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Call For Makers - NoCo Mini Maker Faire 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014
​​Call for Makers is Open!

Applications will be accepted in July and August for Maker Participation

A hands-on celebration of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness

Attention all makers, tinkerers, inventors, hackers and do-it-yourselfers: The call for entries is now open for Colorado’s largest Maker Event to be held at the Rocky Mountain Center for Innovation and Technology in Loveland. Any groups or individuals interested in participating in this hands-on celebration of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness canfind out more and apply at www.nocomakerfaire.com.  TheNoCo Mini Maker Faire particularly encourages exhibits that are interactive and that highlight the process of making things.  The Call for Makers is open from now through August 31.  

 

The maker community crosses boundaries of science and art, young and old, craftsmanship and technology, coming together to create the innovation economy.  The things we make define us as a society and build our future.  The people who invent, create, and make have the power to change the world.

 

This unique family-friendly event draws makers from all over the State to celebrate their unbridled creativity. Last year’s event drew thousands of makers and families from across the Rocky Mountain region and this year will be even bigger and better!  We’re creating a wide range of amazing Showcases to show off all of the wonderful things you are making – take a look and join us!  

 

Fly me to the Moon!
Aerospace, rockets and propulsion, things that take flight.

 

Making the Future – Youth entrepreneurship:
Including a Youth Entrepreneurs marketplace, Middle School Innovation Center, CSU Center for Entrepreneurship

 

Artisan Hall:
Metal arts, folk arts, woodworking, glassblowing, textiles spinning and weaving, quilting, natural products

 

Innovation to Commercialization:

Idea creation, Design and Entrepreneurship -  desktoptools, prototyping, market launch services, inventors

Manufacturing/Tools of Production – CNC Milling, 3 D printing, Digitizing, tools manufacturers, craftsman, tool shop, machine shop

 

Fun & Games:
Cardboard Challenge, Sculpture Games, Legos, Toy Hack

 

Robotics:
Statewide Robotics competition/Action Works, Robotics Experiences and presentations

 

Tech tinkerers:
Electronics, Arduino, Raspberry Pi and the amazing things you do with them! Fort Collins Museum of Discovery take-apart electronics, Sparkfun Soldering booth

 

STEAM Celebration:
Innovation in education and youth STEAM projects (STEM + A for Arts)

 

Arts/Creativity:
Connectivity paint, wire, National tech artists, Steampunk, fine arts and urban arts

 

Mad Scientists:
Colorado Labs – NIST, NCAR, CIRES, NREL….., science exhibitors

 

Pedal Power and Creative Cars:
bikes, boards, scooters, Nerdy Derby, CSU race team, art cars

 

Character Creators:
Making Stories, presentations from national Animators  andComic Book creators, R2D2s, Stormtroopers, Dalek, CosPlay

 

Cultivate:
Local food and cultivation

 

In addition, we are creating collaborations throughout the region to bring you community projects that will knock your socks off!  We’re bringing in a manufacturing career faire, a VIP Maker Mixer, and a community-wide art project that you’ll be able to help create!  Stay tuned for more….

 

The NoCo Mini Maker Faire is an offshoot of the celebrated Maker Faire (www.makerfaire.com) created in the SF Bay area that draws over 100,000 annually from all around the world. Hosted by the Rocky Mountain Center for Innovation and Technology, the NoCo Faire is supported by Presenting Sponsor by SparkFun Electronics.  Additional Community Sponsors include Action Works Educational Non-Profit and the City of Loveland. To follow the development of the Faire and also learn more about the emerging Maker Movement and community resources for Makers, visit the websiteat www.nocomakerfaire.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nocominimakerfaire.

Cyd Springer - 'Springing' Her Art Business Forward with the Larimer SBDC

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Written by Jonh Feeley, Photos Courtesy Jafe Parsons and Mike O'Connell

Artist Brushes Up on Business, Social Media Skills
After 25 years in northern Colorado as a graphic artist, copywriter, and greeting card designer, Cydney Springer put down the computer mouse and took up an artist’s paintbrush. With two years of study under other artists and a lifetime of interest in painting, she set out to capture the beauty and awe of Colorado landscapes.

She works with oil paint in an Estes Park studio with windows that frame Longs Peak. It’s no wonder landscapes and nature are her forte.

