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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.

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Dry Dock Brewing Company

The award-winning Dry Dock Brewing Company is Aurora’s first microbrewery. Established in October 2005, Dry Dock is co-owned and operated by Kevin DeLange and Michelle Reding. The brewery began with just two employees in a 900 square-foot space with less than 20 seats in the back of Kevin and Michelle’s homebrew supply shop, The Brew Hut. They brewed less than 500 barrels of beer in 2006. How-ever, Dry Dock has enjoyed tremendous success and growth

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Cranelli’s Italian Restaurant

In the restaurant world a successful business often begins with family. When Cranelli’s Italian Restaurant, a new hotspot in Lone Tree, opened, the whole family pitched in to help owners Jim and Lasinda Crane make their dreams come true. Hours after the ink was dry on the restaurant lease, the couple began updating the décor and kitchen with the help of friends and family. Lasinda’s father David, a retired electrician, helped build a bar and

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Colorado Safety Supply

Starting out as a dream in 2012, Valerie Boyd developed her knowledge and contacts within the safety equipment industry to move forward with confidence in 2014. Valerie started to make the dream a reality. Coming from a family working in the structural steel industry, Valerie’s top priority is to keep families safe by keeping workers safe. Colorado Safety Supply does just that, providing safety training and equipment for construction job sites. Located in Aurora, Colorado

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GradePower Learning

Robert and Olga Mead, the owners of GradePower Learning, started out with a vision to help build children’s confidence and self-esteem. They found an opportunity to do that not only through tutoring students, but also in teaching them how to learn. The LEADING EDGETM Strategic Planning Series was the perfect tool for Olga to test her business model. She graduated from LEADING EDGETM in 2015 and continued on as a client at the Aurora-South Metro

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Rustic Nomads

Starting a business in 2020—during the COVID-19 pandemic—has been a journey to say the least, but the owner of Rustic Nomads, Nathan Wiersum, will have bragging rights for life.   “The support received from the SBDC is why I continue to move .” With a loan from DreamSpring to purchase a food truck, the rest of the business has been self-funded.  Originally, the plan was to grow into a restaurant as soon as possible.  With the pandemic, goals were reevaluated.  The

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Yumbana, LLC

To be declared a U.S.A. Taste Champion by the American Masters of Taste national judging panel, especially when the category is “Gluten Free” baked goods, is quite an accomplishment. Yumbana was selected as a winning product line in 2017 and, since its beginning in 2011, has been committed to making products that don’t require self-discipline to eat and enjoy. ‘Yum’ is in the name and comes from the owner Christopher Lehn’s first creation, a YUMmy

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