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It's Cyber Security Night - CSE Group Roundtable Discussion !

If you think "March Madness" is all about Basketball... you are not tuned to the right channel of news...

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Tonight we are going to set-up our CSE Group Roundtable Discussion and unpack the CLOUD Act and discuss what it's impact will be on your personal data, how you might look at providing (or not providing) information to on-line services

The real "March Madness" was the passing of the "Cloud Act":

The CLOUD Act — Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data — is a set of regulations handling how data stored in one country can be accessed by an entity in a different country. It was signed into law on March 23, 2018 as part of the Omnibus Spending Bill.

The federal spending bill signed by US President Donald Trump on Friday does more than fund the budget. It also makes it easier for law enforcement agencies to demand access to online information no matter what country the data is stored in. As the CLOUD Act becomes law, it increases government access to online info.

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There are debates on both sides of this ACT:

The CLOUD Act offers an alternative to the current process for sharing internet user information between countries, called MLAT, or a mutual legal assistance treaty. Both law enforcement agencies and tech companies say using such a treaty to request data is cumbersome and slow. The fix has the technology sector divided though. Tech companies, such as Microsoft, favor the change. But privacy advocates say it could help foreign governments that abuse human rights by aiding their access to online data about their citizens.

Brad Smith, Microsoft President and chief legal officer, said in a statement Wednesday the bill was "a strong statute and a good compromise," and added that "it gives tech companies like Microsoft the ability to stand up for the privacy rights of our customers around the world."

Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Republican from Utah who introduced the CLOUD Act, said in February, "The CLOUD Act bridges the divide that sometimes exists between law enforcement and the tech sector by giving law enforcement the tools it needs to access data throughout the world while at the same time creating a commonsense framework to encourage international cooperation to resolve conflicts of law," Hatch said.

But privacy advocates at groups like the ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation criticized the change, saying it lets law enforcement bypass constitutional protections against unreasonable searches. It also could lead the US to send user data to police in countries known for abusing the human rights of their citizens, they argue.

The result, advocates say, is that tech companies will have to decide whether to comply with legal demands for their users' information.

The law "threatens human rights, jeopardizes the Fourth Amendment interests of individuals inside the US, and provides an alarming level of discretion to the executive branch at the expense of congressional authority," representatives of the ACLU wrote in a letter to lawmakers Thursday.

Sen. Ron Wyden, a privacy-oriented Democrat from Oregon, said in a letter last week (PDF) that while the MLAT process needs to be updated, the CLOUD Act has a big problem in the way it lets the executive branch hash out individual agreements with foreign companies on data sharing. That "places far too much power in the President's hands and denies Congress its critical oversight role," Wyden wrote.
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Also, I will be providing an update on the progress that the local non-profit NCX is making in develop a comprehensive Cyber Citizen-oriented platform of threat data, news, and cyber training for individuals, small and medium-sized businesses, and IT professionals.

Bring your friends, this is going to be an engaging and important session !

 

Regards,

 

Mike Schmidt, Chair
Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group

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November 2017 Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group Meetup

To CSE Group Members:

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone...!!

We have a great line-up of speakers planned for our November Meetup next week on Monday the 27th  !  

So I hope you can make it back from the long Thanksgiving holiday break and join us.

ENT Conference Center:

Remember we are meeting at the Ent Conference Center Room at Library 21c this month, so don't forget !

And we might also have some great "Extra Thanksgiving Fixins" (Food & Refreshments) for those of you who did not get enough at your family Thanksgiving meals.  I promise these will NOT be leftovers !!  :)

Two Great Speakers, Two Really Interesting Topics: 

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1. A Free 45-Minute Training Presentation:

Mr. J. Gieo Pensoneault - President G3 Media Group

Title:  "5 Master Keys to Attracting Clients in the Digital Age"

As many of you know Gieo is a new member to the CSE Group.  And now in a unique "45 minute training session" from Gieo, we will learn how to combine high touch relationship building skills together with the latest digital marketing to attract your ideal clients.  If you’ve seen the effectiveness of online marketing drop to zero, this training will provide insights to an innovative approach that is adapted to the new conditions.  If time permits Gieo's training will include an introduction to the methods of consultative
selling that eliminates cold calling and sales closing methods.

About J. Gieo Pensoneault:

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His primary work is helping innovators in business, health and personal development to grow virtual, six figure practices that can be operated from anywhere in the world.  My background includes a degree in media communications and that has enabled me to develop expertise in authentic branding in the digital age.

