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Tuesday, July 25


Beyond the Kegerator and Foosball Table: Creating A Culture to Succeed
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Building culture is more than lip service to a catch phrase or a keg in your office “play space.”  How do you proactively develop culture and intentionally communicate it to potential employees?  Hear from local culture builders how they have moved beyond the kegerator and foosball table.

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Bert Robinson

Founder & Director, The Corporate Core
Bert Robinson has over 30 years of experience in the non-profit and professional arenas committed to service, development, and leadership. His passion to help people maximize their potential combined with a relational and humorous communication style allows him to reach over ethnic... Read More →

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Vanessa Haas

Director of Human Resources, Left Hand Brewing Company
Vanessa Haas has had the pleasure of working in the field of Human Resources in some capacity for the last 26 years.  As the Director of Human Resources for Left Hand Brewing Co., it is often said by Vanessa that she has won the job lottery.  Vanessa has owned several of her own... Read More →
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Todd Kinzle

Founder / Sr. Director of Product Strategy, AuctionGenius / vAuto
I am an experienced entrepreneur with a bent towards technology and a passion for impact. I love leading people and creating a winning culture by filling teams with great individuals and inspiring what's awesome in each of them. I get a real thrill out of leveraging technology to... Read More →
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Kristen Moorefield

Director of Human Resources, SparkFun Electronics
Kristen Moorefield is the HR Director at SparkFun Electronics, Inc, in Niwot, CO. SparkFun is an open-source electronics e-retailer that focuses on making embedded electronics accessible to everyone, no matter age or skill-level. While not in a technical role herself, Kristen helps... Read More →
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Andrea Ritzer

Director, People Operations and Boulder Site HR, Google
Hi, my name is Andrea Ritzer and I'm a Director in People Operations.  I joined Google in 2005 as an HRBP, fell in love with the role, and have been working as an HRBP ever since!  I find myself gravitating towards the impact I can have with leaders in 1:1 and small group engagements... Read More →

Tuesday July 25, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Dicken's Opera House 300 Main Street, Longmont, CO
Wednesday, July 26


SBIR and Innovation Grants: No Rosy Glasses
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Innovation grants are key opportunities for early stage technology companies to capture non-dilutive capital, but not easy or simple!  Learn how to avoid the pitfalls. Hear candid insights from our panel of technology venture founders and leaders who all have hands-on and hard-won experience with innovation grants including Department of Defense, NASA, National Institute of Health, Department of Energy, State of Colorado Advanced Industries Grants and more.

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Sharon King

Executive Director, Small Business Development Center
In the past 10 years, Sharon King and the Boulder SBDC have worked with over 5,000 entrepreneurs from startups through 2nd stage companies, from “Main Street” businesses through highly scalable manufacturing and Advanced Industries. Sharon’s first business was a vintage retail... Read More →

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Doug Campbell

CEO, Roccor & Solid Power
Area of expertise lies in overseeing the process of ideation through technology feasibility and prototype demonstration and early stage market evaluation. I assume the responsibility of matching new ideas with funding opportunities and managing resource-constrained projects to achieve... Read More →
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Erica Dawson

Dr. Erica Dawson has been integral in leading the research and development as well as the product transfer of multiple commercial products at InDevR since 2006.  Dr. Dawson manages InDevR’s cross-functional research and development department, guiding and overseeing the development... Read More →
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Bob Levenduski

President, Redstone Aerospace

Wednesday July 26, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Guaranty Bank 401 Main Street, Longmont, CO


The Bigger Picture: How Entrepreneurs Help Our Economy Thrive in Good Times and Bad
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Metro Denver EDC CEO J.J. Ament will discuss the importance of entrepreneurs and startups to our regional economic health.

Our state is second to none in concentrated talent, making Metro Denver a crucible for innovation and entrepreneurism. Partnerships among our research universities and national laboratories and the business community breeds company success.

Our entrepreneurial business environment is propelling forward with dynamic industries, significant venture capital awards, and high concentrations of scientific and research talent.

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Jessica Erickson

CEO, Longmont Economic Development Partnership

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J.J. Ament

CEO, Metro Denver EDC
With experience in the private, public and nonprofit sectors, J. J. Ament brings a unique combination of expertise to his role as CEO of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation. A former investment banker who specialized in public finance, J. J. structured and executed financial... Read More →

Wednesday July 26, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Wibby Brewing 209 Emery Street, Longmont, CO


Fireside Chat with StickerGiant: On the Road to Sticker Printing Fame
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StickerGiant’s Founder talks about his business journey over the past 18 years, from starting up an online store in his basement to over twelve million dollars in revenue. What’s been a key to the foundation of this success? John will share his Twelve Laws of Business and other stories from along the road to sticker printing fame. StickerGiant was recently featured in Forbes magazine as one of the top 25 Small Giants of 2017 and is also known for their Guinness World Records Largest Sticker Ball. 

