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View presentation descriptions, presenter bios, and presenter contact information for the 2024 Unstoppable Women’s Business Conference below.

Elevate & Expand: Unleashing the Power of Networking to Grow Your Business

The best networkers don’t just have amazing businesses and careers; they have amazing friendships and are always at the front of the line for new opportunities.

Dixie Daly
City of Loveland

Connect with Dixie at her dixie@loveland.org email address.

Dixie will share the dynamic process of networking, connecting, and collaborating, and how you can strategically grow your business while building relationships.

You won’t want to miss Dixie’s top 10 secrets to grow your business through networking.

The best networkers don’t just have amazing businesses and careers; they have amazing friendships and are always at the front of the line for new opportunities. 

Learn how effective business networking links together individuals through trust and relationship building, and becomes a walking, talking advertisement promoting one another’s businesses. 

Networking face to face is still one of the most important ways to share not only your business, but also it’s the best way to learn and build a relationship with another business professional.

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Dixie Daly, an accomplished Entrepreneur, Speaker, Inventor, and Author, currently serves as the esteemed Business Membership Director at the Loveland Chamber. Balancing her dynamic entrepreneurial spirit with a sincere dedication to helping others and with over 35 years of networking experience, Dixie shares her passion, innovative ideas, and leadership skills.

Throughout her years as an entrepreneur, Dixie has received numerous awards, such as eWomen Network’s International Business Match-Maker, Biz West’s ‘Women of Distinction’ & Top 50 Influencer award, Colorado’s Women of Influence Vision & Inspirational award, and Loveland Chamber Outstanding Achievement. She’s also an award-winning poet.

She also received the Most-Influential Business Leader award from BizWest 2024. She shares her passion on the boards with the Colorado Women of Influence, CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women), and The Gift. She is also on the steering committee for BizWest Women of Distinction.

Integrating AI in Small Business

Still not using AI for your business and productivity? This session with Dayle Wickizer will help you cut through the hype and incorporate AI into your small business operations. 

Dayle Wickizer

Still not using AI for your business and productivity? This session with Dayle Wickizer will help you cut through the hype and incorporate AI into your small business operations.  As the digital age advances, the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to redefine business operations becomes more apparent. For small businesses, embracing AI isn’t just about staying in sync with technology trends, but about optimizing operations, refining customer interactions, and making data-driven decisions.  

In this session will you learn not to fear AI, security best practices when using AI and an interactive session with your peers on how they are integrating AI into their business.

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Dayle Wickizer, Fractional Chief Operating Officer (COO) & Integrator, champions the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) into small business operations. Her extensive experience, ranging from financial technology to implementing cutting-edge cybersecurity and compliance protocols, showcases a dedication to enhancing operational efficiency and technological innovation. As the Founder of Intentional Results, Dayle helps business owners align daily operations with their vision and goals. Dayle’s academic tenure as an Assistant MBA Professor specializing in Innovative Business Models and Business Operations has equipped her with the unique ability to bridge theory with practical application. Her work has pivoted towards providing strategic, operational guidance to companies, helping them navigate the complexities of digital transformation with a focus on AI’s potential to drive growth and efficiency.

In her presentation on “Integrating AI in Small Business Operations,” Dayle will share invaluable insights and actionable strategies for leveraging AI, emphasizing its importance in operational efficiency and achieving a competitive advantage in today’s fast-evolving business landscape. 

Every Set of Financials Tells a Story

Business owners don’t go into business to spend time focusing on their financials. But, it is critical that they understand how to read them.

Becky Ezzell

Connect with Becky Ezzell at her becky@keepsmartbooks.com  email address.

Business owners don’t go into business to spend time focusing on their financials. But, it is critical that they understand how to read them.  Understanding your financials will help tell your business story about growth, transition, challenges and triumphs.  Who knew black and white numbers on financials had the ability to tell a story….?

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Becky Ezzell is the Owner and Chief Visionary Ocer of Keep Smart Books and Keep Smart Books Academy. 10 years ago, Becky opened Keep Smart Books as a mission driven bookkeeping and business services operation with the goal of supporting her 

family and businesses she believed in. Since that time, she has grown her business to 7 full-time employees and 6 part-time staff who deliver bookkeeping and accounting services to clients in Northern Colorado. Becky’s goal is long-term relationships with businesses doing good work in her community, to develop her employees and make a positive impact in her community. Her business philosophy is to support her clients with premier bookkeeping and accounting services, so that they can be freed up to do what they do best. Last year, she opened Keep Smart Books Academy, a bookkeeping school where students can learn principled bookkeeping skills in a certicate-based, qualied setting. She offers introductory to advanced bookkeeping classes, as well as short courses for non-prots and small businesses. In addition to operating her two businesses, Becky is also on the Board of Be the Gift, and she and her staff donate to various charities along the Front Range of Northern Colorado. Becky lives in Northern Colorado with her husband and two daughters. 

The Path to Profit Is Through People Create the Conditions for People to Thrive

Do you know how much it costs to lose one employee? It’s a lot more than you think.

Kendra Prospero

Research by SHRM suggests that replacement costs can be as high as 50%-60% of an employee’s salary, with overall costs ranging anywhere from 90%-200%.  For example, if an employee makes $60,000 per year, then it costs an average of $30,000 – $45,000 just to replace that employee and roughly $54,000 – $120,000 in overall losses to the company. When your employees quit, costs go up. It’s not just a people problem; it’s the bottom line. 

In this unique and eye-opening keynote, Kendra Prospero provides the solution to this costly issue impacting all businesses with employees. The solution is her signature 5-Part CEO Path to a Profitable Culture™.

  1. Mindset
  2. Assess
  3. Team
  4. People Agenda
  5. Feedback

During this People Revolution, Kendra can guarantee Founders and CEOs that if they improve their culture, they will improve their bottom line, ease the strain of leading, and know that they have the right team to help them grow.

Let Kendra show your participants how to grow their businesses and keep their employees happy without sacrificing one for the other.

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Kendra Prospero is a human resources expert who delivers highly engaging keynote presentations that help founders and leaders transform how they think and feel about work. She knows employers benefit when their team members feel included, are happier, and are more productive. Her philosophy is that we give up the best hours of our days and years of our lives for work, and we should love our jobs.

Audiences love Kendra’s straightforward approach to keeping employee engagement a top priority for leaders. Her gifts include helping leaders understand how to create the conditions for their employees to thrive, and how that turns into profit. Every organization needs to get ahead of the curve to ensure they are an employer of choice.

Before founding Turning the Corner, an award-winning Human Resources consulting rm and “Best Place to Work”, Kendra worked for many years as a Software Engineer for IBM but felt she was struggling in a career that left her dying on the vine. Turning the Corner is a result of her following her passion for helping others as the CEO and Founder of one of the few firms in the nation that supports growing small businesses with all their people needs. As a National Speaker’s Association member and Speaker, she has delivered hundreds of presentations to corporate executives, business professionals, entrepreneurs, and job seekers from national corporations. Recently nominated for Outstanding Women in Business and one of Colorado’s best and brightest leaders, everyone has benefited from her passionate and pioneering approach.

Kendra continues to inspire the workforce and keeps employee engagement at the forefront of growing organizations. Kendra loves helping people get results, leading her team to greater places, and challenging us all to change the world one job at a time.

5 Secrets to Raising the Bar on Respect: How to Boost Confidence, Speak Up and Negotiate Anything with Ease

Do you believe in unlimited possibilities? Do you go “All In” and expect your desired results?

Lori Hanson

Connect with Lori at her lori@lorihansoninternational.com email address.

Do you believe in unlimited possibilities? Do you go “All In” and expect your desired results? How can you gain more trust and respect in your work and life, and what is possible when you understand how to move beyond your current reality? Lori delivers 5 secrets to help you own your confidence from the core, to be comfortable to speak up and negotiate for what you want. And she shares powerful lessons from her personal journey of “never being good enough.” Your audience will leave inspired and empowered to take action and command more respect. 

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Lori Hanson is the Success Whisperer. She has been whispering about success for many years to help female entrepreneurs, leaders, and executives unlock innite possibilities and create next-level success. After 25 successful years in Tech Sales, Lori has coached hundreds, motivated thousands, and impacted multitudes as an executive performance coach, corporate consultant, trainer, and keynote speaker. Award-winning author of 5 books, she appears on international radio and TV and writes columns for newspapers and national magazines.