J. Gieo Pensoneault, President G3 Media Group

G3 Media Group's Website: http://www.g3mediagroup.net

 

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2. Entrepreneurial Pitch: A Glimpse into the Future of Transportation

Mr. D. Worthington - President - Loop Global

Mr. Worthington will be presenting an exciting concept for transportation that is one of the 3 major players developing "Hyperloop" like systems for land based transportation using tube transportation architectures.   His new start-up company, Loop Global Inc. (Loop) manufactures hardware and software components for tube transportation and develops next generation mobility projects. 

They specialize in the design and production of the licensed Evacuated Tube Transport Technologies (ET3™) system. ET3™ that provides the most valuable combination of safety, speed, cost, and efficiency for passengers and cargo.

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I met D Worthington up in Fort Collins last week at an Innosphere presentation about Loop Global and as many of you know Loop Global is in discussions with the City of Colorado Springs as they unveiled plans over the summer to build a 3-mile demonstration track that people could pay to ride.  Colorado Springs remains a candidate for the project, said CEO D Worthington, even after the Colorado Department of Transportation announced that it will let Los Angeles-based transportation company Arrivo build a test track near Denver International Airport.

Here is the Gazette article for background:

http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-still-considered-for-hyperloop-test-track/article/1615283

I spoke with D about his plans for the Springs, and I told him that the CSE Group would definitely like to support his efforts, spread the word, and see if we can help encourage the City to pursue this unique development. 

So if you want to get the "skinny" on one of the best ideas in high-speed transportation, from an "equally high-speed" entrepreneur... your in for a real impactful pitch !

About D. Worthington:

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D Worthington is a self described "Sustainability Activist Turned Co-founder"  his interests include:

TECH: tube transportation, blockchain, automation, IOE, SMART Cities, AI, and VR/VR/MR, thorium, superconductivity/magnetics

SOCIAL: affordable access to the basics, community building, networking/mentoring, 20 hour work week

ECONOMIC: job creation, trade, cognitive supply chains & infrastructure, connecting diverse industry clusters/megaregions

GOVERNMENT: Public-Private-Partnerships (P3), urban growth planning & design, mega diplomacy

According to D.... There is a new paradigm being built right now, the third wave of innovation. There will be more progress in the next 30 years than humanity has ever seen before. Grab your sunglasses, the future looks so bright!

About Loop Global:

Founded in late 2014, Loop™ commercializes the ET3™ tube transportation system architecture. Imagine an on-demand, automated personal transport system that connects you to where you need to be in minutes. Car-sized capsules are routed through an almost airless network of tubes. Decades of research has resulted in a system designed for you – it is safe, fast, efficient, and affordable.

Looking forward to seeing some of our new members as we have now surpassed a 1,000 members in our 10th year, and we have begun to open-up a number of new initiatives for the group to pursue in 2018.

So see you next monday, and have a Happy Thanksgiving with family and friends !

Regards,

Mike Schmidt, Chair

Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group

 

TO CSE Group:

At tonight's meetup we will be supporting the National Cyber Security Awareness Month as a National Cyber Security Champion providing an update on our Homeland Community Responder Venture Development Cluster Initiative as we have been contacted by a number of people recently who have experienced interest in participating in and supporting the development of this Collaborative effort locally to support improvements in Community Preparedness, Business Continuity, Homeland Defense, and CyberSecurity & It Resiliency.

If you are interested in learning more about the HCR/VDC you can come to tonight's Meetup for a briefing.  But for those curious here is a quick summary:

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HOMELAND Community Responders Venture Development Cluster The HCR/VDC creates a collaborative community-focused environment to address challenges and find solutions within the cyber security, homeland defense, business continuity, and community preparedness areas.  These disciplines share many common interests in the goal of protecting our local community, while working with both state, and national agencies, who utilize similar processes, tools, and strategies while addressing very different needs to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made disasters of any size.  

 The Integrated VDC model includes a focus on four “interconnected clusters” of “Domain” experience and community collaboration that creates a balanced HOMELAND Community Response when they are working together towards common objectives. Each Domain and focus area bringing professionals and participants across multiple disciplines, professions, and organizations together to address local challenges and develop appropriate HOMELAND Community Responses that align with the community members in each area.

