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Outdoor Industry Summit - In Person

Mon 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Topic: Managing a Business

Held at the SteamPlant Event Center alongside the Arkansas River in Salida, CO. Now available via In Person Conference or Hybrid Live Virtual experience! The Outdoor Industry Summit is an exploration of growth/scale opportunities, stewardship & education for those operating an outdoor recreation business or nonprofit in the Central Mountain region of Colorado. Others in the state are welcome too! We will combine Central Mountain adventure tourism-based industry businesses and the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association, and diverse community minded support resources to educate and protect our public lands while still promoting tourism and outdoor adventures to all. We will share the many new state funding resources available to rural small businesses/entrepreneurs to contribute to and/or expand their brands and purpose driven joint ventures. Finally, this summit will hold the space to collaborate on methodologies to tap into entrepreneurial energy to address community scale challenges facing our rural area (i.e. workforce, housing, childcare, social inequities, environmental concerns etc.). View details and updates at

Speaker(s): We are thrilled to bring you a diverse lineup of keynotes, guest speakers and panelists for this year’s Summit. 8:00 am – Registration – Consociating 8:25 am - Introduction to the Outdoor Industry Summit - Jamie Billesbach, Director Central Mountain Small Business Development Center and Host of the Summit 8:35 am – Welcome – Commissioner Keith Baker, Chaffee County 8:50 am – “Funding Opportunities for Your Outdoor Industry Business” Meet three different investors who are focused on supporting entrepreneurs in rural Colorado and/or have a commitment to make their community or world a better place. Hear about what they are looking for in a startup or scaling up business concept. Panelists: Alice Havill, Vice President Colorado Impact Fund – CIF was created to support a growing entrepreneurial and impact ecosystem throughout the state of Colorado. Cory Finney, Partner Greater Colorado Venture Fund – We are a venture capital fund investing in early stage startups headquartered across the state of Color

Co-Sponsor(s): Created and Presented by Central Mountain SBDC. Sponsored By: Startup Colorado, OEDIT, The Lobby at The Palace Hotel, Kate Woolman State Farm, High Country Bank, Balcomb & Green and Thought Distillery Co-sponsored by: Greater Arkansas River Nature Association, Envision Chaffee County, Chaffee County Visitors Bureau, Chaffee County Community Foundation, and Chaffee County Small Business Alliance

The Central Mountain Small Business Development Center is committed to providing a safe and comfortable environment for our event attendees. Because of our commitment to the well-being of our attendees and our community, we will be taking the following steps to ensure that we are able to gather responsibly: - Masks are mandatory indoors, except when eating or drinking. - The event speakers may remove their mask during their presentation time as well. - If you are experiencing any of the below symptoms, we respectfully ask that you stay home and attend virtually. Please email us to update your registration from in person to virtual. - Fever 100.4 or higher - Unexplained persistent cough or difficulty breathing - Loss of taste or smell - Consistent upper respiratory symptoms (runny nose, sore throat, congestion) Thank you for helping to keep our community safe and for supporting our event!

Fee: $ 60.00

Phone: 719-221-0374


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In Person or Hybrid LIVE Virtual
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