fbpx

Ala Carte Learning Solutions

Ala Carte Learning Solutions, Inc., a public benefit corporation, offers a variety of services to the education industry. The primary focus began with revolutionizing the way public and charter schools hired their “hard to fill” special education professional positions. As someone working in the education industry, Dr. Margo Barnhart noticed the demand to find and keep qualified individuals in specific areas due to competition among other industries for the same professionals. The demand on these professionals and the limited budget of school districts made coming up with an alternative solution necessary.

Ala Carte Learning Solutions, Inc. finds retired individuals who still have their professional licenses and are interested in working part-time and contracts them to schools. This makes it less demanding on the professional and less expensive for the schools since they are only paying for a part-time individual rather than one full-time professional that has to work among several schools in the district.

Margo started working with the East Colorado Small Business Development Center in 2015 to develop a business plan. She admitted to understanding the education industry very well, but needed some extra assistance with developing a strong business plan. Since working with her SBDC consultant she has found great value added with marketing assistance and refers many of her colleagues to seek out the SBDC services.

Since the launch of the business, Ala Carte Learning Solutions, Inc. has been able to expand their line of services to include consulting directly for the Colorado Department of Education as well as conducting feasibility and marketing studies with the Archdiocese of Denver. Margo also hopes to increase the amount of one-on-one instruction that her company can provide to students who are struggling in school and need additional assistance.

The competition for this industry is limited, and very few in Colorado are able to provide contracted employees that assist with specific special education staffing needs. Margo was able to take advantage of a niche in the market and has quickly made herself known as an industry leader. She plans on marketing her services to school districts across the state and has received many referrals from her current clients and continues utilizing the services of the SBDC.

RC Auto Detail & Carpet Cleaning

Building a Business The fall of Circuit City, where I was a store manager, started my hunt to redefine who I am and what I will do. After spending years in retail and business operations, I wanted to start and run my own business. I thought I could build it, and of course people would use this new company and services that I started. Wow – looking back now I am glad I didn’t know

Read More »
Sisu Therapies

Sisu Therapies was founded by married couple Laura Simenson, DPT, and Joe Schroeder, DPT in January 2020. For 15 years, the couple had a long-standing goal of starting a therapy and wellness practice together that offers a dynamic and holistic pathway leading to healthier lifestyles. When the space at 1230 W. Ash Street became available in December 2019, it finally seemed that all the pieces were starting to fall into place. Working with East CO

Read More »
Evans Early Childhood Center

Evans Early Childhood is a Colorado State Licensed childcare center and preschool, serving children ages 6 weeks to 6 years. Located on Colorado’s Eastern Plains in Fort Morgan, Rosie Evans and Brian Evans, a husband and wife team started the company in June 2014, both following careers in teaching.

Read More »
Affiliation Welding

Affiliation Welding is based in Greeley, CO and provides welding and fabrication services for customers in Northern Colorado. Affiliation specializes in plastic welding & fabrication and serves residential, commercial and industrial customers. Our Beginnings Alex is a Colorado native and is proud to serve the community his family has lived in for over 100 years. Before opening Affiliation Welding, Alex worked for a local research and development company as the lead welder and fabricator while

Read More »
Parker Garage and Foraged
Parker Garage and Foraged Restaurants

We’ve been invited to share our success story with the history of our company, dating back to the purchase of our original location in Parker, Colorado “The Parker Garage“. Parker Garage and Foraged Restaurants – Boom to Shutdown We took on this project as re-hab of an old building on Mainstreet in Parker in 2014. We bought an older rundown business called the Warhorse that had been in business for many years and had the

Read More »
Picture It Studios
PICTURE IT STUDIOS, INC

Navigating COVID Relief with the SBDC During the COVID lockdown, Craig provided information and guidance about the PPP and the EIDL programs that might stabilize the Studio once we were able to re-open. At that point most of my capital had been spent on rent and utilities during the 2.5 months we were forced to close.  Without that support we would have had to permanently close. Thankfully we were approved for both types of assistance

Read More »