For a quick summary you can review the page on our ColoSpgsbiz.org web site:

HOMELAND Community Responders Venture Development Cluster (HCR/VDC)

Cyber Security in Colorado Springs:

We will also provide some updates on some of the recent developments happening in the Cyber Security ecosystem here locally in Colorado Springs as a number of local entities are making moves and alliances are forming.   The CSE Group is reviewing how some of our members would like to contribute and collaborate in this growing local area of economic development.  Will attempt to provide some "Market Mapping" of key companies and organizations for your benefit.

October 2017 Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group Meetup

East Community Room
East Library, 550 N Union Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
6:00PM - 9:00PM

And we will be celebrating a milestone this month for the CSE Group... 1,000 Members !

OPEN MIC !

I will also open the floor tonight for an Open Mic session for those CSE Group members who have updates on their companies, products, services, asks, needs, etc...

Looking forward to meeting many of our new members !

Regards,

Mike Schmidt, Chair

 

To CSE Group Members:

This Month we will have a two unique Business Speaker Presentations from one of our newest members, Bryan Clark of B2B CFO, and from a long time CSE Group member,  Ann Bremenkamp from WN Financial Solutions.

Note: see below for an introduction to Ann and her company WN Financial Solutions following the overview for Bryan.

Bryan Clark:

I had a chance to sit down with Bryan a couple of weeks ago to get a briefing on the B2B CFO program, and I have to say it is quite unique and innovative. 

Bryan has a long history of experience over 30 years in roles spanning from senior financial analyst, to entrepreneur, to controller, to CFO, resulting in a thorough understanding of what it takes to maximize a business’s cash flow, profits, and value.  Bryan has an extensive background in serving commercial and federal government clients, across the healthcare, government contracting, IT services, light manufacturing, and professional services sectors

Bryan will be presenting an overview of a unique B2B (Business to Business) program he is involved with as a local partner providing advisory and consulting services to business. Brian will open with a 2 1/2 minute B2bCFO video, walk through The B2B CFO GamePlan®, followed by an educational PowerPoint on the P&L, ratios, and KPI's (Key Performance Indicators).

B2B CFO Partners, LLC, dba  B2B CFO®  is an Arizona limited liability company where B2B CFO® partners are independent contractors and are not officers, employees or agents of, or partners of joint venture's with, the companies they serve, nor are they Independent CPA's.  For more information on B2B CFO:  http://www.b2bcfo.com

About Brian:

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Bryan's Bio:  https://www.coloradob2bcfo.com/professional/bryan-clark/

Bryan has an extensive background in serving commercial and federal government clients, across the healthcare, government contracting, IT services, light manufacturing, and professional services sectors.  This diverse background encompasses management of finance, accounting, sales, procurement, inventory, and facilities.  He has worked for Fortune 100 companies and start-ups.

Bryan was recently the CFO for a government contractor where he helped them to become more profitable, develop processes and procedures, and enhance the usefulness of their ERP system.  His experience in compliance of government regulations and programs such as FAR, DCAA, CAS, SBA and the various contract vehicles enabled them to receive approval for four years of past incurred cost rates submissions, successful completion of a DCAA audit, and several annual public audits.

Bryan has been the CFO of a $100 million radiology practice where he was able to reorganize the business office, resulting in a 10% reduction of staff without decreasing any of the departmental benchmarks, and meeting all billing and collection goals.  The company was able to expand services in productive facilities with the purchase of millions of dollars of equipment and close an underutilized facility.

He was also in charge of the financial area of a startup high-tech company that provided goods and services to the defense and space contracting industry.  Bryan’s strategic planning, budgeting, development of internal controls, debt management, management of infra structure growth, and risk management enabled the company to grow rapidly over a five year period to over $20 million in revenue and ultimately sell the company to a publicly traded company.

Bryan earned his B.S. degree in accounting from Colorado State University.  He holds an active CPA license in the state of Colorado and a member of the AICPA.  He lives in Monument, Colorado with his wife Shanna and enjoys his three daughters, one granddaughter, golfing, the outdoors, and weightlifting.

Ann Bremenkamp - WN Financial Solutions:

Ann's been one of our long time members and a true entrepreneur in her own right owning and operating a number of businesses before establishing WN Financial Solutions in Colorado Springs, CO.   Here services help entrepreneurs and businesses all over the nation secure funding they need, to get off the ground or to expand, including purchase or refinance commercial real estate. The financial programs are tailored to each individual business.

