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KUNC Community Radio—Community Supported and Community Involved
Momentum Fair Trade Store—Setting an Example of Ethical Business
North Boulder Café—Making People Feel Welcome and Well Fed
KGNU Community Radio—The Voice of the Non-Profit Community
Three Jewels Accounting and Tax Preparation—Takes Being Local to Heart
Boulder Outlook Hotel—More for Karma than Profit
Boulder County Business Report—Keeping Boulderites Informed and Business Vibrant
Brock Media—A Pioneer at the Forefront of the Local Movement
Creative Coop—Innovative, Multimedia Content



KUNC Community Radio—Community Supported and Community Involved

By Allison Ingber

KUNC Radio KUNC—Community Radio for Northern Colorado has provided in-depth news and music for the public since 1967.  KUNC began as a student station for the University of Northern Colorado, eventually growing into a professionally staffed station owned by the University.  In February 2001, the University decided to sell the station, but the staff and listeners didn’t want KUNC to change.  They had until the end of the month to raise $2 million.  Though it seemed like an impossible task, Community Radio for Northern Colorado was born.  In twenty days, a group of volunteers raised $2 million to purchase the license and preserve the station’s independent voice.  KUNC now serves nearly 160,000 listeners weekly through its network of 19 stations and translators.  KUNC offers a unique mix of music that blends singer-songwriters with contemporary and classic musicians. 

The station also gives its listeners award winning regional news coverage along with national and international news from NPR.  It does all this without commercials, relying on individual member contributions and local business support for funding.  KUNC is a non-profit community station that doesn’t hesitate to give back.  KUNC sponsors a wide range of cultural groups and non-profits around the state, from local theaters to area food banks.  You can hear KUNC at 91.5 FM or 102.7 FM in Boulder.  KUNC, the station that is community supported and community involved.

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Momentum Fair Trade Store—Setting an Example of Ethical Business

By Allison Ingber
 

Momentum Boulder Momentum, the eclectic and inviting store on Pearl Street, is a joyful and familiar sight for Boulder locals.  However, few know that although Momentum is run out of Boulder, the idea behind it was inspired overseas.  The owner, Kevin Natapow, and his wife Jenny were working for nonprofit organizations in Nepal when they saw first-hand the benefits of Fair Trade.  Fair Trade business buys products from people in developing countries at a high enough price to guarantee living wages, access to health care and to promote environmentally sustainable practices.  Eighty-five percent of Fair Trade employees are women.  Fair Trade gives women opportunities to provide for their families economically, while still taking care of the household.  

Unfortunately, very few businesses promote Fair Trade.  Currently, most Fair Trade comes from nonprofit organizations.  The owners of Momentum, however, were able to create a successful for-profit Fair Trade store that sells meaningful handicrafts from around the world.  Kevin and Jenny started Momentum with a vision--to elicit change by setting an example of ethical business.  Not only does Momentum promote Fair Trade, the store also donates a percentage of profits to the Momentum Fund, an organization that makes donations locally and overseas to promote social justice and environmental sustainability.  

When walking into Momentum, people realize that in addition to being socially responsible, the store is just plain fun.  The enthusiastic employees interact with customers to explain where the products come from, what they are made of, and who makes them.  Momentum sells handicrafts from sixty-five different countries, and with every handicraft comes a story. 

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North Boulder Café—Making People Feel Welcome and Well Fed

By Allison Ingber

North Boulder Cafe Home cooking is always the best food.  But not all of us have the time to cook good meals.  The answer to this problem is the North Boulder Café, a family run diner that serves breakfast and lunch.  If you ever want a home cooked meal, North Boulder Café is the place to eat.  North Boulder Café is owned and operated by Julie, the mother of three kids.  Julie knows that what you eat is important.  The food is made fresh from scratch.  Home cooked meals that range from Mexican food, and the best green chili in town, to buttermilk pancakes.  No matter what you order, care and consideration have been put into the meal.

