DENVER -- Wish you could come up with the next big thing? Create a great product? Start your own company? Become your own boss?
It’s difficult to do, but in this economy, lots of people in Colorado are trying. And some are finding big success in the process.
People like Greg Steen. At 33 years old and clad in flannel, he may not look like your typical corporate executive. But he is.
He and his fellow Colorado native buddy Dan Abrams started their own skiwear company, Flylow, a few years back.
Now, they run a successful company, designing, selling and shipping high-end outdoor wear around the globe. They started a few years ago, with nothing.
“We bought our first production run on credit cards,” Steen said.
Plenty of others have been successful in Colorado. From Coors to Crocs, Chipotle to Dish Network, Jolly Rancher to Quiznos. Companies all started here, by ambitious people.
If you want add your company to that list, the guys at Flylow say you have to believe… and be in it for the long haul.
“I'd say persevere,” Steen said.
“You gotta work hard. I mean, you gotta stay in it. We worked for seven years, working two jobs, like 90 hours a week just to do this. It takes a lot of work.”
Steen’s biggest advice: find a need and fulfill it. He and his skier friends needed durable ski wear that wouldn't rip or fall apart. They realized other skiers must need it too, so they started Flylow.
To learn more about Flylow skiwear, click here: http://flylowgear.com/
To learn more about starting your own company, and how to get help, click here: http://www.sba.gov/content/entrepreneurship-you