COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., April 19, 2017 – The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado (BBBSC) and the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center (PPSBDC) are co-hosting Small Business Week, Sunday-Thursday, April 30-May 4, at several locations in Colorado Springs.
Expanding from a 4-day to a 5-day event in 2017, the 5th Annual Pikes Peak Region Small Business Week, presented by U.S. Bank, includes a variety of workshops and an awards celebration, all of which are designed to support and provide resources for small business owners, entrepreneurs and those preparing to start a business.
Returning for its second year, the Food Truck Cook-Off is presented by HomeAdvisor and will have 12 food trucks competing for the People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice Awards. Expecting a large increase over 2016’s attendance of 260 participants, the Food Truck Cook-Off has evolved to a day of its own, and radio personality, Goose, from 92.9 Peak FM will be master of ceremonies.
“We are delighted to be able to co-host Small Business Week with the PPSBDC and our generous partners,” said Jonathan Liebert, CEO and executive director of the BBB of Southern Colorado. “We want to champion and encourage small business owners – and these workshops will be a great opportunity for them to gain resources, meet their peers and have an enjoyable week.”
Small businesses are the backbone of the United States’ economy. About 2/3 of the private sector jobs in this nation are created by small businesses, according to the Small Business Administration.
“Small businesses are the creators of community, the number one producers for job growth and innovation, and are the voices that create the culture of economic development initiatives,” said Aikta Marcoulier, executive director for Pikes Peak SBDC. “We are excited to celebrate our 5th Year Anniversary of this amazing week of events with our partner the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado.”
In celebration of the 5-year anniversary of Small Business Week for the Pikes Peak Region, the Small Business Celebration and Awards Ceremony will take place at The Antlers, A Wyndham Hotel, on Thursday, May 4, with keynote speaker Kevin Knebl and moderator Steve Kaczmarek, owner of Borealis Fat Bikes.
Small Business Week 2017 partners include:
For more information, visit Small Business Week.
SMALL BUSINESS WEEK EVENTS
11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday, April 30
2nd Annual Food Truck Cook-Off presented by HomeAdvisor
Location: Norris Penrose Event Center (1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, Colorado Springs, 80905)
Cost: $15 in advance (or $20 at the door) – Sample cuisine from 12 food trucks and vote for your favorite.
Competition: 12 food trucks will compete for the 2017 Judges’ Choice Award and the People’s Choice Award.
Food Truck Cook-Off Judges:
Participating Food Trucks:
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Monday, May 1
Online Reputation Management: Crafting Your Online Perception
Location: The Warehouse (25 W. Cimarron Street, Colorado Springs, 80903)
Cost: $20, includes lunch
Moderator: Mark Bittle, Connectionmark
4-6 p.m., Tuesday, May 2
The New Administration: Policy & Possibilities Through A Small Business Lens
Location: The Carter Payne (320 S. Weber Street, Colorado Springs, 80903)
Cost: $10, beverages and appetizers included
9-11 a.m., Wednesday, May 3
Cyber-Simulation: What Your Small Business Needs to Know
Location: Catalyst Campus (555 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Colorado Springs, 80903)
Moderator: Jenifer Furda, Chief Operating Officer, National Cybersecurity Center
5:30-9 p.m., Thursday, May 4
Small Business Celebration and Awards Dinner
An evening full of food, celebration, keynote speaker, awards presentation and networking
Location: The Antlers, A Wyndham Hotel (4 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, 80903)
Cost: Individuals: $65 | Table: $520 (for 8 tickets)
(Proceeds go to both organizations to provide free education and resources to the community.)
Keynote Speaker: Kevin Knebl, international speaker and author on social selling and relationship marketing
Moderator: Steve Kaczmarek, Owner, Borealis Fat Bikes
ABOUT PIKES PEAK SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER
The Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center is hosted by El Paso County and is located at the Citizens Service Center. The SBDC’s corporate sponsors include the U.S Small Business Administration, City of Colorado Springs, Office of Economic Development Minority Business Office and Connect2Dot. It offers business consulting and training to maximize the economic potential of existing and new small businesses in El Paso, Park and Teller counties. For more information about the SBDC and services, visit www.pikespeaksbdc.org or call 719.667.3803.
ABOUT BBB OF SOUTHERN COLORADO
Since August of 1980, Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado has helped consumers find businesses, brands, and charities they can trust. It serves 25 counties throughout Southern Colorado.
BBB of Southern Colorado sets standards for marketplace trust – to create a community of trustworthy businesses and charities – by encouraging and supporting best practices, educating consumers and businesses, celebrating business role models, and calling out and addressing substandard marketplace behavior.
BBB of Southern Colorado houses nearly 40,000 reviews on companies in the region. In 2016, it processed 2,660 complaints and had 1.67 million page views on its website. All company and charity reports are available for free online.