Demystifying Entrepreneurship Yampa Valley

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Demystifying Entrepreneurship Yampa Valley

Yampa Valley’s Inaugural ‘Demystifying Entrepreneurship’
Workshop – August 21-22

Erin McCuskey, Regional Director, Northwest SBDC, 970-471-1262,

An exciting five-year collaboration to support small business growth and development is on its wayto the Yampa Valley. The Northwest Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and
The University of Colorado-Boulder Leeds School of Business Deming Center for Entrepreneurship(CU) will be hosting the inaugural Demystifying Entrepreneurship-Yampa Valley , August 21-22. This CU certificate course will impart a framework to help entrepreneurs develop sought-afterproducts and services, avoid pitfalls and find success at entrepreneurship.

This inaugural program will be a virtual event, allowing people to tap into the possibility of doing business in the Yampa Valley from wherever they currently sit. The virtual format, already tested inseveral rural communities, has proven highly engaging and not your typical sit-back and stare at a screen webinar.

Demystifying Entrepreneurship-Yampa Valley will be taught by Erick Mueller and Eric Bruno,entrepreneurs and award-winning professors at the Leeds School of Business. This is a valuable program for both aspiring entrepreneurs and current small business owners. This course will give existing businesses a new perspective to stir creativity and explore new growth opportunities while providing the perfect primer for entrepreneurs navigating their way through the business start up process. Event participants can also expect resiliency and innovation amidst COVID-19 as a theme discussed throughout the program.

The two-day workshop kicks off with a virtual happy hour session on Friday, August 21 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and regroups on Saturday, August 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The dynamic content will include small group breakout sessions, practical exercises to test and improve the viability of your business model, and plenty of opportunities to ask questions specific to your business. The class cohort will have opportunities throughout the year for continued engagement and mentorship.

Yampa Valley entrepreneurs are encouraged to register now to save a seat. The statewide popularity of this course and the growing interest in rural Colorado means this program will sell out. Cost for the workshop and ongoing cohort support is only $50, with scholarships available. Event registration and more information is available at .

Northwest SBDC Regional Director, Erin McCuskey, understands the value of hosting this event in the Yampa Valley at a critical time when the region is working through the possibilities of new
economic drivers.

“I have observed first-hand the opportunity that this five-year program has offered to rural communities, including those transitioning from coal,” she said. “When CU announced they were
ready to work with a new community, we jumped to recommend a partnership in the Yampa Valley.”

In announcing CU’s commitment, Mueller, Executive Director of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship, commented, “We’re thrilled to bring CU’s expertise to the Yampa Valley to
elevate entrepreneurship and innovation and help drive economic vitality and increased quality of life.”

The Northwest SBDC provides no-cost consulting and low-cost training to ensure small businesses in Northwest Colorado grow and prosper.

“The Northwest SBDC is seeing continued growth in consulting requests from new business startups in the Yampa Valley, and this program will provide a great foundation for those businesses. It has the potential to kickstart the entrepreneurship mindset more widely,” McCuskey said. “There are tremendous resources to support entrepreneurship in the Yampa Valley, and we know this
collaboration will bring some new faces to the table.”

This five-year partnership is also supported by the Town of Hayden, the Steamboat Springs Chamber, the Craig Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Northwestern Community College, and the
Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center at Colorado Mountain College. In subsequent years, the workshop will be hosted at locations throughout the Yampa Valley, highlighting the unique
opportunities to do business in the region.

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