Patience and Curiosity pay off at Slo Curio

G and Ry Roslie are the owners of the new boutique shop Slo Curio in the River North Art District. As they describe it, Slo Curio is a “‘slow makers’ space, a curio shop, art gallery and a quiet respite.”  Not only are they business partners, they are also “partners in life and [are] in love with the process of creating.” We sat down with the couple to hear about the highs and lows of moving to a new city and starting a business in the ever evolving landscape of startups in Denver.

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Empowering Next-Gen Entrepreneurs with YouthBiz

While YouthBiz is not itself a small business, the organization is developing Denver’s next generation of entrepreneurs, teaching youth the skills — and mindset — they need to one day run their own business. The organization is committed to a mission of, as Vice President Anna Leer describes it, “empowering young people to manage, create, and earn their own wealth.” 

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Discovering Startup Success with Delicious Denver Food Tours

Jessica Baumgart, founder of the local startup Delicious Denver Food Tours, has been serving up great tours for over a year. Baumgart and her guides take tourists, international visitors, and locals on tours exploring the city’s unique and thriving food scene. Hungry guests who join the tours get a chance to get off the beaten path and try great local dishes while learning about Denver’s rich history and architecture. We sat down with Baumgart to hear about the challenges and rewards of starting a small business in Denver.

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Workshop University Develops “Renaissance Leaders”

Jean Marie DiGiovanna started her consultancy business over 20 years ago with just herself and a vision of sharing her passion for leadership with others. Today, she runs a coaching and consultancy business called Workshop University, where she leads workshops and trainings for businesses looking to better utilize the whole of their employees’ talents, which she calls “Renaissance leaders.”

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Class Action Lawsuit Against Denver For Homeless ‘Sweeps’ Prepares For Upcoming Trial

Nearly three years after the initial lawsuit was filed against the city government for its so-called “homeless sweeps,” the City of Denver will stand trial beginning March 19. The lawsuit accuses the city government of denying homeless people their constitutional rights against unreasonable searches and seizures, cruel and unusual punishments, due process of law, and equal protection while conducting the “sweeps.” 

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“Not on our block”: Hilltop fought back against densification and the Green Flats development — and won

Many neighbors in the Hilltop neighborhood expressed great concern over the effect a re-zoning project would have on the neighborhood. But the battle that played out in a City Council vote highlights a question Denver will have to wrestle with in the near future: will residents tolerate increasing densification as land for development runs out?

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Conversations Through Art

Wonderbound Dance Company works regularly with the St. Francis Center to put on “Pari Passu,” a dance program for people experiencing homelessness. But after moving their studio to its new location off 40th Avenue, Wonderbound was looking for a way to bring in more foot traffic while continuing their work with St. Francis. In December 2018, they created an art exhibit in their entryway featuring the work of people experiencing homelessness. The VOICE visited the display, which will remain up through the end of February. 

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