Strictly Business 1

What do you want to be when you grow up?

This is one of those questions every little girl and boy is asked from kindergarten all the way to college.

The children’s responses are often times imaginative. Johnny wants to be a firefighter, astronaut and doctor. He’s been imagining different scenarios since he got his first toy fire truck.

But what about little Suzie? What could she aspire to become?

It seems like ages ago that Suzie wouldn’t have as many opportunities. The glass ceiling hung high overhead and cultural norms prevented fighting these obstacles.

Fortunately, things for the most part have changed, especially in a place like Denver where female entrepreneurs thrive in the job market. Forbes released an article about “25 Best Metros for Female Entrepreneurs” with some interesting statistics. The Denver-Aurora-Lakewood area came in third with a high number of women-owned businesses, 3.22, per 100 people, and high female earnings relative to male, at 87%. The opportunity for women to carve their own paths is endless in Colorado.

So how does the entrepreneurial bug bite?

This is a question we answered after meeting with seven inspirational business owners (pg. 24) who each shared their own unique stories and tidbits of advice for aspiring entrepreneurs.

I also got coffee with Danielle Renfrew Behrens, who is an independent film producer and started Superlative Films headquartered in Boulder (pg. 32).

Chef Elise Wiggins of Panzano dined with us one afternoon and told us about her experience as a renowned chef (pg. 18). She also shared her own personal pastiche recipe.

Each woman had her own story to share. And this month it is all about her-story, not his-story that defines these women.

We hope you enjoy.