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The Power of WE (Women Entrepreneurs): a Monthly Forum

Mon 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Facilitated by Central Mountain SBDC
Topic: Managing a Business

We are bringing our Women’s Leadership conference online via a Monthly Webinar Forum Series. The Power of WE (Women Entrepreneurs) inspiring blogs and monthly webinars. The May 18th series is entitled, Leading from a Purpose Based Authentic Heart.

The Central Mountain Small Business Development Center’s mission is to be Dream Focused and Business Minded. With the Worldwide spread of the coronavirus a New world is emerging and brings with it the chance for each of us individually and collectively to reconsider our life and career paths. Most likely, in order to survive our New world circumstances small businesses and supportive non-profits will need to pivot and evolve authentically and swiftly. Obviously, financial resilience comes into play and in our “Business Minded” training segments and free financial resource counseling we address this key fact.

The Power of WE (Women Entrepreneurs) focuses on the critical “Dream Focused” aspect of being an innovative and effective entrepreneur/small business. We believe in this New world environment survival will not only take a tenacious spirit but must come from an authentic heart. As we move forward to reopening our businesses, renewal is key to take the marathon steps needed for recovery.

All of those who come in contact with you, your team and your business will need to trust you in many cases with their lives . . . literally. What measures are you taking to make them feel safe, why should they believe that you are constantly and consistently enforcing these measures, are you bringing your products and services genuinely to your market. Heartfelt authenticity is not only necessary for your renewed business concept but key to renewal of each of us individually and humanity as a whole.

Sarah Gartzman owner of Sweetie’s Sandwich Shop offers an exemplary example of running her and her husband Rob's business with an authentic open heart. View this weeks YouTube interview with Sarah at

An article in Inc. Magazine by Matthew Jones, entitled “The Most Effective Leaders All Have One Thing in Common: Authenticity” further describes the importance of an authentic heart.

“When you consistently do what you say, practice what you preach, and live according to your values something amazing happens. You start speaking and living as truth.

Instead of regurgitating inspirational quotes, you start speaking from the heart. You share unique wisdom that only comes from lived experience. You embody that which you hope to inspire in others.

And when all of those traits converge, you develop a palpable presence. Who you are naturally radiates and transmits to others on an unconscious level. People are drawn to you, but they might not know why.

People naturally trust you. Follow you. Listen to you. And no matter who you encounter, they respect you—even in disagreement. Because you don’t just speak truth, you live it.

That type of leadership cannot be purchased. It doesn’t come from expensive suits, excessive praise, good PR, or daily affirmations. It doesn’t come from speaking workshops or reading leadership articles. It comes from genuine self-growth.

From knowing yourself—your strengths, weaknesses, and areas of growth—and using that emotional awareness to inform your actions.

Real leadership comes from within. Listening to who you are, what you value, and most importantly, what you feel.

Being a leader requires you to trust your instincts. Listen to your intuition. And take action aligned with those sources of knowledge. That’s what leads to congruence and authenticity.” Source:

The Power of WE is a new collaboration of offered leadership programming and self-exploration practices for women to assist and inspire all of us graced to live in the high mountain towns of the West.

The WE series will evolve and last as long as it is needed and is welcomed. We will offer thought provoking and helpful content via a blog/newsletter each week for three weeks in a row. Then host a the Power of WE free webinar Monthly forum with three panelists (one of each of the blog writers).

Objectives: 1.Offer thought provoking content, messaging and tools to inspire creativity and innovation, ignite self-exploration and awareness and cultivate positive change in our personal and professional development.

2.Bring an awareness of the need to balance masculine and feminine traits (in all of us women and men). for more info visit

3.We will offer suggested methodologies and alternative practices to assist one individually and as teams to cope, adapt, and excel in the environment of constant change, by nurturing creativity, innovation and authenticity.

4.Develop offshoot opportunities for continued growth through break out groups, smaller online discussions, chats and further exploration such as services offered by presenters and contributors of this programming.

Speaker(s): Jamie Billesbach - Center Director for the Central Mountain SBDC. For 20 years Jamie ran her own consulting business Creative Concepts of Colorado dba Yara Innovations and had the great pleasure to work with a variety of local, state and international small businesses, coffee growers and non-profits. Jamie has lived in Chaffee County for almost 20 years and loves hiking, camping, skiing and the huge variety of local music to be enjoyed in the Arkansas Valley. Not to mention celebrating mountain living with her husband, two daughters and son-in-laws, four grandchildren and many four-legged family members. Laurie Benson - Laurie works with women (and men) who are curious about the role they are here to play in the world. Whether they already sit in positions as leaders of businesses and industries, or are just stepping into what leadership of themselves, and for their families, and their communities might look like, it all begins with inner awareness. She knows that the road to change begins with heightened self awareness. We must create change in ourselves before we can change the world. Laurie and her husband Joel Benson also own and operate BV Roastery and is Laurie is also the founder of The Village in BV. Heather Baron - Founder of Luminous Life, Inc. Heather is an Integral Life & Mindset Coach, Writer, Speaker.

Co-Sponsor(s): Chaffee County Economic Development Center, Lake County Economic Development Center, Buena Vista Chamber, Salida Chamber, Platte Canyon Chamber, Leadville Lake County Chamber, and Chaffee, Lake & Park Counties.

Once you register you will be sent a GoToWebinar link with connection instructions. If you have questions please call 719-221-0274. Thank you.

Fee: No Cost

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