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Women's Small Business Conference

The 10th Annual Colorado SBDC Women's Small Business Conference, themed "Building for the Future" will take place on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at the Sky Ute Casino Resort in Ignacio, CO. Learn from our business experts at our variety of breakout sessions, sign up for one of our free, confidential consulting sessions, get inspired from our engaging keynote speaker, or take advantage of our community of small business owners/experts and network!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Entrepreneurs looking to start or grow a business

Sky Ute Casino Resort
14324 Hwy 172 North
Ignacio, CO 81137

SHUTTLE TRANSPORTATION: There will be a shuttle service on the day of the conference, operated by Buck Horn Limousine, from Durango to the Sky Ute Casino. Please call 970-769-0933 to schedule a ride.

$65/ Attendee
$300/ Exhibitor 


7:30AM Registration Opens

8AM Breakfast Speakers

9AM Breakout Sessions #1
-Radical Candor: How to Use Directness and Kindness to Get the Best Out of Your Employees: Betsy Fitzpatrick
Are you afraid to give direct feedback? Being radically candid can help. In this session, you will learn how to use Radical Candor to Challenge Directly and how you Care Personally when giving feedback, helping those you work with perform their best while building strong, meaningful relationships. 

-Financing for Growth-Steve White
When is the right time to get a loan to grow your business? Find out the timing on growing your business.

-Creating a Winning Content Strategy for Your Business Using Tech Platforms-Jean Ginzburg
Content is now the way that businesses should be selling their products and services. Creating a consistent content strategy will set you up for success. The presentation will cover ideal target market, marketing messaging, content creation, content hack to create a month worth of content with just one source and creating a content calendar. 

-Turning Your Side Hustle into a Full Time Gig-Facilitated by Gary Masner 
Hear from the owners of Cream Bean, Eli Monster, and commit 30 on how they turned their side hustle into a full-time job. 

10AM Breakout Sessions #2
-Legal Issues for Small and Growing Businesses-Amy Roepke
Learn how to get and keep your business legal affairs in order so that as your business grows, your legal problems don't grow along with it! We'll cover day-to-day legal issues and tips for preparing for your long term exit plan.

-Mental Wealth: 8 Components of Maintaining a Healthy Workplace-Browyn Radcliffe
Today's employees are looking for a sense of belonging, autonomy, motivation, guidance, and education: skills to grow within in the organization. They also want to have quality interpersonal relationships at work, see a future in the company and be valued for their contributions. Since we spend more time at work than anywhere else, the workplace becomes an excellent place to instill personal and interpersonal skills to support these desires. This workshop will provide some tools to help you help your employees. 

-Building a Powerful Brand (Part 1:Background)-Nancy Murphy
Is your brand just another pretty logo? Connect with customers in a meaningful way, build loyalty and drive repurchase behavior by building a powerful brand. Learn how and why the most successful organizations in the world make every business decision through the lens of their brand, and start building a brand that resonates with your customer in a powerful way.

-Financing Beyond a Conventional Lending-Juliene Wynn
Learn from lenders who provide financing to small business owners for a variety of needs. Lenders on the panel: Small Business Administration, USDA, Colorado Housing and Financing Authority. 

11AM Breakout Sessions #3
-Enliven Your Brand Through Purpose-Claire Attkisson
Join us for a morning dedicated to clarifying or discovering the purpose of your business or social venture and why it matters. Claire Attkisson and team will guide you through a mini branding sessions, case studies, do's and don'ts and points of inspiration for your venture-whatever the state. 

-Cybersecurity "Social Engineering"-Coryn and Eric Mann
In the Social engineering presentation, you will gain the knowledge to defend against social engineering deceptions that threaten organizational security. Bringing awareness to what is a social engineering attack, preventing data breaches by understanding the motivations and methods used by social engineers to access sensitive data and exploit organization vulnerabilities. 

-Importance of Management Accounting and Growing Your Business-Lindsay Ramirez
Too many small businesses don't consider the financial implications of running a business, how to interpret and understand your financial statements as it relates to growing your business, analyzing budgets, key performance indicators and variances to ensure growth in your business, manage costs and more!

-Building a Powerful Brand (Part 2: Workshop)-Nancy Murphy
In an interactive workshop experience that will walk you through a step-by-step process for building your powerful brand. Prerequisite: Part 1: Background. 

12PM Keynote Speaker
Sheri Tingey-Owner, Alpacka Raft
Alpacka Raft started in the fall of 2000 as a collaboration between Sheri Tingey, the design genius behind all of the products, and her son Thor, who had just completed a 600-mile packrafting traverse of Alaska's Brooks Range and had some ideas for how to make a better performing packraft. Her journey to starting her business began when they received a second Ritt Kellog Fund grant and spent 39 days traversing 600-miles of the Brooks Range, where they found that the packrafts they used were wholly inadequate. Inspired by her trip, Sheri created her first boat that took the packraft world by storm. However, her success didn't come without its challenges and hurtles, where you will leave this talk feeling inspired on how Sheri overcame these obstacles and built for the future. 

1:30PM-2:30PM Visit Exhibitors

2:30PM Breakout Sessions #4 

-Lunching with Lions: How to Survive and Thrive at Networking-Katherine McGraw Patterson
What if you'd rather jump into a cage of hungry lions wearing meat suit than wade into a room full of strangers? We're taught networking is important, but few of us are taught to do it well. In Lunching with Lions, Katherine shares the strategies she used to go from being terrifies of networking to founding one of Denver's leading Women's networking groups and becoming an influencer in the women's entrepreneurship community.

-Dirty Little Secrets about Cash Flow-Debra Robinson
Debra will share her knowledge on why it's important to understand your financials from a cash flow perspective; different CPA's perspectives, what the roles of your trusted advisers are in helping you manage cash flow and more!

-Xero: Integrated Accounting Software Solutions-Derek Nabbefeldt 
The could isn't just a place to store music anymore, it's an efficiency and productivity solution. From anywhere, at anytime, you can collaborate with advisers, source goods from across the oceans and provide world class service to your customers in your backyard. 

-Colorado SBDC TechSource: Helping Technology Companies Start and Grow-Sharon King and Jamie Brandess
For technology companies ready to grow, for engineers, scientists and students thinking about starting up, this breakout shares all of the support Colorado provides--from funding resources to understanding how to go to market. 

  • For businesses in the tourism industry, apply for a scholarship here
  • For all other businesses in need of a scholarship, apply here (limited available) 
REGISTRATION DISCLAIMER: The registration form asks pertinent information on your business and will take 2-3 minutes to complete. Since we are a federally funded program and offer this conference at a reduced rate, we ask these business and demographic questions so we can continue to offer you this conference at a subsidized cost. If you have any issues with registering or receiving a confirmation code, please email or call 303-892-3816.

- One (1) exhibit booth: one (1) 6' skirted table, two chairs
- Company name in the event program
- One (1) admissions to the event- includes breakfast, lunch, and networking reception

  • U.S. Small Business Administration 
  • Colorado Housing and Finance Authority 
  • Connect2Dot
  • Region9 
  • Preferred Lending Partners
  • Terryl Peterson CFO Services 
  • Agile International 
  • Spot On
  • Xero
  • 1st Southwest Bank
  • Allison Ragsdale Photography
  • Elle Consulting Services
  • TBK Bank
  • Connect4Health
  • Pathfinder Chiropractic