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Tuesday, July 7
 

8:00am MDT

Book Club #1: Startup Communities
Book: Startup Communities
Author: Brad Feld
Website: https://www.startuprev.com/category/communities/

Join the "Book Guy" Brian Watson for a virtual book club and discussion! Bring your cup of Joe.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Moderators
avatar for Brian Watson

Brian Watson

Co-Founder, Proximity
Brian Watson is an entrepreneur, connector, and community developer. Brian has been starting and running businesses since he was 17 and believes that entrepreneurship is the greatest tool we have to positively impact our communities. His startup, Proximity, strives to help connect... Read More →

Tuesday July 7, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am MDT
Virtual

9:00am MDT

Podcast Ponderings - Distributed Work: questioning the traditional office-space
Theme:Distributed Work - Questioning the traditional office-space

Podcast # 1: Making Sense with Sam Harris / Episode 194 - The New Future Of Work (with Matt Mullenweg) (1hr 45 Minutes) (Longer, but definitely recommend this one)
Podcast # 2: Collaboration Superpowers Podcast / Episode 247 - The Ultimate List of Virtual Team Building Activities (17 Minutes) (Not the greatest radio voice, but some interesting ideas in here)
Podcast # 3: The Rework Podcast / Going Remote: Kids at Home (27 Minutes)

Take a listen to one or all and then join an interactive discussion about the theme. This session will be laid back and welcome to all, even if you didn't listen to a podcast. More to come!


All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Moderators
avatar for Sheamus Croke

Sheamus Croke

Engagement Lead, WSSW

Tuesday July 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am MDT
Virtual

9:00am MDT

Are You a Hybrid Professional? If you do more than one thing for work, then you likely are
Hybrid professionals are a hidden segment of the workforce. They are professionals who integrate professional identities together and that makes them unique, yet they are undervalued and underseen in the workforce because employers don't understand how their different identities fit together. This will be an interactive session with framing about hybrid professionals, and then two activities the audience can participate in to discover and learn about their own hybrid professional identity. By the end, the audience will have awareness about hybrids and at least two or three tools they can use to clearly articulate their hybridity to clients and employers. Learn more at www.morethanmytitle.com

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Speakers
avatar for Sarabeth Berk

Sarabeth Berk

Founder, More Than My Title
Dr. Sarabeth Berk is a hybrid professional who calls herself a Creative Disruptor. She blends her artist/researcher/educator/designer identities together to lead innovation strategy and systems design for organizations seeking to connect different stakeholders and silos together to... Read More →


Tuesday July 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am MDT
Virtual

10:00am MDT

An entrepreneur, ecosystem builder, and elected official walk into a bar…A conversation about the future of rural Colorado with Governor Jared Polis
Join a conversation with Governor Polis – an entrepreneur, ecosystem builder, and elected official – about the future of rural Colorado. 

Before Jared Polis became the 43rd Governor of Colorado, he was a successful entrepreneur who started and sold multiple companies. He’s one of the founders of Techstars (the platform bringing you Startup Weeks). He was also what we now call an “ecosystem builder” focusing on education, access to technology, and the intersection of the two. Now, he’s a politician charged with leading the State of Colorado. What’s his vision for rural Colorado? What does he see as the next steps for supporting entrepreneurship and startup communities in rural Colorado? As a past entrepreneur, what ideas does he have for rural growth and ecosystem building? Tune in to find out.

Moderated by Connie Baker, Head Distiller & Queen Bee of Marble Distilling in Carbondale, CO

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Moderators
CB

Connie Baker

Marble Distilling Inc

Speakers
GJ

Governor Jared Polis

State of Colorado


Tuesday July 7, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am MDT
Virtual

11:00am MDT

What the heck is EOS
Interactive presentation on how strengthening the 6 key components of your business will completely transform your business and allow you to provide tremendous value to your employees and customers.  I will also provide the EOS planning tool (VTO- Vison Traction Organizer) to everyone that attends.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Speakers
avatar for Bob McNutt

Bob McNutt

EOS Implementor, OpExNow Advisers, Inc.
EOS Implementation- I owned an IT company on the Western Slope that had 11 employees and revenue of 2 million. I self implemented EOS in my business and used it for 2 years. It really made a huge difference. After selling my IT company in 2018 I decided to help other companies... Read More →


Tuesday July 7, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
Virtual

12:00pm MDT

Opportunity Zones in rural Colorado
This presentation will be a fireside chat with Jason Blevins from the Colorado Sun interviewing Shawn Bertini from Four Points Funding (4PF). The two will unpack the Opportunity Zones, their impact on the West Slope so far and the important role they can play going forward.
The two will dig into OZ rules lightly before jumping into a discussion of multiple projects across the western slope that have garnered national recognition. They will identify key elements that attracted investment in each case and share general emerging trends on structuring OZ deals.
The application of Opportunity Zone incentives is accelerating in rural america. Despite some conflicting press, this bipartisan tax incentive will play an important role in rural america going forward. Please join in the fireside chat and open Q&A about the role this program will play in our area.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Speakers
avatar for Jason Blevins

Jason Blevins

The Colorado Sun
Jason Blevins has traversed Colorado's Western Slope for 25 years, writing about mountain businesses, characters and culture for The Denver Post and now The Colorado Sun. He lives in Eagle with his wife and two teenage daughters.
avatar for Shawn Bertini

Shawn Bertini

Partner, Four Points Funding


Tuesday July 7, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm MDT
Virtual

12:00pm MDT

How to Say “No” And Still Be Successful In Your Business
The goal of this session is to help entrepreneurs identify easy-to-apply ways to learn how to start saying "no" and still be successful in their personal relationships and professional life.

In this session, attendees will learn the common mistakes that most people make when saying ‘no’, discover the hidden ‘no’ that they are already using that sucks up all their energy, and find out how not to feel guilty when they do say ‘no.’

Why Should I Attend?
If you feel like you don’t have time in your day for an unscheduled coffee break this session will help you give yourself permission to say “no” so that you can actually enjoy your weekends, take downtime without feeling guilty, and feel re-energized.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Speakers
avatar for Nikole James Stanfield

Nikole James Stanfield

Owner and Coach, Intuition Coaching
About Me: I help successful entrepreneurs who feel unfulfilled and struggle to get out of bed in the morning to work through burnout with the Love What You Do formula. Talk to Me About: I love to travel and have lived in Buenos Aires. I also enjoy reading, swimming, and ballroom... Read More →


Tuesday July 7, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm MDT
Virtual

1:00pm MDT

Lessons learned from remotely managing a team (grew from 3 to 40)
An engineering management talk with a remote bend, I'll cover lessons that I've learned while remotely managing the predominantly non-remote (in office) Storyblocks engineering team for the past seven years as we've grown from three to forty team members. Managing a growing organization is a challenge by itself, but doing so from afar brings in additional difficulties. I'll share our story, tactics, triumphs, and failures that will add useful tools to the toolbox of an engineering manager or other team member.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Speakers
avatar for Aaron Silverman

Aaron Silverman

Head of Engineering, Storyblocks
Aaron Silverman is the Head of Engineering for Storyblocks, a DC-based growth-stage startup in the stock media space. Prior to joining Storyblocks, he worked on the development teams for energy efficiency startup Opower (acquired by Oracle) and retail analytics startup Applied Predictive... Read More →


Tuesday July 7, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm MDT
Virtual
 
Thursday, July 9
 

12:00pm MDT

How to Run Marketing Experiments Quickly & Find Big Wins
For small startups with product-market fit, a big challenge is how to scale and which marketing channels will help you grow fastest. With limited time, money, and people, you can't afford to waste it on channels that are sub-optimal. Instead, you need to quickly identify the highest ROI channel and then scale it. In this workshop I'll explain (and share!) the framework I use to help small businesses and startups prioritize high-impact growth campaigns to quickly drive R.O.I. and key learnings, then invest in additional campaigns to scale up what works. As an early-stage founder or marketer, you'll come away with a step-by-step process that you can execute yourself.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Speakers
avatar for Ellen Jantsch

Ellen Jantsch

Founder, Tuff
I’m Ellen, founder of Tuff. We help startups unlock revenue by plugging in an on-demand growth marketing team. Our strengths are in Growth Marketing Strategy, Facebook and Instagram Ads, Google Ads, Google Shopping, Retargeting Campaigns, Landing Page Optimization, Link Building... Read More →


Thursday July 9, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm MDT
Virtual

12:00pm MDT

The SBA Advantage
The presentation will cover the following information
  • How SBA loans can benefit businesses through their lifespan – start-ups, acquisitions, growth and real estate purchases
  • Types of SBA loans
  • SBA loan purposes
  • Wrap up with questions

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording. 

WEBEX SET UP: 
WebEx will require registration using your name and email address. It will also prompt you to add the WebEx extension to your browser. This will take an extra few minutes, please plan accordingly. 

