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Partner Events

THE SBDC is proud to partner with numerous business organizations throughout the local, state and federal levels to bring you the best  resources and business seminars to grow your business!  
Scroll below to read more about SBDC's partner events!

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Business Connect
Date:  1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month 
Time:  11:30 am-1 pm 
Where:  Jack Quinn's 
21 S. Tejon St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Cost:  Free, however, we encourage support of the hosting venue via the purchase of your own lunch or beverage 
  January  6                         Sue Ross, Leadership Pikes Peak
  January 20  Tom McClintock
  February 3  Aikta Marcoulier, Pikes Peak SBDC
  February 17            Linda Weise, Colorado Springs Conservatory
  March 3  Terri Hayes, Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce
  March 17  Susan Edmonson, Downtown Partnership
  April 7  Shawn Gullixson, Rising Professionals
  April 21 Dana Goldsmith, American Red Cross
  May 5   Nancy Brown, Junior Achievement
  May 19   J.R. Dickens, SCORE
  June 2  TBA 
  June 16  Nora Harden, Pikes Peak Arts Council
  July 7  TBA 
  July 21   TBD, Mountain State Employers Council
  August 4  Lori Corcoran, KKTV
  August 18   TBA
  September 1  TBA
  September 15   TBA
  October 20   TBA 
  November 3   TBA 
  November 17  TBA
  December 1   TBA 

Military Connect
Date:  1st and 3rd Thursday of each month
Time:  11:30 am-1 pm 
Where:  Patty Jewett Golf Club
900 E. Espanola St., 
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Cost:  Free, however, we encourage support of the hosting venue via the purchase of your own lunch or beverage 
  January  8                         Megan Compton, Better Business Bureau
  January 22  Gary Henry, Colorado PTAC
  February 5  Todd Baldwin, Red Leg Brewing Company
  February 19            Julie Veazey, Booz Allen Hamilton
  March 5  TBA
  March 19  Suzanne Buemi, Joint Community Forces
  April 9  Phillip Morris, UCCS Boots to Suits Program
  April 23  Carl McDaniel, El Paso County
  May 7   TBA 
  May 21   Sara Thomas, Boeing
  June 4  TBA 
  June 18  TBA
  July 9  TBA 
  July 23   Val Caruso, Vino With Val
  August 6  TBA 
  August 20   TBA
  September 3  TBA
  September 17   TBA
  October 8   TBA 
  October 22  TBA
  November 5   TBA 
  November 19  TBA
  December 3   TBA 

2015 Spring Business Expo

When:                          April 22
Time:                       10 am-4 pm
Where:                       Broadmoor World Arena
Exhibitor Info:
If you have any type of business, product or service the Business Expo is THE place to make more BUSINESS CONTACTS in one day than some people do in one year. Gain VISIBILITY, EXPOSURE, NAME RECOGNITION and BRANDING for your company- let the Colorado Springs community see who you are and what you can do for them face-to-face. Generate LEADS - get hundreds of viable leads in one day without cold calling and wasted car miles. This expo is a unique selling environment that helps you NETWORK with current and new clients. Forge new BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS - help make your company     stronger through partnerships and community involvement. This is a great show for you to be a BUSINESS RESOURCE to the business community, but to also get additional business resources that will help your company grow. And last but not least, generate NEW CLIENTS and SALES and ECONOMIC GROWTH. Sign up today and join the over 260 businesses that will beat the show again this year. 

To register your exhibitor booth visit:

Business Seminars:  The Pikes Peak SBDC will be hosting business seminars throughout the day! Register now, seats fill up fast!

Entrepreneurship! It’s Everywhere! | 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Location: Penrose Club


"The people who know how, will always work for the people who know why" -- Mark Bittle

The brief Keynote will touch on the Entrepreneurial Mindset and how this mindset can be valuable in every situation. Mark will touch on personal experiences as well as 8 life lessons uncovered of an unlikely entrepreneur.

