14th Annual Veterans Small Business Conference

Thursday, November 4, 2021
8:00 am-2:30 pm

In Person

$10 (Includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, beverages)

This year’s premier business training event for veteran entrepreneurs will be on November 4, 2021. The Colorado Small Business Development Center will host a day full of training and resources IN PERSON at the Pinery At the Hill!  Those looking start a business will learn how to utilize their skill set to lay the foundation for a successful venture. Those who already have a business will be able to explore options to grow their current operation such as government contracting, improved marketing, certifications and more.

Don’t miss this exciting conference where participants will meet the experts, participate in tracks and talk with exhibitors. 

Conference Agenda - COMING SOON

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7:30-8:00 am Accelevents Virtual Platform Opens
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
TBA 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
12:00-12:30 pm Lunch Break! Get up, stretch your legs.
12:30 - 1:30pm TBA TBA TBA TBA
1:30-2:30 pm 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 info@coloradosbdc.org or call 303-892-3816.

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