November 5, 2020

13th Annual Veterans Small Business Conference

Thursday, November 5, 2020
7:30 am-2:30 pm



Now an exciting event!

Don’t miss out on the year’s premier business training event for veteran entrepreneurs! Join the Colorado Small Business Development Center for a virtual day full of training and resources. Looking to start a business? Learn how to utilize your skill set to lay the foundation for a successful venture. Already have a business? Explore options to grow your current operation such as government contracting, improved marketing, certifications and more.

This will be an exciting conference where you will meet the experts, participate in tracks and talk with exhibitors. This is your chance to learn from the best. Don’t wait to register – this event WILL sell out!

Conference Agenda

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7:30-8:00 am Registration & Breakfast
8:00 am-8:40 am Welcoming Comments
  • Aikta Marcoulier | Pikes Peak SBDC Executive Director
  • Joey Jenkins | Colorado SBDC State Director
  • Rodney Gullate, Jr.
Keynote Address: Banks say YES to Veteran-Owned Businesses
Veteran-owned businesses are an important part of Colorado’s economy. When banks and veterans work together, businesses start and grow, employees are hired, assets are purchased, and communities benefit. Robin will speak about the impact veterans and their family members are making on their local communities, one business at a time.
  • Robin Roberts | President & CEO, Pikes Peak National Bank
8:40-9:40 am Start-Up Track Growth Track Contracting & Certifications Track Discussion Forum
I'm a Professional Veteran: Identifying Differentials In a Veteran-Owned Business Marketplace Good Money, Bad Money, Stupid Money
  • Moderator: Robin Roberts | President & CEO, Pikes Peak National Bank
  • Chris Franz | Veterans Crowdfunding
  • David Benavides | SBA
B2C – Suite: Targeting Major Corporations
  • Andra Hargrave | Owner, Global Sales Advisors
Let Go To Grow: Are You Willing to Trust the Next Person?
  • Stef Liller
  • Mike Tipton
9:50-10:50 am Business Funerals: Learn From Those Who Failed Workforce Development: Leveraging Government Resources
  • Facilitator: Matthew Broker | Regional Veterans Employment Representative, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Giving Guidelines: When Does Giving Actually Hurt Your Business?
11:00 am-12:00 pm Ownership Structures: What Works for You? Fight the PCS Itch: How To Maintain Your Focus During Change Networking & Marketing Your Business
  • Rosy Aburto McDonough | Director, Minority Business Office
  • Andra Hargrave | Owner, Global Sales Advisors
Mirror Check: Grasping the Moments of Boring and Staying Focused On Your Mission
12:00-2:30 pm Lunch & Keynote: 3E's Comedy Club (A Personal Story of Starting Up, Failing and Starting Again)
  • Opening comments by Commissioner Stan VanderWerf
  • Keynote by Eric Phillips

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.

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