Northern Colorado Small Business Development Events for Spring 2013

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As entrepreneurs, we can’t afford to be stagnant. Like sharks, we must constantly be moving, bettering ourselves and our business practices so that we can retain our advantage over larger, less nimble companies. In order to do that, we have to try new things, meet new people and explore new strategies. Just coming in and working with your peers at Cohere can accomplish that, but exposure to other business development communities here in Colorado can also be helpful.

If you’re looking to attend some events that can answer your small business questions and give you new ideas for growth, here’s a round up of what’s going on in our region this Spring!

Makers & Doers Meetup
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Representing small businesses, creative industries and startups, this group is sure to introduce you to the people, resources and exposure that your small business needs to grow. Makers & Doers is produced by The Space Creators to give Denver’s creative and small business communities a place to converge and reinforce one another. The best part is….the food is on us and there’s no fee to get involved!
Location: Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House on the 16th St. Mall
RSVP at: www.facebook.com/events/157970767696286/

I Need Financing, What Now? 
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
This workshop will assist you in knowing what the banks are looking for in a borrower. You will learn what issues the banks are dealing with on their side of the table and how to approach those challenges. Find out what type of loans fit your situation and how they can be used with an emphasis on Small Business Administration (SBA) lending. Discover what to provide and what to expect when you approach a financial institution to meet your company’s capital needs. Money, you need it to get started, you need it to establish yourself, and you need it to grow, so learn what’s involved with borrowing it!
Speaker: Christina Kraft, Wells Fargo
Location: Larimer SBDC, Key Bank Tower Building, Fort Collins, Colorado
Fee: $ 15.00

So You Want to Start a Business  
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
This class is a prerequisite for start-ups to schedule a counseling session at the Larimer SBDC. Explore the basics of business ownership, including entrepreneurship, planning for a profitable business, pitfalls to avoid and how to reach your customers.
Speaker: John Murphy
Location: Larimer SBDC, Key Bank Tower Building, Fort Collins, Colorado
Fee: $ 15.00

Make it Official 
Thursday, April 25, 2013 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
An early morning two-hour workshop that covers business registration and forms, business entity-type selection and other timely tips every prospective entrepreneur needs before starting a new business venture.
Speaker: Attorney Tom Selken and Teresa Kaufman, CPA
Location: Larimer SBDC, Key Bank Tower Building, Fort Collins, Colorado
Fee: $ 25.00

Boulder Startup Weekend
Friday, April 26, 2013 – Sunday, April 28, 2013 – All Day
Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups! Teams will compete at the end of the weekend for fabulous cash and prizes (ok, no cash, but prizes, yes)
Location: Tech Stars, Boulder
Fee: $99

Basics of Bookkeeping: Know Thy Numbers  
Friday, April 26, 2013 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Learn the what, how and why of bookkeeping. Understand what bookkeeping can tell you about your business and how it can help you manage. Learn what data you need to keep track of, how to avoid common mistakes and when to call in a bookkeeper or accountant. Discover effective bookkeeping from chart of accounts to financial statements.
Speaker: Beth Dixon, CPA
Location: Larimer SBDC, Key Bank Tower Building, Fort Collins, Colorado
Fee: $ 40.00

TEDxFoCo
Our community and others very much like ours have been affected by profound violence. Knowledge, Love, and Freedom are essential to a peaceful society. To that end, we’ve gathered some of the best and brightest minds in our community to talk on the topic of Life Worth Living, each speaker taking on the topic in their own unique way.
Location: Avogadro’s Number, Fort Collins
Fee: $20

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Featured Member Monday: Meet Bill Mastre

Bill Mastre

Bill Mastre
Worldwide Business Development Manager
Agent 18
www.agent18.com

The mobile workforce loves WAHMs. (That’s Work at Home Moms). We’ve got lots of them in our ranks here at Cohere Community. These women write the book on multi-tasking, but they’re not alone. Many have awesome husbands behind the scenes, supporting them all the way. Cohere is unique because we’re home to a very special set of coworking parents, Kristin Mastre, Fort Collins’ premiere food blogger, and her husband Bill, a sales and business development ninja–both of whom have shunned the traditional office for something more adventurous.

This pair represent the future of the mobile workforce, and coworking is helping them to achieve balanced lives while supporting their families. Kristin’s been a member for a while, so this time it’s Bill’s turn in the spotlight.

It’s not hard to imagine where Bill heard about coworking (his wife!) but up until about 6 months ago, he saw it as a haven only for her. Then, he landed a remote business development position for Agent 18, a company that makes protective gear for your electronics. The company’s based in West Hollywood, CA, but Bill gets to stay home with his family here in Fort Collins.

After a couple of months of summer vacation with kids and both parents inhabiting the same space all day, it’s not hard to see why Bill’s favorite thing about Cohere is the silence. “I use it to get away from the kids when I need to concentrate on important projects,” he says. “Before joining Cohere, life was frustrating….trying to land international distribution deals while dealing with a 6yo and 3yo playing zombie apocalypse around me.”

Although Bill spends a lot of his time tucked in the corner with his headphones in, he wants everyone at Cohere to know that he DOES talk. The best way to get him yammering is to ask about his favorite pastime, fly fishing.

Want to pick Bill’s brain about business development strategy or his favorite fishing spot? Come visit us at Cohere coworking

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