Help Air Force Academy Family Businesses

Many Academy graduate and USAFA family-owned businesses are struggling right now due to the global pandemic. We're building a list of businesses that could use some help from the Academy family community. Note that this is not an endorsement of these listed businesses, but just grads, True Blue Businesses and parents who have reached out for assistance.

By State: Help USAFA Family Businesses

GO-KOT Springville, AL (Retail Store)
Teresa Downing ('23 parent) campingcot.com Facebook
Status: Online Shopping
Business Impact: We have been unable to function at full capacity and our supply chain has been interrupted. We lost our largest customer as they have cancelled all mission trips for 2020. Additionally, our export orders are all delayed indefinitely.
Help: Visit our site and consider us when purchasing camping gear. We offer military and first responder discounts using GovXID.
Rocky Mountain Rafts Fountain Hills, AZ (Retail Store)
Dennis Hugo '79 rockymountainrafts.com Facebook
Status: Online Shopping, Open and Fully Operational
Business Impact: We are part of the travel and tourism industry which has been severely impacted. We sell items that are somewhat "discretionary" so our sales have been very impacted by the economic recession.
Help: Check out our website and social media platforms and get a 15% military discount on any of our online products.
Aladdin Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. Newbury Park, CA (Other)
Wayne Beck ('22 parent) AladdinAC.com  
Status: Air Conditioning and Heating residential service business - Limited Hours
Business Impact: Business has dropped off 75% due to customer do not want a home service provider in there home.
Help: Aladdin is listed as an "Essential Service" provider and is fully operational to take care of your family's needs. I wish to assure our clients that Aladdin is committed to the safety and wellness of those we serve and our team members. The covid-19 precautions Aladdin has in place are, (protective equipment including face masks, rubber gloves, shoe covers, hands washed with sanitizer before and after entering a location, and social distancing).
Cottonwood Clothing Reedley, CA (Retail Store)
Emma Cuevas ('23 parent) shopsettings.com Facebook
Status: Carry Out/Curbside Pick Up, Online Shopping
Business Impact:
Help: Shop Online
Lost Friend Brewing Co Colorado Springs, CO (Brewery / Distillery)
Martin France '81 lostfriendbrewing.com Facebook
Status: Delivery, Carry Out/Curbside Pick Up, Online Shopping, Limited Hours
Business Impact: Our brewery has been forced to close and we can only sell to drive up customers and by delivery. Our business is down considerably and we need support to continue operations and pay our current employees.
Help: Order beer delivery, purchase drive-by, or online. You can also buy gift certificates for future purchases.
Dart Wars Colorado Springs, CO (Other)
Dylan Newman '99 dartwars.biz Facebook
Status: Indoor Nerf Battle Arena - Online Gift Card Purchases
Business Impact: Due to State guudance, we have had to TEMPORARILY close our doors.
Help: They can book parties for later in the year, they can also purchase gift cards online at our website www.dartwars.biz
Christian Brothers Automotive (Woodmen) Colorado Springs, CO (Other)
Michael Tyler '99 cbac.com Facebook
Status: Automotive - Delivery, Carry Out/Curbside Pick Up, Limited Hours
Business Impact: We are still able to operate our business normal hours M-F 7AM-6PM. However, we are being extremely cautious as to how much contact our staff and customers have with each other. Offering more pick-up/drop-off options as well as our 24/7 drop box.
Help: We need more disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer to keep our staff and customers safe from any potential spread of germs etc. Spread the word that our shop is still open, ready to fix and keep everyone's vehicles in working shape during this unsure time.
Pleasant Valley Vacation Rental Colorado Springs, CO (Rental Property / Air BnB)
Jamie Gibbs '08 booking.iamhoste.com Facebook
Status: Open and Fully Operational
Business Impact: Many cancellations starting in early February through summer.
Help: Colorado has restricted travel right now, but you can follow our Facebook page for later, or perhaps someone in Colorado Springs could use a staycation. The large fenced in backyard is good for social distancing.
Blanchard Family Wines Denver, CO (Brewery / Distillery)
James Blanchard '98 bfwdenver.com Facebook
Status: Delivery, Carry Out/Curbside Pick Up, Online Shopping, Online Gift Card Purchases, Limited Hours
Business Impact: Governor and Mayor has forced shutdown of bars and restaurants. We have been restricted to online, deliver, and to-go orders. We have laid off most of our staff and revenue is down 90%.
Help: People can order wine or gift cards on-line, join our online wine tasting classes, or people in the Denver area can come by and purchase to-go or local delivery items.
Coal Creek Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center Lafayette, CO (Other)
Curt Hayes '99 coalcreekoms.com Facebook
Status: Oral Surgery - Limited Hours
Business Impact: Government mandated closure besides emergencies, interrupted supply chain for personal protective equipment.
Help: Have your kids wisdom teeth removed here, get a dental implant, send more N95 masks.
Left Hand Brewing Company Longmont, CO (Brewery / Distillery)
Eric Wallace '84 lefthandbrewing.com Facebook
Status: Delivery, Carry Out/Curbside Pick Up, Online Shopping, Online Gift Card Purchases, Limited Hours
Business Impact: Business cut by half. Tasting room is pick up and delivery only. All of our folks are working reduced hours, getting paid a reduced rate or furloughed.
Help: Buy Left Hand in your local stores! Follow our stream for a Cause concerts through the LHBFoundation website, raising money for folks in the hospitality business who are impacted by the closing of bars and restaurants. Wash your hands, don't touch your face and keep your distance.
Glover Family Medicine Monument, CO (Other)
Jamie (Dahlgren) Glover '95 gloverfamilymedicine.com Facebook
Status: Family Medicine Clinic (healthcare) - Open and Fully Operational
Business Impact: I have a unique Direct Primary Care type of family medicine clinic. My main patient population is comprised of citizens who are self-employed (massage therapists, realtors, etc) or work for small businesses or small non-profits. Small businesses and small non-profits usually do not/cannot provide medical insurance to these patients. Many of my patients are un- or under-insured. Some make only a few thousand dollars per year too much for Medicaid. Many of my other patients who are lucky enough to have insurance have very high deductible insurance with deductibles over $7000 or have a health share in lieu of insurance. Individual medical insurance is just too expensive for them. My clinic is a safety net for these types of patients. To be tranparent, we do also have some patients who have good insurance (such as Tricare Select).
