Small Business Week 2017

2017 Small Business Week Pikes Peak Region

April 30 - May 4, 2017

2017 Small Business Week for the Pikes Peak Region is April 30 - May 4, 2017. Each day includes workshops and events designed to educate, celebrate, and champion small businesses in the Pikes Peak Region.  From a food truck cook-off, to a small business awards ceremony, to multiple educational events for small businesses, you will not want to miss the 5-year anniversary of the biggest small business celebration in town! (SBW Pikes Peak Region corresponds every year with the SBA's National Small Business Week.)


Sunday, April 30, 2017 | 11:30 AM - 3 PM | Norris Penrose Event Center

2nd Annual Food Truck Cook-Off

When: April 30th, 11:30am-3pm


Sample and vote for local food trucks as they compete head to head for two annual awards
  • Best Food Truck: Judge's Choice.
  • Best Food Truck: People's Choice.
Emceed by Goose from 92.9 Peak FM. Judges are Broadmoor Chefs Adam Thomas, Mark Musial and David Patterson along with CS Indy Food Reviewer, Griffin Swartzell. 

*Winners Will Be Announced At 2:45PM*

Cost: $15 pre-registered, $20 at the door


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Monday, May 1, 2017  | 11:30 AM-1:30 PM


| The Warehouse

Online Reputation Management: Crafting Your Public Perception

When:  May 1st, 11:30am-1:30pm


Maybe you think about how you dress every day. Maybe you care about how your car looks because it has your business logo on it. Perhaps you have a full warranty on your service or product to ensure you are perceived as a business with integrity! But have you ever thought about your online reputation? What does that picture you put on Facebook last week tell the world? What does your Linked In profile say about you reading between the lines? What does it mean to a potential customer if they can’t find you anywhere online? Answer these questions and more at our first workshop of the week!

Moderator: Mark Bittle, Connectionmark



  • 11:30 – 12:00 pm: Check In/Lunch
  • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Panel Discussion
Cost: $20 – Includes lunch for the Warehouse's award winning chefs! 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017  | 4:00 PM-6:00 PM


| Carter Payne

The New Administration: Policy and Possibilities Through a Small Business Lens

When: May 2nd, 4pm-6pm

Where: Carter Payne


There have been many changes over the last year, both in small business policy as well as administration at the local, state and federal levels. What should you be focused on in terms of changes you need to make? Is it okay to wait and see what happens? There is a lot of information out there for small business to decipher! Let us help you figure out what is inevitable and what is questionable! Join us and our dynamic panel!

Key Note & Panel Moderator:

Tony Gagliardi, Colorado & Wyoming State Director | National Federation of Independent Business



  • 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Checking in & Networking
  • 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm: Panel Discussion

 Cost: $10 – Beverages and appetizers included!

Sponsored By:

Wednesday, May 3, 2017  | 9:00 AM-11:00 AM


| Catalyst Campus

Cyber Simulation: What Your Small Business Needs to Know. 

When: May 3rd, 9am-11am


You may think cyber attacks only happen to the other guys. The corporate giants. The banks. The hospitals. But as a small business owner, you are actually more at risk than all of them! The issue of cyber security has become a central focus of companies, big and small, across all industries. As more individuals and small businesses become increasingly dependent on our networked and interconnected infrastructure, cybercrime and cyber criminals have become much more sophisticated in their techniques for stealing identities and using them to extract funds and make fraudulent purchases.  Join us for a morning of live simulations, scenarios and exercises to help you understand why you are at risk and what you can do to protect your customers and business.


  • 9:00 am – 9:15 am: Check In/Networking
  • 9:15 am – 9:25 am: Opening Remarks
  • 9:30 am – 9:50 am: Cyber Simulations | Session 1 (Toggle Industries)
Join Toggle Industries in an open forum about how we are bombarded daily by requests for YOUR private information. What information are you freely giving up and most importantly, what information is being taken without your consent? Find out with Toggle and learn how to protect yourself in the digital world we all live in.
  • 9:55 am – 10:15 am: Cyber Simulations | Session 2 (Step Into the Shoes of a Hacker!)
Join the National Cyber Exchange (NCX) for a Virtual Reality (VR) assisted demonstration on how your information may be at risk.
  • 10:20 am – 10:50 am: Tips & Tricks to Secure Your Customers and Your Business

After participating in our live simulations, join Jeff Beauprez, Senior Fellow of the National Cyber Exchange (NCX) for tips and tricks to secure your customers and your business. Participants will learn very practical dos and don’ts that you can apply to your organization’s security.

  • 10:50 am – 11:00 am: Q&A

Cost: FREE – Coffee and continental breakfast will be served. Thank you to our workshop sponsor Catalyst Campus, and supporting partners Accelerated Wealth and 1Million Cups!

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Thursday, May 4, 2017  | 5:30 PM-9:00 PM


| Antler's Hilton

Small Business Celebration and Awards Dinner

When: May 4th, 5:30pm-9pm 


This is our 5 year anniversary!!! We are going back to our roots with our original Small Business Week speaker, Mr. Kevin Knebl, highlighting the importance of leading with community and connection in all of your networking interactions. We will honor our winners across five categories of awards: Small Business Person of the Year, Small Business Champion of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Veteran Small Business Owner of the Year, and Family Owned Business of the Year. Join us for an evening celebrating small business in our region! Emceed by Steve Kaczmarek, owner of Borealis Fat Bikes.


  • 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm: Registration and Networking
  • 6:30 pm - 8:15 pm: Awards
  • 8:15 pm - 8:45 pm: Keynote presented by Kevin Knebl

Keynote Presenting Speaker:

Cost: $65, Includes plated dinner, networking, awards celebration and keynote speaker

Menu: Please indicate your dinner choice when registering.

Iceberg Wedge with Crumbled Bleu Cheese, Bacon, Grape Tomatoes, and Balsamic Dressing

Dinner Options (Choose 1)

  • Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Sweet Hot Mustard Sauce, Sautéed Asparagus and Hand Piped Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Blackened Salmon White Wine Beurre Blanc  with Sweet Corn Succotash and Hand Piped Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Potato Gnocchi with Roasted Vegetables in a White Wine Tarragon Cream

Dual Dessert
New York Style Cheesecake with Fresh Berries and Flourless Chocolate Cake

Congratulations to the finalists for the Pikes Peak Region Small Business Awards!

Keynote Presenting Sponsor:

Sponsored by:




Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Honors an entrepreneur under the age of 35.
(2016 Winner:
 Clay Guillory, Titan Robotics)

 Family-Owned Small Business of the Year
Honors a family-owned and operated business with multiple generations represented.
(2016 Winner: John & Beth Hughes, O’Briens Carpet One)

 Veteran Small Business Owner of the Year
Honors a veteran-owned and operated business.
(2016 Winner: David Hollenbach, DSoft Technology Co)
 Small Business Champion of the Year
Honors an individual committed to the advancement of small business opportunities.
(2016 Winner: Dave Van Ness, Old Colorado City Associates)


 Small Business Person of the Year
Honors a business owner/operator (or team) who meets multiple criteria defining a successful entrepreneur.
(2016 Winner: Mike Tipton, Integrity Communications Solutions)


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about sponsorship opportunities!

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