Meet Our Power of WE Speakers

The Power of WE (Women Entrepreneur) Conference is a purpose driven, heart centered collaborative event inspired by women for women! This year’s theme is Amplifying Purpose, People and Profit. 

Meet the visionary changemakers fueling the Power of WE (Women Entrepreneur) Conference. Our speakers and workshop leaders are not just industry trailblazers; they’re heart-centered innovators committed to driving positive change. They’re here to inspire you with actionable insights and innovative strategies that align with your values, helping you create a business that’s not only successful but also a force for good in the world. 

Morning Keynote Speaker: Olivia Omega,
Senior Director MarComm, Denver Scholarship Foundation  Branding Strategist | Diversity & Inclusion Advocate | Speaker | Entrepreneur | Author

Olivia Omega is a branding strategist and seasoned entrepreneur with over 20 years of brand positioning, digital marketing, communications, and advertising experience across startup, nonprofit, public, and private sectors. She is currently the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications at the Denver Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to inspire and empower Denver Public Schools’ students to achieve their college goals through college access, promise-based scholarships, and college success.

Olivia serves as an Advisory Council member and Entrepreneur in Residence at the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado Denver Business School, as well as a Board of Advisors member of the Presidents Leadership Class at the University of Colorado Boulder. Olivia is the Founder Track Chair for Denver Startup Week and co-founder of Wallace Marketing Group

As a TEDx speaker, diversity and inclusion advocate, and author, Olivia has studied the importance of authenticity for both brands and individuals, and what it means to show up in a genuine way. Half of her career was spent at an advertising agency and the other 10 years as an entrepreneur and small business owner. Personal brand identity and authentic expression of one’s unique individuality played a large role in both career paths as described in her book Beautifully Branded: The Girl’s Guide to Understanding the Anatomy of Brand You.

Olivia graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business and CU Presidents Leadership Class in 2001. Since then, Olivia has volunteered her time mentoring students and lecturing on personal branding and marketing. She has a deep passion for encouraging and inspiring high school and college students in the areas of leadership and business, as well as championing nonprofit projects and missions that elevate under-represented communities. 

Olivia lives just outside of Denver, CO, and is the mom of a second-year college student and two Denver Public School high school students. 

Afternoon Keynote Speaker: Flavia Reis Kubricht, Project Manager  | International Relations | Growth | It Solutions | Certified SCRUM Product Owner

Flavia Kubricht is an international project manager for over 18 years, leading companies and projects in Brazil, France and the U.S in Mining, Arts, Healthcare, Innovation and Technology, Government and Global Entrepreneurship. Born and raised in Brazil, she is a mentor, consultant and member of international innovation, communication and entrepreneurship boards and committees. Co-founder Startups in the USA and in Brazil, which are platforms supporting immigrant small businesses, children with ADHD, and women entrepreneurs. 

Living in Colorado since 2018, she brings a unique perspective and understanding of diverse global markets.  As an immigrant entrepreneur deeply rooted in the vibrant Colorado community, Flavia volunteers her time and expertise to support a multitude of organizations and initiatives. From serving as a mentor for startups and small businesses in programs like UCCS, and Survive and Thrive. Her involvement with organizations such as Lutheran Family Services and the British Council reflects her passion for assisting refugees and supporting small business owners in times of crisis.

She is passionate about entrepreneurship and cultural diplomacy. Her previous experience  involves partnerships of the Brazilian government with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, NIH and NICE UK as part of the cross-functional team for international cooperation and worked as a technical advisor for creating joint mechanisms of cooperation between countries.

Flavia holds a Master in Communication from Universite Paris 8 – Vincennes-Saint Denis, a Specialization in International Negotiations from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and is Bacharel in International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University in Brazil. She has excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with many multi-cultural experiences, living in different countries and big cities: Paris, Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Fort Lauderdale, Boston and Denver.

Outside of her professional pursuits, Flavia finds joy in traveling, cherishing moments with family and friends, exploring culinary delights through cooking, immersing herself in nature’s beauty, and attending classical concerts.