Beyond the Scroll: Mastering the 'All In' Social Media Strategy

Does your business treat social media as an afterthought? Are you only active on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other platforms when you have a sale or event happening?

Jade Shebelski

Does your business treat social media as an afterthought? Are you only active on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other platforms when you have a sale or event happening? If so, you’re missing out on social media’s immense potential to drive consistent engagement, brand awareness, and, yes, even sales.

Let’s flip the script of only “selling” on social when something is going on and gain a comprehensive strategy for going “all in” on social media – not just when it’s convenient, but as a core part of your overall marketing efforts.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Develop a content calendar and posting cadence to keep your brand top-of-mind year-round
  • Implement best practices for continually engaging your audience and fostering a loyal community
  • Leverage creative tactics across multiple platforms to drive traffic, capture leads, boost sales, and more!

No matter your industry, an ‘always-on’ social media presence can serve as a potent growth engine when approached with intention. However, truly committing to this approach requires consistent effort, strategic thinking, and unwavering dedication. The benefits are many, from increased brand visibility and customer engagement to a boost in sales and lead generation.

Are you in or out on your social media marketing? Because your community already knows the answer- but we can change it.

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Jade Shebelski is a seasoned social media manager specializing in coaching and strategizing Instagram, LinkedIn & Pinterest for product & service-based businesses. She started her business, Maven and Muse Media, after other businesses saw her success in niche marketing, telling stories, and selling her vintage products directly off social media. Established business’ witnessed her growth and reached out to create content that would transition into sales. Jade finds stories and tells them through motivational means, converting followers and hearts to conversations and bookings.

Defend & Prosper: Fortifying Your Small Business Against Cyber Threats

In today’s digital landscape, small businesses face increasingly sophisticated cyber threats that can jeopardize their assets, information, and reputation.

Nina Amey

Connect with Nina Amey at her nina@pikespeaksbdc.org email address.

In today’s digital landscape, small businesses face increasingly sophisticated cyber threats that can jeopardize their assets, information, and reputation. Join us for an insightful presentation where we’ll cover essential strategies to safeguard your business against cyber attacks and thrive in the face of adversity.

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Nina is a dynamic professional educator and innovator, with a 20-year career intechnical education. As the ‘Cybersecurity Program Manager’, she oversees the SmallBusiness Cybersecurity Program as well as several other SBDC cybersecurityprograms. Nina has been a key player in projects funded by organizations such as theNational Science Foundation and the National Center for Academic Excellence inCybersecurity Education. Demonstrating an unwavering commitment to workforcedevelopment in cybersecurity, Nina recently served as the Program Manager for twoCAE grants with the UCCS Cybersecurity Program Office, contributed to the creation ofa cybersecurity curriculum for high school teachers, and played a pivotal role as aProgram Manager for the Cyber READY program at Prince George’s CommunityCollege. Her multifaceted experiences underscore Nina’s impact at the intersection ofeducation, entrepreneurship, and cutting-edge technologies.

Preparing for Year-End and Taxes /

Tax season is right around the corner.  Is this your first year reporting a business tax return?

Priscilla Orozco-Garcia

Priscilla is a Bilingual Accountant-Bookkeeper that possesses over two decades of experience in the accounting industry and business consulting at the Denver Metro SBDC and with Colorado Enterprise Fund.

Tax season is right around the corner.  Is this your first year reporting a business tax return? In this session, you will learn how to prepare yourself for tax season. What information will be required for filing, When do should you file & Who will be filing for you.

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Priscilla possesses over two decades of experience in the accounting industry. Her resilience allowed her to launch YTD Bookkeeping Service’s following a job layoff during the great recession in 2011. Respected by her former employers for her Financial acumen, they provided Priscilla with her first referral for bookkeeping services.

Growing her business from scratch, Priscilla has become a go-to within the small business community – guiding hundreds of small businesses and leading countless small business financial literacy trainings in English & Spanish.

Let’s GO All-In with Building a Healthy Workplace Culture and Business by Focusing on Employee Success and Engagement.

In this session, participants will learn strategies and techniques to create a healthy and positive workplace culture. By focusing on employee well-being, communication, and collaboration.

Elizabeth Mahoney & Betzy Valdez

 

Connect with Betzy on LinkedIn Here or email Betzy directly at betzys970@gmail.com

In this session, participants will learn strategies and techniques to create a healthy and positive workplace culture. By focusing on employee well-being, communication, and collaboration. This session aims to foster a supportive and productive work environment. Through interactive discussions and practical exercises, attendees will gain an understanding of the importance of a healthy workplace culture and the impact it has on employee engagement and overall organizational success.

By the end of this session, participants will have a comprehensive understanding of the key elements required to build and maintain a healthy workplace culture. They will leave with practical tools and techniques that can be implemented immediately to enhance the well-being and engagement of their teams. Allowing them and their team members to have healthy workplace relationships.

Elizabeth Mahoney - Bio

Betzy Valdez - Bio

Using a strengths-based approach, Elizabeth brings a sense of fun to team building, which elevates how people work with each other every day.

The outcome is that communication improves, engagement increases, and your company becomes the one for which everyone wants to work. At Complete Professional Development, we empower companies to create and maintain positive workplace wellness and well-being, where leaders and teams grow and thrive in their roles! We do this by equipping them to:

1) attract and hire people who are the right fit for the right job.
2) retain the very best people and foster employee loyalty.
3) build a thriving workplace culture where people grow in their strengths and develop in their roles within the organization.

Elizabeth is the CEO of Complete Professional Development. She has a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from UNC and is a leadership coach and a speaker. She works with leaders, managers, and their teams to help build and retain their talented employees. She has a background in career counseling and a passion for helping people have healthy relationships at work. Supporting people in their career growth and development is one of the aspects of her work and business that brings her the most joy. She is involved in her community by being a Greeley Area Chamber Investor, Steering Committee Member for Leadership Northern CO (graduate of the program in 2020-2021), Board Chair for Connections for Independent Living, Leadership Team member for She Goes High, and a member of Association for Talent Development and Rocky Mountain Chapter of Talent Development and Colorado Career Development Association.

Fun facts about Elizabeth: She loves to garden and cook. In 2023, she set a goal of creating 52 new recipes; she made it to 38 and considered that something to celebrate!

Betzy Valdez is a proud mother, wife, entrepreneur, and connector. She is the founder and visionary of Empowered Leader – her true passion and calling in life. This business is her vision to provide opportunities for growth, connection, and community involvement. She hosts workshops, coordinates volunteer opportunities, and serves as a speaker for various events. Betzy’s goal is to empower YOUR vision, presence, and impact!

Betzy is the owner of BV Virtual Custom Services which offers social media management, content creation, translating services, etc. Betzy’s goal is to provide custom services that allow local businesses to thrive. She also serves as the current President for the Hispanic Women of Weld County (HWWC), an organization that engages civically, awards academic scholarships, and recognizes the accomplishments of Latinas across Weld County.

In her free time, Betzy enjoys spending time with family, supporting friends and colleagues, and finding new ways of making an impact in her community.

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How to be an Emotionally Intelligent Leader

Emotional Intelligence is essential to being a great leader. In this session, Lauren and Tiffany will discuss what emotional intelligence is and how being an emotionally intelligent leader can open the doors to success.

 

Tiffany Helton + Lauren Storeby

Emotional Intelligence is essential to being a great leader.

In this session, Lauren and Tiffany will discuss what emotional intelligence is and how being an emotionally intelligent leader can open the doors to success.

Lauren Storeby

Connect with Lauren on LinkedIn Here or email Lauren directly at lauren@snackattackit.com

My name is Lauren Storeby and it’s so great to meet you! My husband and I own Snack Attack Specialty Sandwiches & Brews located in Midtown Fort Collins! Some would call me a serial entrepreneur- I just love working for myself, creating new businesses and helping others thrive to live their best lives!

Here’s my background… I grew up in the restaurant business. My parents opened a small grill shop when I was 8 years old where you would find me helping at the register and sweeping up the floor. My parents have always been self-employed which gave me the inspiration to own my worth and continue the legacy of being an entrepreneur.

When I turned 15 and got an official workers permit, I continued that restaurant life working in various concepts ranging from yogurt shops, to burger stands, corporate structures and family owned establishments all through college and even after. I feel in love with the customer service aspect of making peoples day and building relationships.

