Join Rural Entrepreneurs from across the plains as they chart their future
Inspiration | Education | Networking

Colorado’s rural entrepreneurs are building some of the most exciting business opportunities in the state. Join small businesses from across the Eastern Plains as they come together to hone their business skills, discover new business practices, and connect with peers and topic matter experts. East Colorado SBDC and Southeast SBDC bring you a day full of inspiration, education, and networking as you look forward to charting the future of your business. 

Summit Agenda



Check-in and sit down for breakfast

9:00 am


9:30 am

Lean Coffee

Join our partner, Startup Colorado, for a Lean Coffee Discussion. This format is simple, you propose the topics and then the group discusses current topics and trends in business. Learn from your peers.

10:40 am

Breakout Session
  • Get Focused! Take a 360° Perspective On Your Business – Learn how to identify the most important elements of your business right now and create an action plan to keep your business moving forward.
  • Keep Moral in An Understaffed Business – The labor market is difficult, learn how to keep morale in an understaffed business.
  • Cybersecurity Practices to Save You Small Business – No business is “too small” for a cybersecurity attack. Learn simple steps you can take to reduce your attack risk or recover from an attack when it does land.

11:50 am

Speed Networking

Discover rural small businesses and make new contacts. Following networking, you can enjoy a meal with your new connections.

12:50 pm


2:20 pm

Breakout Session
  • Rural Success Stories – Hear personal stories of success from two rural entrepreneurs: B.J. New, High Plains Spice Company in Sterling and Andrea Spresser, All About U in Fort Morgan.
  • Monetizing Your Social Media – With a little effort, start generating revenue from your social media accounts and discover ways to monetize the content you’re creating.
  • Leveraging Your Leadership Strengths Superpowers in Business – In this interactive session, discover how to implementing a Strengths-Based philosophy can transform your leadership, business, and life.

3:30 pm

Breakout Session
  • Where’s the Money? Small Business Funding Panel – Discover where to go when your business needs funding to grow.
  • Google Proofing your Website – Learn how to Google-proof your business from future algorithm changes with actionable tips that you can use to ensure continued online success.
  • Well-being in Business – Learn how understanding well-being practices can prevent burnout and equip you to be a supportive leader in your business.

4:30 pm

Summit Wrap Up

Are you a SBA Lender? Attend the conference and also the SBA Lender Roundtable. Information here.


Burlington Community Center

340 S 14th St, Burlington, CO 80807

Your Conference Ticket Enters you to Win

SBDC will be giving away 5 Chromebooks and other great awards at the Summit. Enter to win by attending.

Conference Ticket
$ 75
  • Breakfast & Lunch included
Early Bird Ticket
$ 65
  • Breakfast & Lunch included
Business Group Offer
$ 60 per ticket
  • Breakfast & Lunch included
Registration closes Wednesday, August 24 at 12 pm
Thank you to our Sponsors

Interested in joining us as a Sponsor? View how here

The Colorado SBDC Network is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration

"Our business has benefited immensely from accessing the professional staff and SBDC programs and resources."
Questions? Email Info@EastColoradoSBDC.com.