“Welcome from our Emcee” Heather Barron, Founder,  Luminous Life 
+ Transformational Life Coach

Celebrant | Ceremony Design Specialist | Creator of “Officiate Like a Pro” | Veteran Wedding Officiant | Marriage Celebrant

Heather Barron is wildly passionate about helping couples kick off their marriage through designing and officiating highly personalized and deeply meaningful and joyful wedding ceremonies. I’m also a Couple’s Coach for pre-marital coaching, all the way through marriage (even supporting couples through the divorce process, if this becomes necessary).

Both fields of my work provide the opportunity to get to know people deeply. Marrying couples and creating beautiful, highly-customized ceremonies brings me alive. I also thrive in creating and supporting dynamic collaboration for individuals as well as couples through in-person coaching, online courses, community-building, resilience coaching, and supporting people through times of grief.

I bring ceremony into all aspects of my work – whether marrying a couple, or creating a powerful ritual to enhance my group coaching courses or one on one work with a client. Incorporating ceremony into all parts of my works brings a richness we need for nourishing, joyful, healthy, wholehearted lives.

In coaching, I utilize the power of deep listening, meaningful collaboration, self-reflection, a powerful toolbox, and HUMOR to help couples identify and breakthrough whatever keeps us from feeling strong in our relationships and connected to our partners.

Luminous Life was born out of a desire to thread more healing and joy in the world by helping people learn how to feel at home in their own skin. I’ve been a practicing Integral Life Coach since 2007, a professional workshop, women’s group and retreat facilitator since 2003, and Wedding Officiant since 2009 including becoming a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant in 2010. I’m also a creative writer, speaker and entrepreneur who is in love with the mountains where I share a cozy cabin life with my husband and sweet pup, Lucy-Lou.

“The Power of WE Purpose + Scope” Jamie Billesbach, Director,  Central Mountain SBDC
Strategic Business Development + Branding | Product Development + Distribution Strategist | Marketing +Tactical Planning | Training + Events

Jamie Billesbach has years of experience in business and brand development, marketing vision/creation, product development, packaging and channels of distribution, merchandising, graphic design, training programs and special event planning and implementation. 

For 19 years Jamie ran her own consulting business Creative Concepts of Colorado dba Yara Innovations and had the great pleasure to work with a variety of local, state and international businesses. She specialized in working with the World specialty coffee, tea and food industry, along with whole health products and services, in retail sectors, growers/producers along with working with a variety of non-profits.

Her work history includes helping develop businesses and brands through: Tactical Marketing + Business Plans, Brand Development + Positioning, Training Programs + Events, Marketing + Product Development. Merchandising + Channels of Distribution, Booth Design + Development and Graphic + Logo Design + Positioning

As the Central Mountain SBDC Director, Jamie works with clients throughout Chaffee, Lake & Park Counties and develops the centers training, events and conferences.

Jamie has lived in Chaffee Cty for over 23 years and loves hiking, camping, skiing and the huge variety of local music to be enjoyed in the Arkansas Valley. Not to mention celebrating mountain living with her husband, two daughters and son-in-laws, four grandchildren and many four-legged family members.

“Supporting Women in Business” +
Power of WE Platinum Sponsor
Niki Stotler, President | CEO at High Country Bank

Niki Stotler’s career in banking began unexpectedly. An Iowa native, she spent college summers in Salida working for a rafting company. Her instincts were telling her not to leave Colorado just yet, so she applied to High Country Bank and started her job in the mortgage loan processing department. A love of banking was formed. Over the years, Niki worked her way up through the mortgage loan department and in 2007, was promoted to Vice President of Mortgage Loans. She held that position until January 2022 when she was promoted to Chief Operating Officer and Salida Market President.

Things moved quickly after that and in September 2022, she took over as President and CEO of the organization. High Country Bank is a $435MM
community bank with five locations around the state of Colorado.

Niki loves how rewarding it is to lead an
organization that gives so much back to its employees and local communities. Also, giving her 2 daughters the opportunity to see their mom break down the gender norms for Bank CEO’s, “is one of the best gifts I could ask for.”

