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Great made in Colorado stuff for the great outdoors

John Stultz started his third business, Bear Paw, a decade ago. “I’ve always been a big hiker and backpacker, so I started making tarps,” he says. He now makes a variety of tarps and tents and custom gear for hunters and thru-hikers.

Great Made in Colorado puzzles, paddles, sake and sound

An avid stand-up paddleboarder, Keith Zaring wanted a way to train on solid ground when the water froze. Naturally, Zaring came up with a prototype wheeled paddleboard in early 2015 and honed it by getting out and paddling the pavement himself.

Made in Colorado 2016: Lifeloc Technologies

For more than 30 years, the Wheat Ridge-based company has made alcohol breathalyzers for law enforcement agencies all over the world.

Made in Colorado 2016: Breckenridge Distillery

Breckenridge Distillery first started distilling in 2007 as the brainchild of CEO Bryan Nolt and Master Distiller Jordan Via, It opened its doors three years later with Breckenridge Vodka and Breckenridge Bourbon -- and has been winning awards ever since.

Made in Colorado 2016 winner: Women's Bean Project

Women's Bean Project was named winner of the 2016 Made in Colorado "Most Ethically Produced " award. This Denver-based 501(c)3 nonprofit manufacturer has a serious social mission.

How Noosa Finest Yoghurt landed in Colorado

Koel Thomae, co-founder of Colorado-based Noosa Finest Yoghurt, happened to be visiting her mother in Australia when she took a bite of yogurt that was destined to change her life.

The ultimate brand experience: Insights from Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey

Imagine having a database of 30,000 contacts who are willing to work for free. Sound crazy? It’s reality for Colorado craft whiskey maker Stranahan’s.

Made in Colorado 2016's top five winners and finalists

Made in Colorado exists to foster the business-to-business connections, the sharing of stories and commitments to products and processes.

Made in Colorado 2016: Mayka Maloney

Founded in 2015, The Whole Works quickly won both clients and accolades for its apt pairing of a contract cut-and-sew business with a socially conscious mission of creating jobs for women transitioning off federal assistance.

Made in Colorado 2016: James Howat

While studying microbiology at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, the Chicago transplant started homebrewing. “Mostly I was interested in the science of it,” says Howat, now 30. “I wasn’t even that big of a beer drinker.”

Made in Colorado 2016: Henry Bergeson

Henry Bergeson, 58, lost his job as an engineer for a medical manufacturer in Massachusetts in 1987. So Bergeson moved to Colorado and looked for an engineering job before going into the kaleidoscope business full-time.

Made in Colorado 2016: Lyda Oliver

Now 52, Oliver originally found the job via a want ad in the newspaper when she was 22. “Tens of thousands” of belt buckles later, “I think now, ‘What the heck would I do if I did leave?’”
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