Dream Focused – Business Minded

August 2018

Lunch ‘n Learn – Podcast Made Easy

Podcasting Made Easy

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Larimer SBDC – Rocky Mountain Innosphere
320 E. Vine Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80524 (Map It!)

While some online media
platforms have begun to slow in growth, podcasting continues to grow in
both reach and scope, second only to online video. More people are
listening to podcasts in their cars, offices, and homes than ever
Podcasting is an easy way to
reach new markets, and to stay visible in those you have already
cultivated. It is also a fantastic way to bring value to your audience
through sharing your knowledge, inspiration and wisdom.

In this Lunch and Learn SBDC
Consultant Franklin Taggart will take you through the steps to create
and launch your own podcast. You will learn:

  • Necessary equipment and platforms. 
  • Formatting and production. 
  • Identifying and expanding your audience. 

       and more…

Franklin is an experienced podcast creator and producer.

Franklin Taggart

SBDC Consultant

Small Business After Hours – The Ins and Outs of Franchising

The Ins and Outs of Franchising

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Larimer SBDC – Rocky Mountain Innosphere
320 E. Vine Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80524 (Map It!)

Are you considering buying a franchise but do not know where to
begin?  Come hear from our franchise panel from those that have been
there and done that as they share their experience and expertise to
educate you as you explore the amazing world of owning a franchise.

We’ll cover topics such as:

                Why would you choose a franchise instead of building a business from the ground up?
                What are the essential personal and professional qualifications of owning a successful franchise?
                How do you find the ideal franchise?
                What are the costs involved in owning a franchise and can I obtain financing for a franchise?
                What are Franchise Disclosure Documents and Franchise Agreements?
                Can I replace my current income and how long will it take?

Our Panelists

 Jim McWilliams

Jim McWilliams graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor’s in Business. He worked for Goodyear in various positions for over 19 years. Positions included managing retail stores, Division Sales Training Manager supervising up to 20 retail stores and Franchise Business Manager. Jim owned up to four retail Goodyear Stores in Fort Collins, Loveland and Cheyenne during a 24 year period. He sold the business in October 2007. Also, during this period, Jim owned a Duds and Suds laundry mat franchise and Mail Boxes Etc. franchise.

 Charlie Morris
Charlie Morris has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business.  He
has worked in retail in various positions for the past 48 years. 
Positions included managing retail stores, store design, fixture design and
opening new stores. As VP of Retail Store Operations, he was responsible
for 34 retail stores, which included personnel training,
marketing, inventory purchasing, inventory management and
distribution.   For the past 19 years, he has owned and operated a
retail franchise “Learning Express Toys” in Fort Collins. 
During these 19 years, he also served on the Franchise Advisory Council,
Marketing Advisory Board, conducted cash flow and inventory management seminars
at Learning Express Conventions.  He sold his business in July 2017. In addition, he
has been a member of the Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary Club for the past 14 years, serving a variety of board positions including Community Service, PR and

 Thea Moeller

Thea Moeller, owner of Your Franchise Business, is a franchise consultant on a mission to match aspiring entrepreneurs with the best franchise option to exceed their goals.  She works with her clients from day one of dreaming to the actualization of their own business; providing research, education, resources, and support along the way.  Thea graduated from Cornell College, with bachelor’s degrees in Business & Economics, and Wellness.  After graduation, she spent over 10 years developing her knowledge in sales as a representative, specialist, trainer, and manager for large corporations.  Grateful for the experience, but dissatisfied with the growth limitations and having no work-life balance, she opened Your Franchise Business to help others seamlessly transition from employee to employer. 

Small Business After Hours – Your Art in the Digital Age, handling newest trends

Your Art in the Digital Age

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm 

Larimer SBDC – Rocky Mountain Innosphere
320 E. Vine Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80524 (Map It!)

Are you looking to take your art into the digital age? 

Are you already digital, but looking to understand the latest trends, platforms, uses and ways artists are digitizing their work? 

