24 May

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Panya Heard

OWNER OF DITTYPOP Panya Heard’s business, DittyPop, came to life shortly after she was blessed with a layoff from a 20-year career at AT&T. Panya knew she was ready to hang up the corporate hat and move into the next phase of her...
21 May

Launch Plans and First Year Success

To long-time supporters, the Launch phase of the RMMFI journey might seem synonymous with Business Launch Boot Camp. While that remains our flagship program, we’ve expanded our offerings in Launch over time to provide even deeper support as...
14 May

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Nadiyah Ziyad

OWNER OF YAHWEH'S HANDS Like many entrepreneurs, Nadiyah Ziyad decided to start a business because she wanted to be her own boss. Her business, Yahweh’s Hands, offers healing and energy services, with a focus in oncology...
14 May

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Ray Sims

OWNER OF RAY'S GOURMET SMOKED FOODS Ray's Gourmet Smoked Foods was born out of a desire to help break poor generational eating habits, specifically in communities of color where access to healthy alternatives has historically been an issue...
10 May

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Pamela Richard

OWNER OF MISS PEABODY'S SOUTHERN TEA CAKES Pamela Richard first thought of the idea for her business, Miss Peabody's Southern Tea Cakes, while watching the Great British Baking Show. With the help of Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute,...
7 May

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Shavon Boyd

OWNER OF SWEETS BY SHAVON "I didn’t know programs like this existed." Last month, we celebrated 16 entrepreneurs graduating from RMMFI’s Business Launch Boot Camp. One of those entrepreneurs was Shavon Boyd, owner of Sweets by Shavon....
6 May

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Jarrett Beasley

OWNER OF VICTORY CLOTHING BOUTIQUE Jarret Beasley grew up in Denver's historic Park Hill neighborhood and has had a love for fashion, specifically street and skate wear, since he was a teen. After trying and failing at his first clothing...
3 May

Entrepreneur Spotlight: LaRae Martinez

OWNER OF 52EIGHTY ENTERTAINMENT LaRae Martinez started her business, 52Eighty Entertainment, as a hobby in the late 90s when she was helping a friend who owned a record label with some marketing and promotional materials. Fast forward to...
30 Apr

Announcing RMMFI’s Newest Program Site in the San Luis Valley!

There is untapped potential in communities large and small across Colorado. We know that entrepreneurship can be a driving force in building healthy, thriving economies. We also know that too few individuals currently have access to the resources...
26 Apr

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Jasmine Douglas

OWNER OF BOOJI BEAUTY BAR & CO Jasmine Douglas started her salon, Booji Beauty Bar & Co, out of her home in 2011 by doing close friends' hair and selling hair extensions. At the time, she had no idea what she was doing regarding the...
23 Apr

Volunteer Spotlight: Jon Rossi, Idea Navigator

Every entrepreneur’s path with RMMFI is unique. While Business Idea Lab is the starting point for most, some are in a place where they would benefit more from one-on-one mentorship. These entrepreneurs are connected to Idea Navigators, volunteers...
16 Apr

Seed Loans to Help Entrepreneurs “Push Go”

RMMFI’s Idea Phase is all about exploration. For some entrepreneurs, a small amount of capital is needed to explore the feasibility of their business idea, which is why we offer Seed Loans ranging from $200 to $500. Despite their small size,...
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