Help: We started a new account on March 20 called the Helping Hands Fund. I promised my patients I would not abandon them during this time. However, I also have a staff to pay. Some of my patients cannot afford their medical services due to job loss, spousal job loss, or being shut down by an executive order. Starting in early to mid-March, we decided to serve them anyway for the next 12-18 months, even when they can't pay. We have been using this small fund to cover their in-house medical services when they can't, such as wholesale lab bills, medications from my wholesale pharmacy, medical visits, in-office procedures, etc. We ask them to pay what they can, and then we still provide the rest of the service. So far, myself, my parents, sisters, a couple of friends, and three patients have donated a little to this fund. Just today I sent out a mass email to some of my patients hoping a few might have capacity and be willing to donate to these brothers and sisters in our local community. This fund does not have official charity status at this time. It is a separate account. Donations can be made to Glover Family Medicine with "Helping Hands Fund" in the memo line and sent to Glover Family Medicine, 1840 Deer Creek Rd, Suite 101, Monument CO 80132. We can also accept donations by ACH or cash. We will provide a receipt and a heartfelt thank you. We have already used this fund for six patients. They have cried tears of gratitude and given us spontaneous promises that they will pay-it-forward when they can. Also, if there is anyone out there with professional expertise who could donate their services in advising me or helping me make this into an official charity, I would be so appreciative.
West Main Taproom + Grill Parker, CO (Restaurant)
Jeff Briere '89 westmaintaproom.com  
Status: Carry Out/Curbside Pick Up
Business Impact: Built a world class restaurant from the ground up. Features 54 Colorado craft beers on tap, premium wines and spirits, along with the freshest locally sourced ingredients prepared from scratch by our culinary master. Was only open 5 weeks before Governor closed restaurants due to COVID 19. We had 81 employees and now have 2 to answer phones and take your orders and 2 to cook your meals.
Help: "We are open for curbside pickup and takeout. Also offering takeout beer and wine and family portion meals. Open daily from 11am to 8pm. Call 720-826-3689. Place an order. Enjoy a fabulous meal. Support a local AFA graduate owned business."
Blue River Vision Silverthorne, CO (Other)
Jessica Hegewald ('20 parent) bluerivervision.com Facebook
Status: Optometry / Medical - Delivery, Carry Out/Curbside Pick Up, Online Shopping, Limited Hours
Business Impact: In order to halt the spread of COVID-19, Summit County, Colorado has ordered all businesses such as ours to close except to emergency eye care cases. This is hard hit to our new business (less than two years old) and means we have had to cancel or defer nearly all patient exams resulting in a complete loss of income while we are still trying to support our employees without laying them off.
Help: We can still fulfill contacts and glasses prescriptions and our family practice can still meet or beat the prices of 1-800 contacts - and we can have them shipped directly to you. This keeps it local and helps a small business in the community. Reach out to us at www.bluerivervision.com or 970-368-6539 and we would love to take care of your eye care needs. And while not an USAFA grad myself like our 2020-er son, I'm happy to serve the Colorado Air National Guard as Chief of Optometry for the 140 Medical Group at Buckley AFB. Thanks! Maj. Jessica Hegewald, OD.
Phoenix Phenomena LLC Dover, DE (Other)
Gail Mader '96 Website Facebook
Status: Massage Therapy/Personal Training/Energy Healing - Limited Hours
Business Impact: Because I am in close personal contact with people, my ability to service client is severely limited, depending on their health conditions. I am married to an airline pilot, which has caused some of my clients to reschedule.
Help: None at this time. I simply wanted to put my new business into the upcoming directory. I am creating new ways to do personal training virtually. I can do distance energy healing as well. These were the smaller components of my business, but they are becoming center stage due to COVID-19.
Medical Screening Solutions, Inc. Eustis, FL (Other)
Kristan Zenishek '07 medicalscreeningsolutions.com  
Status: Blood Pressure Health Station Provider - Limited Hours
Business Impact: We are unable to sell/lease, service, maintain, and fulfill data collection requirements for customers. While we can field phone calls and questions, we are unable to full carry out the services valued partners in health have paid for.
Help: Our health stations are capable of remotely collecting data - however we would need to set up a server and someone familiar with DOS operating systems to connect all the information.
OrangeTheory Fitness-Largo, FL Largo, FL (Fitness Studio / Gym)
Kurt Spranger '87 OrangeTheoryFitness.com  
Status: Limited Hours
Business Impact: Closed until further notice.
Help: Any information on Federal/State aid.
Palm Shores Bistro Melbourne, FL (Restaurant)
Jeffrey Kaplan ('22 parent) palmshoresbistro.com Facebook
Status: Delivery, Carry Out/Curbside Pick Up, Limited Hours
Business Impact: Restaurant has closed and limited to delivery/take out only. Down 80% of sales while fixed expenses aren’t reduced.
Help: Social Media support thru Facebook and Instagram can definitely help with exposure. Guest can also purchase gift cards for later use.
Growler USA Honolulu Honolulu, Hawaii (Restaurant)
Alfred Souza III ('20 parent) growlerusahonolulu.com Facebook
Status: Carry Out/Curbside Pick Up, Limited Hours
Business Impact: We have been closed down for regular business indefinitely. We are allowed take out business for food and growler fills only.
Help: Just spread the word that we are especially military friendly and have hosted all branches for special events in the past and hopefully in the future.
TidyTop Sandpoint, ID (Retail Store)
Stephen Kirby '69 www.TidyTop.com Facebook
Status: Online Shopping, Open and Fully Operational
Business Impact: Significantly dropped our business by 90%.
