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The Great Ski Pass Battle – Epic or Mountain Collective?

Scout,  a New Start-up Ski Trip Booking Website, Lends Independent Advice for Ski Travelers

Have you seen this eye-popping infographic from the folks at Scout?

Scout Infographic (2)Scout was founded by Sarah Plaskitt, and Aussie girl and avid skier who quit her high-powered advertising job in New York City to travel to the world’s best ski resorts to review properties and share her recommendations and advice with fellow skiers around the globe.

Her mission is simple but powerful: to help skiers find and book great places to ski & stay and to make the booking process easy and as exciting as the vacation.

Twelve months, 360 hotels, 45 resorts, 8 countries, 34 planes, 26 trains, 13 buses, and 3,600 rental car miles later she launched Scout, a new online travel planning and booking resource for skiers, by skiers. Scout handpicks ideal ski hotels and condos and provides in-depth reviews, tips, and insights on each location.sarah

“Whenever I was planning a ski vacation I was frustrated with the lack of unbiased, detailed information that addresses skiers’ particular needs,” Plaskitt says. “I was also shocked at how few travel agents have actually been to a hotel, let alone the destination they are recommending.”

Unlike other online travel booking sites, and travel wholesalers and agents, Scout is selective in its choices of accommodations, and handpicks only those properties it has visited and would recommend to friends or family.

“We don’t write negative reviews,” Plaskitt says, “Because a bad hotel simply doesn’t make the list.”

Scout takes no advertising, does not receive compensation from hotels or resorts to be listed on the site, nor does it have contracts with hotels that set sales targets.  The result is a completely independent online travel planning and booking resource built by skiers, for skiers. Users can browse, research, and book their lodging reservations directly on scoutski.com in a simple and secure way. web shot

Experts are also on hand to provide first-hand advice by phone or email, to assist customers with their ski trip planning.There are no booking fees and – even better – Scout guarantees the lowest ski lodging rates available online. Many hotels have partnered with Scout to offer exclusive VIP perks to those booking via scoutski.com, such as free room upgrades and welcome gifts.

The Scout experience doesn’t stop at the confirmation email. Scout takes its level of service beyond its  high-tech booking engine and online trip planning resource by also offering a supplementary “low-tech” resource with its printed resort guidebooks. Once booked for their trip, skiers are mailed a free Scout Field Guide for their destination. The pocket-sized paperback guides are packed with useful information, such as recommended local restaurants and bars, details for how to get to and around the resort, advice on childcare services and tips on where to buy groceries.guide book

Skiers tend to be very independent and relish the “hunt” of finding the perfect place for their next trip. But they still want to be “in the know” and ideally would love to have a friend guide them and hook them up with a few tips, recommendations and deals, Plaskitt says. “Scout is that friend, the one who knows the secret powder stashes, the hidden breakfast gems, and the right people to arrange some ‘friend of a friend’ perks, such as upgrades.”

The ultimate goal, says Plaskitt, is to make Scout the go-to resource for skiers around the world by providing a global point-of-view with hyper-local tips and insight on the best places to ski & stay.

In the meantime, Plaskitt continues to “scout” new destinations, ski hotels, condos, apartments, lodges, and other great places to stay for savvy skiers. The team at Scout is busy designing new enhancements to the site for the 2014/15 season and skiers can anticipate more U.S. and Canadian locations to be added in the weeks to come, as well as the debut of ski resorts in Japan and Europe this fall.

For more information or to start planning and booking a ski trip, visit www.scoutski.com. Or follow Scout on social at @scoutski or www.facebook.com/scoutski.

 




Call for Speakers & Sponsors: 5th Annual Women's Small Business Conference

Join the Colorado SBDC Network for the 5th Annual Northwest Colorado Women’s Small Business Conference at Copper Mountain on Friday, October 10!

This event sells out every year – don’t wait to buy your tickets!

This year's conference will feature keynote speaker Sylvia Theisen, a Colorado psychotherapist, top sales producer and change maker! Theisen spent the first 13 years of her career in a pscyhotherapist's office. No, not on the couch (although she's done plenty of that), but running a successful practice counseling employees of Fortune 500 companies.
This year’s conference will feature keynote speaker Sylvia Theisen, a Colorado psychotherapist, top sales producer and change maker! Theisen spent the first 13 years of her career in a pscyhotherapist’s office. No, not on the couch (although she’s done plenty of that), but running a successful practice counseling employees of Fortune 500 companies.

Join other like-minded female entrepreneurs for an

exciting, interactive day packed with hands-on business training seminars, free one-on-one consulting, exhibitor tables featuring area resources, plenty of networking opportunities, and more!

