The City of Littleton is a community partner for a Colorado Companies to Watch, a statewide organization that annually recognizes growing, entrepreneurial Colorado businesses. Each year, Colorado Companies to Watch selects 50 companies for this prestigious award. Many notable Colorado businesses like Otter Box, Oskar Blues, and Sphero have been winners.
Cities and economic development organizations across the state nominate qualifying local businesses for the award. To qualify, companies must have at least six and no more than 99 employees, be based in Colorado, privately owned and have profits or access to capital between $750,000 and $50 million annually.
If you know a Littleton business that meets the award criteria or if you’d like to nominate your own company, you can do so here or contact Recca Larson, 303-795-3758, email@example.com. Nominations close in early February.
Eric Ervin with the City of Littleton’s Economic Development department recently used the department’s 360 degree camera to shoot images at the Art Depot, located behind the Buck Community Center at 2069 W. Powers St. The Art Depot used the 360 images on their website to give visitors a brief, virtual tour of the Depot. If you’d like to learn more about how your business might benefit from a 360 photo shoot, please contact Recca Larson, 303-795-3758, firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no charge for the service.
Grande Station restaurant, Formerly a private club for the Columbine Country Club, located at 2299 West Main Street (corner of Rio Grande and Main), has opened as a new restaurant serving the public. Owner Kurt Fischer is an experienced restauranteur with a passion for providing friendly, attentive service. In the short time the restaurant has been open, it’s received five star ratings on both Yelp and Trip Advisor. Littleton-brewed Locavore craft beer is available on tap as well as a rotating list of specialty dishes such as elk and lamb. Open seven days a week from 6 am to 9 pm, the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and features a full gluten-free menu option for all three services.
Ackerman and Sons furniture workshop, located at 2400 W. Belleview, is featured in the January/February 2018 issue of Colorado Biz magazine. In business for five generations, the company has been operating for 122 years. Started in 1895 by a German immigrant and master cabinetmaker, the company employs 27 craftspeople with locations in Littleton and Minneapolis. Customers trust Ackermans with loved and irreplaceable pieces, such as a 300 year old Louis XIV cabinet damaged in Hurricane Katrina currently waiting for repair and a liquor box, known as a cellarette, won by a customer’s ancestor from President Andrew Jackson in a poker game- but owner Mike Ackerman says these historic pieces are no more important than treasured family items. He finds his greatest reward comes from customers’ emotional responses when they see a family favorite restored or repaired. For Ackermans, there’s nothing like making a special piece of furniture new again.
PADT which has a branch office near downtown Littleton, was recently recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top privately-owned businesses in the US.
From the press release: “Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies (PADT), the Southwest’s largest provider of simulation, product development, and 3D Printing services and products, was recently recognized as one of the “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America” by Entrepreneur magazine’s Entrepreneur360 List. The list is a premier study delivering the most comprehensive analysis of private companies in America. Based on this study forged by Entrepreneur, PADT is recognized as a well-rounded company that has mastered a balance of impact, innovation, growth, and leadership.
“It’s such an honor to be recognized, especially on a national level and by a publication dedicated to serving entrepreneurs,” said Eric Miller, principal and co-founder of PADT. “Any time you win an award, it’s humbling, and it’s also a great opportunity to reflect on the hard work of our employees who’ve allowed us to accomplish all we have achieved. This not only recognizes how much PADT has grown, but it also highlights how strong Arizona’s technology sector has become.”
PADT has accomplished a great deal this past year. The company began 2017 partnering with Arizona State University, Concept Laser and Honeywell to build the largest additive manufacturing center in the Southwest. Located at ASU, the Manufacturing Research and Innovation Hub holds over $2 million worth of plastic, polymers and 3D printing materials, and is home to one of just 22 ABET accredited manufacturing programs in the US.
Additionally, PADT worked with Lockheed Martin and Stratasys to develop a new additive manufacturing laboratory at Metro State University in Denver. This lab is the first-of-its-kind facility in Colorado focused on providing students with industry-access to equipment and faculty needed to develop the next generation of manufacturing tooling.”
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