Help: Talk to their Medical Supply Stores about carrying TidyTop (wholesale discounts available).
Oak Tree Homes Wilton, IA (Other)
Dan Marine '96 oaktreehomesiowa.com Facebook
Status: Residential Remodelers and Passive House Builders - Open and Fully Operational
Business Impact: Delayed or cancelled 80% of developed projects and reducing new sales to almost zero.
Help: Encourage people to plan for projects now so we can start building as soon as it’s safe to do so.
Drop the H Brewing Company Pittsburg, KS (Restaurant)
Cathy McClain '82 droptheh.com Facebook
Status: Carry Out/Curbside Pick Up, Online Shopping, Online Gift Card Purchases, Limited Hours
Business Impact: We have suffered a 76% loss in revenue in the past two weeks. On March 25, our county government will force us to close our dine-in service. We will continue to provide curbside carry-out. On March 27, we will layoff 20 of our 25 employees.
Help: If there are any grads in the Pittsburg, KS- Joplin, MO area, we'd love for you to order curbside delivery of our pizza and beer. Yes, you can carry out beer! You can also order gift cards from our website.
Woodlawn Enterprises DBA Sport Clips Longmeadow, MA (Other)
Ian Coogan '89 sportsclips.com Facebook
Status: Hair Salon - Limited Hours
Business Impact: Business is closed until further notice.
Help:
Lakefront vacation cottage rental Richland, MI (Rental Property / Air BnB)
Barbara Huggett Walker '84 airbnb.com  
Status: Open and Fully Operational
Business Impact: Cancelled all reservations. Summer is my peak season and now I have nothing to help pay the mortgage.
Help: Spread the word and come for an amazing lakefront relaxing, water sport, crystal clear lake vacation. Mention USAFA for a 10% discount. The sunsets are mesmerising and last until nearly 10 pm in the summer!
Heart Rock Coffee Caledonia, MN (Other)
Jeffrey Babinski '94 heartrockcoffeeshop.com Facebook
Status: Coffee Roaster - Online Shopping, Limited Hours
Business Impact: Our wholesale customers (coffee shops, restaurants) have been primarily effected - most shut completely, or take-out only, which has reduced re-sale of our fresh-roasted coffee in their stores.
Help: Drink more coffee. We source specialty grade green beans and roast to order in small batches for optimum control and freshness. Consider ordering and donating coffee to you local first responders.
Mis Amigos Preschool Hopkins, MN (Other)
Dawn Uribe ('22 parent) misamigospreschool.com Facebook
Status: Preschool and Childcare - Limited Hours
Business Impact: We've lost 20% of our families and had to lay off employees. This will increase as more families lose their jobs or are forced to stay home.
Help: Spread the word that we are open. Share our facebook videos. :)
Michael's Cycles Prior Lake, MN (Retail Store)
Rick Knoll '65 michaelscycles-mn.com  
Status: Limited Hours
Business Impact: Social distancing concerns
Help: Buy bicycles. Biking remains a great way to maintain social distancing, get fresh air and great exercise.
Arctic Food Equipment Springfield, MO (Other)
Nathan McCartney '09 arcticfoodinc.com Facebook
Status: Restaurant service and equipment sales - Limited Hours
Business Impact: All of our customers have been forced to close their lobbies and go to carry out. Many are struggling and will likely not survive. Our clients are holding cash and not make purchases. Without full operations our sales have bottomed our as things aren't used or broken. Service and repair work are nearly non-existent as our customers have limited or no operations.
Help: We are fully qualified to sell to government agencies. Any grads in a purchasing position needing HVAC or food equipment can use a GTC to buy from us. Heritage rooms or DFACs as well as dorms and lodging have equipment we sell. We'd love to work with the CONUS bases. Additionally any people connected to food operations in Missouri, Oklahoma or Arkansas would be great connections. This includes breweries, farms/ranches, quick service or franchise operations.
Safeguard Promotional Products Clifton Park, NY (Other)
Sawyer Martin ('17 '20 parent) gosafeguard.com  
Status: Sell promotional apparel and hard goods - Online Shopping
Business Impact: Organizations and businesses have put off purchasing for the next few months.
Help: I sell to parents and parent clubs for the past few years. Sunshades for car windshields (sold at AOG store), clothing for squads, etc. I am a parent of a 2017 and a 2020. My wife and I are co-presidents of our parent club.
Triaxiom Security Charlotte, NC (Other)
Matthew Miller '09 triaxiomsecurity.com  
Status: Information Security Firm - Open and Fully Operational
Business Impact: Many scheduled projects have been postponed, which leads to a gap in revenue. We are blessed to have some scheduled projects still going, but the long term impacts are still to be determined.
Help: I am willing to help any other grad owned company in any way I can (PCI compliance, penetration testing, whatever they need).
Peters Agency Care Management, LLC Sallisaw, OK (Other)
Joe Peters '63 petersagency.com Facebook
Status: Home and Community Based Health Care - Open and Fully Operational
Business Impact: We send our employees out to take care of people in their homes. Some employees have resigned because they do not want the excessive exposure to disease in the current work environment; some of the people we care for do not want outside people coming into their homes.
Help: Promote the idea that health caregivers are hyper conscious of the threat and practice all available safety procedures. Beyond that, as one said, "I get up every morning with a knot in my gut, get ready, and go out and take care of my people." Semper Fi.
Kelly Lorenzen Art Windsor, PA (Retail Store)
Kelly Lorenzen ('22 parent) kelly-lorenzen.pixels.com  
Status: Online Shopping
Business Impact: I was working with a local graphic designer to make prints for sale. Since Covid-19, I have been unable to do any business with him and therefore I cannot sell any prints. I have moved two paintings of the chapel to an online store and am hoping I am able to sell prints this way.
Help:
Oliver Pluff & Company Charleston, SC (Other)
Darren Hartford '89 oliverpluff.com Facebook
Status: Online retail and wholesale packaging - Online Shopping
Business Impact: I have lost 90% of my business as wholesale customers close or drastically reduce their businesses. I am going to lay off or reduce my workforce by 75%.
