10th Women's Small Business Conference

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

  10th Annual Women's Small Business Conference
  Thursday, July 18th | 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  Sky Ute Casino Resort | Ignacio, CO
  $65/Attendee | $300/Exhibitor

  Join the Colorado Small Business Development Center Network
  and breakthrough to excellence with a day of educational seminars,
  one-on-one consulting, valuable networking opportunities,
  and exciting speakers!

Sheri Tingey, Owner, Alpaca 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. For the full agenda, click here... 


NEW at Havana BID

Monday, April 02, 2018

Welcome Chance Horiuchi!

The Havana Business Improvement District (BID) Board has hired Chance Horiuchi for the executive director in-training position.  Chance will be training under current Havana BID Executive Director, Gayle Jetchick, for a full year to learn the ropes before taking over as ED in April of 2019.  Gayle can then semi-retire and drop back to part-time or help with specific projects only.

For the past six years, Chance worked as the Director of Business Development at the Aurora Chamber.  She is well connected in the Aurora community and has the business knowledge and energy to continue and expand the Havana BID's programs.  Her first day on the job is April 2, 2018.

(Pictured:  Chance  Horiuchi holding the flowers with Gayle Jetchick at the Aurora Chamber Awards Dinner on March 16, 2018.)

Northern Colorado Women's Small Business Conference

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

2nd Annual Northern Colorado Women's Small Business Conference  
Thursday, November 2nd | 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
The Ranch in Loveland | 5280 Arena Circle | Loveland, CO 80538

The Colorado SBDC Network is hosting the Women's Small Business Conference at the Ranch in Loveland on Thursday, November 2nd.  This annual event features a day full of breakout training sessions, exhibitor tables, one-on-one consulting, and networking. Don't miss out on your opportunity to attend - this event sells out every year!

WHO: People looking to start a new venture and existing businesses looking to grow 

SESSIONS ON: Marketing | Financials | Business Planning | Social Media | Branding | Human Resources | Funding Options

COST: $75 Attendee | $350 Exhibitor
(Use promo code NEWSLETTER17 for $5 OFF attendee ticket//Use promo code NEWSTABLE17 for $25 OFF exhibitor ticket)


QUESTIONS: or 303-892-3816

There will also be a silent auction at the conference to help raise funds for the Colorado SBDC.  Check out all the great items up for bid through this link here.

Recap: Small Business Resource and Lenders Fair

Friday, June 02, 2017
Twelve small business resource providers and micro-lenders were on hand May 20th to give information and answer questions at the recent fair that was held to culminate the Aurora-South Metro SBDC's LEADING EDGE(TM) Strategic Planning Series.  Becky Takeda-Tinker, Ph.D., of CSU Global Campus introduced Congressman Mike Coffman, who addressed the crowd at the Aurora Central Library. Pictured at right with the Congressman is Josh Vigil, Deputy Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration Colorado District, and Eric Phillips, SBA's Economic Development Specialist.

Executive Director Marcia McGilley, as emcee of the event, thanked the 12 business resource partners and micro-lenders.  "We appreciate the time community members took on a Saturday to share expertise with our clients and citizens. Special thanks to the team from the Congressman's office for hosting this event."  A few photos of the event are below.


Above:  Aurora's Central Library Community Room held a nice crowd; Aaron Witzke of the Rocky Mountain
MicroFinance Institute answered a question from the audience.

Below:  One of Aurora-South Metro SBDC LEADING EDGE(TM) participants praised the Strategic Planning
Series; Alicia Cartwright discussed her role as business librarian with Arapahoe Libraries.

Below:  The lenders fair is at its best as guests talk one-on-one with the resource providers.




At left is Elena Vasconez talking with Congressman Coffman. 
Elena and the Mi Casa Resource Center,
Denver Women's Business Center, was honored with the
U.S. Small Business Administration national award for
Women's Business Center of Excellence and Innovation,
received recently in Washington, D.C.

Women in Business Convention

Thursday, August 20, 2015
2nd Annual Women in Business Convention

Sponsored by the University of Phoenix, Colorado Campus

Learn how to develop a business plan, fund your ideas, develop a marketing strategy, and hear from a panel of women entrepreneurs who made the LEAP!

Friday August 21, 2015
1:00 – 5:00 pm
Lone Tree Campus | 10004 Park Meadows Dr. | Lone Tree, CO 80124

Event Schedule:
  • 12:30-1:00 pm — Registration
  • 1:00 pm — Welcome
  • 1: 05 – 1:45 pm — Session #1 – Business Planning….It is Just Not That Difficult!
    Presented by Marcia McGilley- Executive Director South Metro Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
  • 1:50 – 2:30 pm — Session #2– Funding Your Business: Lending Options
    Presented by Megan Sheehan, Loan officer Colorado Enterprise Fund.
  • 2:35-3:15 pm — Session #3- Moving Your Business Forward
    Presented by Dr. Julianna Sanchez-Stone, President Career Life Academy
  • 3:20-4:00 pm — Panel Discussion – Women Entrepreneurs Sharing Insights and Inspiration
    Lasinda Crane – Cranelli’s Italian Restaurant
    Dr. Julianna Sanchez Stone – President Career Life Academy
    Korri Stainbrook – Community Relations Specialist
    Rachelle Disbennett-Lee – Coaching/Consulting Business
  • Networking 4:15-5:15 pm at Cranelli’s Italian Restaurant (across the street from the campus) — Happy Hour prices!

To register for this event or learn about additional workshops at the Colorado Campus go to: