Northwest Colorado training, workshops & business events

Finance Essentials for Small Businesses
Thursday, August 8, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Avon Town Hall
Offered  by the Northwest Colorado Small Business Development Center. Whether you’re just starting a business or already own an established company, understanding your financials and tax liabilities can be the difference between success and failure. This workshop will examine cash flow projections, profit and loss statements, and the various taxes associated with small businesses.  More info and register here. 
Drive, Lead, Succeed Conference – Economic Development Council of Colorado
October 9 – 11 at Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs CO
This annual conference aims to provide the knowledge, tools, and connections that are vital to foster a growing Colorado economy:  Gather the industry’s top influencers and thought leaders together to share knowledge and answer questions that no one else can; offer new and vital tools and solutions to pressing economic issues facing Colorado’s professional economic development community;
Facilitate quality collaboration and opportunity to exchange fresh, new ideas among Colorado’s leading Economic Development professionals, business and non-profit leaders, government officials and more.

Small Business Innovation Research Road Tour
August 16 in Boulder
Innovators, Entrepreneurs, Researchers, or Small Technology Firms don’t miss this opportunity!
The SBIR Road Tour is a national outreach effort to convey the non-dilutive technology funding opportunity provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTP) programs. Federal and state program managers representing the $2.5 billion in early stage funding have been invited to attend a series of events alongside technology entrepreneurs and innovation supporters from across the U.S. More info and register here.  Scholarships may be available for attendees from the Northwest region, please email if you are interested.
CampSight Breck
Sept. 22-24
An innovation and marketing unconference for outdoor industry brands, adventurous visionaries and bold storytellers.
Emerging Leaders in Food & Ag
November 4-5 in Denver
Join the premier group of upcoming leaders who are building innovative solutions to the global challenges facing agriculture and transforming the food system.  Emerging Leaders in Food & Ag is designed to build a stronger future for our food and agriculture sector by bringing young and emerging leaders from across the agriculture and food supply chain together for hands-on industry relevant training and leadership development. Accepting nominations: We need your help in identifying the best of the best in food and ag! These are the next generation of top-tier leaders who are paving the way for a healthy, productive food system through their innovation, thought-leadership, and work ethic. Nomination period will run from now through September 13, 2019. You may nominate your emerging leader(s) once per day. We’re looking for a brief description of why they’re a great leader in food or ag, their name, and a photo, if you have one. Nominate here.  More info on the 2-day event here.
Startup to Scale Up: Innovate and Grow your Business
September 13-14 in Vail

Offered by the Northwest Colorado Small Business Development Center.

Taught by award-winning faculty from the Leeds School of Business at CU Boulder.  This workshop focuses on growing small businesses and organizations, specifically those looking or needing to shift out of their startup phase and into “what’s next.”  Participants will leave with an understanding of how to build and grow their concepts. The program takes learned outcomes from the University of Colorado’s Demystifying Entrepreneurship course and shifts from developing a successful startup toward organizational growth and advancement.  More info and register HERE.
ROAR Women’s Leadership Conference
August 4 in Breckenridge
ROAR will focus on developing emotional intelligence through keynote address from a local life coach and exercises designed to improve leadership abilities.
AARP Livable Communities Conference
August 21 at Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge  – FREE!
Nearly one out of every five Coloradans will be 65 years or older by 2030, a demographic shift that holds both challenges and opportunities for Colorado communities.
AARP Colorado is organizing a one day conference that will bring together national, state and local policy experts with government and community leaders to explore the potential creation and development of age- friendly communities for people of all ages. The conference will feature presentations on best practices by local communities and opportunities for future networking.  Attendance is free, a light breakfast and lunch will be provided. To rsvp or for additional information please respond to the AARP Colorado State Office at:


The 2019 CML Annual Seminar on Municipal Law 
Sept. 27-28 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Greeley at Lincoln Park.
This seminar provides expert Colorado-specific information relevant to the daily practice of municipal attorneys in the state, as well as opportunities to network with peers. CML has contracted special lodging rates, and online reservations and registration are now open. For more details, visit 
Small Town, Big ideas: Downtown Institute for Business
Sept. 10 in Manitou Springs – More info and register here
Across the country and the world communities are realizing to the power of the creative economy and experiential business. Manitou Springs has been supporting creative entrepreneurs before it was trendy, and in partnership with Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI) and APA Colorado will share the tools, resources, and networks essential to building the systems to feed the business ecosystem.  Join us for this innovative day in collaboration with the Manitou Arts Center and Start Up Colorado Springs!
American Planning Association Colorado Conference: 
Elevated Planning: Balancing Place and Change! 
Sept. 18-20 in Snowmass Village, CO
Check out the preliminary program and register online at
Grand County Economic Summit
September 12 at the Headwaters Center in Winter Park
Come join for the afternoon to hear about: Colorado Demographer – State and Grand County projections; Northwest Regional Workforce Center – cost of living and employee wages; updates and work station. Agenda coming soon!
Housing  Colorado Now Annual Conference
Oct. 8 – 11 – Keystone, CO
In 2019, the Housing Colorado Now Annual Conference will celebrate 31 years as Housing Colorado’s signature event, which gathers affordable housing professionals for creative, inspiring, and thought-provoking education. We will continue to build from our past successes to shape Colorado’s future-a future of more affordable options and excellent, safe housing for all. The time for solutions and collaboration is now! Come join us as we tackle the big issues together and find ways to develop and preserve our state’s housing.
Sustainable Tourism Training Program
October 28-29 in Vail, Colorado
Offered by Walking Mountains Sustainability and Actively Green.
Gain practical insights and effective steps to improve your sustainability practices Learn best practices and standards for sustainability in tourism and hospitality Earn a certificate in Sustainable Tourism. Register at:
State Demography Summit
November 1st at Arapahoe Community College
Save the date for the 37th Annual State Demography Summit. This one-day summit will present updates to SDO population estimates and forecasts, and provide up-to-date information for county and municipal planners, data analysts, economic development professionals, and others.  This year’s summit will offer continuing education credits for real estate appraisers, real estate brokers and members of the American Institute for City Planners (AICP).  Registration will open September 2, 2019.