Colorado Springs celebrated business week with several events around El Paso County and with professional speakers experienced in growing economic activity and business in general. The goal is to bring entrepreneurs together, members across town interested in starting a business and new business owners to network together bringing enthusiasm and ideas to grow business. There were many sponsors with the better business bureau playing a major role and the main idea is to bring the business community together and provide information to include seminars and new skill sets that will grow the economy, job market and business owners’ revenue for long-term success. Most sponsors are depicted in the presentation bill board below. The Score.org representative mentioned that two out of five start-ups are being reached; however they wish to have a higher impact and reach more individuals who may need assistance.
On Thursday June 20, 2013 Small Business Week held a Social Enterprise information and educational event held at the Ivywild School in Colorado Springs. The 100-year-old former school house has been developed into one of a kind hub for Restaurants and having its very own unique brewery. The place was buzzing with excitement with many tourists to the city, business entrepreneurs and locals enjoying a nice sunny afternoon with food and refreshments. The Social Enterprise program was titled, Shifting the Paradigm and reflected how many of these enterprises give back to the community often becoming 70 to 80 % self-sufficient as time goes on. This business model does help bring back funds locally while also helping to provide employment, the recycling of items others could use and providing job experiences to help many get on their feet. Below is a brief segment of the presentation. From right to left are Jonathan Liebert of AspenPointe Enterprises, Mike Mazzola of Mountain Equipment Recyclers and Bill Morris of Blue Star Recyclers. The event was very pleasant, informative and often humorous with a warm bright sunny afternoon as the backdrop.