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Monday, July 24


So You Want to Start a Brewery? Lessons from Early Stage Entrepreneurs
Limited Capacity seats available

Hear from a panel of recent craft brewery and cidery startups on the trials and tribulations of starting their businesses, and the unique approaches they took to funding them.

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Janine Ledingham

Director of Local Business & Startup Community, Longmont Economic Development Partnership
Janine is the Director of Local Business and Startup Community Development at the Longmont Economic Development Partnership. She is  responsible for developing and coordinating the City of Longmont's local business support programs and for supporting Longmont's Startup Community... Read More →

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Cindy Landi

Co-Founder/CEO, St. Vrain Cidery
Cindy’s background in customer services gives her a strong drive to exceed expectations and provide the best experience possible. She has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and has dreamed of having her own business for some time. She most recently worked with a team that grew... Read More →
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Billy McDivitt

COO/Chief Reality Officer, Open Door Brewing
Like you, Billy had many dreams as a kid; ranging from traveling to Mars to running a bar like Sam Malone in Cheers.  Bi-polarly educated at both the University of Colorado (Architecture) and Colorado State University (Construction Management), he has over 20 years of experience... Read More →
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Ted Risk

Co-Founder & Director of Business Operations, Wibby Brewing
I grew up in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago as the son of an Episcopalian minister living in the rectory of the church. Most of my childhood was spent playing baseball and basketball and riding my bike around town. I attended Ithaca College where I studied Sport Management and Economics... Read More →
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HK Wallace

Head Distiller, Abbott & Wallace Distilling Co.
I would summarize myself as down to earth and friendly. Always eager to learn new skill sets and better my knowledge and professionalism in my fields. I am definitely a jack of many trades, with my main focuses on Brewing and Distilling systems manufacturing and consulting. However... Read More →
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John A. Young

Co-Founder & Operator, Abbott & Wallace Distilling Co.
Co-Founder and Executive Managing Member of Longtucky Spirits in downtown Longmont, CO. Located in the beautiful brick "Daily Times Call" building, Longtucky will feature barrel aged spirits hand crafted from local ingredients. Previously a brewer with Avery Brewing Company and earned... Read More →

Monday July 24, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Wibby Brewing 209 Emery Street, Longmont, CO


Funding Your Food Business
Limited Capacity seats available

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Bill Capsalis

Founder, MarkEnomics LLC
As an avid healthy lifestyle expert, Bill works with emerging brands as well as mid-sized companies on everything from brand & sales channel strategy, finance, operational challenges and product innovation.  He has held positions of VP of Marketing at Kinko’s (1985 -1997), EVP... Read More →

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Susan Graf

SVP, Regional Development Manager, New Resource Bank
Susan Graf is SVP, Regional Development Manager for New Resource Bank in Colorado. NRB is a mission-focused lender and has deep expertise in understanding the needs of organic food companies for working capital. She serves as Treasurer of the board for Naturally Boulder and previously... Read More →
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Lew Hagler

Director of Credit Quality, Colorado for Fresh
As Director of Credit, Lewis monitors portfolio and credit quality. He also manages our Northern Colorado lending activity including consulting with potential applicants about their business plans, performing credit analysis and loan underwriting, and providing ongoing business advisory... Read More →
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Vincent Love

Chief Operating Officer, Sunrise Strategic Partners
Vincent Love is responsible for originating, due diligence, structuring and monitoring of Sunrise Strategic Partners’ investments. Prior to co-founding Sunrise Strategic Partners, Vincent spent 10 years in investment banking at Citigroup, focused on the consumer and retail sectors... Read More →

Monday July 24, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Firehouse Art Center 667 4th Avenue, Longmont, CO
Tuesday, July 25


Setting up your Online Store - 6 Pilllars of E-Commerce
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During this 2.5-hour interactive workshop, you will learn the key steps to launching a successful e-commerce store. You will learn about choosing a domain, choosing a selling platform, customizing the look and feel of the store, customizing images and descriptions of your products or services, configuring your payment methods, and ways to market your online store. You will walk away with some great tools and strategies to get your e-commerce store running and making profits!  

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Sam Gastro

CEO, AlphaBoulder
Self-proclaimed top entrepreneur of his elementary 4th grade class, Sam Gastro has been dreaming up business ideas for as long as he can remember. True to his entrepreneurial roots, he continues to fuel his passion in the niche of e-commerce. He has founded multiple online companies... Read More →

Tuesday July 25, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
Guaranty Bank 401 Main Street, Longmont, CO


RiNo Arts District: How to Make an Art Movement
Limited Capacity seats available

RiNo: Located just north of downtown Denver, the RiNo has created a movement that includes a remarkable concentration of creative businesses, including architects, art galleries, designers, furniture makers, illustrators, painters, media artists, photographers, sculptors and an array of studio spaces. RiNo is "Where Art Is Made" in Denver. Come hear how it evolved.

