Hi, I am Heidi Ganahl, and I am one of Colorado’s most well-known entrepreneurs and community leaders.
My story is outlined by extraordinary adversity in my life. Beginning with the loss of my husband at the age of 27, then losing a million-dollar insurance settlement, I picked up my entrepreneurial spirit and channeled my leadership skills to help me get back up and ultimately become the “Top Dog” and founder of Camp Bow Wow, Fight Back Foundation, and my latest project: SheFactor.
I’ve been named one of Fortune magazine’s 10 Most Promising Entrepreneurs, and Parade magazine included me in their list of the top women entrepreneurs in the country. My love for dogs led me 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, I was named one of Fortune magazine’s 10 Most Promising Entrepreneurs and among the “Top Women Entrepreneurs in the Country” by Parade Magazine. In 2014, I sold the Camp Bow Wow brand for $100 million dollars to turn my attention to philanthropy, politics, and other endeavors.
One of my passions is to find ways to give back. In 2016, I was elected as a University of Colorado Regent, where I continue to serve, and on various other boards focused on entrepreneurship and education. I 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.
I am a sought-after public speaker and often speaks about my journey and my commitment to keeping the American dream alive and well for future generations. In 2015, I was invited to speak at Tedx Mile High: The Art of the Comeback.
I am the proud wife of Jason Ganahl, one of the top BBQ cooks in the country, and owner of GQUE BBQ restaurant near Boulder, Colorado. Together, we 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”