This Larimer County small business success story captured by SBDC volunteers and fellow business owners Erin Bibeau, writer and Melissa English, photographer.
Orland Baker is hard at work in his shop on Commerce Drive in Fort Collins. He is working to fill an order from New Belgium Brewing Company for his custom-made beetle-kill wood bike racks to outfit New Belgium's 2010 employee bicycles. Orlando is far from his home base in Hawaii, where he started Carver's Surf Racks in 2003 to solve the issue of biking to the beach with a surfboard in tow. He has found success here in Fort Collins with his diversified business. He creates everything from his surf racks to bike trailers and tandem bikes, all with an artists eye and the skill of a welder and wood-worker. Orlando has brought a continued scope of creativity to his work and attributes this to his exposure to the arts growing up in Detroit. (Click on the picture to advance the story)