WEBEX MEETING LINK
https://usbankcenters.webex.com/usbankcenters/onstage/g.php?MTID=e28968fdd17d6a322adddeca95a3c65a4

Speakers
avatar for Briana Austin

Briana Austin

SBA Division, U.S. Bank
I am an SBA lender with US Bank. SBA can be utilized for start-ups, business acquisitions, expansions, owner occupied commercial real estate, construction and working capital. I have been in all aspects of commercial real estate prior to SBA lending - brokerage, title, hard money/private... Read More →
avatar for David Heese

David Heese

SBA Lending, U.S. Bank
David Heese is proud to serve the people of Colorado with SBA lending solutions. He has worked side-by-side with our local business owners for over 16 years.David resides in Golden, CO with his wife Kristin, twin boys Henry & Samuel, daughter Olivia and their family dog Bailey.


Thursday July 9, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm MDT
Virtual

1:00pm MDT

Social Media for Startups
Using social media to build community, connection, and lead generation. This interactive session will cover tips from content development to meaningful metrics.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Speakers
avatar for Renaya Demarest

Renaya Demarest

Account Manager, GROWL Agency
Hi! I am a utility player at GROWL Agency. From leading social media & content development to facilitating project management & brand development, I am your girl. I love strategic campaign development, social media, branding, and FUN marketing (like guerilla marketing). Outside of... Read More →


Thursday July 9, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm MDT
Virtual

1:00pm MDT

Selling High Value Products Online – Do you have the right model? – CBD as a case study
Do you want to sell high-value products online? Do you want to build a business model that fits the Colorado lifestyle?

This session will be a mix of lecture and interactive exercises to facilitate learning and conversation about niche industries selling online.

Alex Pullen has been helping companies get to the online market utilizing different online business models to accommodate the distribution limitations, and lack of industry in remote areas of the Southwest. Through Alex’s experiences working with CBD companies, he’s learned to overcome many of these unique challenges. Come learn about wins and losses Alex has seen in the last eight years of working with companies selling online.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Speakers
AP

Alex Pullen

Alex Pullen Designs


Thursday July 9, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm MDT
Virtual

2:00pm MDT

There's never been a better time to build a digital product: Here's how to get started
In times of change, consumer needs evolve quickly and entrepreneurs are uniquely equipped to move quickly and build products to fulfill these needs. In addition, COVID-19 has accelerated the adoption of technology for consumers and businesses of all kinds, creating a huge opportunity for startups. The Founder Institute has helped launch over 4000 technology companies since 2009, and on this interactive event Jonathan Greechan (Co-Founder of the Founder Institute) will share tips on how new entrepreneurs can move quickly to build an enduring digital business during this unprecedented time.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Greechan

Jonathan Greechan

Co-Founder, Founder Institute
Jonathan Greechan is the Co-Founder of the Founder Institute (http://fi.co), the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator. Since 2009, he has grown and scaled the organization to chapters in over 185 cities and 60 countries, which have produced over 4000 portfolio companies with... Read More →



Thursday July 9, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm MDT
Virtual

2:00pm MDT

Mentor Office Hours #1
Energize Colorado Mentor Network is collaborating with West Slope Startup Week to offer one-on-one, office hours-style sessions where founders, executives, and leadership teams seeking assistance/guidance in 1) marketing, 2) finance/funding, and 3) business strategy can meet with seasoned mentors and subject matter experts for 30-minute virtual sessions.
Offered Thursday 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, and 7/30 from 2 – 4pm.

***This is a sign up for mentees! Use the link below to view mentors and sign up ***

MENTEE SIGN UP LINK
https://calendly.com/wssw-mentors

Thursday July 9, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Virtual

3:00pm MDT

Building Resiliency through Mindfulness
In order to dream big, we need to get clear. To take action and avoid burnout; we need to take care of our (and our team’s) well-being. In this workshop, participants will learn evidence-based theories, tips, practices and humor to take care of their well-being through mindfulness in and out of the office to be more productive. Learn how to cultivate a culture in life and business of putting wellness first in order to succeed. Practice “Essentialsm”: do more with less and feel good while doing it. Participants will walk away with tools, experienced practice and inspiration.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Speakers
avatar for Emily Marquis

Emily Marquis

Health & Mindfulness Coach & Consultant, Emily Marquis
I am a Health & Wellness Coach, Yoga Instructor & Mindfulness Consultant (a fellow Entrepreneur). I support individuals, groups and organizations in prioritizing their well-being in order to show up, feel well and build resiliency in times of stress. With a Corporate background in... Read More →


Thursday July 9, 2020 3:00pm - 4:30pm MDT
Virtual

4:00pm MDT

When to Build a Tech Team
You've got a business problem to solve. You have a sense that some piece of software (app, website, desktop) might be the solution.

There's a vision to build a company out of this: solving a problem that a lot of people have, making their lives better, making some money along the way. You've got a team together with you at the helm.

There are some steps between here and that vision, though, and an important question is WHEN TO BUILD A TECH TEAM? When do you look for a CTO? When do you hire your first developer? Do you need a tech team at all? These are questions we'll ask and find some answers for.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Speakers
avatar for Tanner Stirrat

Tanner Stirrat

Developer, Getmyboat
Things I'm good at:Javascript, ES6, React, Webpack, server-side rendering, Python, Django, Django Rest Framework, SQL, Elasticsearch, Docker, Kubernetes, functional programmingThings I want to learn more about:Clojure, Haskell, functional programming, Elasticsearch, functional reactive... Read More →


Thursday July 9, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
Virtual

6:30pm MDT

Comedy Show
Live-stream laughs right to your computer or mobile device! Joke Junction Stand-up Comedy Group and Palisade Brewing Company are teaming up to bring you an evening of, you guessed it, stand-up comedy!

Indulge in a happy hour laugh-fest to celebrate Western Slope Startup Week Thursday, July 9th starting at 6:30pm. Hosted by Veda Gerasimek and featuring local comedians Emilie Stickley & Shelton Holmes, it’s sure to be a fun and entertaining evening you don’t even have to put pants on for.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Moderators
avatar for Veda Gerasimek

Veda Gerasimek

"Inno-Veda," Co-founder Joke Junction Standup Comedy Group
Hi! I'm Veda, a comedy connoisseur, business student, and aspiring comedy club owner! I co-founded the Joke Junction Standup Comedy Group, which will host open mic nights around Grand Junction to foster a grassroots comedy scene. I plan to use my future comedy club to host community... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Emilie Stickley

Emilie Stickley

Comedian/Co-Founder, Joke Junction Standup Comedy Group
By day I am a promotions manager for a television station, but in my daydreams and occasionally at open mic nights I am a comedian! I like to make people laugh, and perform some jokes in the name of good community fun! If you don\\'t want to just exchange dad jokes back and forth... Read More →


Thursday July 9, 2020 6:30pm - 7:30pm MDT
Virtual
 
Tuesday, July 14
 

8:00am MDT

Book Club #2: The Pumpkin Plan
Book: The Pumpkin Plan
Author: Mike Michalowicz
Website: https://pumpkinplan.com/

Join the "Book Guy" Brian Watson for a virtual book club and discussion! Bring your cup of Joe.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Moderators
avatar for Brian Watson

Brian Watson

Co-Founder, Proximity
Brian Watson is an entrepreneur, connector, and community developer. Brian has been starting and running businesses since he was 17 and believes that entrepreneurship is the greatest tool we have to positively impact our communities. His startup, Proximity, strives to help connect... Read More →

Tuesday July 14, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am MDT
Virtual

9:00am MDT

Yoga Class
Tatiana found yoga when she was 16 and has been absolutely in love ever since. She originally saw it as a way to become physically strong, but quickly learned yoga made her body, mind, and soul strong. When she's off the mat, she designs skis for Wagner Custom Skis, runs her own graphic design company - Voici Designs, and is studying to become a yoga therapist. Because she understands the demands modern work can place on the body and mind first hand, her gentle flow will help bring in exercises to reduce tech-neck, screen-fatigue, and other exercises that can be done from the desk.

Please have access to a chair, towel, and belt or strap.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Speakers
avatar for Tatiana Armstrong

Tatiana Armstrong

Local Expert
Tatiana found yoga when she was 16 and has been absolutely in love ever since. She originally saw it as a way to become physically strong, but quickly learned yoga made her body, mind, and soul strong. She leads yoga with the belief that strength -in all aspects of life- comes from... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am MDT
Virtual

9:00am MDT

HEART-Level Leadership Fireside Chat
We believe one of the hallmarks of great leadership is an innate "continuous improvement" mindset—not just for one's organization, but for one's self. Great leaders intentionally seek opportunities to learn and grow both personally and professionally, so that their leadership produces evermore meaning and significance in their lives and in the lives of those around them.

