2020 Small Business Week for the Pikes Peak Region was July 27-31, 2020. Each day included workshops and events designed to educate, celebrate, and champion small businesses in the Pikes Peak Region. From the new Food Truck License to Eat (a year long event!), a small business awards ceremony, to multiple educational events for small businesses, you did not want to miss the 8-year anniversary of the biggest small business celebration in town! (SBW Pikes Peak Region corresponds every year with the SBA’s National Small Business Week.)
Due to the impact of COVID-19 on the community, the popular Food Truck Cook-Off became A License to Eat, a guide to the vibrant food truck community of the Pikes Peak Region. We are sold out of the guide this year! Purchasers are able to support 24 participating food trucks operating in the area along with special offers until April 2021!
The Food Truck Cook-Off event will be back at Broadmoor World Arena next May, 2021.
Marketing drives your message, fuels your sales and communicates your purpose. With new challenges, and an ever-changing business environment, it is more important than ever that businesses get their marketing message right. These are turbulent times for businesses and the marketing messages seem to be changing weekly.
We are facing unprecedented challenges in our community and many businesses are having to change how they deliver products or services to customers. Whether your service offerings are changing, providing alternative delivery options, changing your hours or availability, or simply messaging how you support your community, you need to make that message clear across all your digital channels. Consumers are looking to digital messaging more than ever before and you need to make smart investments with clear messaging so that it makes it easier for customers to do business with you. You must also alter their expectations, so they’re less likely to be upset if you cannot deliver the experience they’ve had in the past.
Join us as we have a discussion from leaders in the marketing world as they hit the reset button on your marketing trends and expectations for 2020 and beyond.
Vice President of Marketing & Communications, Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC
Digital Sales Manager, KRDO Network
Associate Professor of Digital Strategy and Marketing, University of Colorado Springs
Vice President of Media Relations, SSPR
Free Virtual Broadcast from the New United States Olympic & Paralympic Museum with Panel and Tour
The Olympic rings remain one of the world’s most widely recognized symbols and as Olympic City USA completes its goal of building the soon-to-be iconic United States Olympic & Paralympic Museum, many local businesses are excited! The Museum, along with the power of the Olympic and Paralympic brands, will attract more business, tourists and young talent and will enhance a sports-ecosystem that will help our economy rebuild. Come take a look behind the scenes of the new museum and learn about the economic impact that this one-of-a-kind building and universal brand will have on our local economy.
There will not be another chance to catch this, so join us for this exciting and exclusive event as we go inside the third most anticipated building in the world!
Michelle Dusserre Farrell
Colorado Chapter President, U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Alumni Association
Dusserre Farrell holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition from Arizona State University, a Masters of Basic Science (with an emphasis in exercise science) from University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and she is a registered dietitian.
His board affiliations have included the Nobel Prize Education Fund; the National Philanthropic Trust, which he chaired from 2005 to 2008; EdWeek Magazine; and the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research Foundation. He currently serves on the board of the PGA of America, and previously served on the executive committee of the United States Golf Association, where he was chair of the museum committee.
Liedel earned his bachelor’s degree at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and his master’s degree at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He is a Wharton Fellow from the University of Pennsylvania.
Douglas P. Price, IOM
President & CEO, Visit Colorado Springs
He has more than 35 years of leadership experience in sales and professional development. Doug is a recognized public speaker and the author of three books -- License to Sell, a book on "high touch" selling in a "high tech" environment; License to Serve, a how-to guide for creating exceptional customer service, and Change It!, a book on helping people change themselves and others.
Since its inception, Doug has served as co-chair of the team that developed and implemented the new brand “Olympic City USA” for the City of Colorado Springs. He is an original member of the City for Champions project and a graduate of Colorado Springs Leadership Institute, Leadership Pikes Peak, US Air War College National Security Forum and US Chamber Institute of Organization Management (IOM). Doug currently serves on Boards of Directors of the Colorado Tourism Office, Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC, Colorado Springs Sports Corp, Regional Leadership Forum, Downtown Partnership, Pikes Peak Lodging Association, Tourism Industry Association of Colorado and Colorado Association of Destination Marketing Organizations. He earned his BS degree in Hospitality Management from Florida International University.
Free Virtual Broadcast from 3 E’s Comedy Club
Employers and employees are experiencing increasingly stressful environments due to the recent pandemic. As they strive to keep up with increasing business demands of working longer hours, worrying about income, balancing work with family and poor lifestyle choices, this can increase the risk of chronic conditions. Stress can have a negative effect on your employees’ lives and make it harder to be productive, lead to more sick days, and can increase workers’ compensation costs. The good news is that business owners are uniquely positioned to influence their employees and lead the charge of being healthier.
Join us for how health can be a business strategy and how you can avoid burnout. You don’t want to miss this session! Join us for a sneak peak of the brand new 3E’s Comedy Club. Join us for comedians who will keep us healthy by teaching us why Laughter is the Best Medicine, and hear from Tom Carter, Vice President of Kaiser Permanente’s Workforce Health Consulting Group and Kaiser Permanente On-the-Job®.
Vice President, Kaiser Permanente’s Workforce Health Consulting Group and Kaiser Permanente On-the-Job®
Virtual Location Host
U.S. Bank panelists, Brian Lipp, Business Banking Manager; Joanna Abrot, Business Banking Relationship Manager; Sarah Gonzales, Performance Consultant; and Joe Hemmel, SBA Business Development Officer, will give a 15-minute presentation on these COVID-19 relief programs available to small businesses then open up the platform to answer your questions about them.
