Tag: Denver

Denver startup doing swimmingly after appearance on ABC’s “Shark Tank”

After his company got a boost from his appearance on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” Colorado entrepreneur Anthony Franco said the business has continued to grow despite the coronavirus pandemic.

The company, mcSquares, has quadrupled the size of its physical operations, expanding into a 25,000-square foot building in Thornton. Franco, founder  and CEO of the startup, said the 600% growth it reported in the first quarter of this year has continued.

In addition, the company has landed a deal with the Novi School District in Michigan that will put its personal whiteboards in the hands of more than 6,000 students and teachers. The company makes a line of products that includes dry-erase tablets, desktop white boards and a type of reusable sticky note that doesn’t use adhesion, designed for use in classrooms and corporate meeting rooms.

Franco said teachers and students are using the personal whiteboards during online classes and sharing their

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Denver business helps gyms rebound with chalk that kills coronavirus

DENVER — Colorful climbing walls and other gym equipment can be difficult to disinfect but that’s where a Colorado company is finding success with a new chalk that kills coronavirus.

Denver-based Friction Labs has been producing climbing chalk for about seven years, but this latest product was born out of necessity.

“So after the pandemic hit pretty much overnight we were down about 70%,” said Keah Kalantari, co-founder of Friction Labs.

When gyms were forced to close in March, sales dropped off and the owners were worried about the future of their business.

“We had the idea for making a hand sanitizer chalk, if that was even possible,” said Kevin Brown, co-owner and CEO.

Friction Labs rolled out a new liquid chalk product that that’s made up of 80% ethanol and although it’s not technically a hand sanitizer, it kills coronavirus. A team of CU Anchutz researchers tested the product

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MSU Denver launches Skills Lab in response to job loss, COVID-19 pandemic

Imagine a website specially tailored to the local job market, one that singles out opportunities in growing fields, identifies the required skills — and then offers sessions by university faculty or with industry-supplied software for free.

The staff at Metropolitan State University of Denver did imagine such a service, built it and launched it on the first of September. The program called Skills Lab was designed by MSU Denver’s Innovative and Lifelong Learning office to respond to the job loss and upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows Colorado lost 208,000 jobs between February and July, which was a 7.4% drop,” said Terry Bower, associate vice president of the Innovative and Lifelong Learning office. “I pretty much knew I wanted to create some kind of skills offering for the community.”

Bower and her staff studied other job and training websites to help shape their approach.

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This proposal might be for an In-N-Out Burger in Denver

The proposed location is just north of I-70 in the Northfield area near East 46th Avenue and Central Park Boulevard.

DENVER — A proposal submitted to the city of Denver Tuesday shows what could very well be the first In-N-Out Burger in city limits, if it’s approved.

The concept was submitted by Greenwood Village-based Galloway & Company Inc., which has been behind a handful of other proposed In-N-Out Burger locations in Colorado. Three of them – in Colorado Springs, Lone Tree and Aurora – could open this year.

>>> The video above is from a prior 9NEWS story about In-Out-Burger construction in Colorado. 

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The Denver proposal is for a location near East 46th Avenue and Central Park Boulevard, in the Northfield area just north

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