The ingredients are bought locally when possible.  The meat products come from places that use humane treatment for animals.  Julie supports local business because she believes it is important to hold on to our individual identities.  She enjoys getting to know her customers and is happy to help with explicit diet needs, such as allergies to wheat. North Boulder Café is also geared towards the climbing community.  Many famous rock climbers have frequented the North Boulder Café.  There are classic photos and art relating to the climbing community.  While enjoying the atmosphere, be sure to ask Julie about the gorgeous mural on her wall.  On top of the scenery, you will always feel welcome and well fed.

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KGNU Community Radio—The Voice of the Non-Profit Community

By Victoria Eberlein

KGNU Radio Hearing the same songs played over and over again is enough to make most listeners punch the power button and spend the rest of their drive in silence.  Thank goodness for KGNU.  KGNU Community Radio, a non-profit organization, providesa wide variety of “community-inspired programming” that caters to the needs of its listeners.  Unlike corporate radio stations, that often use airwaves as impersonal, profit-making tools, KGNU’s airwaves are a platform for local discussion and a showcase for local artists.  On any given day you can turn to one of KGNU’s stations (88.5 FM, 1390 AM, 93.7 FM) and hear music ranging from Bluegrass to Electronica as well as programming from Al Jazeera, Native American storytelling, Vietnamese Hmong, and radical political discussion.

KGNU considers itself to be the “Voice of the Non-Profit Community,” and believes that all businesses have the responsibility to support localism.   KGNU extensively supports other nonprofits through its daily segment entitled “.org” where it interviews organizations, discusses local issues, and announces community events. KGNU also supports local music through its “Kabaret” segment, where musicians gain exposure by playing live at the station.  KGNU even gives local artists free publicity through the rotating art gallery in the station’s halls.  KGNU is more than the Voice of the Non-Profit Community.  It is the voice of Boulder’s local visionaries.

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Three Jewels Accounting and Tax Preparation—Takes Being Local to Heart

By Victoria Eberlein

Three Jewels Accounting In an industry where stress and mayhem is the norm, a tax firm rooted in mindful and contemplative accounting & tax preparation seems like an oxymoron.  However, Three Jewels Accounting & Tax Service, LLC is a firm that honors its origins by doing just that. 

Established in 1979 and named by the founder of Naropa University, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Three Jewels takes being local to heart, serving a true cross-section of the Boulder community.  Three Jewels’ philosophy of individualized solutions unites their personal connection with each client to their goal of excellence in accounting & tax services.  Their commitment to being local is accomplished through the use of modern technology including cloud computing on a local server; and, hiring locally, despite the financially tempting trend to outsource in an era of globalization.  For Three Jewels, life is inherently about promoting mutual community success by taking the mystery out of accounting and the hassle out of tax preparation, freeing local business owners to focus on their goals.

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Boulder Outlook Hotel—More for Karma than Profit

By Morgan Flynn

Boulder Outlook Hotel Scrambling up the bouldering rocks in the middle of the Boulder Outlook Hotel’s atrium is almost as exhilarating as reaching the top of Flatiron 1…well, almost.  That’s the feeling Dan King and his staff aimed for when they installed the climbing rocks immediately after purchasing the hotel in 2003.  In keeping with the character of the Outlook, the staff wanted the atrium to capture the spirit of the city of Boulder.

The Outlook exudes “Boulder-ness.”  In addition to its sustainability efforts as the city’s first zero-waste hotel, it is deeply connected to the Boulder community.  The Outlook frequently works with local non-profits, providing them with free meeting space and other goods and services.   The Outlook has had a long-lasting partnership with Boulder’s Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA), providing emergency rooms during times of crisis.   

The hotel’s restaurant, The Blues and Greens, offers an affordable menu, with over half of its products sourced from local farms.  The Outlook is a huge proponent of local farming and has worked with Windsor Dairy, Abbodanza, and the Boulder Farmers’ Market.  The restaurant is also a hot spot for blues music and provides a venue for established and aspiring local musicians.  

According to Dan King, the “Ambassador of Cool” at the hotel, the Outlook does these things “more for Karma than for profit.”  In a city like Boulder, good deeds go around and come back around.  These types of local, mutual relationships are what BIBA is all about.

