Monday, February 8, 2016 - Regular Denver Metro Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church
Topic: Anatomy of the Patent Process
Speaker: Adam Zimmer-Previously a US Patent Office Examiner
Description: For inventors after filing their patent application, it just seems to go into a "black hole" so to speak for almost a couple of years before they hear back from the Patent Office. So come learn what the patent Examiner actually does and looks for in the patent application and how you can put together a better patent application that has a higher chance of getting approved.
Monday February 22, 2016 - Regular Denver Metro Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church
Topic: In's and Out's of getting US government grant funding for SBIR and related programs
Speaker: Mike Anderson-CEO of ReliAscent (a government funding intermediary)
Description: Russ Farmer who owns ReliAscent has presented to our group in the past on SBIR opportunities and has requested that Mike Anderson present on the opportunities that exist for SBIR and related government programs, items include phases (development), funding amounts, types of technology, and ownership of the technology. Companies like ReliAscent help small business and inventors work through the maze of government documentation to help enhance your chances of being awarded a government grant.
Mike Anderson Contact Info:
Monday March 14, 2016 - Regular Denver Metro Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church
Topic: In's and Out's of getting US government backed funding for SBA and related programs
Speaker: Brad Currie of the SBA
Description: The SBA has numerous programs to help startups, Brad will in particular focus upon funding and finance as that is what most startups are interested in.
Brad Currie Contact Info:
Monday, March 28th, 2016 - Regular Denver Metro Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church
Topic: Come learn about how to sell to the government (even if you are a small company)
Speaker: Tom Thompson of Colorado PTAC which is the Colorado Procurement Technical assistance Center
Description: The US government has programs to help small companies get contracts, Tom will help you understand;
Contract terns & conditions
Monday, April 11, 2016 - Regular Denver Metro Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church
Topic: Marketing - Creating and Sustaining your Brand
Speaker: Michael Doyle-CEO Brand Iron Marketing
Description: Michael will go through horizontal and vertical markets, forging public identities, handing public relations and social media, sales materials, messaging & positioning, and websites, plus ever so important how to grow / maintain your market identity over time.
Michael Doyle Contact:
Monday, April 25, 2016 - Regular Denver Metro Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church
Topic: What you need to know about Business banking to protect yourself from fraud
Speakers: Jermaine McGaughy & Danielle Kalbfleisch from Bank of the West
Description: This is a new topic for us, however, being very important in our digital financing age, topics covered will include; (be sure to come with your questions)
1. When and when not are banks liable for account fraud.
2. Important legal distinctions between personal and commercial bank accounts.
3. Accepting credit cards and the new compliance rules for "chip" cards.
4. How to protect yourself from on-line financial scams.
5. How to handle bank account management in your business to prevent losses.
6. Lines of credit.
7. What it takes to get a business bank loan.
8. What a personal guarantee on a loan really means.
9. What to watch for when accepting payments from your customers (cash, checks, cards, wire transfer, etc.).
10. Suggestions for enhancing your business banking experience.
Speaker Contact Information:
Monday, May 9, 2016 - Regular Denver Metro Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church
Topic: What a Copyright can do for your business
Speaker: David Weinstein-A highly experienced dedicated copyright attorney who also has considerable international copyright experience.
Description: Believe it or not just about all businesses can use a copyright, as copyrights have broad applicability, so come learn what a copyright is and more importantly how you can use a copyright to thwart your unfair competition and protect your creations.
David Weinstein Contact:
Monday, May 23rd, 2016 - Regular Denver Metro Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church
Topic: Taxes / Financial Damages
Speaker: Mark Pedigo (and others) of Crowe Horwath P.C. - Certified Public Accountants
Description: As a Startup business-keeping track of your financials is critical for attracting investors and potential partners. All of this leads to the most important thing for a startup company-being financially attractive. Come learn on what to focus upon and pitfalls to avoid.
Speaker Bio: Mark has a BBA in Accounting, an MS in Management & Finance, and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), plus is Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), and specializes in providing business valuation plus being an expert witness on intellectual property economic damages.
Monday, June 13th, 2016 - Regular Denver Metro Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church
Topic: What Angels Want from Inventors and Founders
Whether you need funding or not you should always have your company and product situated to appear attractive financially for a number of reasons being; ability to raise money if required, better company valuation, managing your company better, to attract better talent for your team, and numerous other reasons.
Paul Neilson is a highly experienced engineer and entrepreneur with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and a masters degree in computer science. Paul co-founded Adaptive Instruments Corporation, making the first smart temperature transmitter produced, with many other innovative products that followed-Adaptive Instruments was eventually sold to Accutech Wireless of Schneider Electric. Paul also has been involved in a number of SBIR projects and teaches Engineering Entrepreneurship at the University of Denver. Paul is also an Angel investor that is involved with the Rockies Venture Club. It isn't often we get an Angel investor to spend the time to help inventors to structure themselves to better have the chance to obtain funding, so this is a must attend meeting.
Monday, June 27, 2016 - Regular Denver Metro Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church
Topic: Progress of the Sapphire Dental Tool Product
Speaker: Steve Rosen-CEO of Sapphire Technology, LLC
Description: After receiving their patent and trademark and then funding of $250,000, Steve will update us on the Dental Tool's progress in Regulatory, Technical, Testing, Manufacturing, and Sales issues. This product had a write-up in the Denver Post.
Monday, July 25, 2016 - Regular Denver Metro Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church
Topic: Using Social Media to promote your business, especially with YouTube
Speaker: Anthony Pritchard
Overview of Google, the spider and the app switcher.
What's new with YouTube?
Create a live :30 second video about the groups mission and vision.
Upload and index the video live on the big screen.
Press publish and pray that it shows up on the 1st page of Google
Anthony's contact info:
Anthony Prichard is a product of the 1st generation of the internet educated student. Graduating High School in 97' the same year that widespread internet use started in earnest. Business Management was his major and as a student athlete Anthony was in the 2002 NFL draft as a punter and kick off specialist. Being raised from a family of sales professionals Anthony went right into Telecom because he was taught that he would never be out of a job if he could generate interest and conduct a sales transaction. Because, there is no "business" without a sale.
He started his own General Construction company in 2005 and stayed up late at night teaching himself how to use the internet to market himself and get found. "Triage Remodeling" unfortunately closed for business in 2009 with the real estate crash but not because people didn't know who he was. Anthony was one of the 1st businesses to post before during and after videos of the remodeling process on YouTube.
The largest group of foundation repair contractors in America hired Anthony to be a direct in-home design specialist and with the help of amazing leadership and training videos for every step of their business process Anthony elevated his video and internet education even more. Naturally being drawn to the fastest moving parts of business Anthony was still in awe with all of the emerging internet technology while some of his superiors were quick to ignore the fast moving changes happening on the internet.
He decided to follow his passion for internet technology and struck out on his own to help other small businesses realize the power of video on the internet and since then has been a Google expert. Now with the ability to market and sell using the internet Globally Anthony teaches groups of business people how to understand and apply the basics of internet SEO.
The location for the Colorado Springs area meetings is 10605 Green Mountain Falls Road, Green Mountain Falls, CO 80819