with Katie Burgoyne and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katie, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
One of the biggest lessons owning our own business has taught me is that sometimes its really better to leave some things to the professionals. For example last fall we hired a bookkeeper, until then this was something that was falling on my shoulders. I am not a bookkeeper 🙂 accounting software and I butt heads often. I had meet a women in my local Mountain Women in Business networking group that works as a bookkeepers for a bunch of smaller companies, and she worked out to be a great fit for us. By hiring someone to do something I am not good at, this frees up a lot more time for me to be working on more things that can bring money into our company, like marketing and networking. In the long run it saves us money, the things that were taking me days to do and not do well, she can do in 1/10th of the time! Sometimes its hard to bite the bullet and spend money thinking you have it handled, and in the long run, it was one of the best changes to our business in 2020.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My husband and I own and run Amramp Denver. We provide home and business accessibility. Ramp are what we do most! Steel and aluminum modular handicap ramps. These ramps are like an erector set for adults, we do an estimate and get a layout created, then we come home to the home, business, school, event, etc and set up the ramp. The ramp can stay for a day, month, or be a more permanent structure. Because we make no modifications there are no permits needed. The nice thing is if you move, the ramp can go with you and we can add in or remove pieces to make it fit at your new home. We also do commercial and IBC ramps, these are similar in that they are modular, but they are wider, 44-55 inches and can be more of a permanent structure. Again no permit needed. Think modular homes used as offices or just a modular ramp in place of a concrete ramp.
We also do stairlifts, vertical platform lifts and all general ADA home modifications. We can make your home or business accessible.
*There are a lot of grants and waivers available for funding. We work closely with any and all community centers we can to help those with permanent disabilities get the items needed to make their life more accessible.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We are so lucky to live in this beautiful state! I love all the beautiful scenery we have to offer. I always recommend friends stay in Denver for at least a night, we leave at 8600 feet in Pine and it can cause altitude sickness going to high too quickly. Plus there are so many great places to eat and maybe get in a walk around the botanical gardens while we are down there.
If we were staying local I would have to take them to Staunton park and hike to the waterfall. Its a little further and this would need to go towards the end of the trip so they can adjust to altitude. Its just gorgeous anytime of the year.
We would have to go check out Evergreen lake and maybe even get in 9 holes at Evergreen golf course. Back over to 285 for potato skins from Brooks!! The green chilis inside make them stand out from everywhere else.
Next day we would go check out the Treehouse Adventure park in Bailey and then to Aspen Creek Winery for a flight of wine and charcutier platter.
Next day we would head up to the mountains and go to some hot springs. We have so many to choose from you really can’t go wrong. I would head to Buena Vista or Salida since they have the most options. I never miss “simple eatery” when I am in the area, their hot pretzels and hummus platter are my favorites! If we have the kids with us we would hit up Mt Princeton or Salida rec center hot springs, both are kid friendly. My kids love the slide into the hot springs at Mt Princeton. If its a kid free trip we like cottonwood hot springs. Its a nice short walk from the parking lot.
I think we would be worn out by now and need to get back towards home to get to the airport in Denver.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Marketing Masterminds group through the Conifer Chamber of Commerce.