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Boulder County Business Report—Keeping Boulderites Informed and Business Vibrant

By Morgan Flynn

BCBR Boulder County Business Report “It must be Chief Niwot’s Curse,” Chris Wood, publisher and co-owner of the Boulder County Business Report (BCBR), joked when explaining his inability to stay away from Boulder.  Wood graduated from the University of Colorado and immediately spent a year and a half as a reporter for the BCBR.  After five years at the Denver Business Journal and thirteen years at the Northern Colorado Business Report, he returned to the Boulder publication and has been there ever since.

The Boulder County Business Report is completely local.  For three years, the BCBR was owned by an Ohio company.  However, about a year ago, Wood and his business partner bought the publication. According to Chris, being entirely local matters.  BCBR’s employees are all from the Boulder area, and most of its vendors are locally owned.  The BCBR fills a vital role in the Boulder community by providing detailed and thorough print and online media coverage of business and economic trends.  The articles specifically emphasize how national and global trends impact local consumers and businesses.

A portion of the BCBR’s coverage is devoted to spotlighting young, start-up organizations.  The exposure BCBR gives to these businesses plays a key role in Boulder’s status as an entrepreneurial hub and start-up city.  If it was Niwot’s Curse that kept Chris Wood here, it was a blessing for Boulderites.  Chris and the rest of the BCBR staff are committed to Boulder residents and businesses, keeping Boulderites informed and the business community vibrant.

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Brock Media—A Pioneer at the Forefront of the Local Movement

By Victoria Eberlein

Brock Media If you live in Boulder you have heard of Boulder Magazine or Boulder County Home and Garden Magazine. What you may not know is that both of these publications are produced by Brock Media.

Started in 1978, Brock Media’s mission was and continues to be to combat the encroachment of large corporate entities in Boulder and preserve and promote local businesses.  The organization does this by giving local businesses a platform in the media and an avenue for promotion.  In 1978 Brock Media was a pioneer. At the very forefront of the local movement it has witnessed and taken part in the growing push for awareness of the importance of localism.

Brock Media also uses its publications as a way to promote community activism.  It sponsors multiple non-profits and uses its magazines to float ideas into the public domain.

Brock Media is also a sponsor of the REAL awards, “Recognizing Everything About Local” which are designed to stimulate, celebrate, and reward people that contribute to the community.

Brock Media differs from other publications in the service that it provides. It pushes the business as a whole to attain a high quality of excellence and sets personal goals for the employees to make every issue of every magazine better than the next. Boulder is a city full of energy and innovation.  Brock Media acts as a conduit for that creative energy, giving the organizations the spark and outlet they need to thrive in the Boulder community.

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Creative Coop—Innovative, Multimedia Content

By Jessica Owsley

Creative Coop Media “INNOVATIVE, MULTIMEDIA CONTENT”: this is how Richard Fleming describes his business, Creative Coop.  Creative Coop is a multimedia service provider with numerous specialties ranging from electronic cinematography to design and branding.  Richard works with independent film artists as well as businesses looking to implement web-marketing campaigns that will make their services more attractive to clients.   At the heart of Creative Coop is the view that filmmaking is “a means to a greater end.”  Richard describes how multimedia is a different form of communication that gets people thinking about larger social issues.  When a film creates an emotion that resonates with the audience, it can be more powerful than words alone.  

In the Boulder community, Richard is passionate about education and local business.  He organizes filmmaking camps and acting workshops for at-risk children in Colorado to empower them through multimedia.  As President of BIBA’s Board, he strongly believes that small businesses can be successful and don’t need to “slit throats to make money.”  When he’s not working, Richard spends his time watching movies, learning to speak Japanese, and exercising.  This eclectic business owner truly embodies the unique, innovative culture that pervades the Boulder community. 

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Members Featured in this Edition

BCBR, Boulder County Business Report

 

Boulder Outlook Hotel, Local Independent Business Colorado

 

Brock Media

 

Creative Coop Media

 

KGNU Community Rado

 

KUNC Radio

 

Momentum Boulder Colorado Local Independent Business

 

North Boulder Cafe

 

Three Jewels Accounting, Boulder Colorado Local Independent Business

 

Urban Studio Hair Design, Boulder Colorado Local Independent Business

 

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