Success Stories

The San Luis Valley Small Business Development Center is always anxious to share our feel good success stories with the community. The success of our clients is the most rewarding experience for all the staff and volunteers of the SBDC.

Many of our clients want to share their experience with others, and give insight to the workshops, counseling, and guidance our organization provides them and their businesses.

Grampa’s Gourmet Honey

Brent Edelen is a sixth generation beekeeper and a fourth generation domestic beekeeper. He was recently telling Donna Wehe (Small Business Development Center, 589-3682) about how his family ended up here in the Valley: “My great grandfather, Edward Haefeli, passed through Elis Island around the turn of the former century. On his way from Switzerland, he had come to America to seek work and medical help for Tuberculosis. He made his way to Illinois, where …

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Smoothy’s Juice Bar

Do you remember hearing your mom mentioning to always eat your greens? On June 8, 2013, Smoothyʼs Juice Bar opened in Alamosa on 504 West Ave. (Corner of Hwy 285 and 160), Smoothyʼs Juice Bar offers an easy way for you to incorporate your daily intake of greens through tasty smoothies. Donna Chappell decided to open this business mainly for the health of the people. She feels because of her experience of owning and managing …

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Kaffe Kaffe

If coffee is a part of your daily grind, then you will enjoy a cup at Kaffé Kaffé, opening July twenty eighth at the Green Spot on State Ave in Alamosa. K2 or Kaffé Kaffé is a comfy coffee nook that offers gourmet Arabica organic coffee. Swing on by for a $1.20 cup of direct trade, organic Haitian coffee and meet the man behind Kaffé Kaffé, Ralph Symbleme. Ralph an entrepreneur of many talents, is …

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