Colorado business training, workshops & events

With a nod to Earth Day, this webinar takes a look at the connections between the environment and how we grow, focusing on the relationship between housing affordability and climate change. Community Builders’ Executive Director, Clark Anderson, will provide a primer on why the lack of affordable housing is increasing greenhouse gas emissions and solutions to address the problem. This webinar will offer a useful frame for discussing these issues in your community.

Northwest Colorado Small Business Development Workshops
Join SBDC in the Vail Valley for these workshops – more info and register at
Startup Essentials – June 6
Writing a Business Plan – July 11
Finance Essentials for Small Business – August 8
Startup to Scale Up – September 13-14
Western Slope Redevelopment & Reinvestment Symposium
May 29-31 in Durango – more info and register here
The City of Durango, the City of Montrose, APA Colorado, and Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI) are partnering to create a forum for informal connections, case studies and interactive dialogue with the goal of facilitating idea-sharing and nurturing innovation for redevelopment and reinvestment on the Western Slope.  This is an opportunity to engage with regional leaders from the public and private sector to identify opportunities, understand components of high-quality projects, and find solutions to financial challenges to enable successful, well-designed redevelopment and reinvestment in your community.
Western Slope Rural Philanthropy Days 2019
Eagle, Pitkin, Garfield, Mesa and Delta Counties
June 12 -14 | Hotchkiss & Paonia |
Click here for more info and to register. Rural Philanthropy Days (RPD) is a three-day conference that convenes nonprofits, funders and local governments to share ideas and develop collaborative opportunities in order to build the capacity of local organizations and communities to address regional social issues. If you live, work, or are looking to fund in the Western Slope then RPD is for you.
Women in Entrepreneurship: Growth Hacking
May 2-3 in Vail – more info and register here.
The Northwest Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business have teamed up to offer “WOMEN IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP: GROWTH HACKING” man interactive branding workshop for women business owners, decision makers, and entrepreneurs operating from mountain markets.  The course will focus on how business owners can strengthen their message to target customers through brand clarification and growth hacking techniques.  Register with scholarship code “NWSBDC” to unlock 15% discount.  Please register here.  For event questions or scholarship opportunities, contact
Colorado Economic Forum offered by the Federal Reserve Bank
May 15  at Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs – Register Here.
An Economic Forum consists of presentations by Federal Reserve policy advisers about key regional economic issues and national trends, as well as an update on monetary policy objectives and concerns. The Forum also provide area leaders an opportunity to share their views with the Federal Reserve Bank.  There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Register online now:
Please contact Laurie Groth at with any questions.
Solutions for the Opiod Crisis: Free Webinar
May 2 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Mtn time – Register here. 
Offered by the Orton Family Foundation. On average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. And rural America is harder hit by the epidemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So what’s being done right now to reverse this devastating trend? We talk to three leaders with different vantage points who share the same goal-stop this epidemic.
2019 Colorado Creative Industries Summit
May 16-17 in Salida, Colorado
Colorado Municipal League 97th Annual Conference
June 18-21 in Breckenridge, Colorado
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Campsight Breck 
Sept. 22-24
An innovation and marketing unconference for outdoor industry brands, adventurous visionaries and bold storytellers. More info here!