Join CTLF for an intimate Fireside Chat on HEART-Level Leadership: an interactive exploration of how HEART-Level Leadership [humility, engagement, authenticity, a regenerative approach to business, and a spirit of togetherness] has the power to transform the way you show up as a leader and the impact you make in your organization and beyond.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Speakers
avatar for Chris Koch

Chris Koch

Director of Membership and Strategic Partnerships, Colorado Thought Leaders Forum
Chris Koch, a Colorado native, has spent much of his earlier career in the hospitality industry. He has managed both a 5-star guest ranch and one of the most respected ski schools in Colorado. Chris also has a background as a consultant working to build vision, values leadership in... Read More →
avatar for Greg Greenwood

Greg Greenwood

CEO Emeritus, Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network
Greg Greenwood (nicknamed \\\\\\"Woody\\\\\\" since childhood) is the CEO Emeritus of BEN Colorado. A veteran Coloradan entrepreneur, Greg has founded several companies including those in technology, manufacturing, distribution, motorsports, retail, services and non-profit—and like... Read More →
avatar for Sara van Rensburg

Sara van Rensburg

President & CEO, Colorado Thought Leaders Forum
A fifth generation native to Colorado (and born in Grand Junction), Sara van Rensburg has a long history of community-centric roles. She developed a deep appreciation for the foundational role business plays in healthy communities and is driven by the belief that as business leaders... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am MDT
Virtual

10:00am MDT

Energize Colorado - Building an Inclusive and Resilient Economy
Energize Colorado was founded at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis with a mission of “Coloradans Helping Coloradans.” Throughout the course of the pandemic, we have provided free access to mentorship, mental health resources, reopening guidance, and PPE, as well as setting up our Gap Fund that will provide close to $30 million in grants and loans to small businesses across the state by the end of 2020.

We want to share the story of how small businesses of all sectors can come together and drive economic innovation, prosperity, and equity.

Join Wendy Lea, CEO of Energize Colorado, to learn more about the work Energize Colorado is doing to help small businesses recover and rise from the impacts of COVID-19.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Speakers
avatar for Wendy Lea

Wendy Lea

Energize Colorado
Entrepreneur, Angel Investor and Techstars Board Member


Tuesday July 14, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am MDT
Virtual

11:00am MDT

Mental Health for Hustlers
How to flex your hustle muscle without burning to a crisp. In this interactive workshop participants will learn about the startling reality of mental health challenges for creative entrepreneurs. We'll discuss actionable strategies for self-care and fostering a work environment that prioritizes mental and physical health. Arguably, your brain is your most valuable business asset. Let's talk about keeping your brain HAPPY and HEALTHY, hustler!

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Speakers
avatar for Kayleen Cohen

Kayleen Cohen

Founder, Mtn. Dog Media
My name is Kayleen Cohen and I'm a small business owner, lover of people, and lover of dogs. I launched my startup company more than seven years ago and have since learned a lot of valuable lessons about operating a small business, working as a freelancer, and work/life balance. I've... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
Virtual

12:00pm MDT

How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (AND so much else)
Every person is capable of more than they know, yet we alone stop ourselves from stepping into that possibility. Statistically, 8 of 10 people fear public speaking more than death, which makes public speaking a great arena to explore our fears, how we hold ourselves back, and what we need to do about it. During this session, audiences will explore the neuroscience of fear and what happens during our flight or fight experience, and learn research-based strategies to effectively manage fears and increase confidence. The presentation utilizes Krista’s personal journey to overcome the fear of public speaking with research, neuroscience, and a whole bunch of “hacks” that will leave the audience laughing – but most importantly relating – to the fact that we all can overcome fear in our lives.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Speakers
avatar for Krista Trofka

Krista Trofka

Founder, Krista Trofka
Hi there, I’m Krista. I help speakers and entrepreneurs find their "on-stage" confidence with neuroscience and learning how to lean into their fears. As a former real estate executive and over achieving coffee addict, I now spend my time meditating every day, reading a lot about... Read More →


Tuesday July 14, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm MDT
Virtual

1:00pm MDT

A new breed of carpenter: Digitally building homes
For those learning about the evolution of home building and construction - learn about a new strategy that involves 3d BIM design, and a new breed of wood carpenter - one that leverages the ability to plan a 3d design model ahead of building - to integrate speed, smart technology, and the best part - link to computer-aided / CNC machines that can make what is designed in lighting speed.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Speakers
avatar for Bill McDonald

Bill McDonald

CEO, Phoenix Haus
Hey!I'm passionate about healthy housing - which is not only healthy and safely built home, it's also how the home is programmed. Follow my talk to learn more about how to plan your healthy home, and understand state of the art methods to do so!


Tuesday July 14, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm MDT
Virtual
 
Thursday, July 16
 

11:00am MDT

Taking it to the next level: how Aaron DeRose grew a small, family-owned business into a booming, global company
When Aaron purchased the 3-person operation from his parents over a decade ago, he didn’t realize the journey that lay ahead. He quickly discovered he would need to build the foundation of the business, including tracking and financial systems, HR policies, and operational procedures. Now with over 100 employees at peak season, WBS Coatings is a global leader in the coatings industry. Join Aaron, a self-proclaimed risk-taker, for a candid conversation about the ups, downs, and twists of owning a business.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Speakers

Thursday July 16, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
Virtual

12:00pm MDT

12 Steps to Content Marketing
How to easily use Content Marketing to drive traffic to your website and social media and position your brand as an authority in your space.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Speakers
avatar for Bryan Wachs

Bryan Wachs

Founder, MySalesButler



Thursday July 16, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm MDT
Virtual

12:00pm MDT

Equipment finance in the current market
Equipment Financing is a lending platform that is used by all types of companies to secure the purchase of equipment. Not only are their tax benefits, but also a wide array of efficiencies and creative structures that allow companies to best manage annual CAPEX budgets, and ongoing purchases. This session will provide an overview on the options available through Equipment Finance, and potential benefits to your organization, including financing through a vendor program and direct lending.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

WEBEX SET UP: 
WebEx will require registration using your name and email address. It will also prompt you to add the WebEx extension to your browser. This will take an extra few minutes, please plan accordingly.

WEBEX MEETING LINK
https://usbankcenters.webex.com/usbankcenters/onstage/g.php?MTID=e29b4184abc6d31b014a648f631d67b66

Speakers
DS

Dave Schlauderaff

Specialized Finance Division, U.S. Bank


Thursday July 16, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm MDT
Virtual

1:00pm MDT

The Importance of Creativity and Innovation in Business
Intrapreneurship is the act of behaving like an entrepreneur while working within a large organization. Entrepreneurship is the process of designing, launching and running a new business. Regardless of which you are, you can choose to continue with the status quo, or choose to make a difference in the lives of others - within your own or someone else's company.  Who wants to feel empowered and recognized for their innovative and creative ideas? Who wants to make a difference? If you answered yes to these questions, then this talk will help you become energized, find your creative power, and ready to push your ideas forward.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Speakers
avatar for Andrea Palm-Porter

Andrea Palm-Porter

Executive Director, Roaring Fork Leadership (RFL)
As the Executive Director of Roaring Fork Leadership (RFL), Andrea Palm-Porter is instrumental in guiding the non-profit to expand beyond its core leadership educational program to provide meaningful opportunities to practice and apply what has been learned for the betterment of our... Read More →


Thursday July 16, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm MDT
Virtual

2:00pm MDT

Cash Flow: The name of the game!
The presentation is an interactive process to talk about cash flow methods, how to increase savings, pay yourself as the business owner first, and how to maximize your numbers. We will also talk about ways to use current expenses and leverage them for increased performance.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Speakers
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Kelly Johnston

CEO, JFS, LLC
JFS, LLC was founded in 2016 by CEO Kelly Johnston. With over 30 years of combined accounting experience, JFS strives to create a partnership with our clients & focus on educating them about their financials. In 2019, our firm began the process of becoming a Wealthability certified... Read More →


Thursday July 16, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm MDT
Virtual

2:00pm MDT

Mentor Office Hours #2
Energize Colorado Mentor Network is collaborating with West Slope Startup Week to offer one-on-one, office hours-style sessions where founders, executives, and leadership teams seeking assistance/guidance in 1) marketing, 2) finance/funding, and 3) business strategy can meet with seasoned mentors and subject matter experts for 30-minute virtual sessions.
Offered Thursday 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, and 7/30 from 2 – 4pm.

***This is a sign up for mentees! Use the link below to view mentors and sign up ***

MENTEE SIGN UP LINK
https://calendly.com/wssw-mentors

Have a question or need tech support? Email: mentor@energizecolorado.com

Thursday July 16, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Virtual

3:00pm MDT

Early-stage funding models drive inequality
This session is a discussion between two people regarding privilege and equity in startup ecosystems. We explore the thesis that current funding models benefit privileged and urban stakeholders, and are not suitable for rural economies. Place makers and economic developers will hear the candid stories of one or two young companies, while founders seeking resources will learn where and where not to look.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

ZOOM MEETING LINK
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86468842634?pwd=TFRzRE53ZTlmclJZeFdKbmtvSmpzZz09

Speakers
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Christopher Caskey

Founder, Delta Brick & Climate Company
Scientist and entrepreneur. Interested in climate change, manufacturing, and creating shared, enduring prosperity.


Thursday July 16, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Virtual

3:30pm MDT

HANDS-ON SPRINT: Uplevel your business with regenerative innovation
With the world facing major challenges now, in the short-term, and over the next fifty years, business is poised to solve these challenges, but will it solve them doing business as usual?