I’ve been employed with small family owned business to high level corporate restaurants including Islands Burgers, Yard House Restaurants and Fisherman’s Wharf. Throughout my experience I’ve held positions including hosting, serving, bartending, table service and management as well as time spent being a corporate trainer. I’ve seen the ins and outs of restaurants in all levels.

I took a 6 year hiatus to follow my dreams of working in the apparel industry gaining knowledge as a product developer for brands including Oakley, Fox Head, Quicksilver, Abercrombie & Fitch, Roxy, Billabong and even created and owned my own clothing line, SelaWear Inc. My time as a product developer prepared me to be a restaurant owner through working the trenches of branding, merchandise marketing, costing, developing processes and procedures but most importantly attention to detail.

In 2017 my husband and I took the jump into the American dream and opened our first restaurant together, Snack Attack Specialty Sandwiches & Brews. In a short 4 years we’ve built a successful high 6 figure and community driven business serving up the best sandwiches and beers in town! In 2021 we were voted “Best Sandwiches in Noco” by our community!

I’m also proud to say I’m a Larimer County Small Business Development Center consultant for restaurant owners where I help mentor new and seasoned restaura

Tiffany Helton

Connect with Tiffany on LinkedIn Here or email Tiffany directly at tiffany@stuftburgerbar.com

My name is Tiffany Helton and it’s so great to meet you! I am the Co-Founder of Stuft a Burger Bar in Fort Collins, Colorado. I have a true passion for cooking and customer service and I love to make that personal connection with my guests. I am a results driven, strong woman and I truly love this industry.

Here’s my background… I started working in a snack shop when I was 15. After I graduated High School I made the big move to beautiful Colorado from Los Angeles. As soon as I arrived I started working at a local bar and grill at 18 years old. After learning how to be a bouncer, cook and bartender I finally had my chance to learn the General Manager position. I spent 8 years running a very successful operation with the help of some amazing mentors.

After several years, I decided I needed a change. I stepped into a role at a fast casual sandwich shop where I met my business partner (my boss at the time). We went on to open up our own restaurant Stuft burger bar. I am very grateful for the opportunity he gave me and work extremely hard at it everyday! He and I have a great partnership and have been partners for over 10 years.

Somehow along the way, on my “time off” I managed to meet my amazing husband and we have two wonderful little boys. Being a Mom is the hardest and most rewarding job I have ever had. I always say if it wasn’t for them I’d still be working 80 hours a week.

I’ve had the privilege of working alongside some amazing chefs and managers throughout the years. Our restaurants have had some amazing accolades over the years as well. “Yahoo! Travel’s Best Fries” award, and The Burger Battle Winner. I was also extremely honored with being chosen for The Coloradoan’s “Super Woman” Award.

A few years ago I became a part time Restaurant Consultant at the Larimer County Small Business Development Center where I mentor and coach up and coming restauranteurs.

How to Build a Strategic and Measurable Marketing Plan

This session will provide you with a step-by-step process to create a marketing plan and measure for continuous improvement.

Lori Wiles

Connect with Lori Wiles at her lori@loriwilescmo.com email address.

This session will provide you with a step-by-step process to create a marketing plan and measure for continuous improvement. Leave with a simple and repeatable process that can be used for small and large marketing projects. Come prepared with the business problem or opportunity you’re trying to solve for and what exactly you want your audience to do. We’ll talk about what success looks like and how this framework can keep “strategic” at the center of your plan.

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Lori Wiles, ABC, is a marketing and branding expert with more than 30 years in start-up, medium, and Fortune 500 companies. She excels at building brands that stand apart and excel at growth. Creating a strong brand involves setting clear direction, identifying messaging that resonates and results in leads and revenue, and establishing a look and feel that is consistent and creates impact. She has been part of multiple brand and product launches. Her strongest assets include developing strategic and measurable objectives, problem-solving, brand development, lead generation, and leading people. A past IABC leader, Lori is based in Loveland, Colorado, and is a guest lecturer in Strategic Communications at the University of Kansas.

SEO 101: How To Get To The Top Of Google

Get more traffic to your website! Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is one of the few types of marketing that can generate connections, leads, and sales for years to come!

Jennifer Croft

Connect with Jennifer Croft at her jenniferscroft@aol.com email address.

Get more traffic to your website! Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is one of the few types of marketing that can generate connections, leads, and sales for years to come! Come to this fun and engaging presentation on SEO and learn how to get your website to the top of Google for hundreds of different phrases.

The SEO topics covered include:

  • How to perform keyword research
  • How to plan and write great content
  • How to track your SEO performance
  • How to use AI for SEO

These SEO “best practices” techniques for websites can benefit all types of small businesses and organizations, including: service and consulting businesses, retail businesses, trades businesses, wholesalers and distributors, manufacturers, e-commerce businesses, and non-profits.

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Jennifer Croft has more than 16 years of experience in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and 40+ years of experience in marketing. She has worked on more than 600 websites (ranging from 5 pages to 5 million pages) and has conducted more than 650 SEO trainings. She takes the mystery out of SEO and breaks it down into simple, actionable steps.

Join for a round table discussion on venture investment and women founders.

Investing in Women - A Roundtable Discussion with the Angel & Venture Community

Join us for this Round Table Discussion with Allison Seabeck and Jenn Henderson!

The reality is that so little venture investment goes to women founders, and relatively few women are active in the investment world. We are hopping mad, and we want to unite to do something about it. 

This is a Round Table conversation focused on solutions for the tech startup community in Northern Colorado. We will discuss how we can break biases, support women in the startup world, and promote diverse decision-makers at the investment table. Join us to connect with other like-minded business leaders, investors, and the early-stage investment community.

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Jennifer Henderson Jen Henderson is founder and CEO of Tilt, which is a technology platform that is making leaves of absence not suck. Jen’s status as a women solo founder of a technology startup puts her in the extremely small category nationally and in an even smaller category in Northern Colorado. Jen founded Tilt out of her own frustrations around two separate parental leave experiences at Fortune 500 companies. She was determined to build a solution that would ensure her children wouldn’t have to experience the same stigmas and frustrations she endured. Her lived experience raising multiple rounds of venture capital funding as a solo women founder have shaped her equally strong passion for improving the opportunities for women founding a startup and raising investment capital.

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Allison Seabeck Allison serves as Executive Director of the Warehouse Business Accelerator and Innovation Hub. The Accelerator is a scale-up mentorship program for technology and advanced manufacturing companies who have graduated from start-up phase. And the Warehouse Innovation Hub facility offers shared industrial space and community to catalyze the next generation of great Colorado manufacturing businesses. Previously, Allison Seabeck was the President of Prosci Inc., a global leader in research, training and consulting in the discipline of change management. At Prosci, Allison led transformational business model changes, systems and culture building and global expansion initiatives under Private Equity ownership. As an executive leader and business adviser, Allison focuses on building alignment and clarity of purpose with leadership teams, particularly during times of growth and change. 

Relationship Intelligence: Your Leadership Superpower

Are you ready to go All In on your relationships at work? 

Jenny Hedrick LCSW

Connect with Jenny at her jenny@achillesconsultinggroup.com email address.

Are you ready to go All In on your relationships at work?  

Relationship Intelligence (RQ) gives you the insight to communicate with people across a diverse spectrum of personalities, motivations, and experiences. Each interaction is an opportunity to connect–or get your wires crossed. To build a relationship–or damage one.  

Relationships are built on shared experiences and future expectations. RQ helps you adjust your approach to bring out the best in yourself and each person you lead.   

In this session you will learn how to identify your own motives, both when things are going well and when you are in conflict.  You will learn the four skills of Relationship Intelligence that, when implemented, will have a dramatic impact on those you lead. 

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Jenny Hedrick received her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Western Michigan University with a focus on interpersonal communication. She spent 15 years working as a therapist, mentor, and coach before taking a step back to raise a family. With over 700 hours of group facilitation, Jenny is well-versed in team dynamics and communication.

Jenny developed and coordinated an outpatient addiction program at the local mental health hospital, becoming a leader in her field. She not only built the most profitable program at the hospital, but she trained leaders to replicate it in other areas.

Jenny is experienced in training development and implementation. Jenny currently maintains a small caseload of counseling and coaching clients while also facilitating team training in Relationship Intelligence. She is married and has three kids, a dog, 2 cats, 14 chickens, and 1 axolotl. She loves hiking, camping, and exploring with her family and friends.

Let's "find out who is right...and who is dead": How to survive giving feedback

Giving feedback can be hard. You have important things you want to help your colleagues improve, but to get on that path, you have to tell them what’s not working.

