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Venture Surplus

Jeffry Radspinner opened Venture Surplus on January 1, 2015. It is an online Army surplus store that provides government issue uniforms and mil-spec gear for soldiers, veterans, hobbyists, and preppers.

Venture Surplus is customer centric, a major differentiator from competitors. Venture Surplus offers a satisfaction guarantee and free returns on all products. Furthermore, while most surplus stores sell general military surplus, Venture Surplus specializes specifically in army surplus and carries one of the largest sections of hard to find army gear on the internet.

Creating positive impact for veterans and soldiers is incredibly important to Jeffry. “I want to help them anyway I can. Whether it’s getting them the gear they need for deployment, field training or turn-in, offering them employment or just contributing to veteran organizations and partnering with veteran owned businesses. Overall, I want to continue to work with the military community throughout the country.”

Prior to opening his first business, Jeffry at the age of the 18, realized that as an entrepreneur, he could do and start whatever business he wanted. Dreams became a reality after working on several business ideas and settling on his first eBay store, to get the experience of running a business without taking on a large loan. Additional experience, which would contribute to his future business success, included an internship at a local government contracting company where he learned how to research, collect and sort data effectively. After selling miscellaneous items for a few years on eBay and subsequently on Amazon, Jeffry became serious about business ownership and focused on developing a niche in army surplus.

With all business development, there are challenges. The largest challenge Jeffry was to overcome was how to build his own website, to develop his OWN brand. “To solve the website problem, I put together a team of web developers, marketers and graphic designers that already knew how to build and develop a website. Now we have a decent website that shows ups on Google!”

After a year in business, Jeffry discovered the SBDC and the resources that are offered to existing businesses including one-on-one consulting and Leading Edge for Entrepreneurs, an 8-week strategic planning course. “I don’t think I would have been able to take my business this far without the help that I received from the SBDC. Everyone there was so incredibly helpful and supportive. I still use some of the research tools I learned about in Leading Edge, refer to the business plan I wrote and have updated it as my company has grown. I would recommend that anyone that is looking to start a small business to take advantage of the resources and the help that the SBDC offers because it will help them get ahead.”

Jeffry is proud of building a good team that works well and efficiently providing customers with an exceptional experience. To Jeffry, the most valuable strategic growth initiative was the development of systems and processes for each job within the company. Having a defined process for each job made training new employees easier and efficient.

You can find out more about Venture Surplus at www.venturesuprlus.com or email Jeffry Radspinner at jeffry@venturesurplus.com

Ascension Engineering Group

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Once Upon a Time and Clothes Mentor

Porscha and Steve Shideler were amazed at the quality of products they could find used at garage sales and on Craigslist… for the fraction of the price than buying them new in department stores. They knew the community could use a store that could be shopped for a large variety of gently used kid’s items, in one location. Porscha who was in management and pregnant with their first child, before deciding to open a store,

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Coquette’s Bistro and Bakery

From the time Turu Marx was a young girl, her mother, Michelle Marx and she always talked owning their own restaurant and running it together. Today, their dreams have become a reality as they now own and operate Coquette Creperie in Manitou Springs. It has just won two honors from The Best Of The Springs 2010 from the Gazette; Best New Restaurant (silver) and Best Crepe! They both had restaurant experience behind them in Los

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Accinctus

Brian Siravo thought about starting his own business for a few years. After he was presented with some life challenges (loss of employment due to company cutbacks), it was the last lever that needed to be pulled to launch him into moving in the right direction. With 20 years of experience in business continuity and personal preparedness, Brian wanted to share his passion for these topics with more businesses across the country. Brian started learning

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YoYogurt

“We have to open a yogurt shop, it’s the craze in California. Now is the time to bring it to Colorado.” This is how the story starts for now successful business owners Nic Grzecka and sisters Liz Johnson and Amanda Ralston. Realistically, the dreams of an entrepreneur aren’t fulfilled overnight. This is a story of dream that was. Within one day, the Grzecka’s had an idea, researched their plan and looked for locations for their

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