About Ann:

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WebSite: http://www.wnfinancialsolutions.com/

Ann was born and raised in Thailand.  She graduated from Thammasat University in Thailand with B.A. major in Finance.  She came to the United State in 2000 and earned a master’s degree in Computer Networking.   She worked in Import/Export and international trade for 12 years.  In the third year of operation of a metal scraps business, (that was registered in 2010 in the United States), she wanted to expand her business and take it to the next level.  At one point in her business, she was denied a loan from the bank.  That experience planted the idea in her to establish her own company that would help entrepreneurs and business of all sizes start and expand their companies.

Topic for her Talk:

"Business and Commercial Real Estate Financing options, when a bank denies you"

I think you will find Ann's presentation quite interesting as she has put together a unique blend of financial services for the entrepreneurial community.

Library 21c:

Remember, we are meeting at Library 21c this month... Mark your calendars and bring a friend...

September 2017 Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group Meetup

PPLD - Library21c - ENT Conference Center
1175 Chapel Hills Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80920
6:00PM - 9:00PM

Hope see some of our new members this month!

Regards,

Mike Schmidt, Chair

Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group

 CSE Group Members:

Ok, this month's Meetup Theme will be focused on a topic that many of us think about on a daily basis... Personal Finance.  Specifically we are going to have 3 engaging speakers this month that will address two topics of interest... Creative Investing, and Leveraging Insurance.  Will also have an Open Mic Night to allow some of our members to provide some updates on projects they are working on or topics of interest to them.  And we will welcome some of our new members this month.

Creative Investing:

CKFMetals:  Matt Mullane and Daniel Glanville

In our first Entrepreneurial segment, both Daniel Glanville and Matt Mullane, (who are officers with CKFMetals) will be presenting an overview on "Creative Investing".

CKFMetals is a leader in Precious Metals Acquisition, Transport and Storage. They are offering a Private Placement that is uniquely designed so that investors of all types and levels can participate. It is a 12% fixed-interest rate on a 1 year  renewable Senior Secured Note. CKMetals is also offering the ability to participate in a direct shipment of the gold they have secured all over the globe. As an investor, you will have your choice of sharing in the profits generated from the transaction or take possession of the gold at a significant discount.

Matt and Daniel also run a consulting firm that helps bring investors and entrepreneurs together. With over 30 years of experience in the financial sectors and many contacts in that world they are uniquely qualified to make things happen. They can operate as consultants and help bring businesses from seed to start, help refine your pitch and message for investors, help secure funding, and everything in between. Currently they work with CKFMetals, a gold mine in Fairplay CO, two cannabis/technology offerings, a low-flow toilet prototype, and a veteran's sanctuary. If you would like a consult or to hear about any of these opportunities please speak with them at the meetup.

About Matt Mullane:

mattpicsm2Matt Mullane brings 25 years of financial industry experience to CKF Metals. Over that time Matt has worked with Financial Advisors, RIA's, High Net Worth and individual investors. Matt prides himself on being transparent and always doing what is in the best interest of the investor. Matt has raised more than 2bn for companies he has represented over the course of his career.

 

 

 

About Daniel Glanville:

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Daniel Glanville has spent most of his adult life serving. After a successful 8 years of service in the Army, he chose to move into the financial sector. Here he brings passion for helping people through coming along side as a coach. He loves working with people and businesses and helping achieve their goals no matter the stage of life they are in. For CKFMetals he brings a wealth of connections and creativity that help bring solutions to the company as well as each investor.

Leveraging Insurance: The PHP Way

Our second presentation from Jerome Depner, an agent with PHP, (People Helping People).  PHP Agency Inc. is a national financial services marketing company with a compelling two-part vision: change the culture and diversity of the insurance industry and build the world’s largest financial services marketing company in history.  The PHP Agency was founded  in 2009 to bring life insurance to multi-cultural middle-class America and bring an entrepreneurial opportunity to individuals in those communities.  To realize this vision, PHP has partnered with some of the world’s leading insurance and annuity products and; provide a part-time or full-time career opportunity to those wishing to pursue a career as life insurance agents