Leave the conference feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, with plenty of action items, connections and inspiration to take your business to the next level of success!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION




Steamboat Trio Wins Top Spot at Breckenridge Startup Weekend

Entrepreneurial team aims to build a new social media platform that connects conscious consumers with socially responsible companies.

Dan Balgooyen,  Lindsay Balgooyen, and Kyle DeFauw of Steamboat Springs received the top recognition at the Inaugural Breckenridge Startup Weekend held at the Colorado Mountain College Breckenridge Campus this past weekend.

Gr8ful Giveback founders Lindsay Balgooyen, Dan Balgooyen, and Kyle DeFauw.
Gr8ful Giveback founders Lindsay Balgooyen, Dan Balgooyen, and Kyle DeFauw.

The team says its winning innovation, Gr8ful Giveback, is a credible mobile platform that promotes and facilitates charitable giving campaigns and bridges a missing connection between companies, charitable organizations, and consumers.

“Businesses get recognized for their philanthropy efforts while building a social media presence, non-profits benefit by gaining new widespread exposure and funding, and end users win by receiving promotional discounts, and gratification of making a difference,” say team leader Dan Balgooyen.

Other top finishers of Startup Weekend included Jared Manske of Breckenridge who developed a safety device designed to improve home window blind safety, and Brian Costanza of Denver developed the Awesome Timer.  The Awesome Timer is a mobile app that asks users to reset the timer every time they do something awesome.

The Safety Wand is the brainchild of Jared Manske of Breckenridge
The Safety Wand is the brainchild of Jared Manske of Breckenridge
The Awesome Timer: When's the last time you did something awesome?
The Awesome Timer: When’s the last time you did something awesome?

At total of 18 participants pitched their ideas to the judges and an audience of 60 on Friday night. From there, five selected pitches were given 54 hours to create teams to design, research, analyze, and further develop their business plans. The teams presented their final pitches Sunday evening.  Judges included Myra Michelle Eby, local entrepreneur, and founder of MyChelle Dermaceuticals; Ross Iverson, president and CEO of the Vail Leadership Institute, and Jose Vietez, of Boomtown.

Prizes were provided by Arapahoe Basin, KL Creative Design, and evo3 Workspace. Winners will also be interviewed and highlighted by Boomtown, a startup accelerator based in Boulder.

“Several attendees expressed their gratitude that an event like Startup Weekend was available in our incredible environment, for many it was a life changing experience,” says Thomas Gerber, local volunteer organizer of the Breck Startup Weekend.

Gerber adds, “Now is the time to start co-creating the next Start-up Weekend and High Country Accelerators for those who want to make a positive difference with a business that is birthed and grows in the High Country.”

Connect on social at www.facebook.com/swbreck or on twitter @SWBreckenridge.

 

 

 

 




Day Two: Getting Startup Done in Breckenridge

Day two of Breckenridge Startup Weekend was greeted with sunny skies and Rocky Mountain altitudes. Last night teams formed around five proposals and then rolled up their sleeves and began tackling the first steps to establishing and launching a business. Teams were still working when Tuesday officially arrived, and spent the morning and afternoon establishing their value proposition and validating their products or services. Here’s a closer look at some the teams and what they’re working on.

Educator Sasha Lang, second from left, rallies her team around Earthbook, a web-based library of ebooks authored by kids, for kids.
Educator Sasha Lang, second from left, rallies her team around Earthbook, a web-based library of ebooks authored by kids, for kids.
Jonathan James of Denver and team are building Quizki: rev up your learning -- create test questions and exams. Fast, free and easy.

 

Jonathan James of Denver and team are building Quizki: rev up your learning — create test questions and exams. Fast, free and easy.

 

Team Gr8ful Giveback: This trio from Steamboat is taking a philanthropic approach to social media contest giveaways.
Team Gr8ful Giveback: This trio from Steamboat is taking a philanthropic approach to social media contest giveaways.
Lynn Johnson of Frisco asks: "Why Not Spanish Cable?"
Lynn Johnson of Frisco asks: “Why Not Spanish Cable?”

 

 

 




Night One! Breckenridge Startup Weekend – The View from 9,600 Feet

Last night, while the sun set behind the mountaintops of the Ten Mile Range, light bulbs were popping inside the Breckenridge campus of Colorado Mountain College. A total of 18 innovative pitches were made to an audience of about 50, including judges, coaches, and organizers. Sticky note votes were cast, and teams formed around five finalists and their entrepreneurial exploits.

Here’s more of the scene from 9,600 feet in Breckenridge, Colorado.

