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Friday, 23 October 2009 10:32

October 2009 Meetup is Jam Packed !

Written by  Mike Schmidt

To CSE Group Members:

Our October 2009 Meetup is shaping up to be a Jam Packed event with three innovative local entrepreneurs speaking, and some exciting announcements about some new funding sources for Colorado Small Businesses that is underway.  Your CSE Group is right in the middle of some of these excitng developments.

Meeting Location:

Remember we are meeting at the Penrose Library downtown this month, (Not at the East Library).  We will return to our "home-base" at the East Library in November and December to round out our 2009 year !

Looking forward to seeing you this month !

Mike Schmidt / CSE Group Chair

Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group Oct 2009 Meeting Agenda: (Update 2)

1. "Gettin in the Mood" - Food and Refreshments, Socializing, Introductions - - 25 Minutes (Group)
-- Food Sponsor - Ensemble Ventures, LLC

2. CSE Group News and Internet Updates - 5 Minutes (M. Schmidt - Meetup & NING)

3. Special Guest Business Speaker - 30 Minutes

Mr. Brent Mellow President & CEO of Mellow Ventures

Presentation Title: Fourth Quarter Checklist: Getting Ready for the New Year

Businesses small and large have the need to plan for their future success. For most companies, the 4th calendar quarter is a great time to assess the results and impact of their operations from the current year and identify plans, strategies and tactics to propel them successfully into the new year. During this presentation, the audience will walk-through a checklist of key initiatives that will help any company get started in their own companies. This presentation will focus on both process and technology as tools to improve results.

Speaker Bio:

Brent Mellow is the founder of 6 companies including: akaCRM, Mellow Ventures, Colorado Springs Guide, and Astadia. Mr. Mellow has more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, partner management, business finance and technology infrastructure. His passion for CRM systems (constituency or customer relationship management) is manifest in his company akaCRM which is a system integrator and consultancy that helps firm clients improve their results. Prior to akaCRM, Brent was co-founder of Astadia (and its predecessor MW Advisors), where he helped lead the company's rapid expansion in the U.S., Europe and Asia to achieve standing as the largest system integrator for a number of SaaS-based vendors including, Eloqua and Xactly. While at Astadia, Brent served as its President-US, Chief Marketing Officer and had oversight for the product development, IT and legal functions. Brent remains an Astadia shareholder. Brent began his career in the financial services industry where he spent over a decade with a variety of commercial and investment banks and had roles including Senor Vice President and Managing Director in Bank of America's Global Corporate and Investment Banking Group.

Following his banking career, Brent was CEO and co-founder of a web-based market research company where he deployed one of the first analytical engines for the high-end furniture industry. Brent was later hired by CompUSA to spin-off its multi-national Call Center Services outsourcing division. Following this successful engagement, Brent became VP/Chief Administrative Officer of the spin off, The Telvista Company, where he deployed as the company's CRM system and later became its VP of Sales & Marketing. The company grew globally to over $100 million with operations in the U.S. and Latin America.

Brent holds an MBA from Southern Methodist University and a BBA in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin. Brent currently resides in Colorado Springs, is happily married and has three wonderful children.

BREAK (10 Minutes)

4. "QuickPitch" - "Off The Floor and Off the Cuff" Entrepreneur Sales Pitch - 1 Minute Each
-- Volunteer Pitches from Members who are seeking capital, seeking help, seeking customers, etc.

5. 1st Guest Start-up Entrepreneur(s) - 5 Minute Pitch - 5 Minute Q&A

Mr. Kevin Dibble - CTO, COO - BombBomb, Inc.


Talk Description is a Colorado Springs startup company in the business of providing video email marketing tools and solutions. Built on a monthly fee SaaS model, BombBomb is delivering value to its customers by helping them dramatically increase email open rates and click through rates. BombBomb will talk briefly about its business plan and the emerging video email space.

Speaker Bio:

Kevin is a technology entrepreneur with 20 years experience involving 5 startup companies. He has an electrical engineering degree from the University of Tulsa and got his start as a software developer. He co-founded Dallas-based startup Efficient Networks in 1993, eventually serving as vice president of engineering overseeing a team of 150 across three business units. Kevin played a key role in the growth of Efficient Networks as they rose to become the worldwide leader in DSL modems and a NASDAQ company in 1999. Most recently, Kevin served as Vice President of Development for Colorado Springs software startup XAware, Inc. In the community Kevin has served on non-profit boards since 1992, most recently as president of Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity.

6. 2nd Guest Start-up Entrepreneur - 5 Minute Pitch - 5 Minute Q&A

Ms. Debbie Saunders Mignola, Founder, CEO & Acting Director of Sales & Marketing - ProVault, Inc.


Talk Description:

ProVault offers an exciting online technology that revolutionizes the way disclosures are done in the divorce process, eliminating tons of paperwork for people going through a divorce and double data entry, providing immediate and easy access to needed information, reducing the cost of divorce, and helping family law attorneys win more clients. Ms. Saunders Mignola is honored to present ProVault's investment opportunity to Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Meetup group.

Speaker Bio:

Debbie has seven years experience as a software engineer as well as two years experience in startup and direct sales to Family Law professionals. Ms. Mignola brings her strong leadership and sales skills along with her technical background and experience marketing and selling to ProVault's initial and primary target market to ProVault. She started her first company, Divorce Help, two years ago, providing specialized financial reports for people going through a divorce. Ms. Mignola was a Software Engineer III for QAD for six years and graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology.

CSE Group Business Happenings:

7. 3Ci Collaborative Community Capital Program - Mike Schmidt - 5 Minutes
-- 3Ci Status and Funding Program Update
-- Announcement of new $50M Seed Capital Fund Program for Colorado Small Business

8. CSE Group Business - Mike Schmidt - 5 Minutes
-- CSE Group Site Discussion (http://www.colospgsbi...)
-- EndoExo Update

9. InSide/OutSide Your Business - 5 Minutes
-- Tips and Techniques
-- Mike's Stack-O-Stuff

10. Group Discussions / Q&A

Formal Meeting Ends (8:00PM)
-- Open Discussions/Small Group Meetings
-- Final Wrap !
FLASH: We are meeting in October at the Downtown Penrose Library Location !

Penrose Public Library
20 N. Cascade Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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