The company started in Northridge, CA when 66 life insurance agents joined Patrick Bet-David on the journey to realize his vision. Since that time, over 3,292 individuals have become licensed agents and approximately 41,363 families have been protected by life insurance and annuity products.  Today, the company is partnered with some of the leading life insurance carriers including AIG, Foresters, National Life Group, Nationwide, John Hancock and many others. The company is headquartered in Dallas, TX

About Jerome Depner:

Jerome was born and raised in Appleton Wisconsin and moved to Colorado Springs in 2007 after Joining the Army. Jerome was stationed at Ft. Carson as a wheeled vehicle driver for his entire military career and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Jerome transitioned from active duty to Army reserves in 2011 and is still currently a Signal support NCO for the 440th Civil Affairs Battalion.  Since then, Jerome has become an entrepreneur starting his own real estate investment company and most recently joined forces with PHP Agency.

 

 

 "Open Mic Night" where you get to "Take the Mic from Mike"...

If you have some successes you want to report on, some challenges you are facing, or want to find out more about some of the other Entrepreneurs and Companies in the CSE Group, now is your chance.  Talks can span from a minute to 5 minutes to 10 minutes, (as long as you are engaging and interesting you can command the floor) !

So bring on your project ideas, and challenges and let's do some problem solving and brainstorming to help you come up with some solutions.   And Bring a Friend !

Looking forward to seeing some of our new members this month !

Regards,

Mike Schmidt, Chair

 

 

 

CSE Group Members:

Hey, it's Summer !  and Remember it's our 10th Anniversary this month... :)

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So, instead of just a high-brow, all business meeting this month, were going to relax and have some fun celebrating our 10th anniversary !

Celebration Disclaimer:

This does not replace the BBQ Event we have been discussing.. (We still want to hold this in August), but will allow us to put up our feet and relax a little and allow both our old and new members to get to know each other better.  

We will discuss the proposed BBQ event in August tonight as well which we have tentatively planned for Saturday August 19, 2017.

Update on Colorado Tiny House Events in July/August

I will also be providing some updates on two tiny house festival events that are being held in July and August in Colorado for those CSE Group members who are interested.  THIA, (The Tiny Home Industry Association) will be exhibiting at both Festivals and is our co-sponsor tonight for food and drinks for our QuickBios Sessions.

Meetup Group Highlights Update:

I will provide some project updates on some of our current projects and companies and Venture Development Cluster activities, and will provide a recap/review on our 10 years of Meetup experiences, but this will not be a long-winded talk... just a quick summary of some of the highlights of our journey together.

Really Open Mic!

Then will get back to socializing and opening up the floor for member input and feedback and suggestions on what they would like the CSE Group to look like in our next 10 years !  All Ideas are welcomed for meeting formats, speaker opportunities, entrepreneurial service ideas, collaborations with other local and state entrepreneurial and small business groups, etc.

As always will give each member ample time to introduce themselves and their personal and professional interests !

So, I'll see you tonight at the East Library on Union at 6PM !

Regards,

Mike Schmidt, Chair

 

 

April 2017 Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group Meetup

 

CSE Group Members:

Well, we are back at our "East Library Home" this month for our April meetup... and we have a great set of 2 Business Speakers for you this month that I'm sure you will find quite engaging and informative.

Be sure to bring a friend this month as we are going to "open up the doors" to some serious PERSONAL FINANCE INNOVATIONS from Mike Wilkinson at MyNetSum who will be introducing their new personal credit management and budgeting services that I believe represents a "fresh new take" on financial planning services.

And to round out the evening, come and get some serious BUSINESS RESEARCH TIPS from Terry Zarsky from the PPLD who after 30 years of service... definitely knows where everything is !

 

 

Mike Wilkinson - MyNetSum

First up, will be an introduction by Mike Wilkinson, the CEO of MyNetSum.  I first met Mike about a year ago as he was making plans to re-locate his business and family to Colorado Springs from New Mexico, and as he was putting some of the final touches on his MyNetSum vision.  I think you will find his personal story of early childhood struggle, and eventual rise to successful businessman and father quite inspiring.