Exhibitions throughout United States
Over the past 10 years, she has exhibited throughout the United States, from the American Artist Professional League Annual Show in 2006 in New York City; Nomadas del Arte exhibitions in Santa Fe, N.M., and Dallas, Texas, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art in Alabama, and seven times an artist featured in the Governor’s Invitational Show in Loveland, Colo.

Several galleries represent her work: Aspen and Evergreen Gallery in Estes Park, Elk Horn Gallery in Winter Park, Mary Williams Fine Arts in Boulder, Rich Timmons Studio and Gallery in Doylestown, Pa. And the newly opened Cydney Springer Gallery at the historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park.

The business side of art
Artists are entrepreneurs, of course. They are their own business. Like many artists, Cydney reached the point where she asked this question: How do I market myself?

She came to the Small Business Development Center and signed up for a course called Leading Edge for Entrepreneurs. It’s a 12-week business class. The Larimer County SBDC offered the class in Estes Park. 

“The SBDC entrepreneur program is multifaceted,” Cydney says. “I learned quite a lot.”

Top-notch consultants for top-notch advice
SBDC puts clients in contact with expert consultants. Cydney worked with Nelia Harper, an entrepreneur and strategist with more than 10 years of small-business ownership, sales, marketing, and business development experience. She also worked with Adam Shake, owner of Neanderthal Productions Social Media Consulting in Estes Park, and Tony Bielat, owner of Estes Park Marketing and a certified Project Management Professional.

“We went over what I had been doing and what I can do with different products,” Cydney said. She is expanding her offerings with prints, and her card line has been successful, too. Her website is set up for sales.

And now her new venture, the Cydney Springer Gallery at the Stanley. About 75 people attended the recent opening. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

As if her painting and the new gallery aren’t enough, Cydney is organizing the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters to spend a week in Rocky Mountain National Park Sept. 17-28 as part of the park’s 100th anniversary. The gala opening is Sept. 25 at the Fall River Visitors Center. The French in the name of the association says what the artists do – they paint outdoors – in the “plein air.” So instead of being in her studio looking at the mountains, Cydney will be out in nature, her inspiration.

Create Hiring Processes That "Fit" Your Business

Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer Series Workshop July 18

Hiring employees can be both intimidating and challenging.  When it comes to successful hiring practices, one size does not fit all.  Often, business owners will put off hiring because they don't know how to interview, how to find time to train, they are worried they won't make a good choice, and they don't know the legal requirements for hiring," says career counselor and trainer Carrie Pinsky.

This workshop is designed specifically for small business owners who are ready to make their first new hire or to support those who are in need of reorganizing or transitioning existing staff in a positive manner. We will provide “just right” tools and resources to help small businesses:

• Develop Compliant and Compelling Job Descriptions 
• Determine Compensation
• Source and Screen Candidates
• Interview for Fit
• Conduct Background and Reference Checks
• Onboard and Engage
• Transition with Dignity

Says, Carrie "We break each of these processes down into manageable, cost-sensitive steps to help you grow your business one smart hire at a time. You may be feeling a bit overwhelmed but we guarantee you will leave feeling energized and empowered to take your business to the next level."

Whether you are ready to hire today or in a few months, this will take the stress out of that first hire.  Join us Friday, July 18th from noon-1:30 as part of our Free Summer Series Workshop offering.  While the course is free, registration is required.

REGISTER

Carrie Pinsky, M.Ed., NCC, PHR, holds a Bachelor degree in Organizational Development from Regis University and a Masters degree in Human Resource Studies from Colorado State University. Her background includes a unique mix of human resources, recruiting, training and facilitation, and career counseling. Her company, Pink Sky Career Counseling and Consulting focuses on helping individuals and organizations thrive.

IGNITE - NoCo Business Connections

Monday, July 07, 2014

Looking to establish some local connections or grow community partnerships?

Join us at Ignite NoCo Business Connections to meet and connect with like-minded local business owners.

Thursday, August 7, 2014
11:30-1:00pm at Larimer SBDC & Rocky Mountain Innosphere

Presentation: “Protecting Your Customers and Your Business from Fraud”
by First Citizens Bank of Fort Collins

The FREE event will also include:

  • Speed networking sessions
  • Time to connect in small groups with other business owners
  • Appetizers and beverages will be provided for the event.
This event is brought to you by First Citizens Bank of Fort Collins.

While the event is free, registration is required. 

REGISTER

Community Building: How to Build an Engaged Online Audience Around Your Brand

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Summer Series Workshop - July 11

Community building is not about social media. It’s about people. It’s not about how many followers you have. It’s about truly becoming a valuable brand and then building an engaged audience around it, both on and offline. 

