For years Reed Silberman chased money on Wall Street. He was successful, but not happy. One day he packed his bags and moved to Colorado to chase a dream of becoming a professional snowboarder. After 10 years of making a living as a snowboarder and snowboarding coach, he moved into his van and bought his first piece of printing equipment.
He had an idea to create a business in the printing industry that he said had never been done — a one-stop stop of artists and printing while simultaneously building a life-style brand around his company, Ink Monstr.
Mark Cuban from Shark Tank, Reed Silberman the CEO and founder of Ink Monstr and Cabinet member Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration.
That was 13 years ago. Silberman moved out of the van within a year and into an apartment, then a warehouse in RiNo and now has a 10,000-square-foot state of the art facility in Denver’s Sun Valley neighborhood.
Today he was named the U.S. Small Business Association’s Colorado Small Business Person of the Year.
Silberman, founder and CEO of Ink Monstr, will attend a ceremony in Washington D.C. where all 50 state winners and winners from the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands will be honored in May. At the event, SBA will name the National Small Business Person of the Year.
Denver is a leading city for small business and entrepreneurs, Silberman said.
“There is a ton of creative people around here,” he said. “To be recognized as not just a business leaders but Small Business Person of the Year is an honor.”