Help: Visit oliverpluff.com and purchase via e-commerce. As your business recovers, consider adding Oliver Pluff teas and coffees to your retail stores.
Great Xcapes Travel Seymour, TN (Other)
Stella Rogers ('19 parent) greatxcapes.com Facebook
Status: Travel Agency - Open and Fully Operational
Business Impact: All travel came to a halt. I have cancelled many trips due to COVID-19 and have had no bookings for over a month.
Help: Booking future travel and purchasing travel insurance will ensure I remain in business and protects the clients investments as well should they need to make changes or cancel trip.
The Old Tascosa Brewing Company (dba The Rocking O.T.) Amarillo, TX (Other)
Matthew Welch '01 rockingOT.com Facebook
Status: Party and Event Venue - Limited Hours
Business Impact: We are closed until further notice; all bookings cancelled or to be determined, all booking deposits refunded.
Help: Just consider booking an event with us in the future if you're in Amarillo! Fellow graduates Neil Poppe and Ryan Garlow (both class of 2001) are co-owners. We are also looking to open a brewery here in the near future so stop in and see us if you're passing through!
Valeria Ristorante Italiano Boerne, TX (Restaurant)
Kristin Kuhn '87 valeriarestaurant.com Facebook
Status: Limited Hours
Business Impact: For almost two months, our restaurant limited to take out and delivery. Now that Texas has begun to open, we have in-restaurant dining again, but at 50% capacity.
Help: If you are in the San Antonio area, come out and enjoy our fine Italian food!
Paris Bloom Ft Worth, TX (Retail Store)
Joseph Cole '14 parisbloom.com Facebook
Status: Online Shopping
Business Impact: Sales are significantly reduced as shopping and buying dresses is not at the forefront of anybody's mind right now. In addition, we manufacture in the United States--right in Dallas, TX--and our newest Spring Collection may be significantly delayed with quarantines. That will affect existing purchase orders and customers who pre-ordered dresses for Spring and Easter.
Help: Online purchases if you or someone you know would love a dress. If that's not your thing, even a share to get our name out there to someone who may enjoy a classic beautiful dress! We're discounting orders for first time users using the code ParisBloom20 for $20 off your first order.
Palladion Signature Import Elkton, VA (Other)
Billy Starkey '92 palladion.us  
Status: Boutique Import Wholesale small family business - Limited Hours
Business Impact: All of my customers, logistics, and suppliers are all shut down due to Pandemic. Most catastrophic is the shutdown of entire customer base, restaurants and resorts.
Help: Private Loans and patronize a new online retailer that appears to be our only current outlet for our inventory, until our hotel, resort, and restaurant customers return to full operations.
C M ARNOLD LLC Herndon, VA (Rental Property / Air BnB)
Christian Arnold '17 abnb.me  
Status: Limited Hours
Business Impact: 100% cancellation of all near-term short-rental bookings.
Help: Advice on business loans. Spreading the word for our listing for future bookings.
K and S Cakes Leesburg, VA (Other)
Joseph Arico '97 kandscakes.com Facebook
Status: Licensed Made To Order Bakery - Delivery, Carry Out/Curbside Pick Up, Online Shopping, Open and Fully Operational
Business Impact: Approximately 50% reduction in business.
Help: Just pass the word.
BAER WINERY Woodinville, WA (Other)
Les Baer '64 baerwinery.com Facebook
Status: Winery - Carry Out/Curbside Pick Up, Online Shopping, Online Gift Card Purchases, Limited Hours
Business Impact: By Governor's direction, we have had to close our tasting room to all tastings and events. The tasting room produces a significant part of our income. We are limited to filling orders placed on our web site and contactless, curbside pickup for local customers.
Help: It is not very unique, but grads looking for a great bottle (or more) of wine should check out our web site. We are offering a 10% discount by entering the promo code USAFA.
Chris Vines Cheyenne, WY (Other)
Chris Vines '04 authorchrisvines.defendingjoy.com Facebook
Status: Author - Online Shopping
Business Impact: I've seen a drop in in sales and Kindle Unlimited reads even with a higher ad spend.
Help: Like or Share my Facebook page.

Does your business need help?

If you are a USAFA graduate or parent of a USAFA cadet business owner, contact us about our growing list of businesses needing support during this challenging time. We’ll soon be alerting the USAFA family about ways they can help fellow Zoomies.

By Class Year: Help USAFA Family Businesses

Joe Peters '63 Sallisaw, OK (Other)
Peters Agency Care Management, LLC petersagency.com Facebook
Status: Home and Community Based Health Care - Open and Fully Operational
Business Impact: We send our employees out to take care of people in their homes. Some employees have resigned because they do not want the excessive exposure to disease in the current work environment; some of the people we care for do not want outside people coming into their homes.
Help: Promote the idea that health caregivers are hyper conscious of the threat and practice all available safety procedures. Beyond that, as one said, "I get up every morning with a knot in my gut, get ready, and go out and take care of my people." Semper Fi.
Les Baer '64 Woodinville, WA (Other)
BAER WINERY baerwinery.com Facebook
Status: Winery - Carry Out/Curbside Pick Up, Online Shopping, Online Gift Card Purchases, Limited Hours
Business Impact: By Governor's direction, we have had to close our tasting room to all tastings and events. The tasting room produces a significant part of our income. We are limited to filling orders placed on our web site and contactless, curbside pickup for local customers.
Help: It is not very unique, but grads looking for a great bottle (or more) of wine should check out our web site. We are offering a 10% discount by entering the promo code USAFA.
Rick Knoll '65 Prior Lake, MN (Retail Store)
Michael's Cycles michaelscycles-mn.com  
Status: Limited Hours
Business Impact: Social distancing concerns
Help: Buy bicycles. Biking remains a great way to maintain social distancing, get fresh air and great exercise.