 

MyNetSum, an all-in-one service solution to decoding the financial language, advising you step-by-step to achieve your financial goals. In essence, MyNetSum shows you how to save and earn more money for your household and attain the lifestyle of your choice. Mike’s had one of the roughest upbringings possible as the victim of human trafficking. Mike was adopted by a Soldier’s family at the age of 4 and both he and his father healed each other from their scars.   More Info Here: http://www.mynetsum.com/

About Mike Wilkinson:

Mike’s career started as a car salesman where he discovered a flaw in the system and has spent the last 7 years helping people work through their financial struggles and have the resources to live their desired lifestyle.  Mike’s married to Natalie and the father of 6 children. They spend their time focused on the most important things in life for them; family, education, and their faith.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terry Zarzky - Business Services Librarian at Pikes Peak Library District

For business owners and wannabe entrepreneurs, Terry Zarsky is the go-to woman at the Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado Springs.  I have known Terry for well over 5 years now, and every time I see her... she is supporting local small business people and entrepreneurs !  One of this communities real "gems"....  Always upbeat, Terry knows virtually everyone in town, and she earnestly wants to help people to start or grow a business. Her knowledge, courses and consulting are free, thanks to the library.  And she has been doing it for 30 years at PPLD !

 

At this months CSE Group meetup will have Terry Zarsky, our resident Research Guru "Live and Uncensored" ! Well I'm sure Terry will be in "good form" as she will speaking at her "home turf" at the East Library, but she will amaze you about how much she really knows about small business research and how to make it "Work" for you in your business.   

About Terry:

For many local small business people... Terry Zarsky is one of the community's most valuable resources. In an age where endless data is available on everything, knowing where and how to find the answer you need becomes a skill without price. Her experience as a reference librarian means she knows what resources are available and how to use them. Her passion for information means that she is dedicated to sharing that information in a way that makes it accessible to the everyday searcher.

On the clock or off, in the library or at a community event, Terry is always eager to share learning and experience. She is an engaging and passionate speaker with a real love of her subject. Terry is often a featured speaker at the Small Business Development Center helping people understand the resources available to them to build successful business plans and understand target marketing. With her help, the research process is streamlined as she leads people to find exactly the right information for their particular purpose.

Other Entrepreneurial Speakers:

We may have 1 or 2 other 10 Minute Entrepreneurial speakers, so will update you this week on the agenda as we get them confirmed.

 

Looking forward to seeing many of our new members this month... !

Regards,

Mike Schmidt, Chair

 

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March 2017 Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group Meetup - Meeting Agenda

 

To CSE Group Members:

 

 

For this month's meetup we will have a "light" meeting agenda to provide some updates on a number of projects some of our group members are working on, and will cover some updates on our Alternate Energy Venture Development Cluster. 

 

1. Will provide an update on some of the new developments at the Pikes Peak Makerspace Downtown location and their new and improved services and programs

http://www.pikespeakmakerspace.org

2. A briefing on some developments up in Denver this weekend, (Fri-Sun) at the Flight to Denver Program being put on by Project X-ITE at the Univ of Denver, the United Nations Foundation, and OEDIT to bring in entrepreneurs from around the world to Denver to work with innovation experts and mentors.

http://www.projectxite.org/flight-to-denver/

3. Will provide an update on a new Manufacturing Innovation Center that is being developed here in the springs by an innovative local entrepreneur.

Open MIC Night:

Also will have "Open Mic Night" as well to turn the Mic over to attending members to provide updates on your projects, requests, staffing needs, technology challenges, etc.

Looking forward to seeing some of our new members tonight !

Regards,

Mike Schmidt, Chair

 

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CSE Group Members:

We have a great February Meetup planned with a Featured Business Speaker and Two Entrepreneurial Speakers.  Also, we will also provide an update on our SaaS/Cloud/Internet Venture Development Cluster activities.

We will be meeting again at the ENT Conference Center at Library 21c at 6PM on Tuesday February 28th so update your calendars.

I'm pleased to announce that our Business Speaker for February will be:

 

Michael McCausland, Founder - MAI/Life Entrepreneurs

Mr. Michael McCausland is the CEO of McCausland Associates International LLC,

McCausland Associates is a Colorado Springs, CO based consulting firm providing end-to-end solutions for strategy development, organizational alignment, and culture management practices.   MAI has almost 30 years of proven performance in helping organizations achieve success across a broad range of capabilities ranging from strategy development and organizational alignment to personal development planning and training

I've known Michael now for just under 2 years after meeting him initially at a local YWAM Emerge conference here in the Springs, and then following up with him a year later on a Clean Tech Open company I was mentoring at the time who was looking for international markets for their innovative hand-held electricity generator (SIVA).   Many of you came and saw David Delcort's presentation on SIVA Cycle and their innovative ATOM USB Bicycle Charger at our Aug 2015 Meetup.

