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Thursday, June 6

8:15am MDT

Systems and Tools You Can Set Up in a Weekend to Streamline Your Business
Limited Capacity full
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As a busy business owner – especially one just getting started - the creation and implementation of strategic structures can be completely overwhelming. Where do I start? What should I focus on? What systems should I automate? How can I get on top of all of the things I have to get done?

This interactive session will show participants how to create strategic processes for client onboarding, training, to do list management, prioritizing a long list of tasks, etc. We will discuss available software options to accomplish your day to day processes and cover outlining goals in order to structure your day to day action with a bigger purpose in mind.

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Brittany Klements

Efficiency Consultant/Owner, Efficient Business Strategies
The goal in my business is to help yours run smoother. I help business owners tackle their biggest challenges by streamlining day to day operations to give back value time to focus on their big ideas. I organize physical and electronic spaces, find opportunities for automation, eliminate... Read More →

9:30am MDT

Lessons Learned From Taking a Product to Market
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This is the “back story” of how Joel Sears developed the Rim Jibber, a wheel straightening tool for mountain bikes. Prior to developing the Rim Jibber, Joel was not intimately familiar with the engineering or manufacturing world. He knew what he wanted to develop, he just had to pick up a few skills before he could bring his idea to fruition. Joel, and his business partner, Chris Castle, will explain the key skills that were needed to master before bringing the product to market:
• Market Research
• 3D CAD Tools
• Stress Analysis Tools
• Material Sourcing
• Manufacturing Methods for Small Scale Production
• Product Marketing in the new “Direct to Consumer” world
• How to Take Customer Feedback to Develop the “2.0” of your first successful product

This will be an interactive presentation with plenty of opportunities to answer questions from the audience.

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Joel Sears

VP, SolidBox
Joel studied at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas when he found his passion for product development and technology integration. Seeing product innovation as a necessity for moving good ideas forward into greatness, he was led into a manufacturing environment where it... Read More →
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Chris Castle

CEO & Co-Founder, Converge, LLC
Mr. Castle is a registered Professional Engineer with the State of Texas. He was the founder of Castle Consulting PLLC, an engineering firm that provided Project Based Training and Engineering Validation for products/services spanning the Oil & Gas, Consumer Products, Medical Device... Read More →

1:30pm MDT

Q & A with Startup Businesses
Limited Capacity seats available

Starting a business is hard, really hard. In this session, real startups will share their story – the challenges and successes – with others who are thinking about starting, just started, or right there on the startup grind. The goal is to let people ask the many questions we know they have about how to get started from actual startups. Whether its financing/funding or supply chain or marketing, this Q & A format will give the chance to get right to the good stuff.

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Jake Bush

Founder - CEO, INFOCU5
Jake Bush is the founder and CEO of INFOCU5, a software as a service company headquartered in Telluride, CO. INFOCU5 provides a suite of product features and a singular web based software application to allow small and medium sized businesses to bring all of their customer data and... Read More →
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Justine Barone

Co-Founder and CEO, Gearo
Justine is the Co-Founder and CEO of Gearo (The OpenTable of Outdoor Gear Rentals). She drives the company’s vision, strategy and growth. Prior to Gearo, Justine specialized in design, branding and digital marketing, and worked for businesses of all sizes around the world improving... Read More →
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Jonathan Ballesteros

Founder & CEO, Geyser Systems
We are your leading innovators in all things water. Our products allow you and your basecamp to take hot, portable showers using less than 1 gallon of water. Jonathan comes from a colorful history of leading innovation in the advanced surgical space. Outside of his career, he loves... Read More →
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Craig Payne

Founder, Hustle Bike Labs
I am currently building Hustle Bike Labs founded 2016. I am working with engineers, IP attorneys, manufacturing, mentors, and the outdoor industry. I have previously exited a business, sold in 2016. I am attending the Catapult Outdoor accelerator in Gunnison. Giving back is a pri... Read More →
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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 →
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Olie Marchal

Founder & CEO, SOM Footwear
My passion is providing unique quality sneakers to the customer’s of SOM Footwear to help them rediscover their original sense of motion.The reason SOM Footwear is so popular is because they are barefoot inspired with lightweight yet durable materials, zero drop (flat from heel... Read More →

2:45pm MDT

Cyber Security for Small Business
Limited Capacity seats available

According to a study by IBM’s Cyber Security Index, 95% of all security incidents involve human error. Don’t be a statistic! Join Seana and Lexi to learn how to limit your risk of becoming the victim of a security incident or breach.
Seana Hagerman, PhD, and Colorado Mesa University’s Director of Cyber Security Initiatives and Lexi Van Roekel, Client Success Representative for ProVelocity will discuss trending cyber threats, actions to strengthen cyber security, incident response planning, and more!