Join Mackenzie Fogelson (Mack) to learn more about three of the biggest building blocks of growing your online community: the tools (using channels like content, search, social, and email), the process (starting from goals, not tools), and the measurement (how to determine whether your efforts are making a difference).

Whether you are creating a blog, a retail business or a local presence, Mack will share insights, tips and tools for creating an online community for your business.

This session will take place on Friday, July 11, from noon-1:30 at the Rocky Mountain Innosphere building on East Vine Drive in Fort Collins.

While the Summer Series is free and open to the public, registration is required.  Registration and the full roster of sessions can be found at http://www.larimersbdc.org/training/free-summer-series-workshops

REGISTER

Mackenzie Folgelson, MackWeb
Mack is the Founder and CEO of Mack Web, an online community and brand building company (and also a Mercury 100 Company, one of the fastest growing companies in Northern Colorado). 

She is a proud blogger for Moz, Conductor, and has been a featured speaker at MozCon, SearchLove, and other top industry conferences. Mack's passion is growing a remarkable company, an exceptional team, and making a noticeable difference in the businesses we serve. 

Mack has an M.A. in English (past life), is crazy about her family (most days), and is proud to be growing her company here in Fort Collins.

Rolestorming: A New Approach to Creativity and Problem-Solving

Monday, June 23, 2014

Is your team tired of brainstorming?  Do they seem to shrink into their chairs when you say, "Let's brainstorm some ideas".  Rick Griggs, founder of Griggs Achievement and creator of rolestorming faced a similar challenge while working in Silicon Valley.   "I remember leading a team on a very challenging project," Rick said. "We just couldn't seem to make any progress.  Once I tried this method, we suddenly had several great ideas".

When ideas dry up and the old brainstorming tool no longer works try what MindTools calls one of the top creativity methods in the world. Rick’s rolestorming tool uses a unique combination of role-playing and brain-storming and is featured in several books, dozens of articles and hundreds of blogs. Use it to solve complex problems, with a partner to see the other side of an issue, or to move your team forward on a project or endeavor.  In this session, Rick Griggs, will teach you how to utilize and integrate this technique into your business.

This session will take place on Friday, June 20, from noon-1:30 at the Rocky Mountain Innosphere building on East Vine Drive in Fort Collins.

While the Summer Series is free and open to the public, registration is required.  Registration and the full roster of sessions can be found at http://www.larimersbdc.org/training/free-summer-series-workshops.

 Register here

Rick Griggs, creator of the rolestorming creativity tool, has degrees in psychology, business and French. His Griggs Mastery Academy helps leaders and innovators jump-start their humanity with skills, reading and balance. After management positions at National Semiconductor and Intel he founded Griggs Achievement Training & Retreats. His 7th book, Triumph in Teams, won a 1st place book award. Rick is the author of the life poem Samsara and founder of the Quid Novi Innovation Conference. His mastery circle of top priorities includes piano, French, publishing, bicycling and koi ponds.

June 20th - Free Summer Series Session: “Will My Business Make Money?”

Monday, June 16, 2014

Summer Series Workshop - June 20

Entrepreneurs go into business to make money on their business idea.  Ideas are laid out on napkins and the imagined dollars quickly pile up in an imaginary bank account.  But the reality is: most businesses fail.

Why do businesses fail?  While it’s ultimately because they have run out of cash, the failure started at the beginning, when the founders laid a shaky foundation upon which to build a profitable business.  Very few business owners understand their customers, and they don’t know how to reach their customers with a clear, concise message.  They don’t know how to differentiate themselves in a highly competitive market to stand out from the competition or be found in an increasingly cluttered marketplace.

“Day after day, I see aspiring entrepreneurs launch businesses that are destined to fail,” says Nelia Harper, business consultant, “not because the idea isn’t viable, but the business model hasn’t been thought through.  What is the product-market fit?  How long will it take to create enough awareness to have enough sales?  Are there enough people willing and able to buy your product or service at a profit?  Very few aspiring business owners know the answer to these questions, and fewer know how to find those answers, before they jump in with both feet.”

In this hands-on workshop, Nelia will help you you will learn how to overcome the most common mistakes business owners make, understand how turn your idea into a business model you can test, and have a process that will help you decide if you should pivot, proceed, or pack it in.

This session will take place on Friday, June 20, from noon-1:30 at the Rocky Mountain Innosphere building on East Vine Drive in Fort Collins.