Stephen Kirby '69 Sandpoint, ID (Retail Store)
TidyTop www.TidyTop.com Facebook
Status: Online Shopping, Open and Fully Operational
Business Impact: Significantly dropped our business by 90%.
Help: Talk to their Medical Supply Stores about carrying TidyTop (wholesale discounts available).
Dennis Hugo '79 Fountain Hills, AZ (Retail Store)
Rocky Mountain Rafts rockymountainrafts.com Facebook
Status: Online Shopping, Open and Fully Operational
Business Impact: We are part of the travel and tourism industry which has been severely impacted. We sell items that are somewhat "discretionary" so our sales have been very impacted by the economic recession.
Help: Check out our website and social media platforms and get a 15% military discount on any of our online products.
Martin France '81 Colorado Springs, CO (Brewery / Distillery)
Lost Friend Brewing Co lostfriendbrewing.com Facebook
Status: Delivery, Carry Out/Curbside Pick Up, Online Shopping, Limited Hours
Business Impact: Our brewery has been forced to close and we can only sell to drive up customers and by delivery. Our business is down considerably and we need support to continue operations and pay our current employees.
Help: Order beer delivery, purchase drive-by, or online. You can also buy gift certificates for future purchases.
Cathy McClain '82 Pittsburg, KS (Restaurant)
Drop the H Brewing Company droptheh.com Facebook
Status: Carry Out/Curbside Pick Up, Online Shopping, Online Gift Card Purchases, Limited Hours
Business Impact: We have suffered a 76% loss in revenue in the past two weeks. On March 25, our county government will force us to close our dine-in service. We will continue to provide curbside carry-out. On March 27, we will layoff 20 of our 25 employees.
Help: If there are any grads in the Pittsburg, KS- Joplin, MO area, we'd love for you to order curbside delivery of our pizza and beer. Yes, you can carry out beer! You can also order gift cards from our website.
Barbara Huggett Walker '84 Richland, MI (Rental Property / Air BnB)
Lakefront vacation cottage rental airbnb.com  
Status: Open and Fully Operational
Business Impact: Cancelled all reservations. Summer is my peak season and now I have nothing to help pay the mortgage.
Help: Spread the word and come for an amazing lakefront relaxing, water sport, crystal clear lake vacation. Mention USAFA for a 10% discount. The sunsets are mesmerising and last until nearly 10 pm in the summer!
Eric Wallace '84 Longmont, CO (Brewery / Distillery)
Left Hand Brewing Company lefthandbrewing.com Facebook
Status: Delivery, Carry Out/Curbside Pick Up, Online Shopping, Online Gift Card Purchases, Limited Hours
Business Impact: Business cut by half. Tasting room is pick up and delivery only. All of our folks are working reduced hours, getting paid a reduced rate or furloughed.
Help: Buy Left Hand in your local stores! Follow our stream for a Cause concerts through the LHBFoundation website, raising money for folks in the hospitality business who are impacted by the closing of bars and restaurants. Wash your hands, don't touch your face and keep your distance.
Kristin Kuhn '87 Boerne, TX (Restaurant)
Valeria Ristorante Italiano valeriarestaurant.com Facebook
Status: Limited Hours
Business Impact: For almost two months, our restaurant limited to take out and delivery. Now that Texas has begun to open, we have in-restaurant dining again, but at 50% capacity.
Help: If you are in the San Antonio area, come out and enjoy our fine Italian food!
Kurt Spranger '87 Largo, FL (Fitness Studio / Gym)
OrangeTheory Fitness-Largo, FL OrangeTheoryFitness.com  
Status: Limited Hours
Business Impact: Closed until further notice.
Help: Any information on Federal/State aid.
Jeff Briere '89 Parker, CO (Restaurant)
West Main Taproom + Grill westmaintaproom.com  
Status: Carry Out/Curbside Pick Up
Business Impact: Built a world class restaurant from the ground up. Features 54 Colorado craft beers on tap, premium wines and spirits, along with the freshest locally sourced ingredients prepared from scratch by our culinary master. Was only open 5 weeks before Governor closed restaurants due to COVID 19. We had 81 employees and now have 2 to answer phones and take your orders and 2 to cook your meals.
Help: "We are open for curbside pickup and takeout. Also offering takeout beer and wine and family portion meals. Open daily from 11am to 8pm. Call 720-826-3689. Place an order. Enjoy a fabulous meal. Support a local AFA graduate owned business."
Ian Coogan '89 Longmeadow, MA (Other)
Woodlawn Enterprises DBA Sport Clips sportsclips.com Facebook
Status: Hair Salon - Limited Hours
Business Impact: Business is closed until further notice.
Help:
Darren Hartford '89 Charleston, SC (Other)
Oliver Pluff & Company oliverpluff.com Facebook
Status: Online retail and wholesale packaging - Online Shopping
Business Impact: I have lost 90% of my business as wholesale customers close or drastically reduce their businesses. I am going to lay off or reduce my workforce by 75%.
Help: Visit oliverpluff.com and purchase via e-commerce. As your business recovers, consider adding Oliver Pluff teas and coffees to your retail stores.
Billy Starkey '92 Elkton, VA (Other)
Palladion Signature Import palladion.us  
Status: Boutique Import Wholesale small family business - Limited Hours
Business Impact: All of my customers, logistics, and suppliers are all shut down due to Pandemic. Most catastrophic is the shutdown of entire customer base, restaurants and resorts.
Help: Private Loans and patronize a new online retailer that appears to be our only current outlet for our inventory, until our hotel, resort, and restaurant customers return to full operations.
Jeffrey Babinski '94 Caledonia, MN (Other)
Heart Rock Coffee heartrockcoffeeshop.com Facebook
Status: Coffee Roaster - Online Shopping, Limited Hours
Business Impact: Our wholesale customers (coffee shops, restaurants) have been primarily effected - most shut completely, or take-out only, which has reduced re-sale of our fresh-roasted coffee in their stores.