“HerStory: Powerful Narratives of Women-Owned Businesses” + Breakout Work Session: “Journaling + Poetry + Mindful Practice: Triggers Are Gifts of Awareness For Healing”
Thuy Nguyen, Founder, The Twiggy Mother | A Branch for Spiritual Healing, Enlightenment +  Empowerment | Light Is Birthed From Darkness 

Thuy Nguyen is a resilient and inspiring individual who has transformed her struggles with postpartum depression, childhood traumas, and abusive experiences into sources of inner strength and empowerment. Emerging from the depths of darkness, Thuy embarked on a journey of self-awareness and self-accountability, refusing to succumb to a victim mentality. Instead, she embraced her experiences as catalysts for growth and healing, paving the way for a life lived with purpose and authenticity.

As a mother, Thuy is driven by a desire to positively influence her children and future generations. She defies societal norms and challenges conditioned behaviors, striving to create a new path for her family rooted in love, resilience, and empowerment.

In her darkest moments, Thuy found solace in her spiritual connection, feeling guided by divine forces to choose love over bitterness and hate. This spiritual awakening inspired her to share her journey through a blog, offering hope and solidarity to other women and mothers facing similar challenges.

Today, Thuy finds joy in creating beauty and curating a life filled with light and positivity. Her platform is a testament to her unwavering commitment to live authentically and consciously in the light, inspiring others to do the same. Thuy Nguyen’s story is a testament to the transformative power of resilience, self-love, and the pursuit of joy.


Kayla Doan

Breakout Work Session: “AI Strategies for Entrepreneurs” Kayla Doan, Founder, Intentional Ventures, | Fractional Technology Product Leader | Business Consultant, SBDC

Kayla Doan hails from the east coast tech scene, where she led Innovation at Constant Contact, a public tech company that helped 500,000 small businesses grow. Recently, she led product shopping experience at e-commerce giants Rue La La and Gilt. Kayla is an active startup mentor and has guest lectured at prestigious universities including Boston College, Hult International Business School, and Suffolk University.

Kayla loves discussing new business ideas, and thrives at creating strategic paths forward in situations that may otherwise feel like underfunded chaos. In consulting sessions, she pulls from many frameworks to help clients think outside the box, thoughtfully prioritize, and do more with less. Methodologies commonly incorporated include design thinking, lean startup, agile scrum, and e-commerce best practices.

Away from the laptop, Kayla enjoys brewing kombucha and testing sustainability ideas with her Salida-based business, Wildflower Kombucha. She also enjoys mountain biking, skiing, photography, and healing arts.

Breakout Work Session: “Investigating Imposter Syndrome: Discover Where it Comes From +
How to Finally Get Dominion Over it!”
Lois Todd, Founder, Alchemy Strategic Group | Certified Executive Coach | Skilled Facilitator | Strategic Planning

Lois Todd is the founder and CEO of Alchemy Strategy Group a firm specializing in visual trategic planning, executive coaching and team performance. Lois is a certified executive coach and is a master practitioner and trainer of NLP: Neuro Linguistic Programming. She is a highly skilled facilitator always co-designing interactive sessions and creating trusting atmospheres where everyone feels welcome. Lois’ warm yet direct style is particularly valued by clients looking to become even more exceptional at what they do.

Among her accolades: finalist for “Outstanding Woman in Business” from the Denver Business Journal, “Woman Leader of Excellence” from the Colorado Women’s Leadership Coalition, and “Woman of Achievement” from Women in Communications. Lois grew up in Denver, CO and splits her time between Denver and Salida and loves to ski, hike and bike and with her family. You might also find her in a yoga studio or exploring other parts of the world.



Breakout Work Session: How to Cultivate Gratitude, Growth, + Grace in Work + Life
Jess Bonasso, Founder, Jess Bonasso The Self Rescue Goddess | Brave Life Catalyst + Self-Rescue Mentor | Author + Speaker at Brave Life Consulting

Jess Bonasso, also known as The Self Rescue Goddess, is a self-rescue coach, author & keynote speaker on a mission to teach women around the world how to master the art of self-rescue so they can struggle less, work smart & thrive more. A leading expert who’s been teaching women how to save themselves since 2007, Jess is the founder & CEO of Brave Life Consulting & the creator of the Brave-Hearted Way, a personalized self-rescue compass & road map that teaches ambitious modern-day wonder women how to master the art of self-rescue so they can struggle less, work smart, & thrive more in every area of life from a place of wholeness, ease & grace (vs. the lack, effort, & force they’ve been used to). Not only does Jess speak at women’s organizations, conferences & on podcasts regularly, she is also a published co-author of two self-help books with over 20 years’ worth of expertise with the Enneagram personality system.

