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Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in MTN Town Magazine | 0 comments

The 2016 Wright Awards – Something Independent

The 2016 Wright Awards – Something Independent

The business community is pretty solid up here in Colorado’s mountain town communities. We have strong corporate representation in the Tourism Industry, Oil, Mining & Gas Companies and the Agricultural field, keeping many employed. A rising trend that has been pushing boundaries is the region’s Startup Businesses. Incredible business ideas are coming to fruition and becoming a reality for many mountain town visionaries. The 2016 Wright Awards are proving that the Colorado Rocky Mountain region is no longer an area ruled by T-Shirt shops and Real Estate offices. For the past five year Something Independent, a progressive Denver-based company that cultivates business opportunities and entrepreneurism, asks the business community to submit nominations for their annual Wright Award. The criteria? A successful Colorado-based company displaying great leadership and commitment to their craft, who are shaping our economy while contributing to the Colorado lifestyle state brand. The Wright judges look for leadership and some grit, they hear from the nominee’s peers to recognize their enterprising spirit. Each year’s class of contenders...

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Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in Bicycling, Gear, MTN Town Magazine | 0 comments

lov Bikes –  Life is too short to ride an uninspiring bicycle

lov Bikes – Life is too short to ride an uninspiring bicycle

When life gives you lemons, make lemon-colored paint out of them and then go crazy creating the bicycles of your wildest dreams. That’s what Nate Picklo, Founder and Creative Head of lov bikes, chose to do after he was diagnosed with Stage 3 Melanoma Cancer in 2008. When this dreaded beast bombed his otherwise healthy 28-year-old body, he took the sour setback not as dreary hopelessness but rather as the golden gift of a perspective shift. “There’s something about receiving the heavy-handed reminder that, hey, life’s short,” says the now 35-year-old Eagle, Colorado, resident. “What am I doing? Why am I here?  I couldn’t just sit back and keep going through the motions, so I started dreaming about exactly what I wanted to do with my life.” His vision for a boutique bike manufacturing company gave him renewed energy and purpose to fight the initial battle of extensive, exhausting treatments. During that time, he was not only helping his wife, Tara, run Yeti’s Grind, their hotspot coffee shop chain...

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Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in MTN Town Magazine, Treks & Travels | 0 comments

Fall Fishing is Great Fishing in Colorado

Fall Fishing is Great Fishing in Colorado

Fall is here and with it comes my favorite time of the year to get out and fish! Cooler, clear water with lower flows and vivid yellows reds and greens from the surrounding forest make just getting out a visual treat. You may have a good stretch of the water to yourself as many fishermen pack it in for the year when the weather gets chilly. Various species of fish go into their ancient rituals, some spawning and some following the spawn. Fishing can be epic in the fall if you adjust your tactics a bit. As always, if you are not familiar with the region or the season, get with a guide from a local shop to maximize your time on the water. Kokanee salmon will be spawning. Look for them coming out of the reservoirs that hold them as the temperatures drop. The spawn can start early and last into Thanksgiving. Brown trout will be spawning as well, with rainbows, cutthroat and northern pike following them looking for...

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Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in MTN Town Magazine, Treks & Travels | 0 comments

Visit Mountain Grown Colorado Farms & Ranches

Visit Mountain Grown Colorado Farms & Ranches

You can’t always see cows or crop fields from the top of Colorado’s tallest peaks, but you can bet they’re out there. In fact, more than 2.6 million head of cattle graze in the fields and meadows and another 130,000 dairy cows produce more than 2.5 billion pounds of milk every year. Farms occupy about one-sixth of the state, or about 32 million acres. The San Luis Valley, with a peak elevation of 8,000 feet, is the largest and highest alpine valley in the world capable of producing crops. Meanwhile, the soils in the eastern plains and the basins of the western slope are said to be the most fertile in the nation. In all, there are about 36,500 farms, 350 of which are certified organic. Each year, Colorado’s farmers and ranchers export more than $1.8 billion in agricultural goods around the globe, and contribute more than $40 billion to the state’s economy. With numbers like that, one might be surprised to learn that farming in Colorado still largely remains a family affair. The average farm is 881 acres,...

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Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Business, MTN Town Magazine | 0 comments

Colorado Mountain Town’s Big Business Startup Scene

Colorado Mountain Town’s Big Business Startup Scene

The forecast in the Colorado Rocky Mountains has been looking bright for skiers and snowboarders. No. We’re not talking about El Nino (although we’re excited that Mother Nature has been delivering the goods this season). We’re talking about the outlook for startup businesses, entrepreneurship and remote working. Remote Working is on the Rise Colorado leads the nation for economic growth (Business Insider, 2014), entrepreneurship (Entrepreneur Magazine, 2013 and US Chamber of Commerce, 2014) and startup activity (Kaufmann Index, 2015). And before you assume that we’re only talking about Denver and Boulder. Think again. There’s a flurry of startup activity, entrepreneurship and remote workers in mountain towns like Telluride, Durango, Breckenridge, Steamboat and Frisco. One of the Many Business Events Held at ElevateCoSpace “Colorado’s population is growing and business is also booming. There’s a lot of momentum here,” says Lindsey Stapay, director of the Northwest Small Business Development Center, an entity that supports small businesses, as well as startups with workshops, business coaching and events in a region that covers mountain...

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Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Fishing, Gear, MTN Town Magazine | 0 comments

SaraBella Fishing – Flyrods for Women

SaraBella Fishing – Flyrods for Women

After many years of fishing with men’s gear in a “sportmen’s” world, April Archer began to notice a problem – not just with the lack of products made for women but also for lack of respect given to women for their skills, passion and love of the sport. She turned frustration into opportunity when she began to see that with smart beautiful products and a better overall experience, she can change the way women fish. Sara and Bella are the names of our beloved dogs. They fish, they run, they play, they point, they love. We have said to our dogs, Sara & Bella, “get in the car”, Sara & Bella, “stay” and Sara & Bella “leave it”. When saying their names quickly, it sounds more like SaraBella….which reminded April of the cerebellum of the brain. When we started to think about the cognitive, sensory, pleasure, and motor aspects of fishing, we began to appreciate the relevance of the cerebellum. When women fish, they think, they breathe, they laugh, they...

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