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Outdoor Industry Summit - In Person

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

Early Registration is $60.00 includes full day attendance, outdoor exhibition, merch giveaways, meals and break-out sessions. After Sept. 7th the fee increases to $75.00. Team discounts are available. Contact Miranda Grant at for details. Businesses, community organizations and engaged citizens in Colorado are invited and encouraged to attend! Topics will include: Business + Leadership Development + Innovation; Sustainability + Stewardship + Community Partnerships. We will explore: – Sustainable Business Development – Stewardship Education and Advocacy – Leadership for the Future Grounded in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion – Resources and Tools to Educate and Protect our Public Lands While Still Promoting Tourism and Outdoor Adventures to All. We combine adventure tourism-based industry businesses, land and water stewardship (programs and non-profits), and diverse community minded support resources to educate and protect our public lands while still promoting tourism and outdoor adventures to all. We 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.

Speaker(s): 2022 Overview Agenda - We are thrilled to bring you a diverse lineup of keynotes, guest speakers and panelists for this year's Summit.  7:30 am - Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) Sponsored Bird Hike (optional) 8:00 am - Registration Opens - Serving Rosy's Donuts and Ride On Smoothies 9:00 am - Welcome - Jen Visitacion, Founder Moonstone Ventures and OIS Emcee Held in the SteamPlant Theater 9:10 am - Vision + WHY: The Outdoor Industry Summit - Jamie Billesbach, Director Central Mountain Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and OIS Creator + Host 9:25 am - Managing the Impacts of Growth in Outdoor Recreation Dominique Naccarato, Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) Cindy Williams, Envision Chaffee County  9:50 am – Keynote - Moving Beyond Acknowledgments Ernest House, Jr., Senior Policy Director of Keystone Policy Center & Director of Center for Tribal and Indigenous Engagement 10:30 am - Break + Enjoy Outdoor Exhibits Serving Rosy’s Donuts + Ride On Smoothies 11:00 am - Breakout Sessions (choose 1) Breakout 1: Funding Panel Supporting the Outdoors Held in the SteamPlant Theater -Panelist will share examples of Outdoor Industry businesses that these organizations have funded. They will also offer tips & tricks as to what they are looking for when funding a startup or scaleup business.  Ron Fore, Vice President Commercial Loans, High Country Bank, and Avery Bechtel, Commercial Loan Officer Session Facilitator  Madison Goering, Capital Access Manager Prairie Rose Development Corp - KIVA,  Marc Nager, Partner Greater Colorado Venture Fund, Katharina Papenbrock, Director of Rural Opportunity Rural Office of Economic Development & International Trade Breakout 2: Innovation in Outdoor + Environmental Education Held in the SteamPlant Annex - Deb Matlock, Founder, Wild Rhythms,  Natalie Ooi, Associate Professor Master of the Environment, University of Colorado Boulder, Amy Smallwood, Program Director, Wellness, Outdoor Studies, and Wilderness Programs, Colorado Mountain College,  Chuck Sullivan, Founder, The Wright Collegiate Challenge, + Something Independent, Session Facilitator Breakout 3: Exhibitor Spotlights + Benefits Held at our Outdoor Exhibitor Trade Show Breakout 4: Connecting with Nature through Drawing Held in the Nature Tent -Lisa DeYoung, Founder, Mountain Mermaid Studios 12:00 pm - Lunch serving Kalamatapit Catering and Joyful Bakery 1:00 pm - A Platinum Sponsor Welcome Held in the SteamPlant Theater Niki Stotler, COO | Salida Market President at High Country Bank 1:15 pm - Innovation in Sustainability for the Outdoor Industry Taishya Adams, Commissioner, Colorado Parks & Wildlife + NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries, Business Advisory Council + Bridge Project Equitable Hiring Initiative + Board of the Black Marine Science, Sarah Beaubien, Senior Director, Sustainability Impact at Clif Bar & Company, Conor Hall, Director of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, Doug Schnitzspahn, Editor-In-Chief of Elevation Outdoors Magazine + Editorial Director if Outdoor Retailer Magazine 2:30 pm – Break + Enjoy Outdoor Exhibitors serving Kalamatapit Catering 3:00 pm - Breakout Sessions (choose 1) Breakout Session 5: Small Business Stewards in Action + Impact Held in the SteamPlant Theater - Peter Arlein, CEO at mountainFLOW eco-wax, Conor Hall, Director of the Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry Session Facilitator,  Clare Hefferren, Founder, Callosum - Cultivate Brands. Elevate Outdoors, Julie Singh, Co-Founder at TripOutside | Human Powered Adventures from Curated Local Providers Breakout Session 6: Tackling Workforce Challenges Next Steps + Solutions Held in the SteamPlant Annex - Becky Gray, Director, Chaffee Housing Authority, Mark Iuppenlatz, Owner/Director, San Juan Mountain Guides, Matthew Nuñez, OREC Program Manager at Outdoor Recreation Industry Office Marco Vienna, Investments & Ops Four Points Funding Breakout Session 7: Exhibitor Spotlights + Benefits Held at our Outdoor Exhibitor Trade Show Breakout Session 8: Outdoor Nature Connection Practices Held in the Nature Tent   Deb Matlock, Founder, Wild Rhythms 4:00 pm - Exhibitor Reception  5:00 pm - Adjourn + Explore Salida Excursions

Co-Sponsor(s): Platinum Sponsors: High County Bank + Chaffee County Visitors Bureau Created and Presented by Central Mountain SBDC Gold Sponsors: CHFA, Office of Economic Development & International Trade, The Minority Business Office, and Outdoor Recreation Industry Office Silver Sponsor: My Lovely Spaces, The Wright Collegiate Challenge, and Startup Colorado Bronze Sponsor: Leadville Twin Lakes, The Lobby, One More Day

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