Jenny Morse, PhD.
Appendance

Connect with Jenny on LinkedIn Here or email
Jenny directly at jenny@appendance.com

Giving feedback can be hard. You have important things you want to help your colleagues improve, but to get on that path, you have to tell them what’s not working. Choosing the right language to approach the person, the problem, and the goals can make all the difference. This presentation will give you specific strategies for sharing what’s not working and helping the other person understand what steps to take next to move forward.

Jenny’s company Appendance, Inc, offers corporate seminars and online courses.

She has had the privilege of training employees at CoBank, Hunter Douglas, Adobe, Larimer County, Digicomm, and the National Renewable Energy Lab among many others. She was a finalist in the 2020 PitchNoCo competition for her Better Business Writing Pro course, which won the 2021 Excellence in Communication Consulting award from the Association for Business Communication.

Unlocking Potential, Inspiring Success: Marketing Strategies for Educational Excellence

“Unlocking Potential, Inspiring Success: Marketing Strategies for Educational Excellence” is a short description that encapsulates the essence of a marketing approach aimed at promoting educational excellence disguised as “sales.”

Marlayna (Marley) LeClair

Connect with Marley LeClair at her marley@buzzscreens.com email address.

“Unlocking Potential, Inspiring Success: Marketing Strategies for Educational Excellence” is a short description that encapsulates the essence of a marketing approach aimed at promoting educational excellence disguised as “sales.”

It conveys the idea of unleashing untapped potential in learners and inspiring them to achieve success through effective communication and marketing strategies. 

We will create an environment that fosters growth, engagement, and exceptional educational outcomes. By unlocking potential and inspiring success, these marketing strategies aim to elevate the overall quality of education and empower individuals to reach their full potential.

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Marlayna (Marley) is currently a business owner of three local Loveland businesses going on 5 years, and has served in the Veterinary Medical eld for the past 17 years. Marley has held the title of Subject Matter Expert on the training and implementation of gold standard medicine for 38 hospitals in San Diego, and her knowledge in Veterinary Medicine is extensive. Later in her Veterinary career she became a Professor of Veterinary Medicine at an accredited college in San Diego Ca, where she also taught resume-building and interviewing courses to the Senior class. After moving to Colorado full time in 2020 to run her Medical Grade Broad Spectrum Hemp company, she saw an even greater need to help the community through Business Strategy, Advertising and Marketing. Marley utilizes her skill set to help business owners get seen and grow their businesses throughout the community. Her passion for education, growth, and internal processes has launched her career to the next level, and now she’s sharing her knowledge with the rest of the community. In her spare time, she works for the SBDC as a Business Strategist for businesses 0-10 years old.

Consulting Expertise Includes: Comprehensive Business Strategy Implementation of New Business Processes, Hiring Management, Employment exit strategy, Business Development and Growth Strategies, Sales Marketing Advertising 

Effortless Efficiency: How to Simplify Your Marketing and Amplify Your Authenticity using AI

Effortless Efficiency: How to Simplify Your Marketing and Amplify Your Authenticity using AI is designed to teach business owners, CEOs, and solopreneurs how to harness the most useful aspects of the latest AI technology to make all of their marketing activities more efficient, simpler and save them time. And we’ll do all this without losing YOU and your authentic, human voice and the soul of your business in the process. 

Melissa Kellogg Lueck

Connect with Melissa on LinkedIn Here or email Melissa directly at melissa@melissamkellogg.com

When used correctly, AI can help business owners reach more of their best-fit clients in a fraction of the time and magnify their impact on the world while preserving the unique and authentic voice and soul of the entrepreneur! 

The purpose of this workshop is to help you, as a CEO, understand what AI really is, how to think about it strategically as a CEO (rather than as a techie tool), and how to choose the tools that will best serve you, your clients, and your business. 

What attendees will take away:

  • The strategy behind choosing and using AI tools so they’re not just a time waster but give you time back and help you magnify your message.
  • The tools I recommend to make marketing easier for YOU.
  • How I use the step-by-step content creation strategy with AI to increase the reach of my message and always preserve my voice and authenticity.
  • Exactly how to use the tools so you can get going on your own right away.

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Melissa believes that any woman who wants to is capable of creating financial freedom through entrepreneurship, and her mission is to surround female entrepreneurs with the community, teaching, coaching, and services they need to do it! Melissa is a Marketing Expert and Business Coach for Women, as well as the Founder and CEO of Avanti Business Academy for Women. She serves her clients through teaching and coaching, as well as providing community service as managing director of the Northern Colorado chapter of eWomenNetwork, an international network of women entrepreneurs. She also serves as a Facilitator for the University of Delaware’s Women’s  Leadership Institute.

She’s been an entrepreneur for over 20 years after working in the technology and media industries. She started her business in 2005 and has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs and small business owners build and grow successful businesses using great marketing and sales strategies, a courageous mindset, and optimizing two of their greatest assets – time and money.

She’s also the creator of the Doing Business Like a Woman podcast, named a Top 10 Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs and a Top 20 Podcast for Women in Business & Leadership.

She’s a speaker and writer passionate about helping as many women as possible to build and scale successful, sustainable, and joyful businesses. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Vanguard University and an MBA in Marketing from Hofstra University in New York. Melissa is also a wife and mom of 2 kiddos and a goldendoodle named Ginger and loves playing women’s ice hockey and pickleball for fun!

Intentional Fundraising: Know Why You Need Money and Where to Get It

Feeling lost in the fundraising maze? Join Rachel from Prairie Rose Development and Allie from Meep as we get clear about the path that matters to you!

Rachel Crawford
Prairie Rose Development

Connect with Rachel directly at colorado@local.kiva.org email address.

Allie Reitz

Connect with Allie directly at her allie@meepmeep.io email address.

Feeling lost in the fundraising maze? Join Rachel from Prairie Rose Development and Allie from Meep as we get clear about the path that matters to you! 

_You’ll leave empowered to_

Set goals and build a financial model: factor in what matters as you craft a roadmap for your finances, to guide business decisions.

Navigate funding options: Understand your money options, and find the best fit for your business needs and goals.

 

_You’ll gain_

An expanded network after partnering to resolve common challenges.

Clarity on when your business might break even and how it can grow.

Confidence to make informed decisions about funding your venture.

Full-spectrum forecasting as you build the beginnings of your financial business model!

Importance of Culture to the Success of Your Business

In this session participants learn about company culture, employees vision of company culture, and ways to improve your company culture.

 

Donna Jones, SPHR

Connect with Donna at her donna@obsidianhr.com email address.

In this session participants will gain an understanding of:

 – The definition of company culture 
– What employees want from the company culture
 – Create ways to improve your culture

It will provide the opportunity to examine the current company culture and consider small steps for improvement.  Lots of best practice ideas will be shared for participants to consider implementing at their own organization.

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Donna has been in the HR arena for over 30 years with the majority of that experience in the PEO industry. The PEO industry is unique for HR due to the variety of situations that arise on a daily basis. She specialized in employee relations and has a special love for learning and development. Being able to share knowledge and develop others is a highlight of any day!

How to Bounce Back-Tools for Resiliency!

We all experience adversity, challenges and obstacles in life, but rarely are we taught real tools and actionable steps for dealing with difficult experiences and failures. 

 

Chalice Springfield

We all experience adversity, challenges, and obstacles in life, but rarely are we taught real tools and actionable steps for dealing with difficult experiences and failures. 

Unlock the keys to building a resilient mindset and practice that not only withstands adversity but also propels you forward into continuous improvement and success. This fun and engaging resilience workshop will help you learn to navigate challenges, adapt to change, and leverage setbacks for growth and professional expansion. 

Discover how resilience is about more than just bouncing back from difficult experiences; it’s a daily practice that enhances your quality of life, emotional strength, and ability to positively impact others.  

Having resilience tools in your toolkit will not only help you survive but thrive in all areas of your life!

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Chalice Springfield is a passionate and inspiring motivational speaker, personal coach, and trainer. She has over 20 years of expertise in the area of motivational speaking and received certified training as a personal coach.

Chalice has spoken at National Conferences and in Colorado for various groups, non-profits, and businesses. Chalice believes in and embodies a life that is full of Mondo Beyondo possibilities where “daring greatly” and “being green and growing, not ripe and rotten” are routine items on her to-do list. She is the founder of Unstoppable Curiosity, a company dedicated to helping individuals and teams reach their full potential. 