“Empowering Businesses to Thrive in Colorado” 
Hannah Krieger, 
State Director, Colorado SBDC Network Colorado Office of Economic Development + International Trade

Hannah Krieger has a diverse and extensive work experience. Hannah most recently worked as the State Director for the Colorado Small Business Development Center Network. Prior to that, they served as the Executive Director of Mentor Colorado. Hannah also held positions at the U.S. Soccer Foundation as a Facilitator and at WeCOACH as the Director of Strategic Relationships. Hannah was the Executive Director of Sportswomen of Colorado, worked as the Newsletter Editor and Client Relations at, and served as the U4-U10 and Outreach Director for the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club. Hannah has a strong background in leadership and relationship-building roles.

Hannah Krieger received their Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in History and German from Smith College in 2003. Hannah later pursued a Master’s degree in Sport Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University, which they completed in 2013. Additionally, they hold certifications such as the National Youth License from U.S. Youth Soccer and the USSF “B” License from the U.S. Soccer Federation.

The Colorado Small Business Development Center Network supports all counties in Colorado with 14 centers. View our locations here

The Colorado SBDC Network mission is to Empower Colorado Businesses to Thrive. We support Colorado’s entrepreneurs at all stages of business from ideation to startup, expansion, acquisition and exit.
We do this by offering no cost confidential consulting, via our local consultants and access to statewide experts. We also offer no or low cost Training via workshops, online learning platforms and events held statewide. And, we assist with access to capital by helping businesses with Lean Business plans, proformas, cash flow and all types of business planning, as well as, introductions to grant and loans opportunities from a variety of funding programs available federally, statewide and locally. 
The Colorado SBDC Network is are funded by a main grant from the SBA, and we are managed and funded by OEDIT and by our varied regional fiscal hosts. Schedule a no cost, confidential consulting session today


“Breaking Barriers: Women Rising Up in Business”
Aikta Marcoulier, Regional Administrator, Region VIII – Rocky Mountain Region, U.S. Small Business Administration

Aikta Marcoulier is the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) and Region VIII Administrator, based in Denver. As regional administrator she oversees delivery of the agency’s small business programs and services in South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, and Montana. Prior to coming to the SBA, Marcoulier was the director of the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center in Colorado Springs, a resource partner of the SBA. Before joining the SBDC Aikta was the director of partnership marketing with the Professional Bull Riders (PBR). Marcoulier was also the program creator and manager of the Colorado SBDC’s Cyber: CYA program (or Cyber: Cover Your Assets program) providing education, training, and one-on-one consulting to small businesses throughout Colorado.

Marcoulier is involved in the El Pomar Emerging Leaders Program Asian-American Council and is an active board member of the Pikes Peak Workforce Development Board and Pikes Peak Business Education Alliance. She is on the Pikes Peak State College Business Advisory Board and is an Advisory Board member of the Racial Equity Fund.
Marcoulier received her MBA in global management from the University of Phoenix and undergraduate degrees in both economics and psychology from the University of Iowa. She was awarded the University of Iowa Leadership Award in 2011 and was named one of the Colorado Springs Business Journal’s Rising Stars for 2013 and Women of Influence. Additionally, she earned the Colorado SBDC State Star Award in 2013 and led the Colorado Springs SBDC to earn the UCCS Deans Award, El Paso County Recognition Award, SBA Region VIII Award for Innovation and Excellence (2014 and 2020) and the Pikes Peak Arts Council Arts Advocacy Award. Most recently she was awarded the Small Business Champion award for 2023 from Red Leg Brewing Company, a Veteran Owned Small Business.
As Region VIII Administrator, Marcoulier oversees SBA’s operations throughout its district offices located in Denver, CO.; Helena, MT.; Fargo, ND; Sioux Falls, SD; Salt Lake City, UT; and Casper, WY. Region VIII is SBA`s most rural region in the country. It includes 27 tribal nations and covers more than 580,000 square miles of territory. Aikta Marcoulier can be reached at

Breakout Work Session: “Building Your Brand Story: Connect With Consumers Beyond Your Product + Services” Kristine Carey, Founder, The Brand Guide + Executive Director, Naturally Boulder | Natural Products Community Builder

Kristine Carey is a food and beverage brand strategist and founder of Brand Guide. She works with pre-revenue startups and emerging brands to help build consistent messaging that connects with consumers beyond products and services. Kristine has led brand communication strategies and marketing programs for various natural products companies such as MyChelle Dermaceuticals, Healthy Skoop, Herb’n Pantry, Keef Beverages and Honey Rock Landing.