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Breckenridge Startup Weekend facilitator Alex Huppenthal greets about 60 attendees in the Colorado Mountain College Auditorium.  Go Alex!
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“Start Your Pitchin’!” Lindsey Stapay of the Northwest Colorado Small Business Development Center outines the evening’s agenda.
Julia (sorry we didn't get her last name) drove from Englewood to pitch her idea of the Solo Trio, a mobile-based solution that bridges the gap between Classical Music and the next generation.
Julia drove from Englewood to pitch her idea of the Solo Trio, a mobile-based solution that bridges the gap between Classical Music and the next generation.
WWII Vet Boot Gordan was on-site to put his pitch in for the LQ Party. If you want to learn more about that, you'll have to get it straight from Boot.
WWII Vet Boot Gordan put his pitch in for the LQ Party. If you want to learn more about that, best to get it straight from Boot.
Event organizer Kelsey Lyons (KL Design) has really good hand writing.
Event organizer Kelsey Lyons has really good hand writing.

 

The Sticky Votes are cast.
The Sticky Votes are cast.
The Final Five. We'll tell you more about the finalists in our next post...stay tuned!
The Final Five. We’ll tell you more about the finalists in our next post…stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




This Friday Night! Meet Breckenridge Business Leaders and Local Entrepreneurs

We’re just days away from the inaugural Breckenridge Startup Weekend and basically: We’re psyched! We can’t wait to meet everyone, network, and work together to push a few ideas a lot closer toward becoming a reality.

We’re so thankful to everyone that has helped us put together our own Startup Weekend, and where better than at 9,600-feet in the comfortably lush and beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains. This is your chance to connect with mentors, coaches, and speakers that can help you grow your idea, and your life.

Here’s a closer look at who you’ll meet:

ybYvonne Bryant 

Yvonne Bryant is on a mission to help entrepreneurs build and grow profitable businesses. Trained as an architect, she has a unique 20 year background in communications, elegant leadership, project management on multimillion dollar development projects, computer systems, strategic planning, and business development which provides her clients with unique advantages. She helped a professional services company develop a new department that began billing $240,000 in services within three years with one staff member. She helped another company increase sales an additional $70,000 within 6 months by bridging the company’s products and services into a complimentary market.

klgKristy Lee Gogolen

Kristy Lee Gogolen founded KL Creative Design, a web and mobile technology group, in 2005. With a love of all things binary and a keen eye for design, she makes websites pretty-inside and out. In 2011, she founded LadyBits Dev, the mobile division of KL Creative Design, and released an iPhone altimeter app, Explore More.

 

kgKathryn Grohusky

Kathryn Grohusky specializes in coaching athletes and entrepreneurial leaders ways to bust through internal blocks to “get unstuck already!” and reach their potential in sports and business because she loves exploring the achievement of audacious athletic and business goals. Her experience includes the business start-up phase of community not-for-profits and creative board development. She currently serves international clients as their business and “inner workout” coach and focuses the rest of her time on growing her own start up – CoachGro LLC.

mkMichele Knight 

Michele Knight, CPA and QuickBooks Pro Advisor, is President of Knight Accounting & Technology, which focuses on helping small businesses and non-profits with their bookkeeping, payroll, and tax needs. With 10 years of experience Michele has a very hands on approach, and enjoys helping small business owners and non-profit executives fully understand their unique accounting and tax situations.

tkToby Krout 

An active participant in two dozen Colorado startups since 1995, Toby has a passion for entrepreneurship and startup communities. He is currently Co-Director of Boomtown, a boulder-based technology accelerator, Managing Director of Atomic20, Co-Founder of Scrib, and Project Director for the Colorado state branding project.

 

elElizabeth Lewis 

Elizabeth Lewis owns the Law Office of E.C. Lewis, P.C. where she works with businesses on issues ranging from start-up help to dissolution. Working with small businesses and their owners, she helps clients with a variety of contracts including initial organization agreements, client agreements, employment contracts, leases, online marketing law, software agreements, and web-development contracts. In addition to working directly with clients, Elizabeth teaches classes at locations throughout the Denver Metro Area and beyond, including several focused on online marketing law.

 

bmcBrian McLaughlin 

Brian A. McLaughlin Mr. McLaughlin has been Chairman, CEO and/or President of numerous companies involved in the development and operations of large-scale (400 to 13,000 acres) resort and recreational communities for over thirty years. He has had a special focus on the turn-around and disposition of financially distressed properties. He has directly managed 20 of these large-scale community developments, 27 individual residential projects, 7 hotel and timeshare properties, 15 dining and restaurant operations, 7 residential rental property operations, 5 large commercial centers, and 13 individual commercial properties.

Breckenridge Startup Weekend starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15 and runs through 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17 at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge. For more information or tickets, visit www.breckenridge.startupweekend.org

Connect with us on social at www.facebook.com/swbreck or on Twitter @SWBreckenridge.

 




What's the BIG Idea?

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Beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado hosts Startup Weekend Aug. 15-17.
What’s Your BIG Idea?