Help: Drink more coffee. We source specialty grade green beans and roast to order in small batches for optimum control and freshness. Consider ordering and donating coffee to you local first responders.
Jamie (Dahlgren) Glover '95 Monument, CO (Other)
Glover Family Medicine gloverfamilymedicine.com Facebook
Status: Family Medicine Clinic (healthcare) - Open and Fully Operational
Business Impact: I have a unique Direct Primary Care type of family medicine clinic. My main patient population is comprised of citizens who are self-employed (massage therapists, realtors, etc) or work for small businesses or small non-profits. Small businesses and small non-profits usually do not/cannot provide medical insurance to these patients. Many of my patients are un- or under-insured. Some make only a few thousand dollars per year too much for Medicaid. Many of my other patients who are lucky enough to have insurance have very high deductible insurance with deductibles over $7000 or have a health share in lieu of insurance. Individual medical insurance is just too expensive for them. My clinic is a safety net for these types of patients. To be tranparent, we do also have some patients who have good insurance (such as Tricare Select).
Help: We started a new account on March 20 called the Helping Hands Fund. I promised my patients I would not abandon them during this time. However, I also have a staff to pay. Some of my patients cannot afford their medical services due to job loss, spousal job loss, or being shut down by an executive order. Starting in early to mid-March, we decided to serve them anyway for the next 12-18 months, even when they can't pay. We have been using this small fund to cover their in-house medical services when they can't, such as wholesale lab bills, medications from my wholesale pharmacy, medical visits, in-office procedures, etc. We ask them to pay what they can, and then we still provide the rest of the service. So far, myself, my parents, sisters, a couple of friends, and three patients have donated a little to this fund. Just today I sent out a mass email to some of my patients hoping a few might have capacity and be willing to donate to these brothers and sisters in our local community. This fund does not have official charity status at this time. It is a separate account. Donations can be made to Glover Family Medicine with "Helping Hands Fund" in the memo line and sent to Glover Family Medicine, 1840 Deer Creek Rd, Suite 101, Monument CO 80132. We can also accept donations by ACH or cash. We will provide a receipt and a heartfelt thank you. We have already used this fund for six patients. They have cried tears of gratitude and given us spontaneous promises that they will pay-it-forward when they can. Also, if there is anyone out there with professional expertise who could donate their services in advising me or helping me make this into an official charity, I would be so appreciative.
Gail Mader '96 Dover, DE (Other)
Phoenix Phenomena LLC Website Facebook
Status: Massage Therapy/Personal Training/Energy Healing - Limited Hours
Business Impact: Because I am in close personal contact with people, my ability to service client is severely limited, depending on their health conditions. I am married to an airline pilot, which has caused some of my clients to reschedule.
Help: None at this time. I simply wanted to put my new business into the upcoming directory. I am creating new ways to do personal training virtually. I can do distance energy healing as well. These were the smaller components of my business, but they are becoming center stage due to COVID-19.
Dan Marine '96 Wilton, IA (Other)
Oak Tree Homes oaktreehomesiowa.com Facebook
Status: Residential Remodelers and Passive House Builders - Open and Fully Operational
Business Impact: Delayed or cancelled 80% of developed projects and reducing new sales to almost zero.
Help: Encourage people to plan for projects now so we can start building as soon as it’s safe to do so.
Joseph Arico '97 Leesburg, VA (Other)
K and S Cakes kandscakes.com Facebook
Status: Licensed Made To Order Bakery - Delivery, Carry Out/Curbside Pick Up, Online Shopping, Open and Fully Operational
Business Impact: Approximately 50% reduction in business.
Help: Just pass the word.
James Blanchard '98 Denver, CO (Brewery / Distillery)
Blanchard Family Wines bfwdenver.com Facebook
Status: Delivery, Carry Out/Curbside Pick Up, Online Shopping, Online Gift Card Purchases, Limited Hours
Business Impact: Governor and Mayor has forced shutdown of bars and restaurants. We have been restricted to online, deliver, and to-go orders. We have laid off most of our staff and revenue is down 90%.
Help: People can order wine or gift cards on-line, join our online wine tasting classes, or people in the Denver area can come by and purchase to-go or local delivery items.
Curt Hayes '99 Lafayette, CO (Other)
Coal Creek Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center coalcreekoms.com Facebook
Status: Oral Surgery - Limited Hours
Business Impact: Government mandated closure besides emergencies, interrupted supply chain for personal protective equipment.
Help: Have your kids wisdom teeth removed here, get a dental implant, send more N95 masks.
Dylan Newman '99 Colorado Springs, CO (Other)
Dart Wars dartwars.biz Facebook
Status: Indoor Nerf Battle Arena - Online Gift Card Purchases
Business Impact: Due to State guudance, we have had to TEMPORARILY close our doors.
Help: They can book parties for later in the year, they can also purchase gift cards online at our website www.dartwars.biz
Michael Tyler '99 Colorado Springs, CO (Other)
Christian Brothers Automotive (Woodmen) cbac.com Facebook
Status: Automotive - Delivery, Carry Out/Curbside Pick Up, Limited Hours
Business Impact: We are still able to operate our business normal hours M-F 7AM-6PM. However, we are being extremely cautious as to how much contact our staff and customers have with each other. Offering more pick-up/drop-off options as well as our 24/7 drop box.
Help: We need more disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer to keep our staff and customers safe from any potential spread of germs etc. Spread the word that our shop is still open, ready to fix and keep everyone's vehicles in working shape during this unsure time.
Matthew Welch '01 Amarillo, TX (Other)
The Old Tascosa Brewing Company (dba The Rocking O.T.) rockingOT.com Facebook
Status: Party and Event Venue - Limited Hours
Business Impact: We are closed until further notice; all bookings cancelled or to be determined, all booking deposits refunded.
Help: Just consider booking an event with us in the future if you're in Amarillo! Fellow graduates Neil Poppe and Ryan Garlow (both class of 2001) are co-owners. We are also looking to open a brewery here in the near future so stop in and see us if you're passing through!
