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Java Raiz

Need a quick boost of healthy energy? Java Raiz can save your day. Made with organic Flame raisins grown in California and 100% Kona coffee from Hawaii, Java Raiz is a healthy treat you can take anywhere. The ingredients are simple, but extremely good for you. Organic Flame raisins are made from red grapes, which include more antioxidants than a typical (Thompson) raisin. Kona coffee beans are grown in volcanic soil, which provides many more minerals and nutrients than other coffees. The newest Java Raiz product includes natural unsweetened cocoa with the coffee for a mocha flavor. Coming soon, the third Java Raiz product will be cocoa-only raisins, made especially for kids.

Here’s a Secret

“I never liked raisins,” admits Linda Greigo, “but I knew I should be eating them for my health.’ Her creation of coffee-infused raisins was originally an accident. “But it made the raisins taste so much better!”

Linda’s business, Earth2Man, was created with the hope to promote environmental education for children throughout the world. Java Raiz, which she started selling in May of 2011, is a subset of that goal. A percent of profits will go to environmental programs that educate youth and provide hands-on opportunities that teach children how to protect our planet. Her beliefs are echoed on all Java Raiz packaging: Earth2Man = Conserve

Special thanks to the SBDC

Linda was a field service engineer before starting Earth2Man, and knew nothing about starting a business or the process of getting a food product to market. “The classes and the people at the Larimer County Small Business Development Center were, without a doubt, the foundation for my business. Carla (Starck) and Terri (Donovan-Keirns) were so committed to my needs and questions – without them, I’d still be doing research. Terri even helped me push my old truck to get it started one day!” said Griego.

Linda was a field service engineer before starting Earth2Man, and knew nothing about starting a business or the process of getting a food product to market. “The classes and the people at the Larimer County Small Business Development Center were, without a doubt, the foundation for my business. Carla (Starck) and Terri (Donovan-Keirns) were so committed to my needs and questions – without them, I’d still be doing research. Terri even helped me push my old truck to get it started one day!” said Griego.

The SBDC provided knowledge, resources and business contacts. One contact Linda made through the SBDC was especially helpful: Amy and Gregg Lasley, owners of the commercial kitchen where Linda now makes Java Raiz.

Try Java Raiz for yourself!

Java Raiz can be purchased online at JavaRaiz.com, locally at Bath Garden Center in Fort Collins, Old Feed Store in LaPorte and Alfalfa’s Market in Boulder. If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in Hanalei, Hawaii, you can purchase Java Raiz at Savage Gifts and Gourmet. Linda will also make appearances at the Fort Collins Winter Market and the Old Town Farmer’s Market in the summers.

Pateros Creek Brewery

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Trailcraft Cycles

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Blue Pine Construction

Blue Pine Construction is based in Wellington, and run by the husband and wife team of Mike and Lorilyn Bockelman. Their company does home  construction/remodeling, and a variety of outdoor “decking” projects, throughout Northern Colorado. Mike’s construction background, combined with Lorilyn’s retail management experience, makes for a productive combination. They have grown the business significantly over the last few years. Blue Pine Construction now has 10 full time employees, including a new production manager. Mike is a Air

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Babette’s Feast Catering & Bakery

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Colorado Coffee Company

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Spidertrax Off-Road

Thom Kingston helped start Loveland-based Spidertrax Off-Road not in a garage like some startups but in a fully equipped shop at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. In 1999, Kingston and his former partner and co-founder, Eddie Casanueva, initially snuck into the school after-hours to develop and manufacture parts for the off-road industry until they got official approval and could work during the daytime. “We were manufacturing all of our parts, using the tools of

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