Elevate & Expand: Unleashing the Power of Networking to Grow Your Business

The best networkers don’t just have amazing businesses and careers; they have amazing friendships and are always at the front of the line for new opportunities.

Dixie Daly
City of Loveland

Connect with Dixie at her dixie@loveland.org email address.

Dixie will share the dynamic process of networking, connecting, and collaborating, and how you can strategically grow your business while building relationships.

You won’t want to miss Dixie’s top 10 secrets to grow your business through networking.

The best networkers don’t just have amazing businesses and careers; they have amazing friendships and are always at the front of the line for new opportunities. 

Learn how effective business networking links together individuals through trust and relationship building, and becomes a walking, talking advertisement promoting one another’s businesses. 

Networking face to face is still one of the most important ways to share not only your business, but also it’s the best way to learn and build a relationship with another business professional.

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Dixie Daly, an accomplished Entrepreneur, Speaker, Inventor, and Author, currently serves as the esteemed Business Membership Director at the Loveland Chamber. Balancing her dynamic entrepreneurial spirit with a sincere dedication to helping others and with over 35 years of networking experience, Dixie shares her passion, innovative ideas, and leadership skills.

Throughout her years as an entrepreneur, Dixie has received numerous awards, such as eWomen Network’s International Business Match-Maker, Biz West’s ‘Women of Distinction’ & Top 50 Influencer award, Colorado’s Women of Influence Vision & Inspirational award, and Loveland Chamber Outstanding Achievement. She’s also an award-winning poet.

She also received the Most-Influential Business Leader award from BizWest 2024. She shares her passion on the boards with the Colorado Women of Influence, CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women), and The Gift. She is also on the steering committee for BizWest Women of Distinction.

Beyond the Scroll: Mastering the 'All In' Social Media Strategy

Does your business treat social media as an afterthought? Are you only active on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other platforms when you have a sale or event happening?

Jade Shebelski

Does your business treat social media as an afterthought? Are you only active on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other platforms when you have a sale or event happening? If so, you’re missing out on social media’s immense potential to drive consistent engagement, brand awareness, and, yes, even sales.

Let’s flip the script of only “selling” on social when something is going on and gain a comprehensive strategy for going “all in” on social media – not just when it’s convenient, but as a core part of your overall marketing efforts.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Develop a content calendar and posting cadence to keep your brand top-of-mind year-round
  • Implement best practices for continually engaging your audience and fostering a loyal community
  • Leverage creative tactics across multiple platforms to drive traffic, capture leads, boost sales, and more!

No matter your industry, an ‘always-on’ social media presence can serve as a potent growth engine when approached with intention. However, truly committing to this approach requires consistent effort, strategic thinking, and unwavering dedication. The benefits are many, from increased brand visibility and customer engagement to a boost in sales and lead generation.

Are you in or out on your social media marketing? Because your community already knows the answer- but we can change it.

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Jade Shebelski is a seasoned social media manager specializing in coaching and strategizing Instagram, LinkedIn & Pinterest for product & service-based businesses. She started her business, Maven and Muse Media, after other businesses saw her success in niche marketing, telling stories, and selling her vintage products directly off social media. Established business’ witnessed her growth and reached out to create content that would transition into sales. Jade finds stories and tells them through motivational means, converting followers and hearts to conversations and bookings.

How to Build a Strategic and Measurable Marketing Plan

This session will provide you with a step-by-step process to create a marketing plan and measure for continuous improvement.

Lori Wiles

Connect with Lori Wiles at her lori@loriwilescmo.com email address.

This session will provide you with a step-by-step process to create a marketing plan and measure for continuous improvement. Leave with a simple and repeatable process that can be used for small and large marketing projects. Come prepared with the business problem or opportunity you’re trying to solve for and what exactly you want your audience to do. We’ll talk about what success looks like and how this framework can keep “strategic” at the center of your plan.

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Lori Wiles, ABC, is a marketing and branding expert with more than 30 years in start-up, medium, and Fortune 500 companies. She excels at building brands that stand apart and excel at growth. Creating a strong brand involves setting clear direction, identifying messaging that resonates and results in leads and revenue, and establishing a look and feel that is consistent and creates impact. She has been part of multiple brand and product launches. Her strongest assets include developing strategic and measurable objectives, problem-solving, brand development, lead generation, and leading people. A past IABC leader, Lori is based in Loveland, Colorado, and is a guest lecturer in Strategic Communications at the University of Kansas.

Unlocking Potential, Inspiring Success: Marketing Strategies for Educational Excellence

“Unlocking Potential, Inspiring Success: Marketing Strategies for Educational Excellence” is a short description that encapsulates the essence of a marketing approach aimed at promoting educational excellence disguised as “sales.”

Marlayna (Marley) LeClair

Connect with Marley LeClair at her marley@buzzscreens.com email address.

“Unlocking Potential, Inspiring Success: Marketing Strategies for Educational Excellence” is a short description that encapsulates the essence of a marketing approach aimed at promoting educational excellence disguised as “sales.”

It conveys the idea of unleashing untapped potential in learners and inspiring them to achieve success through effective communication and marketing strategies. 

We will create an environment that fosters growth, engagement, and exceptional educational outcomes. By unlocking potential and inspiring success, these marketing strategies aim to elevate the overall quality of education and empower individuals to reach their full potential.

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Marlayna (Marley) is currently a business owner of three local Loveland businesses going on 5 years, and has served in the Veterinary Medical eld for the past 17 years. Marley has held the title of Subject Matter Expert on the training and implementation of gold standard medicine for 38 hospitals in San Diego, and her knowledge in Veterinary Medicine is extensive. Later in her Veterinary career she became a Professor of Veterinary Medicine at an accredited college in San Diego Ca, where she also taught resume-building and interviewing courses to the Senior class. After moving to Colorado full time in 2020 to run her Medical Grade Broad Spectrum Hemp company, she saw an even greater need to help the community through Business Strategy, Advertising and Marketing. Marley utilizes her skill set to help business owners get seen and grow their businesses throughout the community. Her passion for education, growth, and internal processes has launched her career to the next level, and now she’s sharing her knowledge with the rest of the community. In her spare time, she works for the SBDC as a Business Strategist for businesses 0-10 years old.

Consulting Expertise Includes: Comprehensive Business Strategy Implementation of New Business Processes, Hiring Management, Employment exit strategy, Business Development and Growth Strategies, Sales Marketing Advertising 

Integrating AI in Small Business

Still not using AI for your business and productivity? This session with Dayle Wickizer will help you cut through the hype and incorporate AI into your small business operations. 

Dayle Wickizer

Still not using AI for your business and productivity? This session with Dayle Wickizer will help you cut through the hype and incorporate AI into your small business operations.  As the digital age advances, the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to redefine business operations becomes more apparent. For small businesses, embracing AI isn’t just about staying in sync with technology trends, but about optimizing operations, refining customer interactions, and making data-driven decisions.  

In this session will you learn not to fear AI, security best practices when using AI and an interactive session with your peers on how they are integrating AI into their business.

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Dayle Wickizer, Fractional Chief Operating Officer (COO) & Integrator, champions the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) into small business operations. Her extensive experience, ranging from financial technology to implementing cutting-edge cybersecurity and compliance protocols, showcases a dedication to enhancing operational efficiency and technological innovation. As the Founder of Intentional Results, Dayle helps business owners align daily operations with their vision and goals. Dayle’s academic tenure as an Assistant MBA Professor specializing in Innovative Business Models and Business Operations has equipped her with the unique ability to bridge theory with practical application. Her work has pivoted towards providing strategic, operational guidance to companies, helping them navigate the complexities of digital transformation with a focus on AI’s potential to drive growth and efficiency.

In her presentation on “Integrating AI in Small Business Operations,” Dayle will share invaluable insights and actionable strategies for leveraging AI, emphasizing its importance in operational efficiency and achieving a competitive advantage in today’s fast-evolving business landscape. 

Defend & Prosper: Fortifying Your Small Business Against Cyber Threats

In today’s digital landscape, small businesses face increasingly sophisticated cyber threats that can jeopardize their assets, information, and reputation.

Nina Amey

Connect with Nina Amey at her nina@pikespeaksbdc.org email address.

In today’s digital landscape, small businesses face increasingly sophisticated cyber threats that can jeopardize their assets, information, and reputation. Join us for an insightful presentation where we’ll cover essential strategies to safeguard your business against cyber attacks and thrive in the face of adversity.