While the Summer Series is free and open to the public, registration is required.  Registration and the full roster of sessions can be found at http://www.larimersbdc.org/training/free-summer-series-workshops

Register here.

Nelia Harper, business consultant and entrepreneur helps aspiring and veteran entrepreneurs transform ideas into profitable, sustainable businesses. With over 12 years of small business ownership, sales, marketing, and business development experience, Nelia has assisted numerous clients take businesses from idea to actuality.  She specializes in helping founders of startups create and test business models for viable product-market fit.




Ariana Friedlander to kick-off free Summer Series Workshops at Larimer SBDC

Monday, June 09, 2014
Beginning June 13, the Larimer Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will provide 10 free workshops to the Fort Collins and surrounding business community.   The first session, “3 Steps to Awesome Collaborations” will be led by Ariana Friedlander of Rosabella Consulting.

The Summer Series is designed to provide business owners, managers, and employees relevant and information that can be immediately apply to their businesses.  “We held our first Summer Series last year, and the response was excellent.  Our attendees often attended multiple sessions and found the information to be highly valuable.  They also made several connections networking with other businesses," says Nelia Harper, Larimer SBDC Business Consultant.

3 Steps to Awesome Collaborations is an interactive workshop that guides participants through the 3 essential steps to building effective collaborations.   As Ariana Firedlander explains, “No entrepreneur can create their unique vision for success all on their own. We all need the help of complimentary skills and strengths. Leveraging collaborative partnerships is a great way to build your business, because effective collaboration harnesses the diverse talents of other professionals and organizations to work collectively towards a shared goal. Unfortunately, good intentions do not always make an effective collaboration. When relationships go awry, the consequences can can cost money, time, heartache and lost opportunity. If the fallout is public, one even stands to lose credibility as a business leader.”

Joining forces with others often results in more grand outcomes than one can muster alone. “Just because you feel an initial spark during an enlivening conversation over coffee does not mean that you're a suitable match for a collaborative partnership,” Friedlander states.

What if you could put the uncertainty aside and confidently pursue transformational, win-win collaborations?  Join us for this engaging and interactive session where attendees will walk away with a personalized game plan for creating successful collaborations.

Ariana Friedlander, MPA, Rosabella Consulting, LLC  is a community organizer, a social entrepreneur and the Founder of Rosabella Consulting, LLC. She's passionate about working with entrepreneurs and innovative organizations to help them succeed by creating cultures of learning. In 2013 she won the fourth annual Quid Novi Innovative Thought award. Ariana is a TEDx speaker, master facilitator, and creator of EntrepreNerds.

This session will take place on Friday, June 13, from noon-1:30 at the Rocky Mountain Innosphere building on East Vine Drive in Fort Collins.

While the Summer Series is free and open to the public, registration is required.  Registration and the full roster of sessions can be found at www.LarimerSBDC.org/workshops.

Free Summer Series Workshops

Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Free Summer Series Workshops 

 The Larimer Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is pleased to announce a series of 10 free business workshops to be held this summer on Fridays, June 13-August 22 from noon to 1:30 p.m.


These workshops are designed to provide information business owners, managers, and employees can immediately apply to their businesses.  

 

 
June 13
3 Steps to Awesome Collaborations
Ariana Friedlander, Rosabella Consulting, LLC

What if you could put the uncertainty aside and confidently pursue transformational, win-win collaborations?  Leveraging collaborative partnerships is a great way to build your business, by harnessing the diverse talents of other professionals and organizations to work collectively towards a shared goal.  You will walk away with a personalized game-plan for creating successful collaborations.   
 
June 20  
Will My Idea Make Money?
Nelia Harper, Business Consultant

  

Entrepreneurs go into business to make money on their business idea.  But the reality is: most businesses fail.  In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to overcome the most common mistakes business owners make, understand how turn your idea into a business model, and have a process that will help you decide if you should pivot, proceed, or pack it in.

 
June 27
Rolestorming: A New Approach to Creativity and Problem Solving

Rick Griggs, Griggs Achievement


When ideas dry up and the old brainstorming tool no longer works try what MindTools calls one of the top creativity methods in the world. Use it to solve complex problems, with a partner to see the other side of an issue, or to move your team forward on a project or endeavor.
 