Recently, Michael has introduced me to his new start-up and entrepreneurial training program called "The Leadership Institute For Entrepreneurs", which is a new venture for Entrepreneurial Training services he has developed utilizing a world class template from an MIT Bootcamp that he has updated and enhanced for the LIFE Program.   (See below).

About Michael:

Michael is the CEO of McCausland Associates International LLC, a Colorado Springs, CO based consulting firm providing end-to-end solutions for strategy development, organizational alignment, and culture management practices. Michael started his career as an NRC licensed nuclear power plant Reactor Operator and then moved into training design and delivery. As the power utilities began to deregulate he formed a consulting company focused on rapid, large-scale change management and culture transformation. In addition to large-scale change, Michael specializes in the people side of change including culture design and development.

On the non-profit side, Michael was a Founder and the Executive Director of a non-profit operating in more than 150 countries over a 15-year time span. During his tenure, the organization launched two global networks; one focused on business development and the other on disaster preparedness and response.

 

Michael is now focused on launching the Leadership Institute For Entrepreneurs (LIFE) to help emerging entrepreneurs with a whole product solution ranging from ideation all the way to operations and scaling and a supporting ecosystem for funding and growth support.

Michael is certified by MITx to train the Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp course curriculum.

The Leadership Institute For Entrepreneurs (LIFE) was birthed out of a desire to equip growth-oriented entrepreneurs with the tools they need to de-risk the startup, grow their business, and scale successfully.   His search led to MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). MIT’s Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp provided the skills and learning environment we were looking for to equip the next generation of business leaders. The MIT Bootcamp provides a rapid, just-in-time, value based immersion experience. Following completion of the MIT MOOCs (massive open online courses), the student Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp and the instructor Bootcamp, we set our sights on launching the LIFE Entrepreneurship Boot Camp prototype.

First Launch of LIFE in Colorado Springs:

The first LIFE Entrepreneurship Boot Camp (LEB) launched on Oct 17-21, 2016 in Colorado Springs CO. With the help of MITx as a knowledge partner, his goal was to try and replicate the MIT experience. The LEB launch was attended by 18 students from 6 countries and supported by 4 mentors (2 were MIT GEB Alumni) and 5 Demo Day judges, 3 being investors. The Demo Day winning team was approached the following week for investment by one of the investors !

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Entrepreneurial Speaker 1:  Clinton Knox

Our first Entrepreneurial Speaker will be Mr. Clinton Knox of Brainitz , (a new Colorado Springs based web-based video education solutions company.

Brainitz turns videos into interactive lessons.

Brainitz is a web based tool that allows teachers to take recorded lessons and embed questions throughout the video to ensure understanding. Videos pause when a question pops up, if a student gets the question wrong, the video goes back to the missed information, replays and asks the student the question again. Unlike traditional videos, Brainitz checks for understanding throughout the video and reteaches the student as needed.

About Clint:

In High School and early college Clint Knox created web pages for the US Army Corps of Engineers. He graduated from Southern IL University with a degree in Education and immediately started working for the YMCA. After moving from Program Director to Executive Director of four years at YMCA Camp Shady Brook, Clint transition into teaching.

During his 9 years as a teacher he received his Masters from Colorado College, became a National Board Certified Teacher, and started, ran, and sold Spree Racing LLC, an event management company. He is now the founder and CEO of Brainitz an education technology company that turns videos into interactive lessons. Aside from his career, Clint Knox an Ironman triathlete, accomplished power lifter, is married to an amazing wife, mother, and doctor of physical therapy, and is a proud father of a one year old girl.

 

 

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Entrepreneurial Speaker 2:  Daniel Glanville

Our Second Entrepreneurial Speaker will be Daniel Glanville, of Precision Wealth Management.  Daniel is a long time CSE Group member who is a Financial Advisor and is now working with a local Colorado Springs based MyNetSum, which is launching and offering a number of innovative personal financial services.

MyNetSum has simplified the financial language, put it into processes that work to save you as well as make you household money. More importantly,  MyNetSum shows you how to focus your  finances on your lifestyle. MyNetSum has developed a revolutionary financial approach has already helped thousands across the nation live their lifestyle of choice while being in control of their finances.

In Daniel's talk, he will be presenting a creative way we can all own a piece of the greatest investment of all time. The Human Spirit. Through inventive solutions we can give the everyday person access to investments and strategies traditionally reserved for the likes of Warren Buffet.