Regenerative Innovation is an emerging field that allows organizations such as businesses to understand the complex systems they operate in and the complex problems they’re (hopefully) working to solve.

Ultimately, entrepreneurs and business leaders will need to create products, places, processes and business models that empower people and heal the planet. Otherwise, there is no market place to do business in. In turn, such an approach can carve out deep market leadership, ensure relevance, and begin building a world that works for everyone.

In this session we will explore how you can uplevel your business model to become a game changing leader while also doing good. Come prepared to ask yourself hard questions, roll up your sleeves and tinker and also have fun while doing it.

Facilitators
Adrian Reif has been a social entrepreneur and investor for over a decade, growing his first company from a farmers’ market stand to sold in over 6,000 grocery stores. Now, Adrian’s company, Incredible, helps ambitious orgs rethink how to fix the future. He’s also the author of The Do-Gooder's Guide to Investing, a guide for anyone who wants to align their money and their values. https://www.linkedin.com/in/adrian-reif-573419153/

Mansi Kakkar calls herself a pattern transcriber and convenes explorative conversations for regeneration. She has been working in the field of design and innovation for the last 14 years having traveled the length and breath of this world building capacity in innovation labs tackling the most complex problems facing humanity. All this experience is being synthesized in an upcoming book ‘Regenerative Innovation’, releasing in 2021. Mansi is also an artist, dancer, poet and performer. When not filling her office wall with post-its, she spends time making regenerative memes for kicks. www.mansikakkar.com  https://www.linkedin.com/in/mansikakkar/

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Speakers

Thursday July 16, 2020 3:30pm - 5:00pm MDT
Virtual

4:00pm MDT

“Farm to Table” - Cooking with local ingredients
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for a blind unboxing of some CSA goodies and tips and tricks to make use of your weekly harvest. Chef Jonathan St. Peter, will open a local food box and reveal his approach to menu writing, cooking, flavoring, seasoning and using spices when handling local ingredients.

Joining Jonathan will be The Business Incubator’s, Incubator and Kitchen Programs Director, Laura Mercier and Agriculture Track Captain, Bryan Wachs, and some producers (TBD) talking about their products, farms and methods they use to sustain themselves, us, and the planet.

NOTE: There will be samples to taste outside The Business Incubator so come on down!!

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Speakers
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Jonathan St. Peter

Originally from Rhode Island Chef St. Peter is an American Culinary Federation Certified Executive Chef, a Certified Culinary Educator, and a Certified Culinary Competitions Judge. He has a strong background in white tablecloth dining and culinary competitions. He has a wise and lovely... Read More →
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Dawn Trujillo

Farmer, Green Junction Farmstead
We love our community! We are proud to be a part of such a wonderful place! We are devoted to becoming practitioners of sustainable stewardship of the land and environment. We have each taken part in the Sustainable Agriculture program at Colorado Mesa University. As we continue to... Read More →
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Blaine Diffendaffer

Farmer, Blaine's Tomatoes
Blaine Diffendaffer started his company in 2005 with a 500 square foot cold frame in which salad greens were grown and sold to local restaurants.  In 2007, a 2600 sq.ft. greenhouse was built for tomato production.  At this time, Blaine quit producing salad greens in the winter... Read More →
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Laura Mercier

Incubator and Kitchen Programs Director, The Business Incubator Center
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Bryan Wachs

Founder, MySalesButler


Thursday July 16, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
Grand Junction Business Incubator Center + Live Stream 2591 Legacy Way, Grand Junction, CO 81503

5:00pm MDT

A Maker’s Branding Mindset for Outdoor Rec
An overarching interactive discussion on the 5 Ws of branding in the Outdoor Recreation Industry. Discover launch concepts, conflicting opinions on legal protection, and differentiating your brand. Weigh in our domestic versus global; triple bottom line versus purpose-driven. Panel will include a founder, product developer, product lawyer (patents etc), and brand strategist. Designed for the inventor, product developer and visionary seeking a birdseye view of the elusive definition of branding.

Format: Panel of four and moderator

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Moderators
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Jeremy Jensen

Founder, Outwild
Jeremy Jensen is an entrepreneur, speaker, and mountain sports athlete - passionate about helping people lead authentic and intentional lives, rich with experiences that make them feel alive! His interests lie at the intersection of flow science, lifestyle design, and action/adve... Read More →

Speakers
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Forrest Merithew

Owner and Attorney, Merithew Law
General counsel and other executive and operations counsel and input for passion and social impact based endeavors and entrepreneurs, including, but not limited to, the outdoor recreation, sport and lifestyle industries.I provide comprehensive cost-effective general counsel services... Read More →
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Dave Bombard

Chief Executive Wizard, Bishop
Born and raised outside Worcester, MA, I headed out to ski bum in Colorado and fell in love with the mountains after graduate school for Mechanical Engineering. A 10 yr stint in San Francisco designing medical devices was a fantastic way to learn the practice of product design.Lets... Read More →
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Clare Hefferren

Founder, Callosum
Nature fuels and feeds me. It keeps me grounded. On a daily basis, I’m feeling alive, risking, challenging, and growing. There are endless opportunities to raise the bar with outdoor endeavors, and that translates to business as well. As a senior brand builder who is equally comfortable... Read More →
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Allen Lim

Founder, Skratch Labs
Most people want to talk to me about athletic performance and nutrition. Mainly because I earned a PhD from the Applied Exercise Science Lab at the University of Colorado at Boulder and then worked for almost a decade as a sport scientist and coach on the Pro Cycling Tour. I primarily... Read More →


Thursday July 16, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm MDT
Virtual
 
Tuesday, July 21
 

7:45am MDT

Coffee + Connect - Five Tips to Staying Sane as a Leader
In partnership with West Slope Startup Week, the City of Montrose presents 'Coffee + Connect' on Tuesday, July 21 beginning at 7:45am at Riverbottom Park in Montrose, CO. Coffee provided by Cimarron Coffee Roasters!

Bring your own lawn chair / blanket (and your coffee mug!) and connect with entrepreneurs, local business owners, freelancers, and other residents (in a socially distanced way)!

Chelsea Rosty, Director of Business Innovation & Tourism will give a brief talk on 'Five Tips to Staying Sane as a Leader'.

This event is expected to last for around an hour and is meant to give you plenty of time to get fresh air and network with others!

Speakers
avatar for Chelsea Rosty

Chelsea Rosty

Director of Business Innovation, City of Montrose
I am a dreamer, an achiever and most of all, a visionary.I have a brain that instantly sees the entire playing field and has little trouble formulating a strategy that wins. I have transformed every organization I’ve ever been a part of by being an effective leader in my strategic... Read More →



Tuesday July 21, 2020 7:45am - 9:00am MDT
Riverbottom Park (Montrose)

8:00am MDT

Book Club #3: The Obstacle is the Way
Book: The Obstacle is the Way
Author: Ryan Holiday
Website: http://theobstacleistheway.com/

Join the "Book Guy" Brian Watson for a virtual book club and discussion! Bring your cup of Joe.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Moderators
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Brian Watson

Co-Founder, Proximity
Brian Watson is an entrepreneur, connector, and community developer. Brian has been starting and running businesses since he was 17 and believes that entrepreneurship is the greatest tool we have to positively impact our communities. His startup, Proximity, strives to help connect... Read More →

Tuesday July 21, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am MDT
Virtual

9:00am MDT

'What do you do?’ Elevator Pitch Workshop
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

You just got into the elevator and Mark Cuban steps in with you. You only have 60 seconds to get his interest. How would you describe your startup? In this 90-minute workshop, everyone will leave with their 1-sentence elevator pitch and feedback on making it even better. If you can't describe your business in 1-sentence, you don't know your business well enough. This is a must for all entrepreneurs.

Zoom link will be emailed to you! Please email mara@gjep.org if you have not received it.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Speakers
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Rob Rusher

Managing Director, Founder Institute
Startup Accelerators, Tech Startups, Cannabis Startups, Product Development, UX/UI, Fundraising



Tuesday July 21, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am MDT
Virtual

9:00am MDT

Podcast Ponderings - Navigating the Work-Life Balance: how entrepreneurs and business owners still find time for fun away from their passion-project
It's like a book club for podcasts: Take a listen to one or all and then join an interactive discussion about the theme. This session will be laid back and welcome to all, even if you didn't listen to a podcast. the goal behind this session is to connect with fellow wssw attendees over interesting discussion.

