Matt Shoup recently marked a top item off his bucket list.

Just last week, the 30-year-old Loveland resident and owner of M&E Painting dotted the final i’s on the last page of his first book: “Become an Award-Winning Company.”

And true to its title, the book outlines seven “simple” steps to becoming a successful entrepreneur who leverages awards to boost business and builds credibility in any community.

“People ask, ‘What’s the best return on investment?” Shoup said, sitting in a high-backed black chair in his north Loveland office. Dozens of framed awards touting M&E Painting as a customer-friendly business, top small workplace and one of America’s fastest-growing private companies dotted the tan walls behind him.

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