Small Business Spotlight: Jennings AV

"CEF's support relieved us from short-term, high-interest loans, enabling us to focus on gaining larger projects. CEF isn't solely about finances; it's about bolstering entrepreneurs and overcoming challenges."
– Barry E. Jennings, Owner
Wheat Ridge, CO | Start-Up Tech Services Business
Owner: Barry E. Jennings

Q&A with Owner, Barry E. Jennings

Give a high level overview of your business. What products or services you offer, where you're located, etc.
Jennings AV is the ultimate destination for top-tier audio, video, lighting, and security systems in Denver and surrounding areas. Since 2019 we’ve been catapulting living and working spaces into the future with a range of cutting- edge offerings: immersive audio experiences, top-tier video displays, customizable lighting solutions, and remote access – we've got every angle covered. When you choose Jennings AV, you're selecting expert design, seamless installation, precise system calibration, and unwavering support. Whether you're transforming your living room into a cinematic haven or future-proofing your commercial space for hybrid work models, call Jennings AV to elevate your space.

What inspired you to step into the world of small business?
Jennings AV emerged from blending aspirations, expertise, and ownership. Transforming my know-how into a successful business, offering futuristic tech and creative freedom with top-notch service, is my true calling and mission.

What neighborhood is your business located in and what do you love about that location?
We design custom AV and security systems for clients in Boulder, Castle Pines, and Cherry Creek. Our smart tech elevates indoor and outdoor spaces and our security systems provide 24/7 access and peace of mind.

What led your business to seek out new/additional funding?
The Colorado Enterprise Fund has championed Jennings AV's growth. Their support relieved us from short-term, high-interest loans, enabling us to focus on gaining larger projects. CEF isn't solely about finances; it's about bolstering entrepreneurs and overcoming challenges.

What was your experience like when trying to get funding for your business? Ie, how long had you been looking? Did you experience difficulties, etc.?
Navigating capital funding is tough for small businesses. Jennings AV faces limited credit history and assets, posing challenges for traditional loan approval. The intricate process, criteria, and documentation can be overwhelming, especially with time constraints.

What was your experience like in working with CEF?

CEF's small business funding transformed Jennings AV's financial journey. With collaborative support, we partnered with a dedicated ally invested in our growth. Thoughtful discussions, evaluations, and communication ensured funding aligned with our goals. CEF is determined to see the company thrive.

What were you able to do with the funding you received from CEF?
The funding from CEF enabled us to eliminate short-term high-interest loans that were hindering our access to essential capital for day-to-day operations.

What's on the horizon for you and your small business?
Having the necessary capital for day-to-day operations allows us to concentrate on securing bids to enhance an AV and paging system for a community recreation facility, as well as finalizing contracts with custom home builders.

What is something you're looking forward to in the next 3-6 months in your business?
Overcoming constraints, securing new clients, and earning referrals have been highlights for Jennings AV. From day one, we've excelled in complex installations and building trust. In the next 3-6 months we will continue to exceed expectations on every project.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
I have the coolest job in the world. What's not to love about crafting immersive home AV systems with state-of-the-art components? Or upgrading conference rooms to include monitors and speakers that instantly connect businesses locally and internationally? Jennings AV collaborates with clients and designers to enhance the space where clients connect, unwind, host gatherings, or set the stage for special occasions. We also provide the reassurance of remote video monitoring and security systems where no matter how far away the clients are, they are always close to home. (Even if they really use their security system to watch the family of deer wandering through their backyard.) Who doesn’t dream of a home theater that feels cinematic or like you’re in the stadium? Jennings AV installs and maintains custom technology with the goal of launching our client’s businesses into the future and creating an environment that makes their house feel like home.


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