Mark learned from a young age that if “it was meant to be, it was up to me”, and authored a book titled, The People Who Know How, will always work for the People Who Know Why. Mark stresses to find your passion, what excites you, and continue to seek as much knowledge as possible to make your goals and dreams your own reality. We all have the opportunity to choose where we are going by defining who we are, what we do, and how we react to things. Be positive, stay focused, and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it.



   Mark Bittle, Market Development Manager, CenturyLink

 Here’s a Concept…Learn How to Turn Your Creativity into Profit | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Panel sponsored by:


Location: Penrose Club



Whether you are an artist, musician, actor, painter, or creative beyond belief in anything you do, chances are that the same old “business development’ workshop isn’t what you’re looking for to make your creative work grow as a business. The SBDC and Pikes Peak Arts Council is ready to break the mold of the “boring business workshops” and cater to those whose right brains work faster than their left. Courses for Creatives is a program to help your “right and left brain connect”.

Don’t worry, we won’t bore you with the details. Instead, come and hear from those in the community who represent successful organizations in the region and who can help you make your enjoyment a business reality!

Panelists include:

-         Mat! Millibo Art  Theatre, Birgitta Depree - Artistic Director, Arts Educator, Director and Performance Artist

-         Wendy Mike Creative Engagement, Wendy Mike – Consultant, Speaker, Facilitator, Artist

-         Colorado Springs Conservatory, Linda Weise – Founding CEO

-         Pikes Peak Arts Council, Nora Hardin – Executive Director

-         The Schuermann Collective/Monster Zero Cinematography, Pete Schuermann – Owner/DP/Director

-      Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, David Dahlin - President & CEO


   Andrew Hershberger, Andrew Hershberger Creative


Entrepreneurial Event Panel – The Who, What, Where, When and How! | 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Location: Penrose Club



Are you ready to get engaged in the region’s entrepreneurial event calendar but aren’t sure where to start? Attend this event to find out more about the who, what, where, when and how from the leading facilitators of events held in the Pikes Peak Region.

Events that will be represented include:

  • New Tech Pitch Night/Start Up Weekend/Celebrate Technology – Nick Lee, Peak Start Up, Advisory Board Member Start Up Colorado & Lee Spirits – Managing Member
  • Start Up Summer – Kyle Harmande, Start Up Summer –Entrepreneurship & Innovation Club, UCCS - Program Director &  Director of Strategic Alliances
  • 1 Million Cups – Lawrence Wagner, Apex Computers - Senior System Analysis/Implementation Manager, Connect! Colorado Springs - Founder & Executive Director, 1 Million Cups - Social Media
  • Startup Shuffle – Robert Todd, Program Manager & Build Value Now, LLC – Managing Member and Principle Consultant
  • MashUp – Ric Denton, Colorado Springs Technology Incubator - CEO


Be ready with your questions as the first half hour will be a discussion followed by a half hour of questions and answers.



 Lisa Tessarowicz, Owner – Epicentral Coworking



Partner Panel Series

Breakfast Sponsor:

SBIR/STTR - Research and Development Funding
Date:                              April 29
Time: 8:00 am - 9:30am
Where: Pikes Peak Regional Development Center
2880 International Circle
Colorado Springs, CO 80910
Cost: No Cost - Thanks to our partners
Description: Join us as expert partners discuss research and funding best practices for SBIR/STTR. 
Panelists include:
  • Stephanie Amend, Founder/Executive Consultant, Arrowhead Solutions, LLC
  • Terry Boult, El Pomar Professor of Innovation and Security, UCCS & CEO/CTO Securics, Inc.
  • Intellectual Property represented by McKenna Long & Aldridge, LLP
More panelists will be added soon!
Registration:  Colorado PTAC
Questions:  Gary Henry, Executive Director

Next Events:

  • May 27 - DCA Compliance
  • June 24 - Business Development
  • July 22 - Service Contracts
  • August 26 - TBA
  • September 23 - TBA
  • October 28 - TBA
  • November 19 - TBA

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