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Rob Warner

Creative District Coordinator for Longmont Downtown Development Authority, Owner & Creative Director of Rhinoworks


Sonia Danielsen

Property Owner & Developer, Bindery on Blake
Sonia Danielsen is a longtime Denver resident, successful business owner and real estatedeveloper in the River North District (RiNo). Her thoughtful approach to developmentrespects the history of a place while also recognizing the changing needs of today’stenants. Together with... Read More →
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Chandler Romeo

Co-Chair, RiNo Arts District Board of Directors
Chandler Romeo is an artist living and working in Denver, Colorado.  She has a B.F.A.  in ceramics from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Romeo has received project grants from the Colorado Council on the Arts and the Montana Arts Council.  She currently serves... Read More →
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Tracy Weil

Founder/Owner, Weilworks
Co-Founder and Creative Director of the RiNo Art District, Artist Tracy Weil specializes in building community. The RiNo Art District is booming as Denver's new creative community. Celebrating it's 12th year in 2017, Weil has been a driving force in the development of this creative... Read More →

Tuesday July 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Firehouse Art Center 667 4th Avenue, Longmont, CO
Wednesday, July 26


ABC's: Appetizing Branding for Craft & Culinary Startups
Limited Capacity seats available

Whether you’re a “ startisan”  food business or an established food business seeking to improve your existing branding and positioning, this session will help equip you with ideas that you can use to drive product preference and move consumers from buying to buy-in.   You will hear practical tips from local experts who have created promotion strategies, packaging, branding and pricing that work together to create an image that identifies your product and differentiates it from competitors.

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Tim Streeb

Managing Director, Marketing & PR, Sterling-Rice Group
For more than 15 years, Tim has created and implemented diverse marketing communications and public relations campaigns, for companies ranging from emerging brands and technology startups to Fortune 50 public companies. Leveraging his skills in strategic planning, brand strategy and... Read More →

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Lauren Blackburn

Marketing Maven, Big Red F Restaurant Group
A genuine marketing maven and jack-of-all-trades, Lauren fell in love with the community and fast-paced, ever-evolving restaurant industry at an early age. Born and raised in Tulsa, OK, she worked in restaurants in high school and college and decided to combine her passions for hospitality... Read More →

Troy Mandery

Owner, BBP
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Martha Risk

Brand Manager, Wibby Brewing
Martha Risk grew up in the north suburbs of Chicago. Having had an appreciation for art and nature, she attended the Art Program at CSU. Two years later, after meeting her husband, Ted, she moved back to Chicago where they lived the city life for 5 years. During this time Martha finished... Read More →

Wednesday July 26, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
BBP 232 Main Street, Longmont, CO


The Art of Cheesemaking
Limited Capacity filling up

Join two local entrepreneurs as they team up to bring you Cheesemaking 101 with Cheese and Hard Cider Pairing.  This informative and tasty presentation will teach you about the basic science behind cheesemaking while you enjoy some delicious cheese paired with the perfect hard cider.  You will also get to hear how these two dynamic entrepreneurs got their start and are now living their passions through their successful Longmont businesses!

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Kate Johnson

Owner, The Art of Cheese
Kate Johnson is the founder and owner of The Art of Cheese.  She got her start as a cheesemaker as the director of Briar Gate Farm, her local family farm where she offers creative learning opportunities centered around animals and farmstead arts.   She raises Nubian, Mini Nubian... Read More →
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Cindy Landi

Co-Founder/CEO, St. Vrain Cidery
Cindy’s background in customer services gives her a strong drive to exceed expectations and provide the best experience possible. She has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and has dreamed of having her own business for some time. She most recently worked with a team that grew... Read More →

Wednesday July 26, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
St. Vrain Cidery 350 Terry St., Suite 130, Longmont, CO - Entrance is in the alleyway


Cannabis Journalism: “America’s New Normal”
Limited Capacity seats available

I know cannabis seems fun and exotic. I know it elicits half-baked puns and decades-old stereotypes, but I believe cannabis is a serious topic. It has far-reaching implications, from federal drug policy, medical research, and international trade to local taxes and even vending machine ordinances. With other states looking to Colorado as an example, of what to do and what not to do, accurate and responsible reporting on cannabis is more critical than ever.

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Andrew J Matranga

Marketing Team, StickerGiant
Hi, I’m Andrew Matranga. Welcome to one of my digital footprints. I’m a technology specialist, media educator and marketing consultant living in Longmont, Colorado. I create and manage digital experiences for StickerGiant, offering a range of services, from copywriting and social... Read More →

Wednesday July 26, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Firehouse Art Center 667 4th Avenue, Longmont, CO
Thursday, July 27


Beyond the Farmers Market: Bridging the Gap Between Intention and Profitability
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Whether organic, nut-free, GMO-free, paleo, high protein, low-sugar, fair trade, eco-friendly, responsibly sourced, or nutrient dense... many products in the natural foods industry are founded with the mission of social benefit. Often based on personal experience, founders see a path to a healthier happier individual and planet through a better food choice. The gap between a mission-driven product and profitability, however, can be vast. Join us as our panelists, all representing part of the puzzle, explore the dynamics of the path to profitability.