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Nina is a dynamic professional educator and innovator, with a 20-year career intechnical education. As the ‘Cybersecurity Program Manager’, she oversees the SmallBusiness Cybersecurity Program as well as several other SBDC cybersecurityprograms. Nina has been a key player in projects funded by organizations such as theNational Science Foundation and the National Center for Academic Excellence inCybersecurity Education. Demonstrating an unwavering commitment to workforcedevelopment in cybersecurity, Nina recently served as the Program Manager for twoCAE grants with the UCCS Cybersecurity Program Office, contributed to the creation ofa cybersecurity curriculum for high school teachers, and played a pivotal role as aProgram Manager for the Cyber READY program at Prince George’s CommunityCollege. Her multifaceted experiences underscore Nina’s impact at the intersection ofeducation, entrepreneurship, and cutting-edge technologies.

SEO 101: How To Get To The Top Of Google

Get more traffic to your website! Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is one of the few types of marketing that can generate connections, leads, and sales for years to come!

Jennifer Croft

Connect with Jennifer Croft at her jenniferscroft@aol.com email address.

Get more traffic to your website! Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is one of the few types of marketing that can generate connections, leads, and sales for years to come! Come to this fun and engaging presentation on SEO and learn how to get your website to the top of Google for hundreds of different phrases.

The SEO topics covered include:

  • How to perform keyword research
  • How to plan and write great content
  • How to track your SEO performance
  • How to use AI for SEO

These SEO “best practices” techniques for websites can benefit all types of small businesses and organizations, including: service and consulting businesses, retail businesses, trades businesses, wholesalers and distributors, manufacturers, e-commerce businesses, and non-profits.

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Jennifer Croft has more than 16 years of experience in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and 40+ years of experience in marketing. She has worked on more than 600 websites (ranging from 5 pages to 5 million pages) and has conducted more than 650 SEO trainings. She takes the mystery out of SEO and breaks it down into simple, actionable steps.

Effortless Efficiency: How to Simplify Your Marketing and Amplify Your Authenticity using AI

Effortless Efficiency: How to Simplify Your Marketing and Amplify Your Authenticity using AI is designed to teach business owners, CEOs, and solopreneurs how to harness the most useful aspects of the latest AI technology to make all of their marketing activities more efficient, simpler and save them time. And we’ll do all this without losing YOU and your authentic, human voice and the soul of your business in the process. 

Melissa Kellogg Lueck

Connect with Melissa on LinkedIn Here or email Melissa directly at melissa@melissamkellogg.com

When used correctly, AI can help business owners reach more of their best-fit clients in a fraction of the time and magnify their impact on the world while preserving the unique and authentic voice and soul of the entrepreneur! 

The purpose of this workshop is to help you, as a CEO, understand what AI really is, how to think about it strategically as a CEO (rather than as a techie tool), and how to choose the tools that will best serve you, your clients, and your business. 

What attendees will take away:

  • The strategy behind choosing and using AI tools so they’re not just a time waster but give you time back and help you magnify your message.
  • The tools I recommend to make marketing easier for YOU.
  • How I use the step-by-step content creation strategy with AI to increase the reach of my message and always preserve my voice and authenticity.
  • Exactly how to use the tools so you can get going on your own right away.

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Melissa believes that any woman who wants to is capable of creating financial freedom through entrepreneurship, and her mission is to surround female entrepreneurs with the community, teaching, coaching, and services they need to do it! Melissa is a Marketing Expert and Business Coach for Women, as well as the Founder and CEO of Avanti Business Academy for Women. She serves her clients through teaching and coaching, as well as providing community service as managing director of the Northern Colorado chapter of eWomenNetwork, an international network of women entrepreneurs. She also serves as a Facilitator for the University of Delaware’s Women’s  Leadership Institute.

She’s been an entrepreneur for over 20 years after working in the technology and media industries. She started her business in 2005 and has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs and small business owners build and grow successful businesses using great marketing and sales strategies, a courageous mindset, and optimizing two of their greatest assets – time and money.

She’s also the creator of the Doing Business Like a Woman podcast, named a Top 10 Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs and a Top 20 Podcast for Women in Business & Leadership.

She’s a speaker and writer passionate about helping as many women as possible to build and scale successful, sustainable, and joyful businesses. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Vanguard University and an MBA in Marketing from Hofstra University in New York. Melissa is also a wife and mom of 2 kiddos and a goldendoodle named Ginger and loves playing women’s ice hockey and pickleball for fun!

Every Set of Financials Tells a Story

Business owners don’t go into business to spend time focusing on their financials. But, it is critical that they understand how to read them.

Becky Ezzell

Connect with Becky Ezzell at her becky@keepsmartbooks.com  email address.

Business owners don’t go into business to spend time focusing on their financials. But, it is critical that they understand how to read them.  Understanding your financials will help tell your business story about growth, transition, challenges and triumphs.  Who knew black and white numbers on financials had the ability to tell a story….?

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Becky Ezzell is the Owner and Chief Visionary Ocer of Keep Smart Books and Keep Smart Books Academy. 10 years ago, Becky opened Keep Smart Books as a mission driven bookkeeping and business services operation with the goal of supporting her 

family and businesses she believed in. Since that time, she has grown her business to 7 full-time employees and 6 part-time staff who deliver bookkeeping and accounting services to clients in Northern Colorado. Becky’s goal is long-term relationships with businesses doing good work in her community, to develop her employees and make a positive impact in her community. Her business philosophy is to support her clients with premier bookkeeping and accounting services, so that they can be freed up to do what they do best. Last year, she opened Keep Smart Books Academy, a bookkeeping school where students can learn principled bookkeeping skills in a certicate-based, qualied setting. She offers introductory to advanced bookkeeping classes, as well as short courses for non-prots and small businesses. In addition to operating her two businesses, Becky is also on the Board of Be the Gift, and she and her staff donate to various charities along the Front Range of Northern Colorado. Becky lives in Northern Colorado with her husband and two daughters. 

Preparing for Year-End and Taxes /

Tax season is right around the corner.  Is this your first year reporting a business tax return?

Priscilla Orozco-Garcia

Priscilla is a Bilingual Accountant-Bookkeeper that possesses over two decades of experience in the accounting industry and business consulting at the Denver Metro SBDC and with Colorado Enterprise Fund.

Tax season is right around the corner.  Is this your first year reporting a business tax return? In this session, you will learn how to prepare yourself for tax season. What information will be required for filing, When do should you file & Who will be filing for you.

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Priscilla possesses over two decades of experience in the accounting industry. Her resilience allowed her to launch YTD Bookkeeping Service’s following a job layoff during the great recession in 2011. Respected by her former employers for her Financial acumen, they provided Priscilla with her first referral for bookkeeping services.

Growing her business from scratch, Priscilla has become a go-to within the small business community – guiding hundreds of small businesses and leading countless small business financial literacy trainings in English & Spanish.

Join for a round table discussion on venture investment and women founders.

Investing in Women - A Roundtable Discussion with the Angel & Venture Community

Join us for this Round Table Discussion with Allison Seabeck and Jenn Henderson!

The reality is that so little venture investment goes to women founders, and relatively few women are active in the investment world. We are hopping mad, and we want to unite to do something about it. 

This is a Round Table conversation focused on solutions for the tech startup community in Northern Colorado. We will discuss how we can break biases, support women in the startup world, and promote diverse decision-makers at the investment table. Join us to connect with other like-minded business leaders, investors, and the early-stage investment community.

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Jennifer Henderson Jen Henderson is founder and CEO of Tilt, which is a technology platform that is making leaves of absence not suck. Jen’s status as a women solo founder of a technology startup puts her in the extremely small category nationally and in an even smaller category in Northern Colorado. Jen founded Tilt out of her own frustrations around two separate parental leave experiences at Fortune 500 companies. She was determined to build a solution that would ensure her children wouldn’t have to experience the same stigmas and frustrations she endured. Her lived experience raising multiple rounds of venture capital funding as a solo women founder have shaped her equally strong passion for improving the opportunities for women founding a startup and raising investment capital.