Chris Vines '04 Cheyenne, WY (Other)
Chris Vines authorchrisvines.defendingjoy.com Facebook
Status: Author - Online Shopping
Business Impact: I've seen a drop in in sales and Kindle Unlimited reads even with a higher ad spend.
Help: Like or Share my Facebook page.
Kristan Zenishek '07 Eustis, FL (Other)
Medical Screening Solutions, Inc. medicalscreeningsolutions.com  
Status: Blood Pressure Health Station Provider - Limited Hours
Business Impact: We are unable to sell/lease, service, maintain, and fulfill data collection requirements for customers. While we can field phone calls and questions, we are unable to full carry out the services valued partners in health have paid for.
Help: Our health stations are capable of remotely collecting data - however we would need to set up a server and someone familiar with DOS operating systems to connect all the information.
Jamie Gibbs '08 Colorado Springs, CO (Rental Property / Air BnB)
Pleasant Valley Vacation Rental booking.iamhoste.com Facebook
Status: Open and Fully Operational
Business Impact: Many cancellations starting in early February through summer.
Help: Colorado has restricted travel right now, but you can follow our Facebook page for later, or perhaps someone in Colorado Springs could use a staycation. The large fenced in backyard is good for social distancing.
Nathan McCartney '09 Springfield, MO (Other)
Arctic Food Equipment arcticfoodinc.com Facebook
Status: Restaurant service and equipment sales - Limited Hours
Business Impact: All of our customers have been forced to close their lobbies and go to carry out. Many are struggling and will likely not survive. Our clients are holding cash and not make purchases. Without full operations our sales have bottomed our as things aren't used or broken. Service and repair work are nearly non-existent as our customers have limited or no operations.
Help: We are fully qualified to sell to government agencies. Any grads in a purchasing position needing HVAC or food equipment can use a GTC to buy from us. Heritage rooms or DFACs as well as dorms and lodging have equipment we sell. We'd love to work with the CONUS bases. Additionally any people connected to food operations in Missouri, Oklahoma or Arkansas would be great connections. This includes breweries, farms/ranches, quick service or franchise operations.
Matthew Miller '09 Charlotte, NC (Other)
Triaxiom Security triaxiomsecurity.com  
Status: Information Security Firm - Open and Fully Operational
Business Impact: Many scheduled projects have been postponed, which leads to a gap in revenue. We are blessed to have some scheduled projects still going, but the long term impacts are still to be determined.
Help: I am willing to help any other grad owned company in any way I can (PCI compliance, penetration testing, whatever they need).
Joseph Cole '14 Ft Worth, TX (Retail Store)
Paris Bloom parisbloom.com Facebook
Status: Online Shopping
Business Impact: Sales are significantly reduced as shopping and buying dresses is not at the forefront of anybody's mind right now. In addition, we manufacture in the United States--right in Dallas, TX--and our newest Spring Collection may be significantly delayed with quarantines. That will affect existing purchase orders and customers who pre-ordered dresses for Spring and Easter.
Help: Online purchases if you or someone you know would love a dress. If that's not your thing, even a share to get our name out there to someone who may enjoy a classic beautiful dress! We're discounting orders for first time users using the code ParisBloom20 for $20 off your first order.
Christian Arnold '17 Herndon, VA (Rental Property / Air BnB)
C M ARNOLD LLC abnb.me  
Status: Limited Hours
Business Impact: 100% cancellation of all near-term short-rental bookings.
Help: Advice on business loans. Spreading the word for our listing for future bookings.
Sawyer Martin ('17 '20 parent) Clifton Park, NY (Other)
Safeguard Promotional Products gosafeguard.com  
Status: Sell promotional apparel and hard goods - Online Shopping
Business Impact: Organizations and businesses have put off purchasing for the next few months.
Help: I sell to parents and parent clubs for the past few years. Sunshades for car windshields (sold at AOG store), clothing for squads, etc. I am a parent of a 2017 and a 2020. My wife and I are co-presidents of our parent club.
Stella Rogers ('19 parent) Seymour, TN (Other)
Great Xcapes Travel greatxcapes.com Facebook
Status: Travel Agency - Open and Fully Operational
Business Impact: All travel came to a halt. I have cancelled many trips due to COVID-19 and have had no bookings for over a month.
Help: Booking future travel and purchasing travel insurance will ensure I remain in business and protects the clients investments as well should they need to make changes or cancel trip.
Jessica Hegewald ('20 parent) Silverthorne, CO (Other)
Blue River Vision bluerivervision.com Facebook
Status: Optometry / Medical - Delivery, Carry Out/Curbside Pick Up, Online Shopping, Limited Hours
Business Impact: In order to halt the spread of COVID-19, Summit County, Colorado has ordered all businesses such as ours to close except to emergency eye care cases. This is hard hit to our new business (less than two years old) and means we have had to cancel or defer nearly all patient exams resulting in a complete loss of income while we are still trying to support our employees without laying them off.
Help: We can still fulfill contacts and glasses prescriptions and our family practice can still meet or beat the prices of 1-800 contacts - and we can have them shipped directly to you. This keeps it local and helps a small business in the community. Reach out to us at www.bluerivervision.com or 970-368-6539 and we would love to take care of your eye care needs. And while not an USAFA grad myself like our 2020-er son, I'm happy to serve the Colorado Air National Guard as Chief of Optometry for the 140 Medical Group at Buckley AFB. Thanks! Maj. Jessica Hegewald, OD.
Sawyer Martin ('20 '17 parent) Clifton Park, NY (Other)
Safeguard Promotional Products gosafeguard.com  
Status: Sell promotional apparel and hard goods - Online Shopping
Business Impact: Organizations and businesses have put off purchasing for the next few months.
Help: I sell to parents and parent clubs for the past few years. Sunshades for car windshields (sold at AOG store), clothing for squads, etc. I am a parent of a 2017 and a 2020. My wife and I are co-presidents of our parent club.