Theme: Navigating the Work-Life Balance - how entrepreneurs and business owners still find time for fun away from their passion-project

Podcast # 1: Startup Therapy / Episode 19 - Work Life Balance (37 Minutes)
Podcast # 2: Startup Colorado / Episode 8 - Finding Calm and Clarity in a Chaotic Mind (6 Minutes)
Podcast # 3: TED Talk - How Burnout Makes us Less Creative (5 Minutes)


All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Moderators
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Sheamus Croke

Engagement Lead, WSSW

Tuesday July 21, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am MDT
Virtual

10:00am MDT

Sleeping with the Enemy - 5 ways Business & Government Can Play Nice
Working with your local government or development organization doesn't have to give you the urge to pull your hair out. In this panel discussion hosted by the City of Montrose and a Montrose distillery owner, individuals will gain helpful insight and knowledge on partnering with their local government, becoming better partners with one another, and how you can both accomplish goals for your business and community together. Attendees will hear from City Manager Bill Bell and David Fishering, Owner of Storm King Distilling Co.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Moderators
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Chelsea Rosty

Director of Business Innovation, City of Montrose
I am a dreamer, an achiever and most of all, a visionary.I have a brain that instantly sees the entire playing field and has little trouble formulating a strategy that wins. I have transformed every organization I’ve ever been a part of by being an effective leader in my strategic... Read More →

Speakers
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Bill Bell

City of Montrose
Bill Bell has been a respected leader in the field of Public Administration for 19 years, serving communities in Nebraska, Wisconsin and Colorado. Bill has been serving as the City Manager in Montrose, Colorado, since 2011, where he has focused on changing the mindset of not only... Read More →
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David Fishering

Storm King Distilling
David Fishering is the Co-founder and distiller of Storm King Distilling Co. and a Montrose native. Prior to moving back to Montrose, he worked for the Department of Defense in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. David has an MA in International Security from King's College London... Read More →


Tuesday July 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am MDT
Virtual

10:00am MDT

Choosing a Programming Technology for Your Startup
There are a lot of choices for software development technologies when starting a business that relies on computing technology (and these days, most do)! The impact of these choices include short vs. long-term costs, and sometimes even the viability of your company, so it's important to decide thoughtfully.

This session is for people who don't know much about what's out there and would like to begin understanding how to approach the often-messy world of software development -- even if you only think you need a web site.

There will be lots of Q&A!

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Speakers
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Bruce Eckel

Mindview LLC
Since 1986, Bruce Eckel has published 10 books, numerous blog posts, over 150 articles, and has given hundreds of lectures and seminars throughout the world.Bruce is a founder of www.TribeWorks.software, a small self-managed software consulting firm specializing in solution development... Read More →


Tuesday July 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am MDT
Virtual

11:00am MDT

Accessing Friendly & Affordable Capital for your Business
It may not come as a surprise that access to capital is a frequent roadblock most entrepreneurs face. The amount of information is overwhelming and knowing the best option for your business can be a time-consuming matrix. So where do you even begin?

During this panel, you will hear from entrepreneurs who have been there and done that. They will help answer questions like:
- What do you need to prepare for a small business loan?
- How were they able to navigate the lending landscape?
- What small business resources and funding options are available?
- What are some red flags to look for when researching lenders?

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Speakers
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Lauren Kloock

Colorado Lending Source
I lead the marketing and communications team at Colorado Lending Source and find joy in telling the incredible stories of our small business borrowers! Connect with me if you have questions about financing options for your business or if you want to engage in some marketing chit... Read More →
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Nicole Christianson

Senior Loan Officer, Colorado Lending Source
I have worked with Colorado Lending Source for 13 years - we are a lender to small businesses. Most importantly, we are a resources to answer questions and help navigate the world of business finance. Start-ups, growing and expanding businesses, real estate purchases - we have a... Read More →


Tuesday July 21, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
Virtual

11:00am MDT

How to build organizational success - Asking for what you want
Panel discussion with leaders in the Western Slope Community talk about how you can ask for what you REALLY want out of your career and how YOU can get it. How to continue to build a career through continuous learning, mentorship, and allies. This will be a perfect talk for women that are looking to understand how to get ahead, if they feel stalled, feel like there are no professional development outlets-- learn from experts in their field and how they navigated paths for their careers. Bring your questions, experiences and learn from experts!

Panel Includes: Amanda Gaube, Dianna Peiffer, Sydney Schalit, Sylvia Theisen

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Speakers
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Sylvia Theisen

Slifer Smith & Frampton
I knew from an early age that I'd make a terrible employee, as I got all the teamwork I needed while growing up in a family of 9 kids. With a severe allergy to meetings and structure, being self-employed was inevitable! In a first career as a psychotherapist, I provided therapy to... Read More →
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Sydney Schalit

Executive Director, MANAUS
An elected official and formerly the CEO of FootSteps Marketing and am now the Executive Director of the nonprofit fund MANAUS. I have been an organizational leader for 5 years and before that, an entrepreneur for 10, all in rural Colorado. As a female leader, I know firsthand many... Read More →
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Diana Peiffer

CFO, The Stabers Group
I love all things finance. I am especially interested in how firms invest in their people, and how those investments generate returns. My work involves weighing insights from financial investing, management, and performance analytics.
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Amanda Gaube

Manager, Sales Enablement, Zscaler
I am a hybrid professional, melding my background starting in the agency and account strategy space at Ogilvy, then moving to the Customer Success and Enablement realm at SaaS companies like InVision and Zscaler. I have worked remotely for the past 3 years as a Manager of Sales... Read More →


Tuesday July 21, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
Virtual

12:00pm MDT

Raising a Capital Round: Dos, Don'ts, and Readiness Tips
Round table discussion / QA with various founders.  Target audience is anyone who plans to raise capital or is interested in doing so, but who has limited to no experience with it (or those who just want to learn more about how to raise "better").  Attendees will walk out of the session knowing (1) what materials are typically asked for in a due diligence process, (2) what types of questions investors may ask around company formation, activities, etc. and why it's important to stay organized from a corporate governance standpoint, and (3) why maintaining an up to date and accurate cap table is an essential as part of the fundraising process.  

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Speakers
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Kyle Croyle

VP Startup Success, Newchip Accelerator
Kyle Croyle is a seasoned enterprise SaaS Executive with experience at both publicly traded firms and startups, primarily in the FinTech and GovTech space, where he has led Customer Success, Business Development, Product Strategy, and Operations teams. Co-founder of Remy.co, a GovTech... Read More →


Tuesday July 21, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm MDT
Virtual

12:00pm MDT

Prep for the Hunt: getting remote work
In a COVID world, there's tons of opportunity to have your salary and your scenery too! Companies are looking for remote workers, but are you ready to prove you can be productive? This talk focuses on what will companies be looking for from UX research, but applies to most roles. How will hiring managers know you are prepped for the new remote landscape? Join us in a portfolio discussion about how to show off your work-from-home chops.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Speakers
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Toni Rosati

True Trail Coaching


Tuesday July 21, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm MDT
Virtual

1:00pm MDT

Brad Feld + David Brown: Stories from 15 years of building Techstars and Startup Communities together
Techstars has been at the forefront of developing startup communities since its inception in Boulder in 2006, well before the phrase "Startup Communities" was created. Through accelerators, Startup Weekends, Startup Weeks, and a mission of being the global network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, Techstars has been involved in endless activities around startup communities throughout the world. Hear from David Brown (Techstars CEO) and Brad Feld (Techstars co-founder, Author of the book Startup Communities (2012) and The Startup Community Way (2020) about the lessons they've learned building startup communities over the past 15 years.

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All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

Speakers
avatar for Brad Feld

Brad Feld

Managing Director, Foundry Group
Brad Feld has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur for over 20 years. He lives in Boulder, Colorado and Homer, Alaska with his wife and is on a quest to run a marathon in every state in the US. Brad has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. Prior to co-founding... Read More →
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David Brown

Founder and CEO, Techstars


Tuesday July 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm MDT
Virtual
 
Thursday, July 23
 

11:00am MDT

Keynote with Matt Vincent, Ska Brewing, Ska Fabricating & Oh Hi Beverages
Join us for a conversation with Matt Vincent, the serial entrepreneur you may know as a co-founder of Ska Brewing in Durango. After helping launch this successful craft brewery, Matt went on to spearhead other entrepreneurial projects like Ska Fab, Oh Hi CBD & THC Sparkling Seltzers, and more. We’ll chat with him about what drives him to continue innovating and taking on new projects, what prepared him for a life as a serial entrepreneur, and what advice he’d give himself way back when.
After the conversation, Matt will take us on a tour of Ska Brewing and Ska Fab. So grab a pint (of coffee or whatever) and join us for this fun and inspirational interview.

Moderated by Margaret Hedderman, the Communications Manager and podcast producer for Startup Colorado.

