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ContractsRx

ContractsRx is on a mission to make legal contracting seamless, accessible and repeatable.  Shannon Leonard and Ramon Rhymes, co-founders, make it their aim to reduce the time, cost and risk associated with business contracting and business outcomes.

The abrupt uncertainty that COVID-19 brought to ContractsRx and other small businesses resulted in an overnight shift from the known to the unknown.  
While Shannon and Ramon are fortunate to be in a technology industry
with the tools in place to work at home, they quickly realized that they would
have to pivot their skill sets and adapt to their clients’ current needs.  Their sales pipeline dried up quickly as businesses were just trying to survive—something that, today, many small businesses have in common.

ContractsRx started out in 2015 as a legal consulting firm representing clients of all sizes in a host of business-related matters.  Their client base increased as
they began to realize their potential to improve contracting processes and help
small businesses achieve efficiency through expert business contracting. Besides deploying a contracts analysis tool, they also honed new skills:  online event
management, webinar creation and content development, as well as two new
contract SAAS tools to meet the demands of the rapidly changing COVID-19
business landscape.  Their new products reduce the time, cost and risk associated with business contracting.

“Running a small business requires focus, discipline and wearing many hats.  As entrepreneurs, we have the drive and, with the Aurora-South Metro SBDC as partners, the expert insight in developing and managing our internal corporate structure and processes.  The SBDC was also instrumental in helping hone and refine our messaging and business story.”

Uncertain times have a big impact on finances and cash flow.  To ease the
financial burden on their clients, they deferred and eliminated payments to
help ContractsRx clients continue business with their clients and
vendors.  ContractsRx received funding from the SBA’s PPP and EIDL loan programs, allowing the company to remain focused on its mission to help businesses drive better contracts.  The pandemic provided Shannon and Ramon with a unique opportunity to build on important aspects of business that were just too easy to put on the back burner.  They are also seeing smaller companies recognize the need to normalize their contracting activity.

With true entrepreneurial spirit, Shannon and Ramon are growing their business during difficult times.  They will come out stronger on the other side of this pandemic with even greater ability to help their clients grow their businesses and produce greater certainty in their contracts.  ContracsRx will help diagnose and fix your contracting issues.  To find out more, visit their Web site: https://contractsrx.com.

Banh & Butter Bakery Café

“The SBDC helped me better understand and prepare my business plan. Growing up in a family business, a business plan was all about going with the flow.  I never knew what a cash flow was, but support from the SBDC has increased my business knowledge.” – Thoa Nguyen   CEO and owner Thoa Nguyen is a pastry chef by day and a culinary chef by night.  Branching out from the family’s restaurant, she studied baking and

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Leatherneck Precision Machine

Leatherneck Precision Machine is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business that specializes in precision machined components for the aerospace, defense, medical, dental, injection molding and other commercial industries that need precision machined parts for their product lines.  Sometimes people’s lives depend on special machine parts, such as aircraft structures, automobiles, and human-rated spacecrafts, and Leatherneck is an AS9100D- and ISO9001-certified company able to do that technical work.  He also has SDVOSB and SDVBE certifications (for small

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Grandma’s Rockin’ Rolls

It was Laura Neilson’s grandmother who spent hours teaching her children and grandchildren how to bake – while sharing life lessons and family stories. Grandma and her sister-in-law sold cinnamon rolls ‘in town’ to help supplement the farming income. Can you image the commute on horseback during the depression in a Minnesota winter?! Laura had been making Grandma’s rolls and giving them as gifts and holiday treats for over 30 years. But as Laura’s career

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Fortified Development Trucking

Fortified Development Trucking strives to be an innovative and solutions-driven minority-owned trucking company, challenging their drivers to provide reliable and excellent customer service while balancing their career and family.  Their mission is to become the transporter of choice for construction hauling and short- and long-hauling from coast to coast.  With the byline “Realizing Potential at Every Level in the Trucking Industry”, Fortified Development Trucking offers reliable, safe, timely delivery that is the most cost-effective trucking

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Trunk Nouveau | Squadron

Trunk Nouveau /t^nk/ ‘nju:’veo/ noun:  A curated monthly showing and sale from an independent maker who offers handcrafted wares.  Trunk Nouveau in Aurora started with a remarkable dream:  a busy aviation studio, industrial in nature, doused in the smell of engine oil and creativity.  In the back, a room with steam trunks and suitcases filled with forgotten treasures–the kind that people hold on to, handcrafted and meaningful. A trunk showroom was created at Aurora’s Stanley

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Prieto’s Catering

Prieto’s Catering is an Aurora-based food truck selling authentic and delicious Mexican food.  Prieto’s serves a variety of tacos, including the famous birria tacos that everyone is excited about!  They also serve other popular Mexican dishes made fresh, such as tamales, tortas and burritos.  Fully aware that the business needs to be responsive to customer needs during the pandemic, they offer home delivery and pick up from 9AM to 3PM daily. As a family business

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