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JDOG JUNK REMOVAL is a fascinating new business here in northern Colorado. I had never heard of it before, so I was surprised to find out that this rapidly-growing franchise operation is already at 73 locations around the country – and counting.
I had the opportunity to sit down with Chris Lewis this week, the new owner of the local franchise that opened in February 2017.
What’s amazing is the mission behind this company.
You might remember that I wrote about Heart and Soul Paratransit last year, and the progress he’s made has been amazing. If you recall, this business is dedicated to transporting infirm and disabled for medical treatment.
That’s what taxi services, Dial-A-Ride and Dial-A-Taxi supposed to do, of course, but the service is … unpredictable and unreliable.
JESSICA VERDERAME IS ABOUT HELPING KIDS, primarily supporting their success in school.
She started out in New York as a substitute teacher, supplementing her income as a tutor with a local franchise of Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services.
That’s how she got hooked.
She ended up here in Fort Collins as an Elementary teacher and specialist in literacy with the local school district, and decided to invest in a Club Z! franchise herself.
ARIANA FRIEDLANDER IS A MISFIT.
In fact, she’s made a business out of it!
I met Ariana a few years ago, and was inspired by her energy and creativity. But it’s always been a bit of a struggle for me to describe what she does.
A few months ago, they were recognized as a Great Place To Work, an award that isn’t at all easy to obtain. But in a very real way, it’s something they’ve been working on for their entire history, over 110 years.
Many people equate a great place to work with the high-tech snazziness of foosball tables and idealistic millennials. But here we have an engineering and architectural company with an honored history spanning multiple generations. Their focused innovation is inspiring.
REFUGE COFFEE is an amazing business based in Clarkston, Georgia, in the US. I’m going to let this video speak for itself:
They’ve structured this as a non-profit, but they don’t necessarily have to. I’ve seen others who go the for-profit route, in order to maintain more freedom of operation.
What’s their true mission? Selling coffee, of course. But also job training, social network, and job creation for the huge diversity of refugees in the local area. Coffee is the product, but social benefit is the purpose.
Go check them out! www.refugecoffeeco.com
If someone were to create a video telling your deeper story, what would they focus on?
BLUE FEDERAL CREDIT UNION is a 65 year old newbie.
OK, I’d better explain.
This great company recently re-branded after the merger of Warren Federal Credit Union and Community Financial Credit Union, creating a name which evokes their background in serving military personnel. It also captures their culture of optimistically building toward a future of unlimited possibilities.
It makes for a cool logo, too – bonus!
FORNEY INDUSTRIES is a powerful company in Fort Collins. Never heard of them?
Well, it’s nice to know that the family-owned business was born and raised in Fort Collins.
Forney Industries makes welding and metal-working equipment and parts. It’s a fabulous business, powered from a solid reputation for delivering top value since 1932.
With about 220 employees worldwide, most in Fort Collins, they deliver their products through hardware, farm & ranch, automotive aftermarket, and industrial distribution stores. They sell online, and their sales force also works directly with customers who do welding and metal working as a part of their business.
NELIA HARPER IS A LOCAL ARTIST with some considerable talent. We’ve known each other for several years, so I was interested to explore what’s happening in her journey of discovery and building her new business.
It’s common to think that artists are inherently flaky or ungrounded. But I find this not to be true.
For myself, I think that artistry is just another aspect of a wonderful life. For me, it’s music.