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Allison Seabeck Allison serves as Executive Director of the Warehouse Business Accelerator and Innovation Hub. The Accelerator is a scale-up mentorship program for technology and advanced manufacturing companies who have graduated from start-up phase. And the Warehouse Innovation Hub facility offers shared industrial space and community to catalyze the next generation of great Colorado manufacturing businesses. Previously, Allison Seabeck was the President of Prosci Inc., a global leader in research, training and consulting in the discipline of change management. At Prosci, Allison led transformational business model changes, systems and culture building and global expansion initiatives under Private Equity ownership. As an executive leader and business adviser, Allison focuses on building alignment and clarity of purpose with leadership teams, particularly during times of growth and change. 

Intentional Fundraising: Know Why You Need Money and Where to Get It

Feeling lost in the fundraising maze? Join Rachel from Prairie Rose Development and Allie from Meep as we get clear about the path that matters to you!

Rachel Crawford
Prairie Rose Development

Connect with Rachel directly at colorado@local.kiva.org email address.

Allie Reitz

Connect with Allie directly at her allie@meepmeep.io email address.

Feeling lost in the fundraising maze? Join Rachel from Prairie Rose Development and Allie from Meep as we get clear about the path that matters to you! 

_You’ll leave empowered to_

Set goals and build a financial model: factor in what matters as you craft a roadmap for your finances, to guide business decisions.

Navigate funding options: Understand your money options, and find the best fit for your business needs and goals.

 

_You’ll gain_

An expanded network after partnering to resolve common challenges.

Clarity on when your business might break even and how it can grow.

Confidence to make informed decisions about funding your venture.

Full-spectrum forecasting as you build the beginnings of your financial business model!

The Path to Profit Is Through People Create the Conditions for People to Thrive

Do you know how much it costs to lose one employee? It’s a lot more than you think.

Kendra Prospero

Research by SHRM suggests that replacement costs can be as high as 50%-60% of an employee’s salary, with overall costs ranging anywhere from 90%-200%.  For example, if an employee makes $60,000 per year, then it costs an average of $30,000 – $45,000 just to replace that employee and roughly $54,000 – $120,000 in overall losses to the company. When your employees quit, costs go up. It’s not just a people problem; it’s the bottom line. 

In this unique and eye-opening keynote, Kendra Prospero provides the solution to this costly issue impacting all businesses with employees. The solution is her signature 5-Part CEO Path to a Profitable Culture™.

  1. Mindset
  2. Assess
  3. Team
  4. People Agenda
  5. Feedback

During this People Revolution, Kendra can guarantee Founders and CEOs that if they improve their culture, they will improve their bottom line, ease the strain of leading, and know that they have the right team to help them grow.

Let Kendra show your participants how to grow their businesses and keep their employees happy without sacrificing one for the other.

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Kendra Prospero is a human resources expert who delivers highly engaging keynote presentations that help founders and leaders transform how they think and feel about work. She knows employers benefit when their team members feel included, are happier, and are more productive. Her philosophy is that we give up the best hours of our days and years of our lives for work, and we should love our jobs.

Audiences love Kendra’s straightforward approach to keeping employee engagement a top priority for leaders. Her gifts include helping leaders understand how to create the conditions for their employees to thrive, and how that turns into profit. Every organization needs to get ahead of the curve to ensure they are an employer of choice.

Before founding Turning the Corner, an award-winning Human Resources consulting rm and “Best Place to Work”, Kendra worked for many years as a Software Engineer for IBM but felt she was struggling in a career that left her dying on the vine. Turning the Corner is a result of her following her passion for helping others as the CEO and Founder of one of the few firms in the nation that supports growing small businesses with all their people needs. As a National Speaker’s Association member and Speaker, she has delivered hundreds of presentations to corporate executives, business professionals, entrepreneurs, and job seekers from national corporations. Recently nominated for Outstanding Women in Business and one of Colorado’s best and brightest leaders, everyone has benefited from her passionate and pioneering approach.

Kendra continues to inspire the workforce and keeps employee engagement at the forefront of growing organizations. Kendra loves helping people get results, leading her team to greater places, and challenging us all to change the world one job at a time.

Let’s GO All-In with Building a Healthy Workplace Culture and Business by Focusing on Employee Success and Engagement.

In this session, participants will learn strategies and techniques to create a healthy and positive workplace culture. By focusing on employee well-being, communication, and collaboration.

Elizabeth Mahoney & Betzy Valdez

 

Connect with Betzy on LinkedIn Here or email Betzy directly at betzys970@gmail.com

In this session, participants will learn strategies and techniques to create a healthy and positive workplace culture. By focusing on employee well-being, communication, and collaboration. This session aims to foster a supportive and productive work environment. Through interactive discussions and practical exercises, attendees will gain an understanding of the importance of a healthy workplace culture and the impact it has on employee engagement and overall organizational success.

By the end of this session, participants will have a comprehensive understanding of the key elements required to build and maintain a healthy workplace culture. They will leave with practical tools and techniques that can be implemented immediately to enhance the well-being and engagement of their teams. Allowing them and their team members to have healthy workplace relationships.

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Betzy Valdez - Bio

Using a strengths-based approach, Elizabeth brings a sense of fun to team building, which elevates how people work with each other every day.

The outcome is that communication improves, engagement increases, and your company becomes the one for which everyone wants to work. At Complete Professional Development, we empower companies to create and maintain positive workplace wellness and well-being, where leaders and teams grow and thrive in their roles! We do this by equipping them to:

1) attract and hire people who are the right fit for the right job.
2) retain the very best people and foster employee loyalty.
3) build a thriving workplace culture where people grow in their strengths and develop in their roles within the organization.

Elizabeth is the CEO of Complete Professional Development. She has a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from UNC and is a leadership coach and a speaker. She works with leaders, managers, and their teams to help build and retain their talented employees. She has a background in career counseling and a passion for helping people have healthy relationships at work. Supporting people in their career growth and development is one of the aspects of her work and business that brings her the most joy. She is involved in her community by being a Greeley Area Chamber Investor, Steering Committee Member for Leadership Northern CO (graduate of the program in 2020-2021), Board Chair for Connections for Independent Living, Leadership Team member for She Goes High, and a member of Association for Talent Development and Rocky Mountain Chapter of Talent Development and Colorado Career Development Association.

Fun facts about Elizabeth: She loves to garden and cook. In 2023, she set a goal of creating 52 new recipes; she made it to 38 and considered that something to celebrate!

Betzy Valdez is a proud mother, wife, entrepreneur, and connector. She is the founder and visionary of Empowered Leader – her true passion and calling in life. This business is her vision to provide opportunities for growth, connection, and community involvement. She hosts workshops, coordinates volunteer opportunities, and serves as a speaker for various events. Betzy’s goal is to empower YOUR vision, presence, and impact!

Betzy is the owner of BV Virtual Custom Services which offers social media management, content creation, translating services, etc. Betzy’s goal is to provide custom services that allow local businesses to thrive. She also serves as the current President for the Hispanic Women of Weld County (HWWC), an organization that engages civically, awards academic scholarships, and recognizes the accomplishments of Latinas across Weld County.

In her free time, Betzy enjoys spending time with family, supporting friends and colleagues, and finding new ways of making an impact in her community.

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Relationship Intelligence: Your Leadership Superpower

Are you ready to go All In on your relationships at work? 

Jenny Hedrick LCSW

Connect with Jenny at her jenny@achillesconsultinggroup.com email address.

Are you ready to go All In on your relationships at work?  

Relationship Intelligence (RQ) gives you the insight to communicate with people across a diverse spectrum of personalities, motivations, and experiences. Each interaction is an opportunity to connect–or get your wires crossed. To build a relationship–or damage one.  

Relationships are built on shared experiences and future expectations. RQ helps you adjust your approach to bring out the best in yourself and each person you lead.   

In this session you will learn how to identify your own motives, both when things are going well and when you are in conflict.  You will learn the four skills of Relationship Intelligence that, when implemented, will have a dramatic impact on those you lead. 

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Jenny Hedrick received her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Western Michigan University with a focus on interpersonal communication. She spent 15 years working as a therapist, mentor, and coach before taking a step back to raise a family. With over 700 hours of group facilitation, Jenny is well-versed in team dynamics and communication.

Jenny developed and coordinated an outpatient addiction program at the local mental health hospital, becoming a leader in her field. She not only built the most profitable program at the hospital, but she trained leaders to replicate it in other areas.

Jenny is experienced in training development and implementation. Jenny currently maintains a small caseload of counseling and coaching clients while also facilitating team training in Relationship Intelligence. She is married and has three kids, a dog, 2 cats, 14 chickens, and 1 axolotl. She loves hiking, camping, and exploring with her family and friends.

