6th Annual Colorado SBDC Women's Small Business Conference 

July 29, 2015 | 7:30 am-6:30 pm
Fort Lewis College, Durango

Join the Colorado Small Business Development Center Network for the 6th Annual Colorado SBDC Women's Small Business Conference in Durango on Wednesday, July 29! This event sells out every year - don't wait to buy your tickets! Join 300 other like-minded male and female entrepreneurs for an exciting, interactive day packed with hands-on business training seminars, free one-on-one consulting, exhibitor tables featuring regional resources, plenty of networking opportunities, and more! Leave the conference feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, with plenty of action items, connections, and inspiration to take your business to the next level of success!

Due to such an outstanding response at the SBDC Women's Conference in Copper last fall, this event will feature keynote speaker Sylvia Theisen of She Takes the Lead!™ Sylvia spent the first 13 years of her career in a psychotherapist's office. No, not on the couch (although she's done plenty of that!) but running a successful practice counseling employees of Fortune 500 companies. During her years of listening to corporate America, Sylvia developed strategies to help clients overcome burnout, reduce stress and to enjoy a high level of work/life balance. 

Wanting a bit of a shake up in her own life, Sylvia plunged into a second career in residential real estate sales. Closing over $100 million in sales, she received five star ratings each year for excellence in negotiating and customer satisfaction. 

Today, Sylvia is founder of She Takes The Lead™ and provides keynote speeches, training and coaching to women in business. Using story, humor and audience participation, attendees are guaranteed to be engaged and will leave with a straight forward action plan to get results. 

When: Wed., July 29, 2015
7:30 am - 6:30 pm

Where: Fort Lewis College
1000 Rim Dr.
Durango, CO 81301

Cost: Attendees: $50; Scholarships are available for creative and non-creative businesses as well as businesses in La Plata County (in any industry). Attendees may apply for one of the scholarships, but not all three.
Exhibitors: $200 (includes registration for two people)

Who: 300+ male and female business owners across Colorado
Lodging   Discounted rates are available at the Rochester Hotel and Leland House for Women's Conference Attendees. This list of hotels has discounted rates to all Fort Lewis College visitors (mention Fort Lewis College). 



7:30 am  Registration opens
8:00 am Breakfast and opening comments
9:00 am Breakout sessions #1

The 5 C's of Credit Analysis
Various panelist from the SBA | First National Bank of Durango | First Southwest Bank | Region 9 Economic Development District of SW Colorado

Opening the Doors to Federal Government Contracting
Carolyn Terrell | U.S. Small Business Administration

Know your Numbers, Know your Business
Christine Odle | Rockin' Beeby Enterprises 
10:30 am Breakout sessions #2

Answering Your Questions - Women's Idea Exchange
Bethany Niccum | Thrive Chiropractic Studio

Creating Wellness in the Workplace
Nicola St. Mary | Happy Healthy Employee Programs 

Listen & Thrive 
Kim Moriyama | The Pilates Connection
12:00 pm Lunch featuring keynote speaker Sylvia Theison
1:15 pm Breakout sessions #3

5 Things Women do that Undermine their Bottom Line, and 5 Easy Solutions
Dr. Keneen Hope McNiven DC | Yogi Keneen D.C 

Wordpress in the Workplace
Marcy Mitchell | MTECH Internet Marketing & Web Development

Improv in Business is No Joke
Melissa Glick | Think Network Technologies
2:45 pm Breakout sessions #4

Exploring the Government Marketplace
Cathy Kramer, Kathryn Lobdell & David Musgrave | Connect2DOT, PTAC & State Purchasing Office

Social Media - Changing the Way we Communicate with our Customers
Jessika Buell | Lucky Services
4:00 pm  Networking Reception