Kristine is also the Executive Executive Director of Naturally Boulder a economic development organization nurture conscious growth, leadership and innovation in the Colorado organic and

natural products community.  Naturally Boulder brings together the entrepreneurs, brands, retailers, investors, service providers and industry experts in the natural products community in Colorado providing leadership, strategy & programmatic events and mentoring.

Breakout Work Session:  “Awaken Your Audacious Creator: Your Path to Purpose-Driven Impact”
Holly Woods, PhD.,
Emergence Institute + Sacred Human Expedition | Guiding Courageous Leaders to Navigate our Uncertain Future with Love, Not Fear. | Reclaim the Power of Your Purpose | Master Integral Coach | Futurist | Psychedelic Mentor 

Holly Woods, Ph.D., is a visionary coach, mentor, and consultant dedicated to guiding individuals towards aligning with their soul’s purpose to make a meaningful impact in the world. With a profound belief that NOW is the time to embrace one’s purpose and elevate their contributions, Holly empowers her clients to enhance their joy, fulfillment, and accelerate their impact.

At Emergence Institute, Holly specializes in working with conscious entrepreneurs, visionaries + leaders who are driven by a deep desire to create positive change. Utilizing a 40-year validated system called the Purpose Flywheel™ she helps individuals uncover their nuanced purpose + align their decisions, products + systems with what truly matters to them + the world.

Drawing from over 35 years of coaching-mentoring experience and a Ph.D. in human and organizational development, Holly guides her clients through a transformative journey of personal development, purpose clarity, and strategic planning. Her approach merges purpose with product-business strategy, resulting in inspired innovation and lasting impact.

Breakout Work Session:  “How To Sell your Products in Stores + Sustainably Grow Your CPG Brand” Carra Kelly, Co Founder, Bechamel CPG | Supporting Emerging CPG Brands Through Distribution + Retail

Carra Kelly has always loved good products and good people, and is grateful to devote her time to supporting emerging brands through Bechamel CPG. Her favorite part of the business is helping solopreneurs, family-owned brands, and small teams to replace big name brands and create more resilient local economies. 

She also provides free limited consulting through the Minority Business Development Agency as a way to give back to the industry. 

Carra previously worked for a boutique CPG brokerage, and before that, she ran a sustainable grocery/farmer’s market delivery service in the Greater Denver Area. Carra also worked for the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade, helping minority, women, and veteran entrepreneurs get certified and grow their businesses.


“Holistic Empowerment Pathways: Whole Mind – Spirituality + Body Health” Kelly Corbett, Founder, Elemental Conditioning

Kelly Corbett’s journey is one of transformation, resilience, and deep self-discovery. Growing up on 18 acres in Maryland, Kelly’s connection to nature and her passion for fitness were evident from a young age. Her path led her to become a certified personal trainer by the age of 18, setting the stage for a remarkable career dedicated to health and wellness.

After attending Johns Hopkins University on a Division I lacrosse scholarship, Kelly’s focus shifted from medicine to health promotion. Armed with a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion, she pursued her passion for fitness, eventually earning her IFBB Pro Card in bodybuilding.

Kelly’s career took her to sunny Los Angeles, where she worked as a content writer and on-camera fitness expert. Despite her professional success, she found herself burnt out and yearning for something more meaningful.

This pivotal moment sparked a journey back to basics and back to nature. Kelly embarked on a soul-searching quest, immersing herself in nature, yoga, meditation, and holistic healing practices. Through this transformative experience, she rediscovered her authentic self and a renewed sense of purpose.