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Jesse Freitas

Marketing Director, Sticker Giant
I run the Marketing Team at StickerGiant and I am really passionate about Brand Management. We specialize in Digital Marketing acquiring customers through Paid Search, SEO, Social Media, Email Campaigns, Sponsorships and more. I also run Project Management of our Website Development... Read More →

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John Fischer

Founder & CEO, StickerGiant
John Fischer is an ecommerce veteran. He has executed many successful web launches and now focuses on his ultimate niche, custom sticker and label printing. John has been part of the launch, or marketing team, for the following websites or companies:  US Robotics, MSNBC, American... Read More →

Wednesday July 26, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Firehouse Art Center 667 4th Avenue, Longmont, CO
Thursday, July 27


Solutions Selling: Total Customer Service
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Jeff Binder and Dave Fellows founded Layer3 TV in Boston in 2013; in 2014 the company opened a new HQ in Denver. The company under Binder's leadership has raised more than $80 Million and was named a Forbes Hottest Startup in 2015 with a valuation of $385 Million.  Layer3 is trying to improve on the reputation many cable providers have gained as stodgy, hulking corporations trying to nickel-and-dime their customers.  It isn’t just rolling out red-carpet customer service in the form of fancy cars or a “white-glove” customer experience, such as your ability to text the company whenever you have questions or concerns.  It’s also trying to lure subscribers with the promise of next-gen technology embedded in its product.  All of this is aimed at raising the bar for cable service, making it so that consumers feel they’re actually getting what they pay for — or more - providing total customer service.

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Jeff Binder

CEO, Layer3 TV
Jeff Binder is an American entrepreneur that has built several startups in the technology, media, and telecommunications sector. He is currently the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Layer3 TV, and previously the founding CEO of Broadbus Technologies and early investor and Chairman... Read More →

Thursday July 27, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Mathnasium Village at the Peaks - 1250 S. Hover Street, Longmont, CO
Friday, July 28


Angel Investor 101
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So you have amassed some wealth, you have heard the buzz about angel investing and you are considering the idea of being an angel investor.   You have heard it can be risky but you have also heard about the potential great returns. You may wonder: How do people really get started as angels?  What does it require and is it right from you? Is your own risk profile a fit with angel investing or is it not the right asset class for you.  Charles and Andrew McGregor from Rockies Venture Club will walk you through the basics of angel investing.

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Andrew McGregor

President/COO, McGregor & Associates, LLC
Andrew McGregor is an active angel investor/mentor in the Rockies Venture Network, industry advisor for the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network in Colorado, and Board Member of the Kravis Leadership Institute. Having lived and worked around the world, he is best known for business and... Read More →
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Charles McGregor

General Partner, McGregor & Associates, LLC
Charles McGregor graduated cum laude from CMC in 2015 with a departmental Honors in Biophysics. While at CMC, Charles built upon his interests in effective leadership in STEM centered businesses as a research assistant to Dr. Ron Riggio an advisee of Dr. Jay Conger’s, a Keck Graduate... Read More →

Friday July 28, 2017 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Guaranty Bank 401 Main Street, Longmont, CO


Diverse Perspectives: Finding Talent
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It takes more than having a respectful attitude and the appreciation of peoples' differences - we all bring diverse perspectives, work experiences, lifestyles and cultures to our job. Not only is hiring for diversity the right thing to do, it's also the smart thing to do!  Join us for an informative, collaborative and candid discussion on what hiring for diversity looks like in 2017.

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Hannah Davis

Program Director, Merge Lane
Hannah is an extraordinary community builder and startup supporter. She is the Program Director at MergeLane, an investment fund and education platform focused on accelerating high-potential female leaders. Before joining MergeLane, Hannah was an integral force at the Impact Hub Boulder... Read More →

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Sarah E. Brown

Director of Marketing, ServiceRocket
Sarah E. Brown is a growth catalyst for B2B SaaS companies. She co-hosts Helping Sells Radio podcast, a technology podcast focused on helping customers discover, adopt and thrive using your software, and is Director of Marketing at ServiceRocket, which helps fast-growing software... Read More →
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George Deriso

Assistant Director, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, University of Colorado, Boulder
George Deriso is an experienced executive, entrepreneur, educator, consultant, mentor, speaker and advisor who has worked with businesses of all sizes worldwide. George has been a professor of entrepreneurship for over a decade, and currently is Assistant Director for Innovation and... Read More →
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Patrice Madurai

Founder, The Cupcake ReSolution
Patrice is the founder of The Cupcake ReSolution, an initiative that aims to assist individuals in low income and rural areas to apply for and acquire identity documentation. In 2015, Patrice become one of the first ever Queen’s Young Leaders for her work through the project. She... Read More →
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Carmen Sample

CEO, Sample Supports
Carmen Sample is a successful entrepreneur that solves social issues by providing services to an underserved population while building profitable multi-million dollar businesses that include a social service agency, full-service restaurant, jewelry retail store, event venue and counseling... Read More →

Friday July 28, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Firehouse Art Center 667 4th Avenue, Longmont, CO