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Monday, 21 November 2016 12:41

November 2016 Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group Meetup

Written by  Mike Schmidt

To CSE Group Members:

Tonight we are back at our "Home Base" at the East Library and planning a small meetup (anticipating that many folks are traveling this week to meet with Family and Friends for Thanksgiving on Thursday).  6:00PM at the East Library on Union Blvd.

This month we moved up our meetup date to this week, (instead of the last week of the month) to synchronize with our December meetup and Christmas Pot Luck Party which will also be held in the third week in December, (12th) in anticipation of the holiday schedule.

Project Update on the Tiny Home Industry Developments Locally:

We will be providing some updates about the recently held Tiny Home Industry Association Action & Impact Conference that was held last week here in Colorado Springs that Ensemble helped to play a role in...   We made some good progress in establishing some "support ground work" for the many building coding, zoning and ordinance challenges that face the industry, with some specific "next steps" of action the industry will take moving forward including the development of an ANSI standards setting effort, as well as some unique technical and legislative lobbying activities..  We will review what the goals and objectives are for the Tiny Home Industry, and how Colorado Springs is playing a major role in becoming the "Tiny House Capital in the USA".

VSS - Veterans Support Solutions Update:

I will also provide an update on the recently held, Stand Down, (Oct 2016) and the THI - Transitional Housing Initiative (Nov 2016) that VSS, (Veterans Support Solutions, L3c) participated in. 

This is an annual event to help support Homeless Veterans that is produced and managed by the El Paso County Homeless Veterans Coalition.

Prize Drawings for November and December Meetups: From M-PAKS:

At tonight's meeting and again in December (on the 12th at our Meetup and Christmas Pot Luck Party) we will be holding a drawing for a free M-PAK Travel Backpack that is being developed and launched by a new Colorado Springs based company named "M-PAKS". 

M-PAKS - A New Colorado Springs Based Company

In our tradition of celebrating local entrepreneurs and providing a platform for them to promote and pitch their companies, products and services...  I spoke with Kirk Gillespie the founder this week and he has agreed to provide (2) free M-PAKS Travel Backpacks for our meetup drawing tonight, and again for a second drawing in December where Kirk and his brother will be our featured Entrepreneurial Speakers presenting their new company "M-PAKS" to the Colorado Community, and demonstrating their unique Multi-functional backpack. 

This will be at our Annual Christmas Meetup and Pot Luck so should be a fun night !

Schedule this Meetup on your calendar as we celebrate another new Colorado Springs Start-up and the Entrepreneurial Gillespie Brothers who are launching their innovative consumer travel product.

You have to be present to win both tonight and again at the December meetup with an individual ticket that will be thrown into a "hat" for the drawing.  M-PAKS is expecting an initial shipment of their new Travel Backpacks next month from his manufacturer and both prize winners (in Nov and in Dec) will receive their Backpacks next month.

Here is what the M-PAKS Travel Backpack looks like:

Frame or Frameless? That is the question.

Never before has a travel backpack offered you so much! Before you had to choose between a travel or adventure backpack to either have a frame or not. Not only does the M-PAKS frame come in and out of the backpack easily, it also is a mobile chair!! The materials are made with the highest quality (1680 Ballistic Nylon , metal zippers, etc- the same materials used in Tumi  and Tortuga backpacks) , the frame/chair weighs just under 3 lbs (approx 2.8 lbs) and the size is compact enough to fit on an overhead compartment of an airplane (backpack dimensions are 22x15x7) yet still able to pack 5-7 days worth of stuff for travel!

Black Friday Sale Offer:

If you can't make the meetups, or don't win one in the drawings... and you are looking for a great travel solution for a student or world trekker... (that will be available in shipping quantities in the first quarter of 2017)... Then the  BLACK FRIDAY ONLY SALE might be for you...

Friday, Nov. 26th, 2016 from 12am-12am M-PAKS will be marked down from $225 for only $150 and include Free Shipping! (est. delivery Feb 2017)

Here is the website URL about M-PAKS and their page for ordering:


Open Mic Night:

Tonight we also slide in our popular "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.

Looking forward to seeing you tonight and giving away one of these innovative M-PAKS Travel Backpacks...!


Mike Schmidt, Chair

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