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:
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.
Kristy 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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