If you are looking to communicate, sell and work online in some capacity as a creative in the 21st century this discussion and networking session is for you.  Hear from working creatives in the fields of photography, film, music, graphic design, digital art and web content creation about how they operate in a digital world, where they see growth opportunities and key takeaways on how to add this to your creative business model.

The session provides networking time as well as a panel discussion with audience participation.   
Our Panelists

Kyle James Hauser


The first year of Kyle James Hauser’s music career began auspiciously: he performed at CMJ, SXSW and the Toronto Int’l Film festivals; was a competitive finalist at Telluride Bluegrass and Rocky Mountain Folk festivals; and released his first record “Oh Oh” on sonaBLAST! Records. 

A graduate in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music, Kyle James Hauser went on to study banjo under Jayme Stone, Noam Pikelny, Chris Pandolfi and others. He’s been involved in over a dozen album releases over his career, and his album “You a Thousand Times” reached #1 on Colorado Public Radio a month after its 2014 release. His songs are featured in film and television including Judd Apatow’s The Big Sick, MTV’s series 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom, Where Hope Grows and many more.

Kyle James Hauser’s performance credits include performances at the Kentucky Derby, and sharing the stage with Nathaniel Rateliff, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, The Head and the Heart, Brett Dennen, John Hiatt, David Grisman and more. Playing with Colorado band Rapidgrass 2014-2016, Hauser released two albums and toured internationally, most notably headlining La Roche Bluegrass Festival in France and winning 2015’s RockyGrass Competition. In 2015, Hauser also seized the opportunity to co-write a ballet with one of the country’s most highly-regarded regional ballet companies, the Louisville Ballet.

Hauser currently works in Artist Development at Bohemian Foundation’s groundbreaking incubator, The Music District. He’s been involved in music nonprofits Louisville Folk School (as co-founder), Think 360 Arts, Colorado Music Collective and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In addition to a private teaching practice he teaches songwriting at the Berklee College of Music and has given masterclasses at schools all over the country, including Oberlin Conservatory and Swallow Hill. 

Elias Martinez 

Elias Martinez is assistant vice president for brand strategy and creative director at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. At CSU he’s responsible for setting the institution’s overarching brand strategy and leading a cross disciplinary creative team dedicated to its realization. While at CSU, his team has helped cultivate a university culture that has led to record enrollment, fundraising, and community engagement – all signs of a strong brand.

Prior to CSU Elias was a creative director at Zeus Jones, a Minneapolis digital marketing and branding firm. At Zeus, he had the privilege of working with General Mills, Cheerios, Wheaties, Google, Nordstrom, Purina, Cheerios, Betty Crocker, and Nike. His work has been featured on ESPN, The Today Show, Deadspin, The Dieline, The Guardian, Bleacher Report, Esquire, Death and Taxes, and the front page of Reddit.

Ethan Bach

Ethan Bach is the founding CEO of Alt Ethos, founding E.D. of Denver Arts + Technology Advancement (DATA), an artist, and consultant.  Westword calls Ethan, “An entrepreneur with an eye on the future’s future.” Bach holds and MFA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and uses creative technology to foster deeper connections.

Andrew Schneider

Andrew has extensive experience in performing arts, marketing, film making, trends in arts and creative community building. Schneider co-founded and leads Create Places, an economic and workforce development nonprofit that provides support to increase creative and arts-related employment in Northern Colorado through initiatives like Techstars Startup Week Fort Collins, Artup Week Fort Collins, Open Streets, North Fort Neighborhood Connections, and others. The Downtown Artery, a 14,000-square-foot arts hub in downtown Fort Collins adopted Create Places nonprofit mission earlier this year and hired Andrew Schneider as managing director to lead the organization through the period of growth and transformation. Downtown Artery was recognized in 2018 by the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts for outstanding partnerships and engagements with the arts — familiar territory for Schneider, who will also continues  to work in the nonprofit space outside of the Downtown Artery’s footprint.

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