July 11
Community Building: Build an Engaged Online Audience Around Your Brand 
Mackenzie Fogelson, MackWeb Solutions
Community building is not about social media. It's about people. It's about truly becoming a valuable brand and then building an engaged audience around it, both on and offline. Learn about three of the biggest building blocks of growing your online community.

 
July 18
Hiring Processes that "Fit" Your Business 
Carrie Pinsky, Pink Sky Career Counseling

When it comes to successful hiring practices, one size does not fit all. This workshop is designed for small business owners who are ready to make their first new hire or to support those who are in need of reorganizing or transitioning existing staff in a positive manner.
 

July 25
Growing Your Business with the Power of Video 
David Priest & Brenda Rundbeck
Shadow Play Films, Inc.


People love watching videos. Plain and simple, videos can tell more of a story quicker than printed words. And, entertainment and emotion reach people. Forecasts across the board show a continual growth in internet video consumption which translates to your potential audience growing by leaps and bounds.  In this seminar, we will provide 10 great ways of how to use video to help you gain exposure and increase your traffic

 
 
August 1
Foodies Rule the Fort!
Panel Discussion on Bringing Food to Market

Henry Mouton, Rio Grande Restaurants
Chris Feuille, White Buffalo Kitchen 
Michael Baute, Spring Kite Farm 
Scott Hapner, Chef Happy's Gourmet

Whether you want to start a restaurant, farm, or create a food product to sell in stores, this panel discussion will provide insight into world of Foodies. Hear their stories and ask your questions of these successful foodies.

Learn from the successes and failures of those who have gone before you in creating a culture and business around food.


 
August 8
Raise Money, Build Community: Keys to Successful Crowdfunding Campaigns 
Kristin Golliher - Wild Rock Marketing
McCabe Callahan - Community Funded
 
Fundraising and collaboration has transformed. Crowdfunding harnesses all of these ideas, giving companies, nonprofits, individuals and startups a way to personally ask for a helping hand and, in turn, give supporters an opportunity to back to what they're most passionate about. Learn the what, why and how behind successful crowdfunding campaigns.
 
August 15
Converting Clicks to Customers 
Reu Smith,rfi Marketing
 
Let's face it, as a business owner there seems to be a disconnect between clicks on your website and customers engaging on your website. Learn the secrets of how to read your website analytics, understand critical design placement for your website, and be empowered to make intelligent decisions to increase your customer engagement on your website. 
 
August 22
Building Your Business on a Deeper Purpose
 

Carl Dierschow, Small Fish

You've been building up your business, delivering great products for your customers with great service. But what happened to those dreams you had when you first started out? We'll focus on how to bring out your deeper values through a well-designed business.

  

While the workshops are free, pre-registration is still required.  To register and for additional information and speaker biographies go to http://www.larimersbdc.org/training/workshops.  

 

Remember, additional parking is located behind the wooden fence just east of our building.

 

Light snacks and beverages will be provided and you are welcome to bring a lunch as well. 

 

We look forward to seeing you this summer!

 

Larimer SBDC  

VOTE FOR US - FT COLLINS CALL TO ACTION

Friday, May 23, 2014


CALL TO ACTION:
Help us Help You!
The City of Fort Collins has started its 2015/2016 budget process, and is generously and appropriately proposing a $40K per year "offer" for Larimer SBDC support. Our SBDC offer will compete with many other offers for final funding.
WE ARE ASKING YOU TO GO TO THE CITY'S WEBSITE BY WEDNESDAY MAY 28th TO REGISTER YOUR SUPPORT FOR OUR SBDC, so we can continue and grow our free confidential consulting and wide range of business classes to support your local small business. It's quick and easy, and here are the 5 steps needed...

Step 1Like us on Facebook
Step 2
CLICK ON THE "ECONOMIC HEALTH" TAB (after you do this, you should be in the "enhancements" section, not the "ongoing" section).

Step 3
Page down to Offer #46.7, Support Larimer SBDC, and CLICK ON THE GREEN DOT.

Step 4
INPUT YOUR NAME AND EMAIL ADDRESS (required), and add any comments if you desire (optional).

Step 5
HIT THE GREEN "SUBMIT YOUR 
INPUT" BUTTON.


That's it! Two minutes of your time by Wednesday May 28th will help us immensely! Thank you so much for your help and support of your SBDC !!

Thank you for your help!

Mike O'Connell                                          Terri Donovan-Keirns
Larimer SBDC Director                              Larimer SBDC Coordinator
mike@larimersbdc.org                              terri@larimersbdc.org
970-215-2300                                            970-498-9295