Best of Colorado 2017 – Personal fulfillment
From education pursuits to self-growth strategies, personal fulfillment has many ancillary businesses attached in Colorado
The business of personal fulfillment facilitates the maximization of individuals potential, providing hope for the future. Take a look at the 2017 Colorado businesses ushering in a new wave of opportunity:
In addition to offering a strong academic program, Colorado State University concentrates on the student experience by embracing a community that provides opportunity beyond a student’s major. CSU also has over the last several years spent millions on campus improvements, with new student housing and spaces that encourage the collaboration that helps students succeed. Capital improvement projects are continuing this year with the 37,400-square-foot Michael Smith Natural Resources Building, a $20.2 million addition that will include classrooms, a student success center, teaching labs and offices for the Warner College of Natural Resources; the $16.5 million Richardson Design Center; the $13.1 million Global Food Innovation Center; and new athletic practice fields west of the new stadium.
BEST MBA PROGRAM
At University of Denver Daniels College of Business, students tackle real-world problems and challenges. “At graduation, Daniels’ MBA students are uniquely prepared for the work they will be doing,” says Daniel Baack, director of the full-time MBA program. “This kind of curriculum is not easy, but our small classes and passionate faculty allow us to facilitate student success.”
The program also focuses on personal development and includes a 360 profile and executive coaching. “We are dynamic, with a new dean, many new senior leaders and some fantastic recent faculty hires,” Baack says. “The college looks far different than it did just 2 1/2 years ago.”
BEST EXECUTIVE MBA PROGRAM
The University of Colorado EMBA program allows working professionals to earn their degrees in less than two years while they continue to work. Faculty from the Leeds School of Business on all three of CU’s campuses bring a mix of theory and practical application and with 1,300 alumni, students have access to a local network with global reach. The nationally recognized program is ranked as one of the top business schools in the world.
BEST CO-WORKING OR COLLABORATIVE WORKSPACE
At first glance, Galvanize seems to be your typical co-working space, with people sitting at tables or lounging on couches working on laptops. But Galvanize is much more than collaborative workspace. It runs coding and training programs at its nine campuses, including two in Denver and one in Boulder. It also provides seminars for its startup members so they can learn how to manage growth, people and fundraising, as well as networking events with venture capitalists and industry leaders.
BEST FITNESS CLUB
With more than 400 clubs in 13 states, 24 Hour Fitness is perfect for business travelers as well as locals. The club offers both corporate and individual memberships that allow members to access any of its clubs. The club offers so many different types of classes that members are sure to find something that suits them. But group exercise isn’t for everyone, so 24 Hour Fitness also has personal trainers to help keep members on track, and the My24 app makes it easy to find classes, join challenges and get workout ideas.
BEST FUNDRAISER/ CHARITY EVENT
Two-thousand cyclists hit the road every year to support Children’s Hospital Colorado during the two-day Courage Classic bike ride. Last year, riders, volunteers and donors raised $2.5 million for Children’s Hospital Colorado patients. There are three routes to choose from each day of the event, which is July 22-23. The Children’s Hospital Foundation hosts a number of fundraising events, including the Climb For Courage stair climb at the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Falcon Stadium; the Children’s Classic at Sanctuary golf tournament; and its annual gala, which raised more than $1.9 million last year.
The Denver Hospice opened in 1978 and cares for patients in their homes, skilled-care facilities, assisted care facilities, and in The Denver Hospice Inpatient Care Center at Lowry.
“The staff, volunteers and governing board of The Denver Hospice work incredibly hard each day to ensure that we fulfill our mission to meet the diverse needs of our friends and neighbors facing a life-limiting illness,” says Janelle McCallum, president of The Denver Hospice. “Our reward is knowing that we’ve provided comfort and dignity, pain relief and emotional support, to patients and their loved ones at a sacred time in life’s journey.”
BEST PLACE TO MOVE/OPEN A BUSINESS
Ever since Centennial was incorporated as a city in 2001, it has tried to make it easy for businesses to operate. “We were looking to be efficient in our own operations,” Mayor Cathy Noon says. “A number of council members are small business owners like myself, so we know the frustrations.”
Business owners can find many solutions online, from building permits to filing sales taxes. Also, the city is getting high-speed internet with a fiber optic network. “We know that’s what people need for telemedicine, data centers, software and technology,” Noon says. “Fiber is like water, like electricity. It’s an expectation.”