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TitleLatino Chamber Small Business Summit
Place namePueblo Community College
Date startOct.24.2017 07:30am (572 Days Ago)
Date endOct.24.2017 05:00pm (572 Days Ago)

Are you a business in southern Colorado? Have you thought about using social media for your business? Have you wanted to expand and do more with the government?



Join the Latino Chamber and partners on October 24th for a day of learning and opportunities! This will be a great opportunity to learn from experts and presenters about a variety of topics! Network with businesses from around southern Colorado and surrounding areas! All are welcome and encouraged to attend! Small Businesses and Non-Profits with 75 employees or less will be able to receive 2 complimentary seats, but space will be limited so don't wait to RSVP!


We look forward to having you join us! (If you have more than 75 employees and would like to attend, please call 719-542-5513 for your seats!)


October 24, 2017

Pueblo Community College Pueblo, CO 81003


Click here to reserve your two complimentary seats


Thank you to



for their support of the Small Business Summit!


Day Schedule:

7:30 AM - Registration & Breakfast (breakfast will be provided)

8:30 AM - Welcome Remarks

9:00 AM - Breakout Sessions 1

10:30 AM -Breakout Sessions 2

12:00 PM - Lunch and Presentation (lunch will be provided)

1:30 PM - Breakout Sessions 3

3:00 PM - Women in Business and Leadership Panel

4:00 PM - Closing Networking Reception






Susan Fries
Pueblo County Economic Development Office

"Researching YOUR Customer Market"

presented by Susan Fries with the Pueblo County

Economic Development Office

9:00 AM - 10:20 AM


Susan Fries, MBA, Pueblo County Economic Development Specialist and former CEO of the Pueblo Arts Alliance, Pueblo Creative Corridor, and Studios project. Fries provides business counseling, provides leadership for the Pueblo County Buy Local Advisory Board, and implements the resources of Economic Gardening to improve Pueblo County business results.  Fries has guided, informed and worked intimately with a variety of local non-profits, for profit business, and local and state government to advance the creative industries as an economic development model.  Fries has provided consulting support to Colorado Creative Industries for the Creative District Program and Space to Create Colorado.













Evan Withrow
Employers Council

"Laws and Updates for Employment"

presented by Evan Withrow, Staff Attorney with Employers Council

9:00 AM - 10:20 AM


The past year has seen a number of changes in the employment law arena.  Employers have felt the effects of new rules and requirements, as well as the uncertainty that comes with them.  From the delay of the wage and hour exemption rules to new regulations on substance-abuse testing, the workplace is more complex than ever.  This legal update will examine the old, the new and the ambiguity that exists in between.  As 2018 nears, this is a good opportunity for employers to examine what exists, what has changed, and what is coming for your organization and your workers













J. David Benavides
Lender Relations Specialist
U.S. SBA Office


"Financial Resources for your Small Business"

presented by Small Business Administration

10:30 AM - 11:50 AM


Learn more about the access to capital and financial resources for you and your business. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how small business owners can obtain capital and the different types of capital that are available.













Dennis Casey
Colorado PTAC

"Growing Your Business by Selling to the Government"

presented by Dennis Casey, Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center

10:30 AM - 11:50 AM


Have you ever thought about how much the government is in our daily lives? Streets, public buildings, public safety, parks? All of this is part of our government infrastructure. Did you also know that the government buys goods and services from commercial sources every day? Join us for an interactive discussion on the government, federal, state and local, as a market and how you can compete to get them as a client. Dennis Casey, Executive Director of the Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), will be presenting.













Teresa Coleman Community Outreach Specialist


"Managing Customer Feedback & Reviews Online"

presented by the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado

10:30 AM - 11:50 AM


Learn more about tools and resources that you can take advantage of for you and your business when it comes to customer feedback online. You will also have the chance to hear more about Search Engine Optimization "SEO" and the role that it can play in your business.








Michael Garner
Manager of Business Relations














Caroline Trani Colorado SBDC Network

"The Role of Strategic Thinking in Business Planning"

presented by Caroline Trani, Small Business Development Center

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM


Strategy has never been more challenging or more important, than in today's competitive business environment. Many businesses get caught up in trying to be everything to everyone, stretching resources in markets that may never provide a worthwhile return on investment. Incorporating Strategic Thinking in a planning process allows for a more comprehensive planning model that applies innovation, strategic planning and operational planning, leading to business strategies that have a greater chance for success. Without Strategic Thinking a business risks making quick decisions that lack creativity and insight.  In this presentation you'll learn what Strategic Thinking is, why it's important and how to incorporate it in your business strategies through the role of planning.













Timothy Zercher
Easy Social

"Social Media Marketing for your Small Business"

presented by Timothy Zercher, Easy Social

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM


In this workshop we will cover why organizations need social media, the best platforms for them to reach their audience, the correct methods for reaching their audience and some tools that can be used while branding their organizations online. A Pueblo native, Timothy graduated from CSU-Pueblo with his masters and bachelors in business administration and emphasis in international marketing. Timothy has now worked with more than 25 organizations within Southern Colorado and around the nation using multiple social media platforms and websites to advance his clients' brands and help them grow. Passionate about his community and alma mater, Timothy currently serves on the CSU-Pueblo Alumni Board, Rotary 43's International Committee and Rotary 43's PR Committee.













Dr. Brad Gilbreath
Colorado State University-Pueblo

"Healthy Workers Means Healthy Business"

presented by Dr. Brad Gilbreath, Colorado State University-Pueblo

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM


This presentation encompasses ways to create a healthier workforce. It is difficult to get individuals to alter health-related behaviors, so employers must approach health interventions with realistic expectations and best practices. Research and industry experience will be drawn from for ideas for improving employees' physical, mental and social well-being. Participants will share their ideas and experiences to build on the presenter's ideas. The goal of the presentation is for everyone to leave with ideas they can use in their organization to improve employee health and organizational performance.





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