In 2018, Kelly relocated to San Diego, where she served as a fitness specialist at the renowned Golden Door resort and spa. Today, she resides in a picturesque mountain town in Colorado, where she continues to inspire others through her fitness coaching and wellness seminars.

Kelly hopes to instill in others the transformative power of movement + mindfulness, guiding them toward a life lived with intention and vitality.

May 16 Pre-conference Workshop: “Transforming Ideas into Financial Gold” Candace Bryans, Founder of bvcowork, Founder of CB Wine Consulting

Candace Bryans is a a former chemistry and biology educator and was most recently an owner and the creator of The Cellar on Railroad Wine & Tapas concept in Buena Vista. After selling The Cellar on Railroad last summer, she purchased the bvcowork in Buena Vista, Colorado, and launched her own consulting company, CB Wine Consulting.

She is currently a Budget Analyst for CDHS, a Certified Sommelier, and the Treasurer for the Women’s Wine Guild of Colorado. Candace has a Master’s in Education and an MBA in Finance from the University of Central Arkansas.

When she’s not training for ultra-marathons, Candace enjoys spending time with her husband Grant, and their two Weimaraners – Jasper and Althea. She also enjoys working with new business owners and entrepreneurs to develop solid business plans and pro forma financial statements.

May 16 Pre-conference Workshop: “Running A Heart-Led Business” Michelle Kooi, Founder of Confluence Coaching + Consulting

Michelle Kooi is a dedicated advocate for women navigating transitions and seeking personal growth and transformation. Through her expertise in Co-Active Coaching, Michelle empowers individuals and business owners to gain clarity, cultivate self-awareness, and achieve their long-desired goals. She specializes in reducing stress, fostering new habits for growth, and fostering authenticity and empowerment.

With a passion for learning and a commitment to sustainability, Michelle is a versatile professional who values the interconnectedness of people, planet, and profit. As a creative leader and problem solver, she inspires others to strive for excellence while making a positive impact in the world.

Michelle’s diverse background encompasses finance, coaching, consulting, tax, business development, training, entrepreneurship, health and wellness, travel, and journalism. She is deeply passionate about creating meaningful change, providing value, and living a joyful and purposeful life.

As a coach, Michelle guides entrepreneurs and leaders through periods of change, empowering them to lead with heart, authenticity, and awareness. With her unique blend of experience and education, she embodies a commitment to personal and professional growth, inspiring others to do the same.

“WE get WILD + WOO a NIGHT of Spirited Psychic Readings for Your Business”  + Power of WE Silver Sponsor
Willow Bradner,
Founder, The Accidental Psychic

Willow Bradner is a visionary guide and advocate for individuals seeking to unlock their intuition and manifest their greatest potential. Through her transformative program, RISE Unlimited™, Willow empowers impact entrepreneurs and executives to harness their inner wisdom and build a life of fulfillment and abundance.

Are you constantly hustling but still feeling unfulfilled? Do you struggle to prioritize self-care and make effective decisions? Willow understands the challenges of balancing ambition with well-being and offers a unique methodology to help individuals tap into their intuition and create lasting change.

As your psychic guide, Willow assists you in accessing your inner guru, guiding you towards clarity, empowerment, and alignment with your true purpose. With RISE Unlimited™, you’ll awaken essential elements including happiness, health, wealth, intuition, and manifestation, leading to a life guided by flow, harmony, and abundance.

Whether you’re seeking to build a thriving business, cultivate deeper connections, or simply live with more joy and authenticity, Willow provides the tools and support to help you navigate your journey with confidence and clarity. Embrace your intuition, ignite your potential, and let the universe be your business coach with RISE Unlimited™.

High Country Bank- Platinum Sponsor 

High Country Bank offers community-oriented banking from our five locations across the state. They offer a full range of loan products, including business, construction, residential real estate, and consumer loans—and all decisions are made locally.

While HCB is first and foremost a community bank, they offer many of the same services that big financial institutions offer, including personal and business accounts as well as the latest services including online banking and bill pay, mobile deposit, person to person payments, and e-statements. Stop in or give them a call to learn more!

My Lovely Spaces- Gold Sponsor

My Lovely Spaces is a rental company which offers short-term and vacation properties in the Heart of the Rockies, Salida, Colorado! Welcome to your home away from home!

