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Creative Industries Summit 2015

The 2015 Creative Industries Summit  April 23 – 24  Fort Collins Creative District! The annual Creative Industries Summit is a two-day conference that targets creative entrepreneurs, emerging creatives, municipal and non-profit cultural workers, and creative district leaders. Topics address practical, nuts-and-bolts approaches to creative business and how-to’s for working collectively with creatives, municipalities and businesses. Click here for full event details Early bird registration ends March 23rd!!! Registration ranges from $125 – $150 and includes …

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Fernweh Inn & Hostel

Fernweh Inn & Hostel Owner: Kelsey Schwager Story written by: Kat Rico Photography by: Lifestorm Creative Media Walking up to the Fernweh Inn & Hostel, you pass through a white picket fence into a well-kept yard with a random dog toy or two scattered about. The Fernweh immediately feels like home, which is exactly what owner and founder Kelsey Schwager envisioned. “My goal is to give guests an amazing experience so they’ll continue to stay …

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Blue Ocean Challenge

So much more than a business pitch competition,the CSU Blue Ocean Enterprises Challenge is a collaboration between Blue Ocean Enterprises, Inc. and Colorado State University‘s Institute for Entrepreneurship and College of Business that was created to ignite entrepreneurial spirits, attract and recognize the best new business ideas, and celebrate the Fort Collins and Colorado entrepreneurial ecosystem. The week’s events will bring together some of the most influential trailblazers in the industry. Collegiate Challenge     …

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New Trainers for 2015!

As part of our ongoing efforts to provide top-quality training to our business community, in 2015 we will have several new trainers coming on board with the Larimer SBDC. Here’s who we have joining our team: Don Overcash Don’s extensive knowledge of sales and training techniques will be put to use in several sales classes throughout 2015, the first of which is No Guts, No Gain! coming up on February 12th. Make sure to sign up …

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August Ink

Andrea Daniel in the August Ink Studio SBDC Success Story Client  “I love the problem solving that comes with owning a business!” Taking the leap into entrepreneurialism happens for many reasons and takes you down many roads, as Andrea Daniel has learned. After leaving a full-time job, Andrea decided to begin selling pillow covers on the handmade goods site Etsy, while searching for a job in an unstable economy. Despite a bachelor’s degree in math …

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Military Veteran Entrepreneurs Mean Big Business for Colorado

In honor of those who have served our country, the Larimer SBDC has researched some powerful statistics about veterans who have come home to start businesses within our state and nationally.  Who are veteran entrepreneurs? – 9.1% of all business owners in the United States are veterans as of 2012 – 7.1% of these veterans are under the age of 35 – 4.4% of veteran business owners are women – Veteran business owners are more …

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Veteran Resources

Did you know the SBA has several programs that offer support specifically for veterans? For an overview of the support they offer, see take two minutes and watch this video: http://youtu.be/w4WOIw8e8_0

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