Heidi Ganahl is one of Colorado’s best-known entrepreneurs and community leaders.
She has done so with extraordinary adversity in her life. Beginning with the loss of her husband at the age of 27, then losing a million-dollar insurance settlement, Heidi’s entrepreneurial spirit and extraordinary leadership skills helped her get back up and ultimately inspired her to become the founder of Camp Bow Wow, Fight Back Foundation, and her latest project SheFactor.
Heidi has been named one of Fortune magazine’s 10 Most Promising Entrepreneurs, and Parade magazine included her in their list of the top women entrepreneurs in the country.
Heidi’s love for dogs led her to Camp Bow Wow, which was named to the Inc 500/5000 fastest growing company list five years in a row. As a result of Camp Bow Wow’s success, Heidi was named one of Fortune magazine’s 10 Most Promising Entrepreneurs and among the “Top Women Entrepreneurs in the Country” by Parade Magazine. Heidi sold the Camp Bow Wow brand for $100 million dollars to turn her attention to philanthropy, politics, and other endeavors.
Heidi is passionate about giving back. In 2016, Heidi was just elected as a University of Colorado Regent, and continues to serve on various other boards focused on entrepreneurship and education. She founded the Fight Back Foundation to positively tackle the most pressing issues facing our kids today, and in 2019 launched SheFactor —Present Power, Future Fierce— a book, app, and national brand that will impact millions of women across the Union States.
Heidi is also a sought-after public speaker. She often speaks about her journey and her commitment to keeping the American dream alive and well for future generations. In 2015, she was invited to speak at Tedx Mile High: The Art of the Comeback.
Heidi is married to Jason Ganahl, one of the top BBQ cooks in the country, and owner of GQUE BBQ restaurant near Boulder, Colorado. They have four kids – Tori, Hollie, and twins Jack and Jenna!
2016 Colorado Brave Leader Award (Colorado Business Roundtable)
2014 Fortune Most Promising Women Entrepreneur
2009-2014 Inc 500/5000
2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Semi-Finalist
2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist
2007-2014 Entrepreneur Franchise 500
2010 WPO/AmEx Open – Top 50 Fastest Growing Women-Led Companies (#10)
2010 #39 in Inc Magazine “Top Consumer Product and Service Companies”
2009 Denver Business Journal’s Colorado Business Woman of the Year
2008 Stevie Award for Top Entrepreneur and for Top Company
2009 Top 50 Colorado Companies to Watch
2009 Colorado Biz “One of the Top 100 Woman Owned Companies”
2009 Entrepreneur Magazine “One of America’s Top 50 Fastest Growing Woman Led Companies”