The Minority Business Office (MBO) is a passionate team working to increase economic opportunity for minority, women, and veteran entrepreneurs across the state. The MBO works closely with other teams within OEDIT to get clients connected to additional resources.

OEDIT Minority Business Office- Gold Sponsor

The Minority Business Office is a passionate team working to increase economic opportunity for minority, women, and veteran entrepreneurs across the state. The MBO works closely with other teams within OEDIT to get clients connected to additional resources.

The Minority Business Office collaborates with an established network of public, private, and government resources to assist businesses of all types and sizes to establish, expand and strengthen their business locally, nationally, or internationally.

Maverick Wealth Group- Gold Sponsor 

Maverick Wealth Group invites prospective clients to discover and experience the power of their services, believing in the extensive benefits of receiving opinions from various sources with diverse backgrounds, education, and experience.

Operating with a client-centered approach, each individual receives undivided attention throughout the entire process, from planning to execution and follow-up. Maverick Wealth Group adopt a proactive stance in assisting clients in developing strategies to address their financial goals and objectives, utilizing the most efficient methods at their disposal.

Acknowledging that challenges are inevitable, they aim to anticipate and tackle these situations as they arise, ensuring clients stay on course towards a meaningful and purpose-driven financial future.

Prospective clients are encouraged to explore the resources available on their website. For any inquiries, they are invited to send an email or call the office, as they eagerly anticipate engaging in further discussion.

Willow Bradner, The Accidental Psychic- Silver Sponsor 

Willow Bradner, The Accidental Psychic offers a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs to tap into their intuition. With Willow’s guidance, your personal team of guides and angels help indentify the challenges you are facing, re-focus your priorities, help you discover your purpose, and unwrap your potential. If you’re looking for massive clarity, momentum, down to truth answers for what’s happening in your business right now, schedule a 1:1 with Willow. 

Cheryl Garcia- Silver Sponsor 

Cheryl Garcia says, “with the right resources, running a business can be easier and more efficient.”

Hiring a law firm or business consultant can be expensive. And with DIY legal and business services, websites, you may not know the best actions to take or when you need professional consultations.

Join thousands of small businesses and get easy, affordable access to a provider law firm for tailored legal advice and consultation with Our Small Business Legal Plans.

Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA)- Silver Sponsor 

CHFA  can help you reach new heights with your business, whether you are a for-profit or nonprofit. We even have unique programs for manufacturers, rural businesses, and healthy food grocers. Using a variety of resources, CHFA’s Community Development team partners with lenders and economic developers to provide you with the
financing you need for future growth. We know strong communities make strong economies and we are proud to play a role.

CHFA works with local lenders statewide to offer easy-to-use credit enhancement programs: Working capital, Equipment purchases, and Start-up costs.

Reach out today and see how we can help you!

Mountain Town Magazine + Mountain Women Magazine- Silver Sponsor 

Mountain Town Magazine promotes Colorado’s incredible mountain towns and the people who make these communities unique. A highly desirable place to live and visit, our magazine gives an insider’s view of what’s hot and happening around this region. Restaurant reviews and business profiles, home and real estate updates, wellness tips, people profiles, fashion trend reports, recreation, family life, and the art & culture scene are all reported on. Read us online
or, subscribe to get your hands on the print editions.

Mountain Women Magazine celebrates the diverse groups of women living and loving an elevated lifestyle in the Colorado Rocky Mountains and beyond. We are here to share great stories with you.

Good Skin Matters – Silver Sponsor

Pamela Good of Good Skin Matters is a licensed Certified Medical Esthetician Skin Health Coach, and Founder of Good Skin Matters. She has been serving facial clients for decades.

Pamela has experienced problems with her skin from birth. Eczema, Colic, and more. She understands what it feels like to be uncomfortable in her own skin. Her life’s quest has been to find dehydration and breakout solutions so that others do not have to go through what she has.

Pamela offers in-person treatments, as well as virtual consultations to make sure you know how to use your devices safely and effectively. She also has Facials-To-Go Quarantine Kits, The “Maskne” Solution tm, Professional Grade at-Home Beauty Tools,  Corrective Skincare Treatments and Products providing clearer, healthier, and more beautiful skin one person at a time.

