The Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center is always eager to share our feel-good success stories with the community. The success of our clients is the most rewarding experience for all the staff and volunteers of the SBDC.
Many of our clients want to share their experience with others, and give insight to the workshops, consulting, and guidance our organization provides them and their businesses. If you would like to share your story with us, please click the link below!
Lauren Wallace had spent 14 years in the nonprofit sector, the last few of which had her coordinating with students and families and traveling internationally. Since leaving her home state of California, she’s lived in Germany, China and Italy, as well as a few states in the U.S. She moved to Colorado Springs in 2018, and her career path would have continued indefinitely were it not for the Covid pandemic. In 2020, she lost her job.
When Andrew and Arianne VanDerWege, co-owners and -directors of Go West Camps, recently purchased property to expand their business, the first call they made was to the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center. “I said ‘who do you know in Fountain,’” Andrew explains. “They connected me with a woman in the local government offices. They always know who to connect you with. It’s networking on a whole other level.” The VanDerWeges first learned about the
Despite military experience and more, Robin Bell felt institutional racism was depriving him of one job after another. So he created his own business, began employing other veterans and working to break down barriers to success for the disadvantaged. Robin Bell has worked since he was eight years old, and he’s had to prove himself every step of the way. He started by mowing lawns and shoveling snow, and at age 11 he delivered newspapers,