VIDEO RECORDING LINK
https://youtu.be/oYTusU8hv1U

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

Speakers
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Margaret Hedderman

Communications Manager, Startup Colorado
Before relocating to the Front Range, I managed the marketing and events programs for several independent businesses and startups in Durango, CO. I specialize in developing strong community initiatives to not only support business growth, but also foster creative connections and opportunities... Read More →
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Matt Vincent

I joined Ska Brewing in 1996 starting out as a brewer. In 1997, I convinced my parents to use my college funds to invest as an owner in Ska Brewing. Over the years, the company grew as did the responsibilities of business ownership. I was drawn to the operations side of the brewery... Read More →


Thursday July 23, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
Virtual

12:00pm MDT

Protecting Your Intellectual Property in an Online Marketplace
As online sales continue to grow around the world, more and more cases of infringement and fraud are coming to light. While the ability to sell goods and services on the internet provides the opportunity for increased income and brand recognition, it also creates the opportunity for theft and fraud. Learn some tips for protecting your IP in these marketplaces.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Speakers
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Elizabeth (Banzhoff) Manno

IP Litigation Partner, Perkins Coie LLP
Elizabeth M. Manno focuses her practice on patent infringement and other intellectual property litigation, including trademark litigation. Elizabeth excels at breaking down highly technical concepts in a way that courts can understand. Her experience includes litigating patent infringement... Read More →
avatar for Sabrina Danielson

Sabrina Danielson

Associate, Perkins Coie LLP
My practice focuses on domestic and international trademark and copyright portfolio development, protection, and management for clients of all sizes. My work includes trademark search and clearance reporting, filing and prosecution activities with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office... Read More →


Thursday July 23, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm MDT
Virtual

12:00pm MDT

Planning for your future
All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

WEBEX SET UP: 
WebEx will require registration using your name and email address. It will also prompt you to add the WebEx extension to your browser. This will take an extra few minutes, please plan accordingly.

WEBEX MEETING LINK
https://usbankmeetings.webex.com/meet/A88354

Speakers
CK

Clint Knopp

U.S. Bank


Thursday July 23, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm MDT
Virtual

1:00pm MDT

“Farm to Pivot” - Protecting our Foodshed
This will be a discussion about how farmers have pivoted and how the market has responded during this time of COVID.

Topics include:
  • Supply chain disruption and mega mergers and consolidation
  • Food shed and security
  • CSAs and their growth and value to the local food shed
  • Pivot from Institutional to Direct to Consumer/Buyer

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Speakers
avatar for Jonathan St. Peter

Jonathan St. Peter

Originally from Rhode Island Chef St. Peter is an American Culinary Federation Certified Executive Chef, a Certified Culinary Educator, and a Certified Culinary Competitions Judge. He has a strong background in white tablecloth dining and culinary competitions. He has a wise and lovely... Read More →
avatar for Jay Hirschfeld

Jay Hirschfeld

CEO/Founder, 41North Inc.
avatar for Kathryn Bedell

Kathryn Bedell

Owner, Roan Creek Ranch
I am an agricultural entrepreneur and local food advocate. If you want to talk about sourcing local food or inputs for your food manufacturing I'm your person.
avatar for Pete List

Pete List

Executive chef/general manager, Snowbowl/family bowl
My name is Pete List and I have been in the restaurant industry for more than 30 years, from dish washer through the school of hard knocks to where I am now as executive chef and general manager of Snowbowl in Steamboat. Over my career, I have begun to rely on and seek out the best... Read More →
avatar for Barry Pennell

Barry Pennell

Food & Ag Manager, ENGAGE (ENtrepreneurial Growth AGriculture & Energy)
Barry possesses a combined twenty plus years of food and beverage knowledge in restaurants, breweries, catering and manufactured food production.
avatar for Bryan Wachs

Bryan Wachs

Founder, MySalesButler


Thursday July 23, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm MDT
Virtual

1:00pm MDT

Providing Diversified Capital to Rural Communities
Our rural communities need access to flexible, affordable capital for small businesses - especially post COVID-19. First Southwest Community Fund and First Southwest Bank have launched a number of targeted funds to assist all of our rural entrepreneurs and small businesses - including a Rural Women-Led Business Fund and Food Truck Loan Fund! We will discuss the benefits of why it is important to think outside the box and provide a variety of financial tools for rural communities, and for entrepreneurs/small businesses we will discuss the key elements of our various programs and how they can help during COVID recovery and beyond.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Speakers
SF

Sadie Farrington

Founder, Tomboy Butcher
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Cass Walker Harvey

Executive Director, First Southwest Community Fund


Thursday July 23, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm MDT
Virtual

1:00pm MDT

Don't Start With The Why, Start With The Who
Come join this workshop-style session where we will be discussing the importance of being crystal clear on WHO you are serving with your business.  We will focus in on their internal problems and why this is important to you.  You'll be provided with a template to help you discover your perfect client.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

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Speakers
avatar for Megan Alfaro

Megan Alfaro

Founder and CEO, Colorado Baby
Megan founded Colorado Baby in 2008 when her oldest son had just turned two, and her 2nd son was a few months old. Twelve years in now, she has 7 children and has grown the store in a sustainable way all while taking on zero debt.Megan has always been an entrepreneur at heart: She... Read More →


Thursday July 23, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm MDT
Virtual

2:00pm MDT

Your Pitch Presentation - Sell Yourself
It all comes down to your pitch. No matter if you are pitching to someone you know, an investor, or a stranger in an elevator, you are selling yourself. Presentation includes tips and tricks for a 30 second elevator pitch to investment presentation fundamentals ensuring you can provide the audience what they need to know in any amount of time so they engage you and buy what you are selling.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

ZOOM MEETING RECORDING LINK

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Stokely

Jonathan Stokely

Co-Founder / Director of Growth Strategy, COVENTURE
Jonathan has wealth of experience in startups, marketing, sales, business development, customer experience, technology integration, and venture capital. He has a wide variety of experience consulting companies from Fortune 100 to small businesses and start-ups, with notable engagements... Read More →


Thursday July 23, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm MDT
Virtual

2:00pm MDT

Mentor Office Hours #3
Energize Colorado Mentor Network is collaborating with West Slope Startup Week to offer one-on-one, office hours-style sessions where founders, executives, and leadership teams seeking assistance/guidance in 1) marketing, 2) finance/funding, and 3) business strategy can meet with seasoned mentors and subject matter experts for 30-minute virtual sessions.
Offered Thursday 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, and 7/30 from 2 – 4pm.

***This is a sign up for mentees! Use the link below to view mentors and sign up ***

MENTEE SIGN UP LINK
https://calendly.com/wssw-mentors

Have a question or need tech support? Email: mentor@energizecolorado.com

Thursday July 23, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Virtual

3:00pm MDT

Creative Financing for Business Acquisitions
This presentation is primarily meant for business owners, managers, buyers and sellers. We are in the middle the 'silver tsunami', where we will see the largest transfer of wealth in history. I will present all of the types of public and private lending/investment vehicles by which a business can be acquired. I will then talk about the Private Investment Group model, and provide multiple examples for how, through various leveraged buyout scenarios, someone can buy a business with little money down.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

Presentation

ZOOM MEETING LINK
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88165145278?pwd=c3J2b29DMlBtbmVjcjBxZUNvc3Vxdz09

Speakers
avatar for Eric Payne

Eric Payne

President, Franchise Sellers Ltd
20+ years Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Valuation, Private Equity, Franchise Consulting, Startups, and Exit Planning.


Thursday July 23, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Virtual

4:00pm MDT

Thoughtful Design
The format is presentation style with visual examples. Audience is anyone who needs design to communicate to their audience. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the importance good/thoughtful design provides for their business. You will walk away inspired to work with a creative, motivated to leverage design.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

ZOOM MEETING LINK
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81113423613?pwd=L0NNd01pU3BIT3lpUjRoZWRXTzRnQT09

Speakers
avatar for TJ Smith

TJ Smith

Owner/Operator, Smithborn LLC


Thursday July 23, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
Virtual

5:00pm MDT

Trivia Game Night
It's Trivia, you know the drill.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording. 

ZOOM MEETING LINK
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83851035284?pwd=WWxyVHZKNFdrYnFTVmxGbHBQdU9TZz09

Speakers
avatar for Sheamus Croke

Sheamus Croke

Engagement Lead, WSSW


Thursday July 23, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm MDT
Virtual
 
Tuesday, July 28
 

8:00am MDT

Book Club #4: Delivering Happiness
Book: Delivering Happiness  
Author: Tony Hsieh
Website: https://www.amazon.com/Delivering-Happiness-Profits-Passion-Purpose/dp/0446576220

Join the "Book Guy" Brian Watson for a virtual book club and discussion! Bring your cup of Joe.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

ZOOM MEETING RECORDING LINK

Moderators
avatar for Brian Watson

Brian Watson

Co-Founder, Proximity
Brian Watson is an entrepreneur, connector, and community developer. Brian has been starting and running businesses since he was 17 and believes that entrepreneurship is the greatest tool we have to positively impact our communities. His startup, Proximity, strives to help connect... Read More →

Tuesday July 28, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am MDT
Virtual

9:00am MDT

'What do you do?’ Elevator Pitch Workshop
Limited Capacity filling up

You just got into the elevator and Mark Cuban steps in with you. You only have 60 seconds to get his interest. How would you describe your startup? In this 90-minute workshop, everyone will leave with their 1-sentence elevator pitch and feedback on making it even better. If you can't describe your business in 1-sentence, you don't know your business well enough. This is a must for all entrepreneurs.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

ZOOM MEETING RECORDING LINK


Speakers
avatar for Rob Rusher

Rob Rusher

Managing Director, Founder Institute
Startup Accelerators, Tech Startups, Cannabis Startups, Product Development, UX/UI, Fundraising



Tuesday July 28, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am MDT
Virtual

9:00am MDT

Podcast Ponderings - Lessons from Risk Assessment: what can we learn from different approaches to risk-tolerance?
It's like a book club for podcasts: Take a listen to one or all and then join an interactive discussion about the theme. This session will be laid back and welcome to all, even if you didn't listen to a podcast. the goal behind this session is to connect with fellow wssw attendees over interesting discussion.