If you’ve been thinking about the next best thing, or thinking that “there outta be this,” or “there outta be that,” then your weekend is coming up! Breckenridge Startup Weekend (happening Aug. 15-17) gives anyone the opportunity to pitch an idea to a group of local executives and entrepreneurs and ultimately receive their expert advice and help in creating a winning business plan.

So if you’ve been waiting for your time to shine, this just might be your moment. But don’t take our word for it. Here is an excerpt from “Educator Turned Entrepreneur- How I Found my Entrepreneurial Spark”a blog post written by teacher-slash-entrepreneur Maggie Croushore, who is now the founder of KidFit Academy, thanks to her own Startup Weekend experience.

“Three years ago, an educator and graduate student blissfully unaware of the language and philosophies of entrepreneurship, I went to a Startup Weekend Education in Washington, DC.  My intention was to observe and see what this whole “startup weekend” madness was about; I figured that I might meet some cool people and, if nothing else, get a free meal.  I had no intention of pitching an idea and figured that I would probably just attend Friday and maybe, if I had time, Sunday.

However, something magical happened in the car on the way to Georgetown.  I was riding with three other teachers, talking about our days and expectations for the weekend.  The driver, a “techie” teacher already using cutting-edge technology in his classroom, was planning on pitching a platform to better organize real time student data.  The other teachers talked about some ideas and hopes that they had for the weekend.  I sat quietly and began to think about an idea I had had for some time.

As a middle school literacy teacher, I saw that my students struggled to sit still for my extended block.  I also knew, from a background in studying childhood obesity, that my students did not get enough physical movement…I desired to find a way to bring purposeful fitness education to schools so that all students could experience the transformative power of fitness in their lives as I had in my own.

So, in the back seat of a car filled with educators on the way to our first Startup Weekend experience, I gained the courage to conceptualize my idea and pitch it to a room of 100 strangers.  It wasn’t the most polished pitch, but I did it. And I am so glad that I did.

My idea, KidFit, made it to the top 10!  I was beyond ecstatic.  I went from being a casual observer to a full-on participant in the weekend. ..KidFit did not necessarily take shape that weekend, but I did.  I learned the power of entrepreneurship and the ability of a few committed people to join together and turn dreams into realities.

That weekend was the spark that grew into what is now my “full-time” job as founder of KidFit Academy.  It is not an easy journey; every day requires patient perseverance with a clear focus and constant reflection.  But I could not imagine doing anything else.”

Now it’s your turn!

Breckenridge Startup Weekend starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15 and runs through 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17 at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge. For more information or tickets, visit www.breckenridge.startupweekend.org

Connect with us on social at www.facebook.com/swbreck or on Twitter @SWBreckenridge.

 

 

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Stepping Up to Startup!

Breck Locals Pool their Talents (and Resources) to Host First Annual Startup Weekend

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Elevate your idea! Join us at Breckenridge Startup Weekend Aug. 15-17!

We’re under two weeks away from Breckenridge Startup Weekend and we couldn’t wait to give a shout out to our partners and sponsors who are making it all happen here at 9,600 feet; that’s altitude folks!

“This weekend could change your life,” says our own Thomas Gerber, a local volunteer, one of those involved with spearheading the local effort. “So many people have ideas and dreams but never act on them. We’re giving those people a supportive environment, a team, the right tools, coaching and a tight deadline to work on their idea and make it a reality.”

Even if you don’t have an idea or don’t want to pitch, come, says Gerber. If you’re intrigued with the idea of a startup or want to support a startup idea, come.

“This is an opportunity to be part of a movement in Summit County to create a vibrant, smart, progressive startup community,” he adds.

Here’s a big Shout Out the organizers and SPONSORS of Breckenridge Startup Weekend 2014!




Just One Week until Someone's Dream Becomes a Reality!

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Despite our average of 300 days of sunshine a year, it was a pretty rainy week here in Breckenridge, but that’s done nothing to douse our spirits and excitement as we approach the one week mark to the inaugural Breckenridge Startup Weekend!

So who’s it going to be?

One lucky entrepreneur will see their next great idea take several leaps forward toward becoming a reality by the end of the weekend.  Just sign up, and you have 60 seconds to pitch your idea to a group of local business executives, entrepreneurs, designers, developers, founders, startups, digital experts, and students.

After a vote, teams organize around the tops ideas and have just 54 hours to research, create, develop, design, analyze, and present their business model to a panel of expert judges and local startup business veterans.  The winner receives three months of free office space and other prizes to help further develop and implement their business plan.

Breckenridge Startup Weekend starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15 and runs through 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17 at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge.  For more information or tickets, visit www.breckenridge.startupweekend.org

Or connect on social media at www.facebook.com/swbreck or on Twitter @SWBreckenridge.

 

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