Business Banking Relationship Manager
Joanna has over 12 years of experience in the banking industry with 4 of those years working for U.S. Bank. Born in the Philippines and grew up as a pastor’s daughter in Southern California, Joanna always understood the value of hard work, dedication, and honesty. Her ability to make her clients feel at ease, as well as her capacity to think outside the box has earned her a stellar reputation among her clientele. She also has a background in hospitality management, accounting, and advertising. Joanna has enjoyed being a resident of Colorado Springs for the past 5 years and volunteers in the community every chance she gets.
Sarah E. Gonzales
Performance Consultant, AVP
Sarah has a total of 15 years of experience collaborating with our Wealth Management, Commercial Banking, and Retail Banking departments here in the Mountain Division. Sarah has served on many boards over the years. She currently serves locally on the Downtown Colorado Springs B.I.D (Business improvement District) board and Pioneer Museum board as their Fundraising Chair. Sarah is the President of U.S. Bank’s Development Network where she supports employee community initiatives here in Colorado Springs. She has a Master’s in Business Administration from Colorado Tech and is a graduate from the 2019 Best Class Ever, Leadership Pikes Peak Signature program.
When she isn’t volunteering, she spends her time fishing with her son and cooking up new recipes.
Vice President, Business Development Officer, US Bank SBA Division
As a SBA Business Develop Officer for US Bank it is my responsibility to establish relationships with Business Brokers, Commercial Real Estate Brokers, CPA’s and Attorney’s to develop SBA business for US Bank.
I have 25 years of experience in Commercial Banking. Throughout my banking career I have worked with customers to purchase commercial real estate, business acquisitions through the SBA, provided working capital lines of credit, equipment financing and fixed asset financing.
Business Banking Manager
I enjoy being active in the communities I serve and attend all worthwhile functions to develop relationships and new business opportunities. When it comes to board engagement I am currently sitting on the BBB of Southern Colorado as board chair and am also serving on the Executive Committee for the organization. In addition to this I am an active member of the North Colorado Springs Rotary club.
Minority business owners are critical to the success of American businesses. 72,132 businesses in Colorado are owned by self-employed minorities contributing much-needed diversity to the business landscape.
This panel will discuss:
How you as a consumer can:
- Support these businesses in your local community
- Contribute through supplier diversity initiatives
How you as a minority-owned business can:
- Learn about the opportunities to grow your business through certifications
- Find the opportunities utilizing the Minority Business Office of Colorado
Be a part of the conversation! There are a host of ways for you to get involved, support minority-owned businesses, and grow your minority-owned business.
Rosy Aburto McDonough
Director, Minority Business Office of Colorado
Rosy achieved her bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science (Applied Mathematics) at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Her graduating dissertation was Risk Management. Rosy completed an MBA with emphasis in Finance and International Business at the University of Colorado at Denver. She has entrepreneurial spirit and as a result has owned several businesses throughout her life. Her latest initiative, a credit reporting agency serving the mortgage lending and property management industries nation-wide in the U.S., and various Latin American markets. Her banking experience includes community development, specialty/minority markets, corporate relations, credit analysis, lending, and business banking.
Rosy was born and raised in Mexico providing her with a deep sense of biculturalism. She spends most of her free time with her three girls and husband. Her home is a tri-lingual and culturally diverse household with special interest in learning languages and diverse Chinese and Latin cultures and traditions.
Business Banking Specialist, U.S. Bank
Natasha has more than 19 years’ experience in financial services, with an emphasis in retail and business banking. Her passion lies in community investment where she has been involved with many organizations. She has served as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for two years; an officer of U.S. Bank’s Development Network; and a member of U.S. Bank’s Proud to Serve board. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Technology, with a minor in Finance from DeVry University. Her greatest achievement are her husband and three children.
The Men's Xchange
Vice President | Community Affairs Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, U.S. Bank
Her professional growth is fueled by a personal commitment to serving the community as both mentor and leader. A Colorado native, Marcia passionately volunteers for many organizations and serves on the boards of Latin American Educational Foundation (LAEF), Latinas First Foundation, the Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver and Fiesta Colorado Dance Company. She is an alumna of the prestigious Latino Leadership Institute at the University of Denver and the Colorado Hispanic Chamber Foundation’s Leadership Program. She has an impressive performing arts background as a trained dancer that has taken her from the stages in the Southwest U.S. to Sydney, Australia.
Marcia is staunch advocate for education as a first-generation college graduate with a degree from the University of Denver in International Business and a minor in Spanish. Her greatest pride and joy are her identical twin sons.
On Friday, July 31 hundreds joined us for the VIRTUAL Small Business Week Celebration and Awards Banquet, where the winners in the following five categories were announced. Winners and finalists for each category are listed below!
- Small Business Person of the Year
- Small Business Champion of the Year
- Young Entrepreneur of the Year
- Family-Owned Business of the Year
- Veteran Small Business Owner of the Year
- Best Food Truck of the Year – People’s Choice
Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Honors an entrepreneur 35 years of age or younger with at least a one-year track record demonstrating innovativeness, commitment to the community and potential for long-term business success
Family-Owned Business of the Year
Honors a family-owned and operated business with multiple generationsrepresented with at least a ten-year track record demonstrating commitment to the community and other
family-owned businesses, prioritizing family and having potential for long-term business success
Veteran Small Business Owner of the Year
Honors a U.S. Armed Forces veteran who has owned and operated a business with at least a two-year track record demonstrating commitment to the community and other veteran-owned businesses, incorporating their experience as a veteran into their business model and having potential for long-term business success
Small Business Person of the Year
Honors a business owner/operator (or team) with at least a three-year track record who meets multiple criteria defining a successful entrepreneur – criteria includes demonstrating exceptional increase in sales, net profit and net worth; sustained growth in number of employees; staying power; innovativeness in product or service; overcoming adversity; and community contributions.