Woodland Motel – Bronze Sponsor

The Woodland Motel is a family owned and operated business in Salida, CO.  We are just 8 blocks from the downtown area.  Our motel offers standard motel rooms and units featuring full kitchens.

We are happy to collaborate with the SBDC and offer WE conference attendees a 10% discount!  Please call or email with promo code WE2024 or use this link to access the discount on our website.

Bronze Sponsor

Bobo’s – Bronze Sponsor

Bobo’s started as a family tradition on a cold, rainy day in Boulder, CO in 2003. Daughter, “Bobo”, and mother, Beryl Strafford, started making oat bars that soon turned into a Boulder cafe favorite! Today, Bobo’s baked goods are made in Loveland, CO using simple, wholesome ingredients you can find in your pantry. Bobo’s is committed to bringing people home and making them feel like family. They are active contributors to causes like Conscious Alliance, Windhorse Community Services, Community Food Share, Habitat for Humanity, PFLAG, and There With Care.

Western Colorado University Adult Degree Completion Program – Bronze Sponsor

Western Colorado University’s Adult Degree Completion Program serves to aid professionals with some college experience in finishing their credit requirements and earning a bachelor’s degree in a flexible, accessible and completely online environment. As an adult learner, you may have different life commitments than traditional undergraduate students. Our program works to ensure that you have sufficient time and resources to meet your current obligations while pursuing your degree. Let’s finish what you started. 

Byte Bars – Bronze Sponsor

Casey and Sabina, the co-founders of Byte Bars, moved to Colorado to build a healthier lifestyle. The cousin duo couldn’t find a satisfying snack that could keep up. So, they made Byte Bars. Fuel small enough to throw in your pocket, powerful enough to get you up the mountains, and raw enough to get you through the powder. Byte Bars were built for badass people just like Casey and Sabina, who approach life with the work-hard-play-hard mentality.

Welcome aboard to the Byte lyfe.

Kalamata Pit – Catering

Michelle Gapp offers full-service Catering/custom menu in which themes, ideas are incorporated into food creations. Will cater to any special desires and needs such as gluten-free, vegan diets. Unique recipes using the highest quality ingredients and serving the central Colorado towns of Salida, Buena Vista, Leadville and Breckenridge. Also offers a personal chef service for in-house cooking for clients.

Michelle is a California Culinary Academy graduate and has taken advanced baking classes at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley. She is also a member of the Personal Chefs Network. She has been in the restaurant business for many years (more than one-quarter century!).

Alpha Lit- Stage Decor

Alpha-Lit owner, Brigid Skipper, is happy to be here and a part of the Alpha Lit Family! She is a Colorado native, and she and her husband Ken fulfilled their lifelong dream of becoming full-time mountain residents in 2018. They live in Nathrop, between Buena Vista and Salida and look forward to helping you LIGHT UP your events in Chaffee, Gunnison and Fremont counties.

Elements Mountain Compost- Composting 

Elements Mountain Compost, is dedicated to reducing waste and creating high quality compost. Using ingredients sourced from local outlets, we are producing blends that suit the needs of any gardener or small scale farmer in Chaffee County.

Julie Mach is a Certified Compost Operations Manager through the U.S. Composting Council. She serves as the Financial Liaison on the leadership team of the Colorado Compost Council and serves on the Board of Directors for Recycle Colorado.

Phytology Flowers – Floral

Phytology Flowers is a sustainable florist and flower farm in Salida, Colorado. We specialize in weddings and events in the region. We offer subscription flowers in the summer and participate in many collaborative community offerings. We will have retail space at Little Red Hen Market coming soon in 2024! Hannah, uses her background in horticulture, art, flower design and counseling to create her incredible arrangements. Whenever possible we use locally grown
flowers and growing plant arrangements (though we do supplement with flowers from our wholesalers as well). We also try to use thrift and recycled containers, offer some rentals, and compost all plant waste.

Settings- Outdoor Tents

Settings is a full-service event rental business with located in Poncha Springs, CO. With over 10 years of experience, the crew at Settings can handle all your rental needs for every occasion. Festivals, weddings, inflatables, tents, tables, chairs, stages, games, entertainment, and so much more! Contact them today to see what they can do for you. 

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