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Monday, July 11 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Kickoff Event - Reimagining Rural Entrepreneurship

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Join us on Monday morning to kickoff West Slope Startup Week 2022! 

In Colorado's rural communities and small cities, a thriving entrepreneurship ecosystem is deeply connected to quality of life and has become a key component of economic development strategy. Growing a start-up community begins with building a start-up culture that includes strategic networking, partnership development, collaboration, education, and access to capital.

The definition of “entrepreneur” in rural communities is broad and does not just include new businesses aiming to scale in narrow sectors such as manufacturing and technology. Instead, it includes anyone along a spectrum from thinking about starting a business to longtime owners of businesses, and from companies that serve the local community to those with a much wider market. Their ability to grow their businesses, create, adapt, and lead is vital to community well-being.

Join us for a conversation with Taylor Grande, Director of Partnerships & Ecosystem Development at Startup Colorado, and Steve Jozefczyk, Deputy Director of the Grand Junction Economic Partnership, as we discuss innovation and opportunities and challenges of entrepreneurship in Western Colorado.

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Kayleen Cohen

Founder, Mtn. Dog Media
Hi! My name is Kayleen and I'm the Lead Organizer of West Slope Startup Week, and a small business owner much like yourself! My digital marketing agency, Mtn. Dog Media, recently celebrated its 9-year anniversary. Over the past decade, I have worked with hundreds of small business... Read More →

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Taylor Grande

Executive Director, Startup Colorado
Taylor is the CEO and Executive Director for Startup Colorado. Based in the beautiful mountain town of Durango, Taylor is completely obsessed with the amazing founders and startups who are building businesses in the places they call home across rural Colorado.
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Steve Jozefczyk

Interim Executive Director, Grand Junction Economic Partnership
Economic Development
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Celeste Herron

Founder, Northern Crown Media
Celeste Herron is a strategist, brand storyteller, multidisciplinary designer, and creative director who helps startups, small businesses, and service agencies rapidly design, develop, and scale their product and service offerings. She is also the Programming Lead for WSSW 2023, an... Read More →

Monday July 11, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am MDT