Importance of Culture to the Success of Your Business

In this session participants learn about company culture, employees vision of company culture, and ways to improve your company culture.

 

Donna Jones, SPHR

Connect with Donna at her donna@obsidianhr.com email address.

In this session participants will gain an understanding of:

 – The definition of company culture 
– What employees want from the company culture
 – Create ways to improve your culture

It will provide the opportunity to examine the current company culture and consider small steps for improvement.  Lots of best practice ideas will be shared for participants to consider implementing at their own organization.

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Donna has been in the HR arena for over 30 years with the majority of that experience in the PEO industry. The PEO industry is unique for HR due to the variety of situations that arise on a daily basis. She specialized in employee relations and has a special love for learning and development. Being able to share knowledge and develop others is a highlight of any day!

5 Secrets to Raising the Bar on Respect: How to Boost Confidence, Speak Up and Negotiate Anything with Ease

Do you believe in unlimited possibilities? Do you go “All In” and expect your desired results?

Lori Hanson

Connect with Lori at her lori@lorihansoninternational.com email address.

Do you believe in unlimited possibilities? Do you go “All In” and expect your desired results? How can you gain more trust and respect in your work and life, and what is possible when you understand how to move beyond your current reality? Lori delivers 5 secrets to help you own your confidence from the core, to be comfortable to speak up and negotiate for what you want. And she shares powerful lessons from her personal journey of “never being good enough.” Your audience will leave inspired and empowered to take action and command more respect. 

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Lori Hanson is the Success Whisperer. She has been whispering about success for many years to help female entrepreneurs, leaders, and executives unlock innite possibilities and create next-level success. After 25 successful years in Tech Sales, Lori has coached hundreds, motivated thousands, and impacted multitudes as an executive performance coach, corporate consultant, trainer, and keynote speaker. Award-winning author of 5 books, she appears on international radio and TV and writes columns for newspapers and national magazines.

How to be an Emotionally Intelligent Leader

Emotional Intelligence is essential to being a great leader. In this session, Lauren and Tiffany will discuss what emotional intelligence is and how being an emotionally intelligent leader can open the doors to success.

 

Tiffany Helton + Lauren Storeby

Emotional Intelligence is essential to being a great leader.

In this session, Lauren and Tiffany will discuss what emotional intelligence is and how being an emotionally intelligent leader can open the doors to success.

Lauren Storeby

Connect with Lauren on LinkedIn Here or email Lauren directly at lauren@snackattackit.com

My name is Lauren Storeby and it’s so great to meet you! My husband and I own Snack Attack Specialty Sandwiches & Brews located in Midtown Fort Collins! Some would call me a serial entrepreneur- I just love working for myself, creating new businesses and helping others thrive to live their best lives!

Here’s my background… I grew up in the restaurant business. My parents opened a small grill shop when I was 8 years old where you would find me helping at the register and sweeping up the floor. My parents have always been self-employed which gave me the inspiration to own my worth and continue the legacy of being an entrepreneur.

When I turned 15 and got an official workers permit, I continued that restaurant life working in various concepts ranging from yogurt shops, to burger stands, corporate structures and family owned establishments all through college and even after. I feel in love with the customer service aspect of making peoples day and building relationships.

I’ve been employed with small family owned business to high level corporate restaurants including Islands Burgers, Yard House Restaurants and Fisherman’s Wharf. Throughout my experience I’ve held positions including hosting, serving, bartending, table service and management as well as time spent being a corporate trainer. I’ve seen the ins and outs of restaurants in all levels.

I took a 6 year hiatus to follow my dreams of working in the apparel industry gaining knowledge as a product developer for brands including Oakley, Fox Head, Quicksilver, Abercrombie & Fitch, Roxy, Billabong and even created and owned my own clothing line, SelaWear Inc. My time as a product developer prepared me to be a restaurant owner through working the trenches of branding, merchandise marketing, costing, developing processes and procedures but most importantly attention to detail.

In 2017 my husband and I took the jump into the American dream and opened our first restaurant together, Snack Attack Specialty Sandwiches & Brews. In a short 4 years we’ve built a successful high 6 figure and community driven business serving up the best sandwiches and beers in town! In 2021 we were voted “Best Sandwiches in Noco” by our community!

I’m also proud to say I’m a Larimer County Small Business Development Center consultant for restaurant owners where I help mentor new and seasoned restaura

Tiffany Helton

Connect with Tiffany on LinkedIn Here or email Tiffany directly at tiffany@stuftburgerbar.com

My name is Tiffany Helton and it’s so great to meet you! I am the Co-Founder of Stuft a Burger Bar in Fort Collins, Colorado. I have a true passion for cooking and customer service and I love to make that personal connection with my guests. I am a results driven, strong woman and I truly love this industry.

Here’s my background… I started working in a snack shop when I was 15. After I graduated High School I made the big move to beautiful Colorado from Los Angeles. As soon as I arrived I started working at a local bar and grill at 18 years old. After learning how to be a bouncer, cook and bartender I finally had my chance to learn the General Manager position. I spent 8 years running a very successful operation with the help of some amazing mentors.

After several years, I decided I needed a change. I stepped into a role at a fast casual sandwich shop where I met my business partner (my boss at the time). We went on to open up our own restaurant Stuft burger bar. I am very grateful for the opportunity he gave me and work extremely hard at it everyday! He and I have a great partnership and have been partners for over 10 years.

Somehow along the way, on my “time off” I managed to meet my amazing husband and we have two wonderful little boys. Being a Mom is the hardest and most rewarding job I have ever had. I always say if it wasn’t for them I’d still be working 80 hours a week.

I’ve had the privilege of working alongside some amazing chefs and managers throughout the years. Our restaurants have had some amazing accolades over the years as well. “Yahoo! Travel’s Best Fries” award, and The Burger Battle Winner. I was also extremely honored with being chosen for The Coloradoan’s “Super Woman” Award.

A few years ago I became a part time Restaurant Consultant at the Larimer County Small Business Development Center where I mentor and coach up and coming restauranteurs.

Let's "find out who is right...and who is dead": How to survive giving feedback

Giving feedback can be hard. You have important things you want to help your colleagues improve, but to get on that path, you have to tell them what’s not working.

Jenny Morse, PhD.
Appendance

Connect with Jenny on LinkedIn Here or email
Jenny directly at jenny@appendance.com

Giving feedback can be hard. You have important things you want to help your colleagues improve, but to get on that path, you have to tell them what’s not working. Choosing the right language to approach the person, the problem, and the goals can make all the difference. This presentation will give you specific strategies for sharing what’s not working and helping the other person understand what steps to take next to move forward.

Jenny’s company Appendance, Inc, offers corporate seminars and online courses.

She has had the privilege of training employees at CoBank, Hunter Douglas, Adobe, Larimer County, Digicomm, and the National Renewable Energy Lab among many others. She was a finalist in the 2020 PitchNoCo competition for her Better Business Writing Pro course, which won the 2021 Excellence in Communication Consulting award from the Association for Business Communication.

How to Bounce Back-Tools for Resiliency!

We all experience adversity, challenges and obstacles in life, but rarely are we taught real tools and actionable steps for dealing with difficult experiences and failures. 

 

Chalice Springfield

We all experience adversity, challenges, and obstacles in life, but rarely are we taught real tools and actionable steps for dealing with difficult experiences and failures. 

Unlock the keys to building a resilient mindset and practice that not only withstands adversity but also propels you forward into continuous improvement and success. This fun and engaging resilience workshop will help you learn to navigate challenges, adapt to change, and leverage setbacks for growth and professional expansion. 

Discover how resilience is about more than just bouncing back from difficult experiences; it’s a daily practice that enhances your quality of life, emotional strength, and ability to positively impact others.  

Having resilience tools in your toolkit will not only help you survive but thrive in all areas of your life!

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Chalice Springfield is a passionate and inspiring motivational speaker, personal coach, and trainer. She has over 20 years of expertise in the area of motivational speaking and received certified training as a personal coach.

Chalice has spoken at National Conferences and in Colorado for various groups, non-profits, and businesses. Chalice believes in and embodies a life that is full of Mondo Beyondo possibilities where “daring greatly” and “being green and growing, not ripe and rotten” are routine items on her to-do list. She is the founder of Unstoppable Curiosity, a company dedicated to helping individuals and teams reach their full potential. 

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