Entrepreneurship and the Brown Palace Hotel

November 08, 2012 |


Did you know that the Daniels College of Business offers a concentration in Innovation and Entrepreneurship?  Forbes has even ranked one of our classes as among the top ten most innovative business school courses! At Daniels, you are certain to meet classmates who are dedicated to founding their own businesses (and an ample number who are either in the process of doing so or who already have).  Just the other day, I ran into a Daniels friend who told me about the website and phone application that he is in the process of creating.

One of my favorite places in Denver is the Brown Palace Hotel, which was founded by an entrepreneur.  Here is an excerpt from the Brown’s historic archive:

 

A historic postcard of the exterior of the Brown Palace Hotel.

A historic postcard of the exterior of the Brown Palace Hotel.

“The story of the Brown Palace Hotel begins in a setting ripe for entrepreneurship.  It was the late 1800s in Denver, Colo., and people from all over the country were still flocking to the West, seeking their fortunes in gold and silver …

Henry Cordes Brown, a carpenter-turned-real-estate entrepreneur from Ohio, came to Denver in 1860 after a number of adventures in California, Peru, Nebraska, and St. Louis, Missouri … Brown made a name for himself by donating land for the State Capitol building, and by giving the first $1,000 for the founding of the city’s first library.  Henry Brown had made a fortune selling off the rest of his land on Capitol Hill and no expense was spared for his ‘Palace Hotel.'”

 

Henry Cordes Brown

Henry Cordes Brown

The Brown Palace is a wonderful place to “escape” right here in our very own city — and the hotel has University of Denver and Daniels College of Business connections.  During the University of Denver’s Mom’s & Grandmom’s Weekend, students and their families attend tea at the Brown; Marcel Pitton, the hotel’s Managing Director, has also hosted a Business Etiquette Dinner through the Daniels College of Business.

If you can, I would highly recommend experiencing the Brown’s afternoon tea during the month of December, when the lobby is adorned with an amazing 30′ chandelier.  You usually have to make December reservations in January of your desired year, so make sure to plan ahead!

The chandelier.

The chandelier.

The Brown Palace is a shining example of the power of entrepreneurship. Daniels is brimming with creative inspiration for your own ideas and will give you the tools you need to forge them into something tangible.  As our founder, Bill Daniels, once said:

“It has made millionaires out of paupers.  It has earned the Nobel Prize.  And by using it wisely, entrepreneurs have ended up running corporations.  I’m referring to believing in yourself and your ideas.  Taking a chance on your own merit and giving the world your best shot.  Somebody once said, ‘Observe the turtle, he progresses only with his neck out.’  I think the same holds true for us two-legged creatures.  If you’ve never taken a chance on yourself, at least think about it.  Unless you do, you may never know what you’re missing out on.  And neither will the rest of the world.”



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