Theme: Lessons from Risk Assessment - what can we learn from different approaches to risk-tolerance?

Podcast # 1:  The Tim Ferris Show / Episode 292 - Lessons and Warnings From Successful Risk Takers
Podcast # 2: The Big Risk Podcast / Episode 6- Johnny Eaker left one of the largest in-house marketing agencies to work full-time on his video marketing company (36 Minutes)
Podcast # 3: Big Think / Interview with Saras Sarasvathy (47 minutes)

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

ZOOM MEETING LINK
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83088276156?pwd=ZW1UYzh4ZFp0TTJUVUtpeC8ycXFZUT09

Moderators
avatar for Sheamus Croke

Sheamus Croke

Engagement Lead, WSSW

Tuesday July 28, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am MDT
Virtual

9:00am MDT

Fundamentals of Intellectual Property (IP)
This is an interactive presentation for startups, entrepreneurs, business owners, inventors, makers, and anyone in the science or engineering fields. Attendees will learn what intellectual property is, why it is an important part of every business, what intellectual property options are available to them (how to obtain patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secrets), and how to establish rights, monitor, and protect them.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

ZOOM MEETING RECORDING LINK

Speakers
avatar for David Le

David Le

Regional Outreach Officer, United States Patent and Trademark Office
David graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2005 from the University of Oklahoma and a Juris Doctor in 2008 from Oklahoma City University School of Law. He is also a member of the Oklahoma State Bar. He joined the USPTO in January 2009 and examines patents relating to... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Anderson

Ryan Anderson

Intellectual Property Attorney - Member, Larson & Anderson LLC
Ryan received a B.S. in chemical engineering, cum laude, from the Honors College at Michigan State University, a M.S. in biochemistry from the University of Saint Joseph, and a J.D. from DePaul University College of Law. Ryan's practice focuses on patent and trademark application... Read More →


Tuesday July 28, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am MDT
Virtual

10:00am MDT

Measuring Impact through SROI (Social Return On Investment)
Blue Star Recyclers is a Colorado-based social enterprise founded in 2009 with a mission of employing people with disabilities through an electronics recycling enterprise.  This year we open new operations on the Western Slope, and would like to share about our primary deliverable - SROI (Social Return on Investment), which is a significant economic impact produced when our customers recycle with Blue Star and other social enterprises.  We will show precisely how to produce and measure SROI, and how commercial, institutional, municipal, and residential buyers can leverage their purchasing power to produce SROI every time they purchase goods and services.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

ZOOM MEETING RECORDING LINK

Speakers
avatar for Bill Morris

Bill Morris

Co-founder, Blue Star Recyclers
Bill Morris co-founded Blue Star Recyclers in 2009 after discovering people with Autism and other disabilities possess innate talent for tasks involved in the recycling and refurbishing of electronics. Blue Star Recyclers is a nationally recognized social enterprise and e-Stewards... Read More →


Tuesday July 28, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am MDT
Virtual

10:00am MDT

Tips for Creating an Inclusive Workplace from the Start[Up]
Creating a workplace where all kinds of people can show up authentically is good for the bottom line, but most of what we know comes from large corporations. In this session we'll talk through what the research shows really works for creating inclusive workplaces along with some specific tools you can use in the early stages of creating your organization so you can help define the next generation of work.

ZOOM MEETING RECORDING LINK

Speakers
AC

Annie Contractor

Founder/CEO, Workplace Equity Partners
Talk to me about anti-racism and anti-oppression in the workplace.


Tuesday July 28, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am MDT
Virtual

11:00am MDT

Coding for Sustainability
Bringing the cloud to earth. Apps create a HIGH demand for data which in turn generates a massive demand for electricity. It is hard to correlate exactly how apps and developers have a carbon footprint which use finite natural resources. However, they undoubtedly are creating an ecological impact through electricity demand. The device used to access the app, the illusive servers that deliver the app to the device, as well as the power the servers demand to store the app for 24/7 availability are incidences that all require electricity.

How can developers implement sustainability into their coding and beyond? Learn where sustainable coding is at currently (case studies, what has been found thus far, etc.) Then an open discussion/brainstorm session will be held for attendees to expand ideas, discuss personal experiences, and find solutions.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

ZOOM MEETING RECORDING LINK

Speakers
avatar for Olivia Pedersen

Olivia Pedersen

Founder, Sustaio
Sustainable design and systems thinking are my jam. Founder at Sustaio, an early-stage startup leading the charge in citizen-facing sustainability innovation. So how does a mission-driven SaaS company ensure CSR, account for a QBL, and responsibly manage the impacts of its day to... Read More →


Tuesday July 28, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
Virtual

12:00pm MDT

Synthesizing the Connection of Community and Recreation Economies
Trails have always been an important resource for communities. Singletrack Trails is growing to prove that a company can create a viable environment that grows business, communities, economies, and minimizes the impact on the most important resource, Mother Earth. This session will focus on how well thought and designed outdoor recreation ecosystems can create environments that support local businesses and households.

Topics include:
  • Durable Trail Design
  • Successful Trail System Layouts
  • Connecting Business to Passion, Trail Fairies that get a paycheck
  • Developing a Plan to Link the Indirect Benefits of Trails to Business Growth

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

ZOOM MEETING RECORDING LINK


Speakers
avatar for Greg Mazu

Greg Mazu

Chief Encouragement Officer, Singletrack Trails
Singletrack Trails was Greg’s gateway to becoming a serial entrepreneur. Since 2004, Greg has significantly impacted six different ventures. Through that time, he has focused to grow Singletrack Trails’ revenues, onboard key staff members, and continue to generate a great product... Read More →


Tuesday July 28, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm MDT
Virtual

12:00pm MDT

The economy today
The macroeconomy affects us all, but it can be hard to get a good idea of what’s really going on out there. Where does the economy stand six months into the COVID-19 pandemic and how should we think about the economic recovery moving forward? There are more questions than answers still, but with a focus on data, we can cut through the noise of daily news cycle.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

WEBEX SET UP: 
WebEx will require registration using your name and email address. It will also prompt you to add the WebEx extension to your browser. This will take an extra few minutes, please plan accordingly.

WebEx Meeting Link
https://usbankmeetings.webex.com/meet/A88354

Speakers
avatar for Robert Schell

Robert Schell

Financial Analyst, US Bank
Robert Schell is the Industry & Regulatory Affairs Lead for the LIBOR Transition Office of U.S. Bank, housed within the Treasury Division. Separately, he contributes macroeconomic views to individual areas within the bank, including presenting weekly market update highlights to the... Read More →


Tuesday July 28, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm MDT
Virtual

1:00pm MDT

“Farm to Tech” - Technology to rapidly adjust to shifting marketplaces
A discussion about the role tech plays in ag/food today. Will cover farmer to restaurant & consumer platforms and how farmers markets innovated during this time of COVID.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

ZOOM MEETING RECORDING LINK

Moderators
avatar for Bryan Wachs

Bryan Wachs

Founder, MySalesButler

Speakers
avatar for Kathryn Bedell

Kathryn Bedell

Owner, Roan Creek Ranch
I am an agricultural entrepreneur and local food advocate. If you want to talk about sourcing local food or inputs for your food manufacturing I'm your person.
avatar for Barry Pennell

Barry Pennell

Food & Ag Manager, ENGAGE (ENtrepreneurial Growth AGriculture & Energy)
Barry possesses a combined twenty plus years of food and beverage knowledge in restaurants, breweries, catering and manufactured food production.
avatar for David Moosman

David Moosman

CEO, To Market
ToMarket is the streamlined ordering process for local farmers and chefs. No longer is ordering out of control, keep your hands on the phone less to keep your hands in your food more.As a farmer find your chefs.As a chef find local products.As a diner, #findbetterfood.


Tuesday July 28, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm MDT
Virtual

1:00pm MDT

Online Marketing: Do You Do The Dance?
As a startup entrepreneur, you go through seasons of wearing too many hats to outsourcing tasks. When the results are less than stellar, you bounce back and forth. They say 50% of all marketing efforts get results, but which 50%? You must do all of it to find the half that works. If you are like many business owners you've given the reins to the professionals and after getting less-than-stellar results you've taken the reins away to do it yourself again. This constant dance gives you inconsistent results, and a piecemeal strategy. Join this session to find out how to "stop dancing" and start generating revenue. As a business coach who has worked with more than 250 startups, I'm sharing the secret with you!