About Daniel:

His title may be Financial Advisor at Precision Wealth Management, but he considers himself more of a "coach". In it's original meaning a "coach" was a vehicle meant to get you from one destination to the next. It did not matter where you were, a coach would pick you up and take you one or more stops closer to your final destination. It could even take you all the way there.  At Precision Wealth this is Daniels Philosphy as an adviser.

Whether you are in your sixties and planning your retirement, in your 20's and just getting started, or somewhere in between he would like to help make it at least one step closer to your final destination

 

 

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Update on SaaS/Cloud Internet VDC:

And rounding out the evening, I will provide an update on some new developments in our SaaS/Cloud/Internet VDC as it relates to some new developments in Healthcare Information Exchange software solutions we are looking at deploying and some new software, company, and eco-system developments locally in the intersection of Cyber Security and Health Information that I think you will find quite interesting !

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So, bring a friend and sit back for a great night of engaging business and entrepreneurial speakers along with some high-caliber networking that you can only find locally at the CSE Group Meetup !

Regards,

Mike Schmidt, Chair

 

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January 2017 Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group Meetup:

 

To CSE Group Members:

Ok, to start the new year off... we will be meeting again for the second time at the ENT Conference Center at Library 21c as our "home meetup space" at the East Library was fully booked for the last two weeks of January.

Our Theme for This Month is Cyber Security and the continued development of our Homeland Community Response VDC

This will be our first meetup of the year to cover our continued development of the Homeland Community Responders Venture Development Cluster that Brian Siravo of Accinctus and I have been working on over the course of the last year.

You can get a good overview of the initiative HERE and request a copy of the Green Paper we developed about the HCR/VDC.  Below is a quick summary in case you don't follow the link:

HOMELAND Community Responders Venture Development Cluster (HCR/VDC)

The HCR/VDC creates a collaborative community-focused environment to address challenges and find solutions within the cyber security, homeland defense, business continuity, and community preparedness areas.  These disciplines share many common interests in the goal of protecting our local community, while working with both state, and national agencies, who utilize similar processes, tools, and strategies while addressing very different needs to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made disasters of any size.   

The Integrated VDC model includes a focus on four “interconnected clusters” of “Domain” experience and community collaboration that creates a balanced HOMELAND Community Response when they are working together towards common objectives.

Each Domain and focus area bringing professionals and participants across multiple disciplines, professions, and organizations together to address local challenges and develop appropriate HOMELAND Community Responses that align with the community members in each area.

 

 

Overview of the Center for Health Information Cyber Security:

Also this month I will provide an update on the status of the developing Health IT Cyber Security Center of Excellence that we are participating in the development of to create a Center of Excellence with following characteristics;

• Build the foundation for community trust in and safety of health information

• Bring money/ financing/ R+D funding into the community to build a secure health information ecosystem

• Serve as a forum for community information exchange and feedback on health information security

• Provide answers to questions from the community on health information security

• Establish the infrastructure (data, bandwidth) for information needed to support community-wide cyber security; supporting both the NCC and the ISAO

(Information Sharing and Analysis Organization) already established locally.

• Provide the “go-to” knowledge base and platform for learning about health information security best practices

• Create value-driven discussions between health information security professionals and cyber security experts

• Educate health care consumers and purchasers on health information security

• Cover the entire community, remembering to include especially small practice/ behavioral health, senior care, skilled nursing facilities

• Insure that underserved people are educated and their health information protected
Involve health care providers, payers and consumersThe Center of Excellence will include a Governing Board of 7 key members with skills sets across Healthcare and Cyber Security Technologies, as well as the formation of a supporting Advisory Board of between 10-20 subject matter experts in Internet, Networking, Software Development, Cyber Security, Healthcare Informatics, Healthcare Services, etc.

So let's kick-off 2017 addressing one of the most important societal topics of the day... Cyber Security... and how our local business community is rising to the challenge, and what kind of innovations and start-up opportunities

Save the Date: January 2017 Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group Meetup

Scheduled for Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017 at 6PM at Library 21c Ent Conference Center.

Address:
1175 Chapel Hills Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Phone: (719) 884-9800
Web:  http://ppld.org/library-21c

Looking forward to meeting many of our new members !

Regards,

Mike Schmidt, Chair

Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group

 

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