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Brian Coppom

Executive Director, Boulder County Farmers Market
Brian Coppom brings more than 20 years in business operations, business development and product development experience to the Boulder County Farmers’ Markets. As Executive Director of Colorado's top growers-only markets in Longmont and Boulder, Coppom directs the nonprofit organization's... Read More →

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Tara Burkley

Sr. Research Strategist, New Hope Natural Media
I love bringing data, insights and consumer realities to life for companies. My background of working with emerging brands (I LOVE the energy of entrepreneurs!), large CPG, Fortune 500, and smaller companies provides a comprehensive understanding of challenges and growth opportunities... Read More →
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Nancy Coppom

Founder & CEO, Inglorious Monk Bakery
Founder, Inglorious Monk Bakery - we make whoopie pies that are free of dairy, gluten, eggs, nuts, soy, GMOs, artificial colors & artificial flavors, NOT free of glorious high quality taste!  Founded in 2012 (I sold my CPA practice that I’d built and run from 1994 to 2010, in 2010... Read More →

Shawn Edmonds

Founder, Bloombox Foods
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Willow King

CEO, Ozuke
Willow King is the co-founder and CEO of Ozuké, which she and a partner created 5 years ago. Previous to the natural food world, she was involved in sales, marketing and PR for the outdoor industry and online/ print magazines. She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her family... Read More →
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Woody Tasch

Founder & Chairman, Slow Money
Woody Tasch is the Founder and Chairman of the Slow Money Institute and author of Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered (Chelsea Green). Since 2010, dozens of local Slow Money networks and investment clubs have catalyzed the flow... Read More →

Thursday July 27, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Whole Foods Village at the Peaks


Trial & Error in Business: Slim Chances, Challenges, and Risks Taken with Dave Query
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Dave Query

Founder & Owner, Big Red F Restaurant Group
Dave Query has a long history with food and cooking in Boulder, Colorado. It started at the palace of all things good grub, Mustard's Last Stand, where at a young age he learned the very gratifying return of making someone something to eat and having them really enjoy it. After attending... Read More →

Thursday July 27, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
The Post 1258 S. Hover Road, Longmont, CO 80501


The Business of Beer
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According to a an economic impact report published by CU Leeds school of business, Colorado remains at the forefront of the craft brewing industry, ranking among the top states for number of breweries, per capita production, economic impacts. There were 350 manufacturing brewery and brewpub licenses as of May 2016. By count, Colorado ranks third in the number of breweries  according to data from the Brewers Association, and third in breweries per capita.  Beer is big business in Colorado.  Aside from nearly $2 billion in economic impact, 7,776 jobs have been created by the industry, spread across 94 cities. 

Join Andres Gil Zaldana, Executive Director of the Colorado Brewer's Guild as he talks about the changing landscape of the beer industry nationally, in Colorado and how Longmont fits into that picture.

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Andres Gil Zaldana

Executive Director, Colorado Brewers Guild
Andres is a lifelong supporter of craft beer and is excited to support for the Colorado craft beer industry as the Colorado Brewers Guild’s (“CBG”) new Executive Director.  Born in Mount Vernon, New York, Andres is the son of Colombian immigrants who were looking for a better... Read More →

Thursday July 27, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Wyatt's Wet Goods Village at the Peaks - 1250 S. Hover Street, Longmont, CO
Friday, July 28


Canna Tech: A Look into Innovations within the Cannabis Industry
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The adult cannabis consumer is tech savvy and health conscious. This panel takes a look at the technologies that are producing better cannabis products and devices to consume them with. Learn how new and old technology are being deployed to give consumers better flavor, quality and efficacy. Join Double Bear Concentrate Company, Wana and Grasshopper vaporizer for a discussion on how cannabis companies and products are built.  

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Shawn Coleman

Director of Government Affairs, Terrapin Care Station
My professional life has afforded me opportunities in a wide spectrum of industries. I have been involved in the Arts, Education, Sales, Marketing and Public Policy. Because of this experience I understand that a successful organization's needs clear strategies for navigating the... Read More →


Danielle Connolly

Lab Manager, Terrapin Care Station/Double Bear Concentrates
I moved from Naples, Florida in 2009 to become a part of the Cannabis Industry. I fell in love instantly and have been involved with Cannabis ever since. I have been very fortunate to grow in an industry that continues to evolve each and every year. My personal motto is, Be proficient... Read More →

Kim Gibson

Wana Brands
 My previous life was in Telecom sales on the East coast. I moved to Colorado 6 years ago with my husband who has MS as a "Medical Refugee" with no intentions of working in the Cannabis Industry. The industry found me and it's become my highest calling to serve those in need of medicine... Read More →

Mike Hennesy

Senior Business and Technical Analyst, Wana Brands
Mike Hennesy joined the small but hard-working team at Wana Brands as a Sales Representative in 2014, where the quickly growing business proved demanding but rewarding.  He has filled many hats for the business and oversees a diverse range of business analytics, training development... Read More →

Trevor Vita

Co-Founder, Grasshopper
Practicality is something I have always valued. When in school it was always a bit disturbing how many people were getting complex degrees and knew little about the real world. If you knew about chemistry and cycling then you didn't know electronics or business. Specialization is... Read More →

Friday July 28, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
BBP 232 Main Street, Longmont, CO