Bringing Business Home Blog

Meet Northern Colorado business owners involved with the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, committed to Bringing Business Home.

Donna and Paul Poduska: 101 Combined Years of Community Impact in Fort Collins

You know you’ve really made an impact in Fort Collins when you get an entire day designated to you for your contributions. Not many get to experience this, but Donna and Paul Poduska have. The City of Fort Collins proclaimed Feb. 26, 2019 as Donna and Paul Poduska Day, thanks to their service and commitment to our community, and that’s only one of the many ways that proves the extent of their impact. Donna and Paul Poduska have called Fort Collins home for several decades, and the two are [...]

2019-06-28T10:54:04-07:00June 6th, 2019|

Renée Becher: Bringing her sparkle to Old Town

If you’re lucky enough to frequent Old Town, Fort Collins, you might bump into Renée Becher. At the bookstore, for example. As events coordinator and consignment director for Old Firehouse Books, Renée is the person who brings famous authors to our community, manages readings and book signings, and even reads bits of her own fiction at the bookstore’s once-a-month open-mic nights, called Dime Stories. She also works the bookstore counter and can help you find just the right read. “We’re a full-service independent bookstore,” the budding author and voracious [...]

2019-06-27T16:43:39-07:00April 24th, 2019|

Terrence Jackson: Integrity and Service

For Terrence Jackson, it's all about integrity and service. As owner of Entertainment AV, an audiovisual equipment consultant and installer to homes and businesses up and down the Front Range, he believes in keeping his three team members and his customers happy.  If you treat both with integrity and serve them as you’d like to be served, he figures, your business will thrive. “As a small business, we want repeat customers and referrals,” Terrence said. “And the only way to ensure that is to meet their expectations and to [...]

2019-06-27T16:37:43-07:00March 15th, 2019|

Jennifer Anderson: Bringing Energy to her Community

Jennifer Anderson is community energy in motion. The Fort Collins native loves to golf on local links and ski on area mountains (both downhill and cross-country). Indoors, you might find her at Fort Collins Cat Rescue, where she’s volunteered for a decade and served on the board for two years. “We  have very few stray cats in Fort Collins  because it’s been so successful,” she said. “Now we help other communities by importing cats for adoption.” As a longtime paralegal for Advanced Energy, one of Fort Collins’ largest employers, [...]

2019-06-27T16:37:03-07:00February 4th, 2019|

Pete Gazlay: Caring for our home

Pete Gazlay has called Northern Colorado home his entire life. Almost. Raised in Greeley, he attended Colorado State University, where he married his high school sweetheart, Linda. They in turn raised their two children here and are happy to now have seven grandkids nearby. “This is home,” said Pete. “I’ve traveled all over the country and have seen a lot of places. This is one of the best places to live.” The “almost” happened about 11 years ago, when he and his family moved to Sacramento for the job [...]

2019-06-27T16:36:23-07:00November 27th, 2018|

Kim Whitin: Cementing her community

Kim Whitin knows a lot about cement. As owner and manager of Tri-State Concrete & Excavation in Fort Collins, she runs a thriving company that offers the full gamut of residential and commercial services. From driveways and retaining walls to decorative concrete, basements and foundations, Tri-State does all the excavation and site prep as well as pouring and finish work. She and her husband, Erik, started the business after relocating to Stove Prairie from North Carolina in 2010. They had operated Tri-State Concrete there for a number of years—until [...]

2019-06-27T16:35:54-07:00November 27th, 2018|

Nick Haws: Embracing the power of ripples

Nick Haws understands the power of ripples. Take the Poudre River, for example. An avid fly fisherman, Nick serves on the board of the Poudre Heritage Alliance and has volunteered for Trout Unlimited. He believes in helping sustain and restore the river whose vitality ripples, literally and figuratively, throughout our community in so many ways. This passion extends to educating area children about the importance of the watershed through PHA’s field-trip scholarship program and protecting lives through the “Play It Safe on the Poudre” program. Nick knows his company [...]

2019-06-27T16:35:16-07:00November 26th, 2018|