Alfred Souza III ('20 parent) Honolulu, Hawaii (Restaurant)
Growler USA Honolulu growlerusahonolulu.com Facebook
Status: Carry Out/Curbside Pick Up, Limited Hours
Business Impact: We have been closed down for regular business indefinitely. We are allowed take out business for food and growler fills only.
Help: Just spread the word that we are especially military friendly and have hosted all branches for special events in the past and hopefully in the future.
Wayne Beck ('22 parent) Newbury Park, CA (Other)
Aladdin Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. AladdinAC.com  
Status: Air Conditioning and Heating residential service business - Limited Hours
Business Impact: Business has dropped off 75% due to customer do not want a home service provider in there home.
Help: Aladdin is listed as an "Essential Service" provider and is fully operational to take care of your family's needs. I wish to assure our clients that Aladdin is committed to the safety and wellness of those we serve and our team members. The covid-19 precautions Aladdin has in place are, (protective equipment including face masks, rubber gloves, shoe covers, hands washed with sanitizer before and after entering a location, and social distancing).
Jeffrey Kaplan ('22 parent) Melbourne, FL (Restaurant)
Palm Shores Bistro palmshoresbistro.com Facebook
Status: Delivery, Carry Out/Curbside Pick Up, Limited Hours
Business Impact: Restaurant has closed and limited to delivery/take out only. Down 80% of sales while fixed expenses aren’t reduced.
Help: Social Media support thru Facebook and Instagram can definitely help with exposure. Guest can also purchase gift cards for later use.
Kelly Lorenzen ('22 parent) Windsor, PA (Retail Store)
Kelly Lorenzen Art kelly-lorenzen.pixels.com  
Status: Online Shopping
Business Impact: I was working with a local graphic designer to make prints for sale. Since Covid-19, I have been unable to do any business with him and therefore I cannot sell any prints. I have moved two paintings of the chapel to an online store and am hoping I am able to sell prints this way.
Help:
Dawn Uribe ('22 parent) Hopkins, MN (Other)
Mis Amigos Preschool misamigospreschool.com Facebook
Status: Preschool and Childcare - Limited Hours
Business Impact: We've lost 20% of our families and had to lay off employees. This will increase as more families lose their jobs or are forced to stay home.
Help: Spread the word that we are open. Share our facebook videos. :)
Emma Cuevas ('23 parent) Reedley, CA (Retail Store)
Cottonwood Clothing shopsettings.com Facebook
Status: Carry Out/Curbside Pick Up, Online Shopping
Business Impact:
Help: Shop Online
Teresa Downing ('23 parent) Springville, AL (Retail Store)
GO-KOT campingcot.com Facebook
Status: Online Shopping
Business Impact: We have been unable to function at full capacity and our supply chain has been interrupted. We lost our largest customer as they have cancelled all mission trips for 2020. Additionally, our export orders are all delayed indefinitely.
Help: Visit our site and consider us when purchasing camping gear. We offer military and first responder discounts using GovXID.
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Colorado Springs North Air Force Acacdemy Colorado Springs, CO (Other)
Katie Borrego (True Blue) marriott.com  
Status: Hotel - Open and Fully Operational
Business Impact:
Help:
Drury Inn and Suites Colorado Springs, CO (Other)
Rebekah Bryant (True Blue) druryhotels.com Facebook
Status: Hotel - Open and Fully Operational
Business Impact: We have seen hotel occupancy plummet due to the restrictions in travel and the shelter-in-place orders.
Help: Yes! We are open now! Allow us to host you or your guests when the restrictions have been removed. We can host your friends, families, wedding blocks, reunions at the hotel. We also have meeting space and can host smaller conferences or meetings!
Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano Colorado Springs, CO (Restaurant)
Amy Goddard (True Blue) biaggis.com Facebook
Status: Delivery, Carry Out/Curbside Pick Up, Limited Hours
Business Impact: Having to close our dining room and being limited to curbside pick-up and delivery has significantly decreased our revenue ... and also forced us to furlough a majority of our hourly staff.
Help: Place orders for curbside pick-up or delivery through our website. Orders placed through 3rd party restaurant delivery services take a large percentage for their commission.
Hydro Clean Carpet Cleaning Colorado Springs, CO (Other)
Brandon Kirk (True Blue) hydrocleaninc.com Facebook
Status: Carpet Cleaning Company - Delivery
Business Impact: We have laid of half of our staff and are having major cash-flow issues trying to stay in business.
Help: We can clean commercial and residential carpet and upholstery. We can clean in offices and buildings that are empty now due to the virus without any impact on operations. We just need work to keep our remaining staff busy until this crisis is over.
Are We There Yet Travel Colorado Springs, CO (Other)
Mariano Nandin (True Blue) AreWeThereYetCO.com  
Status: Online Travel Agency - Online Shopping, Open and Fully Operational
Business Impact: Quite a bit as travel has been limited for the near future but after the crisis is over, travel will explode!
Help: Yes, signing up for our VORTEX free discount travel service by completing the short profile at AreWeThereYetCO.com and booking their upcoming travel needs in the near future or over the next year.
Colorado Springs Airport Colorado Springs, CO (Other)
Dana Schield (True Blue) flycos.com Facebook
Status: Airport - Open and Fully Operational
Business Impact: The Colorado Springs Airport is still open and operational, however air service has been impacted, as well as food and retail services. Flight schedules have been amended and some airport services have temporarily closed or reduced hours of operation.
Help: At this time, only essential travel is recommended, however, the Colorado Springs Airport is a community economic driver. once non-essential domestic travel returns, COS will need the support of the community. That will mean utilizing COS for your future travel.
Jimmy Johns Colorado Springs, CO (Restaurant)
Austin Toupin (True Blue) jimmyjohns.com  
Status: Delivery, Carry Out/Curbside Pick Up, Open and Fully Operational
Business Impact: Decreased our business in all aspects. Catering, delivery, pick-up and inshop.
Help: Come order food!