Category: Chronicling Corona


This year marks our 10 year anniversary. A pulse of excitement and innovation inspired us to celebrate in a way you won’t expect. It’s our unique thank you to past and current clients for their infinite support.

Are you curious? There will be friends. There will be food and drink. And certainly, there will be great networking with a community of like-minded private, public, and nonprofit professionals.

But what about entertainment?

This thought sparked a bright idea.

As part of our celebration, we’ve joined Curious Theatre Company in a fundraising effort to support exciting, modern theatre. In a short original play about Corona Research written and performed by Curious Theatre Company’s professional actors and artistic team, we’ll unmask what really happens behind the walls of Denver’s think tank for decision makers. These are the never-before-seen moments that have transformed a one-man operation into Denver’s 2009 Small Business of the Year.

It’ll be fun…and you’ll never guess the ending.

All are welcome! So bring spouses, friends, coworkers, and anyone else who likes original theater to this one-time event!

Where: Curious Theatre Company, 1080 Acoma Street, Denver, CO 80204
When: October 6, 2009 – 5:30pm to 8pm
Cost: $25 per ticket. All proceeds will benefit the Curious Theatre Company, a local nonprofit.*

RSVP for tickets [edit: ticket sales now closed]

*Curious Theatre Company is a local nonprofit theatre. Corona commissioned the theatre to write and produce the play and Corona is directly covering all costs associated with the play.  All net revenues from ticket sales go directly to the theatre company. The price of the ticket is partially tax deductible.

Congrats on 10 years!

Yesterday we celebrated our President’s, and firm founder’s, 10 year anniversary with the firm.  (Yes, the firm just had its 10 year anniversary as well.)

While it was a couple of weeks late, we were actually able to surprise him with a celebration (which is uncommon with our birthday “surprises” anymore).

It was a fun lunchtime of looking back, looking forward, and playing “name that email” (had to be there – suffice it to say that Kevin’s creative side is expressed in his inter-office email as well as his wardrobe).

So, congrats to Kevin on a successful 10 years at Corona and best wishes on the next 10.

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Top Picture: Staff dressing like the boss with their colorful socks.  Kevin is the orange one.

Bottom Picture: Kevin and the Corona staff.

Welcome Corona interns

We would like to welcome our summer interns who have already been hard at work here at Corona…

Grant Patrick – Holds an MBA from UC-Denver and a BS in Agribusiness/Golf Management from Arizona State.  Grant worked as a golf pro for two years and a transfer specialist (finance) for a year.

Taj Almutkassi –  Holds an MBA (marketing track) from UC-Denver and a BS in Business from the University of Khartoum (Sudan).  He’s currently working on a Master’s in International Business, expected graduation in May 2010.  He brings more than 10 years of experience in finance, marketing, customer service, and management.

Michelle Bakke – Currently pursuing a bachelor’s in business (marketing) from CSU and will graduate in December.  She brings experience from two previous marketing internships and she is active in many campus activities.

Brian Shepherd – Graduated very recently with a Master’s in Economics from DU, and has a bachelor’s in business and economics from the Virginia Military Institute.  He brings two years of experience in banking and one year of experience in the commercial real estate market. Brian also taught ESL (English as a Second Language) for two years.  Outside of work, he is an avid fisherman and has pictures to support (most of) his stories.

We are delighted to find candidates of this quality for our internship positions. They’ll be working this summer on several new initiatives here at Corona – stay tuned!

Small Business of the Year video

Back in April we were chosen as the Small Business of the Year by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce!  As part of that ceremony, a short video was created highlighting our firm along with those of the other finalists.  We wrote before that we would post it if we received a copy – and here it is!

Below is a short montage of our video along with other highlights from the luncheon.


Thank you again to all of our clients, partners, and staff!

Busy times…

Yes, we’ve been absent from our blog lately.  Sorry about that.

We’ve been off playing in the mountains, basking in the summer sun that has finally arrived.

Okay, we’ve actually been quite busy around here, but we promise to be back blogging shortly.

In the meantime, hope you’re getting out for your own summer adventures.

Organization brings data to dog bite discussions

Corona is pleased to share some recent research conducted on behalf of the Coalition for Living Safely with Dogs.  Corona was retained by the Animal Assistance Foundation to provide an analysis and report of data collected by the Coalition on dog bite incidents reported to animal control agencies in Colorado.  The Coalition released the report to the public in recognition of National Dog Bite Prevention Week (May 20-26).

This research effort is the first of its kind and represents a significant accomplishment in the effort to gather statewide, quantitative information about the circumstances in which dog bites occur, and characteristics of the dogs and victims involved.  We applaud the efforts of the Coalition in working to gather this data and bring accurate and unbiased information to decision makers.  (After all, that is our mission!)

Small Business of the Year!

We are proud to announce that Corona was chosen the Small Business of the Year by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce!

Thank you to all of our clients, partners, and employees – we couldn’t have done it without you!  This is an incredible way to conclude our first 10 years as a company and a true validation of our core values…

  • Maintain impeccable ethics;
  • Offer high quality and a great value for customers;
  • Keep the ultra-long-term in mind;
  • Be a good employer, and keep our workforce employed;
  • And, be a good corporate citizen.

We have very much enjoyed growing – and thriving – as a part of the Denver business community and eagerly look forward to our next 10 years.

Check out the news articles in the Denver Business Journal and Denver Post.  We hear there is video too – we’ll post it as soon as we track it down!

Recent news story on a Corona client

Corona  is always happy when our work leads to real results for our clients, and we are thrilled when we can share their success with others.

Last week, there was a Colorado Public Radio news segment on the Iliff School of Theology, a Corona client.  As a result of our research and strategic consulting services, the school has a new direction for degree and certificate programs. Initial return? The school’s inquiries are up 50% and applications for admission are up 20%.

Visit their microsite to see the full campaign, Question2Learn.