Longboard businesses gain popularity with Native American designs


December 4, 2013               
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Two Four Corners start-up businesses are getting international attention, and they haven’t even opened their doors.

Chief on a board the Ignacio Colorado startup company is hoping to break into the longboard business.

The company combines their Southern Ute culture with the growing demand for becoming active.

They hope their line longboards motivate people to get moving.

“We want to get a generation of kids off the couch playing video games to go outside and go enjoy some fresh air,” said Co-owner Diamond Morgan.

Their designs are inspired by their Native American background.

They hope to create a positive image of their culture.

“Some native Americans designs are misleading and therefore we want to capitalize on that we are still here we want to move forward,” said Anthony Porambo.

Chief on a board and another Farmington based company, Rincón brewery— just one a local competition at the Four Corners Startup Weekend.

“I think we have a good quality product I’m an award winning home brewer and everybody like my beer,” said Steve Haney of Rincon Brewery.

Now both teams will compete in worldwide competition online called the Global Startup Battle.

Even if the teams don’t win the global startup, they’ll both still get a boost.

They’ll get their own space like this one rent free at San Juan College for six months.

In order for the two teams to get to the second round, they have to get enough votes. To vote for the teams, head over to the Four Corners Economic Development page and a link is under the team’s pictures.

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