Seana Hagerman

Colorado Mesa Univeristy
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Lexi Van Roekel

Associate Advisor, RoseCap.com
Hi, I am Lexi! If I were a mixed drink I’d be: 1 part marketing, 2 parts business development, a dash community building and whole lot of fun! As an Associate Advisor at RoseCap Financial, I get to help our clients and potential clients navigate financial opportunities and work... Read More →

4:00pm MDT

Design for Non-Designers
Limited Capacity filling up

Tasked with making graphics, docs and web pages in your work or business? Many business owners and marketers are faced with the challenge of creating visual concepts, products and documents in Google Apps, Microsoft programs, drag & drop builders and other applications besides the Adobe suite programs that professional designers use.

You will learn a set of powerful, yet simple, graphic design principles that can help you create beautiful, high converting marketing, digital media, and social media design, no matter what program or platform you are using. It will include an opportunity to watch Celeste work through a design layout and also work alongside her, applying what you have learned. Bring your laptop if you want some hands-on learning.

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Celeste Herron

Owner & Creative Director, Northern Crown Design & Digital
* color lover* typography freak* brand storyteller* tech nerdMy company, Northern Crown Design & Digital was founded in 2015. We are a creative digital marketing and brand experience design agency that specializes in helping both for-profit and non-profit startups build brand strategies... Read More →

Friday, June 7

9:45am MDT

Monsters and Mentors: Making Nice With Your Inner Critic
Limited Capacity full
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While 70% of the population deals with Imposter Syndrome, all of us have an inner critic that we must wrestle with. In this conversational presentation, Toni will share insights about why the usual techniques to silence the inner critic are often on the spectrum of unhelpful to harmful. The alternative technique, making nice with your inner critic, is much more effective and respectful. As a way to demonstrate the technique, Toni will discuss examples from her work as a UX Researcher at various startups and how these methods translate well to dealing with your inner critic and imposter syndrome. The audience will leave feeling empowered and equipped to take on their next challenge with more confidence and gusto!

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Toni Rosati

True Trail Coaching

11:00am MDT

Finding Your WHY
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Stop marketing your WHAT and starting marketing your WHY! In this intimate, hands-on workshop we’ll talk about the importance of marketing your ‘why’ and do a fun, collaborative exercise to help you distill down to and articulate your core values.

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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 →

1:00pm MDT

Fundamentals of Intellectual Property (IP)
Limited Capacity seats available

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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 →
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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 →

2:15pm MDT

Human Connection: Unlocking Potential Through Positive Systems
Limited Capacity full
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In our modern world, employees are drowning in increasing levels of stress, burnout, loneliness, and lifestyle-related chronic illness while organizations suffer from the effects of low employee engagement and high turnover. As a result, both humans and businesses are failing to reach their full potential. Business owners and leaders can mitigate these challenges, though, by leveraging the power of human connection through “positive systems.” Positive systems is a new field of research that shows that when we are connected to one another, striving to make each other better, we not only raise the success of the entire group, we exponentially increase our individual potential.

This talk will explore how business owners and leaders can develop and nurture positive systems within their organizations to improve workplace wellbeing, employee engagement, and organizational culture and transform their organizations from mediocre to extraordinary.

Learning Objectives
• Grasp a full understanding of the current state of employee health, wellbeing, and engagement in the US workforce and why it’s a problem we must solve.
• Learn about the body of research on the importance of human connection and positive systems, led by Dr. Shawn Achor.
• Understand how to apply the tactical strategies born out of this research to tap into human potential, foster workplace wellbeing, elevate organizational culture, and improve business outcomes.

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Rebecca Weitzel

President, Good Life Wellness Solutions
Rebecca A. Weitzel is president and co-founder of Good Life Wellness Solutions, a majority woman-owned business that improves workplace wellbeing so people and businesses can thrive. She's a health and wellness veteran with over 22 years of experience and holds certifications in personal... Read More →

3:30pm MDT

Customer Journey: Expectations vs. Ideals
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For this workshop, we will be looking at the importance of the Customer Experience Journey. Building out this journey intentionally is comprised of different steps: Defining your customer journey, identifying the customer's expectations, recognizing your company's ideals, creating talk-worthy moments and putting it all into practice.

This particular presentation will be held in a workshop style where we will focus on identifying the customer's expectations and recognizing (and leveraging) your company's ideals. By defining your ideals, you'll be able to stand out from your competition. Everyone that attends this workshop will leave with the tools to identify expectations and ideals within their own company. Check back a week before the event to grab our free worksheet or we will provide one to you at the workshop.

This workshop is applicable for anyone with a business or considering to start a business.

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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 →