Veteran's Small Business  & Why Hire a Vet Conference

Hotel Elegante Conference & Event Center, Colorado Springs

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | 7:30 am-4:15 pm

                   

Don’t miss out on the year’s premier business training event for veteran entrepreneurs and those who wish to employ veterans! Join the Colorado Small Business Development Center and the Pikes Peak Workforce Center at Hotel Elegante in Colorado Springs. Topics include franchising, certifications, financing, search engine optimization, HR compliance – Are you ready for 2017?, and workforce opportunity tax credits..and more! This is your chance to learn from the best while networking with fellow businesses in Colorado. Don’t wait to register – this event WILL sell out!


EVENT DETAILS:

Who:  Veteran entrepreneurs, families, business partners, and employees across Colorado
When:  Wednesday, February 15, 2017
7:30AM-4:15PM
Where:  Hotel Elegante Conference & Event Center
2886 S Circle Dr
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
(maps/directions)  
Cost: Free for attendees 

$200/exhibitors
Questions: 719-667-3803
sbdc@elpasoco.com

SCHEDULE:

7:30 AM  Registration and Light Breakfast
8:00 AM  Color Guard and Singing of the National Anthem, Fountain VFW Color Guard 

Welcome and Opening Remarks 
8:15 AM  Why Hire Veteran: Value a Veteran Brings to Your Company 
  • Commissioner Mark Waller-El Paso County 
  • Kelly Manning, SBDC State Director 
  • Frances Padilla, SBA Deputy District Director 
9:00 AM Strategic Approach to Veteran Talent Management (PHR Credit pending) 
  • Jonathan Liepe-Colorado Springs Utilities
10:45 AM Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)
  • Shirley Dixon, Colorado Department of Labor & Employment
Value in Hiring a Veteran
  • ESGR Mark Lilevejen (PHR credit) 
12:00 PM  Lunch & Panel Discussion, Sponsored by USAA
1:15 PM   WHY HIRE VETERANS: Breakout Sessions #1

  1. Veteran Capabilities in a Small Business (PHR Credit pending)
    -Ron O'Herron, SBDC Counselor 
  2. You Hired a Veteran-Now where do I find resources to assist? 
    -Kate Hatten, Peak Military Care Network 
  3. HR Compliance-Are You Ready for 2017? 
    -Alice Conway Powers
VETERANS CONFERENCE: Breakout Sessions #1
  1. Crisis Communications: Cloaking for Small Business 
    -Bonnie Moss, CiSMB
  2. Franchising for Veterans 
    -Cindy Rayfield, Frannet
  3. Certifications & Database Registration 
    Rosy McDonough, Minority Business Office 
 2:30 PM  WHY HIRE VETERANS: Breakout Sessions # 2
  1. Veteran Capabilities in a Small Business (PHR Credit pending)
    -Ron O'Herron, SBDC Counselor
  2. You Hired a Veteran-Now where do I find the resources to assist? 
    -Kate Hatten, Peak Military Care Network 
  3. HR Compliance-Are You Ready for 2017? 
    -Alice Conway Powers
VETERAN'S CONFERENCE: Breakout Sessions #2
  1. VA Certificaiton 
    -Bob Brown, PTAC
  2. Search Engine Optimization-How to Get Your Veteran Status Noticed 
    -Craig Mount, Classy Brain 
  3. Veterans Financing Options- Facilitator: Michael Pennica, Pennica Financial Group 
    • Robin Roberts, Pikes Peak National Bank 
    • Hannah Gushurst-Jones, Colorado Enterprise Fund 
    • Mike O'Donnell-Colorado Lending Source 
    • Ray Burrasca-Colorado Crowdfunding 
 3:40 PM  Conclusion & Awards
 4:00 PM  Networking 

Event Exhibitors: 
  • Pennica Financial 
  • Colorado Lending Source
  • Small Business Administration 
  • Colorado Small Business Development Center
  • Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center
Hear what others have said about the SBDC Veterans Conference!
"The Media Panel held a terrific discussion. It provoked a lot of thought!"
"The Funding Panel was so insightful and informative. It was all small business relevant!"
"The Exploring the Government Marketplace session was very informative and valuable! I am a hotelier who works often with the SBDC. The SBDC has been putting on great programs in the last year!"
"The focus group on Women in Defense provided not only great information but awesome networking opportunities.

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Breakout #2: "Franchising for Veterans"-Instructor: Cindy Rayfield, Frannet