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

ZOOM MEETING RECORDING LINK

Speakers
avatar for Royce King

Royce King

Startup Coach, Executive Coach, Your Startup Coach
After working with more than 250 startups in 5 communities, and starting several businesses of my own, clients work with me to draft their business model, clarify their messaging, and attract their ideal client. Areas of coaching include: content creation and marketing, sales cycles... Read More →


Tuesday July 28, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm MDT
Virtual
 
Thursday, July 30
 

12:00pm MDT

Greater Colorado Pitch Series
Join our Small-Town Startup Ecosystem. Rural Colorado startups compete for $250,000 in investment from the Greater Colorado Venture Fund.

Watch the top startups from Rural Colorado compete for $250,000 in investment and thousands in in-kind awards.
https://www.greatercolorado.vc/pitchseries

Tune in here: https://est.us/gcps

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

Speakers
avatar for Cory Finney

Cory Finney

Founding Partner, Greater Colorado Venture Fund
I'm a Partner with GCVF. Happy to talk on all things fundraising, company building, or entrepreneurial in general!
avatar for Marc Nager

Marc Nager

Partner, Greater Colorado Venture Fund
Co-founder of Startup Weekend and UP Global, former Chief Community Officer at Techstars, now Partner at Greater Colorado Venture Fund investing in Rural CO companies and proving VC for Rural America.
avatar for Jamie Finney

Jamie Finney

Partner, Greater Colorado Venture Fund
Colorado VC - equity, revenue based investing, and more.Sixth gen. Coloradoan.


Thursday July 30, 2020 12:00pm - 2:00pm MDT
Virtual

2:00pm MDT

Cybersecurity: Understanding The New Due Diligence Criteria
Presentation beginning with an overview of what cybersecurity is, the threats it counters, it's role as an often ignored business functions, business impacts of poor security, and how to ask the right questions to evaluate investments.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

ZOOM MEETING RECORDING LINK

Speakers
avatar for Alec Peiffer

Alec Peiffer

Security Strategist, The Stabers Group



Thursday July 30, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm MDT
Virtual

2:00pm MDT

Project Management Essentials for People Managers
If you manage or work with people, join this workshop to gain project management skills to reduce cost and streamline your path to results. You will learn to structure a project for success and achieve more with less oversight. Through this virtual course, take-home tools to document project scope or a 'Statement of Work', address risk, schedule work logically, and open communication pathways with your team and customers.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

ZOOM MEETING RECORDING LINK

Speakers
avatar for Annette Moore

Annette Moore

Founder, Better Management Training
I am a seasoned project and program manager. My company can train you to be better at achieving results in your work or business. We teach all manner of project management and personnel management skills.


Thursday July 30, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm MDT
Virtual

2:00pm MDT

Mentor Office Hours #4
Energize Colorado Mentor Network is collaborating with West Slope Startup Week to offer one-on-one, office hours-style sessions where founders, executives, and leadership teams seeking assistance/guidance in 1) marketing, 2) finance/funding, and 3) business strategy can meet with seasoned mentors and subject matter experts for 30-minute virtual sessions.
Offered Thursday 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, and 7/30 from 2 – 4pm.

***This is a sign up for mentees! Use the link below to view mentors and sign up ***

MENTEE SIGN UP LINK
https://calendly.com/wssw-mentors

Have a question or need tech support? Email: mentor@energizecolorado.com

Thursday July 30, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Virtual

3:00pm MDT

Why we should invest in women-led businesses
Access to capital is one of the largest challenges an entrepreneur can face – especially if they are female, and a founder of color. Despite starting over 30% of businesses, women only receive 5% of small business loans in the US, and just over 2% of venture capital. These statistics are even worse for women of color. Against these odds, women-led businesses - specifically businesses owned by black women and latinx women - are growing at the fastest rate in the nation. We will hear from entrepreneurs, impact investors and foundations engaged on why investing in women, especially women of color, is crucial for our economy.

Panel is co-hosted by First Southwest Community Fund, Impact Finance Center and Colorado Lending Source

ZOOM MEETING RECORDING LINK

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

Speakers
NQ

Norma Quinones

Sweet Gold Juice
avatar for Cass Walker Harvey

Cass Walker Harvey

Executive Director, First Southwest Community Fund
avatar for Dee Espinoza

Dee Espinoza

CEO, Espinoza Consulting Services
I am a serial entrepreneur and have had my current (environmental consulting) business for 10 years. Operating out of La Jara, we have completed projects in 15 states and one territory, basically from Florida to California to South Dakota to Guam. I am an elected official, Trustee... Read More →
avatar for Dianne Myles

Dianne Myles

Owner, Dope Mom LIfe


Thursday July 30, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Virtual

3:00pm MDT

Is This the Right Time to Start a Service Based Business: 10 Best Financial Practices for Starting A Business in Any Economy
With everything going on right now, you may be thinking “Is this the right time to start a business?” OR “Is this the right time to grow and invest in my business?”

I emphatically say yes!

Being an entrepreneur can give you the time freedom, money freedom, and energy freedom to live your fullest potential and create an impact in our world.

If you don’t where to start when it comes to your money and starting a business, this session is for you. In this session you will walk away:
  • The Ten Best Financial Practices for starting (or growing) a business in any economy
  • Who you have to BE to achieve your financial goals in your business
  • What the biggest myth you will encounter about starting a business right now
Expect a fun, experiential training that covers BOTH the energetic and strategic aspects of money. Both are critical to financial success. This is a new way to lead your money in your business.

All sessions at West Slope Startup Week 2020 will be recorded. By joining the session, you agree to be part of the recording.

ZOOM MEETING RECORDING LINK

Speakers
avatar for Christine Walsh

Christine Walsh

CEO, Christine Walsh Coaching
I educate, embolden and equip entrepreneurs with the strategies, blueprints, and the mindset they need to create a sustainable, profitable business that makes a positive impact in the world.


Thursday July 30, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Virtual

7:30pm MDT

Riff for Relief - Music Event (LIVESTREAM)
Riff for Relief is an exciting music initiative tied to West Slope Startup Week that highlights the region’s incredible music scene, while raising funds for the many artists who have suffered financial hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic. This initiative will also serve as a vehicle to introduce Grand Junction’s Creative's Landing.

The free show will involve prerecorded Mini Desk sessions, a live Singer Songwriter Round, Special Guest and Headliner. The music will be accompanied by an art gallery with a percentage of proceeds going to the Grand Valley Music Relief Fund.

Riff for Relief Featured Artists

Mini Desk Sessions (Prerecorded)
El Camino Burnout
Suckafish
Valley Curse
Wave 11
Wowzers

Singer Songwriter Round (Live)
Dave Mensch
Talya Dewey
Morgan Crouse

Special Guest (Live)
Cosmo

Headliner (Live)
Still House String Band

By signing up here, you are RSVPing to watch the livestream from the comfort of your own home. 

LIVESTREAM LINK
The show will be live streamed at https://www.facebook.com/Creatives-Landing-105321537921934

Please note - if you plan to attend the show in-person at Mesa Theater, you must RSVP here instead. Capacity is limited to the first 150 people, per Mesa County Public Health orders. 

More about the Grand Valley Music Relief Fund
The goal of the performance is to elevate the voices of local artists while raising money for the Grand Valley Music Relief Fund. This fund will be used to assist musicians who have suffered financial hardships during the global pandemic. While enjoying the different performances, if you feel so compelled, you are encouraged to make a donation to the cause through the GoFundMe account. Anyone who donates will be entered into the raffle.

Moderators
avatar for TJ Smith

TJ Smith

Owner/Operator, Smithborn LLC


Thursday July 30, 2020 7:30pm - 9:00pm MDT
Virtual

7:30pm MDT

Riff for Relief - Music Event (RSVP FOR THE IN-PERSON SHOW)
Limited Capacity seats available

Riff for Relief is an exciting music initiative tied to West Slope Startup Week that highlights the region’s incredible music scene, while raising funds for the many artists who have suffered financial hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic. This initiative will also serve as a vehicle to introduce Grand Junction’s Creative's Landing.

The free show will involve prerecorded Mini Desk sessions, a live Singer Songwriter Round, Special Guest and Headliner. The music will be accompanied by an art gallery with a percentage of proceeds going to the Grand Valley Music Relief Fund.

Riff for Relief Featured Artists

Mini Desk Sessions (Prerecorded)
El Camino Burnout
Suckafish
Valley Curse
Wave 11
Wowzers

Singer Songwriter Round (Live)
Dave Mensch
Talya Dewey
Morgan Crouse

Special Guest (Live)
Cosmo

Headliner (Live)
Still House String Band

By RSVPing here (sign up here if you don't have an account), you are reserving a seat to the show to attend in-person at Mesa Theater in Grand Junction.

Please note - you must RSVP in order to attend in-person. Capacity is limited to the first 150 people, per Mesa County Public Health orders. The show is free but a donation to the Music Relief Fund will be encouraged.

Doors open @ 6:30 PM

To watch the livestream from the comforts of your own homeplease RSVP here. The show will be live streamed at https://www.facebook.com/Creatives-Landing-105321537921934

Moderators
avatar for TJ Smith

TJ Smith

Owner/Operator, Smithborn LLC


Thursday July 30, 2020 7:30pm - 9:00pm MDT
Mesa Theater 538 Main St, Grand Junction, CO 81501