We are excited to announce that the Chaffee County Office of Housing has partnered with our regional Small Business Development Center, our Economic Development Corp., and the UAACOG Development Corp, to host a regional conference we are calling: “Access to Money and Resources.”  we are pleased to host the following keynote speakers:

– Betsy Markey, Executive Director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, and

– Rick Garcia, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

Perhaps even more exciting, is that the intent of the conference is to link entrepreneurs with financial capital to bring their ideas to fruition. Click here to register for this free two day event.  space is limited.

Day one of the conference CONNECTS SMALL BUSINESSES AND START UPS with funding & business resources. Lenders, investors, (in public and private sectors) and other support organizations will showcase their products, including loans, grants, and investments. The afternoon allows attendees the opportunity to meet with funders and business resources to discuss funding options and sign up for free or low-cost business resources.

Day Two AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPERS AND TRADESMEN bring YOUR ideas to fruition by Networking with Real Money. You will have time dedicated for people like you to present your housing and/or business development ideas in front of this room full of people with the capital and other resources to bring your ideas to fruition.  You must register to speak by emailing bgray@chaffeecounty.org.

This innovative approach to getting small-scale development projects funded has gained the attention of the Colorado Housing Finance Authority, who is co-sponsoring the event – as well as the attention of local, state-wide, regional, and national capital lenders and investors.

7:30am Capital Lenders & Business Resource ONLY Registration 

8:00am Welcome Wendell Pryor, Breakfast & “State of the Region Address” Marc Bellantoni & Jamie Billesbach

8:45am Introductions to Rural Business Development Panel 

9:30am Break & Networking

9:30am Registration Local Business Owners, Entrepreneurs, Affordable Housing Developers & Tradesmen Light Breakfast Served and you join the conference

10:00am Developing a Capital Stack Panel Discussion

10:30am Lenders, Investors, Economic Development Org’s and Business Resources Present Available Products & Services

12:00pm Break & Get Your Lunch

12:15pm “State of  the State’s Economy and Rural Initiatives” Betsy Markey Executive Director at Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade 

1:00pm Q & A with Executive Director Betsy Markey

1:15pm Connect with Real Money: Private & Public Funders and Business Resource Programs

3:45pm Closing remarks & review of next day’s activities

4:00pm Networking & Happy Hour

7:30am Local Business Owners, Entrepreneurs, Affordable Housing Developers & Tradesmen Registration & Breakfast

8:00am Welcome & Overview

8:15am Keynote Speaker: Rick Garcia, Executive Director of DOLA

9:15am “State of Housing in Chaffee County & Incremental Development” Becky Gray

10:15am Break

10:30am Incremental Development Housing Panel

11:45pm Break & Get Your Lunch

12:00pm Edgar Morales of Bonneville Multifamily Capital will lead a Panel Discussion on Capital Stacking

1:00pm Q & A with Panel

1:15pm Incremental Development Presentations – Must sign up in advance to share your housing Idea(s) via bgray@chaffeecounty.org

Next Steps and Networking

3:45pm Closing Remarks

4:00pm Adjourn

Thank You to our Gracious Sponsors: