Business Success Stories


dance 2b

Rocky Mountain Rebar

Jennifer Tisdale

Jennifer Tisdale has the unique ability to see how creative expression and business opportunity go hand in hand.  As Jennifer was looking for a dance studio to express her own creative outlet, she ended up traveling throughout Denver to see what dance studios existed and what they offered. The more Jennifer searched, the more she realized that a true business opportunity existed.  In order to formally create a business plan, Jennifer started taking classes at the Denver Chamber of Commerce and developed important relationships with the Small Business Development Center and the Office of Economic Development.  This education helped her craft her solid business plan that was also an outlet for her passion, and Jennifer started dance 2b, with the idea of "Learn  Move  Live"

The concept of dance 2b is studio instruction in a variety of fusion dance classes at the beginner, intermediate and advance levels for jazz, salsa, hip-hop, contemporary, modern, tap and ballet.  These classes are all about having fun and enjoying learning new moves.  This hip studio is expected to open in downtown Denver at the beginning of February with a special tap and jazz workshop taught by the acclaimed Broadway dancer, Eugene Fleming while he is in town for a production at DCPA.

As an extension of dance 2b, opportunities for couples' workshops and special events for corporate celebrations and team building exercises will also be available.

In talking to Jennifer about what's important to the success of her venture, she cited 6 elements:

1.  Relevant Education

2.  Genuine partnerships

3.  Using your intuition

4.  Determination

5.  Playful Attitudue

6.  Confidence

Jennifer cites 'genuine partnerships' as the most important part of her personal formula, and a good example is her partnership with Solera National Bank.  Jennifer praises the attention to detail, assistance in educating Jennifer on the process of how to apply and get a loan and the Bank's welcoming attitude in working with her.




 Fleur Salon photo

Tommy Bagwell, Kristianna Simmons, Andrew Barbo (photo)

Fleur Salon Is Almost Ready For Business 

The beautiful Fleur Salon is almost ready to open for business... stay tuned.

Tommy Bagwell developed a business plan to open his own salon while Kristianna Simmons envisioned a salon where employees felt as if they were part of an extended family and Andrew Barbo dreamed of someday being the owner of a creative business. The stars will align for these three entrepreneurs at the end of October when they will be physically present in their dream when Fleur Salon opens at 30 East 9th Avenue, in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver.

When a series of events led these 3 business-minded friends to the Mi Casa Resource Center in Denver, the barriers that stood in the way of making this dream come true were lowered and the fear of taking this big step was lessened. Mi Casa,, encouraged the partners to enroll in the Business Success course, which equips aspiring entrepreneurs like Tommy, Kristianna and Andrew with the skills and knowledge needed to successfully launch a business. Through a series of introductions initiated at Mi Casa, the partners were introduced to Solera National Bank. With specializing in small business financing, Solera National Bank was able to work with these three partners in securing a loan to make Fleur Salon a reality.

Solera National Bank is excited about the prospects for Fleur Salon and its anticipated opening, so stay tuned and all the best to Tommy, Kristianna and Andrew!