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Tuesday, 17 November 2009 16:36

Agenda for our November 2009 Meetup !

Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group November 2009 Meeting Agenda: (Draft)

1. "Gettin in the Mood" - Food and Refreshments, Socializing, Introductions - - 25 Minutes (Group)
-- Food Sponsor - To Be Confirmed

2. CSE Group Membership News and Internet Updates - 5 Minutes (M. Schmidt - Meetup & NING)
-- Org Site, Ning Site, Meetup Happenings

3. Special Guest Business Speaker - 30 Minutes
Mr. Jeff Schneider - Principal - EFA "Entrepreneurial Finance and Accounting Services

About the Speaker:
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A seasoned finance and accounting professional with broad experience in many areas of business with various sized companies. He is currently the founder and president of Entrepreneurial Finance and Accounting Services. EFA is a 6 year old company providing expertise, innovation, and efficiency in the financial management of small businesses. Jeff has leveraged his accounting and finance experience in large corporations to provide invaluable practical and theoretical advice to small businesses. This experience combined with hands-on daily experience as the CFO of several startup businesses gives him the unique skills to meet the finance and accounting needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses. Some career highlights include:

• 24 years of accounting and finance experience
• 12 years of management experience
* 3 years of public accounting experience.
• An exceptional educational background which includes a CPA designation, a BBA in Accounting and an MBA in Finance.

Throughout his business career, Jeff has made many types of presentations (both technical, informational, and motivational) to many levels (senior management, peers, and staff.) In 1998 he joined Toastmasters International in order to take his speaking skills to the next level. Jeff has a passion for providing critical finance and accounting information and skills to small business owners and entrepreneurs to help them succeed in achieving their dreams.

About Jeff's Talk:
Entrepreneurship – A Financial Perspective

Overview: Many people start a business with little or no regard to the financial requirements of doing so. They ignore the actual investment required and the returns necessary to ensure they receive an acceptable return on that investment. This presentation is applicable to individuals who are planning to start a business and those that have already started one. It covers common pitfalls, issues that need to be considered, and ways to look at the success of a business from a financial perspective.

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.
-- No reservation needed. If you want to make a "QuickPitch" - Bring it On !

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

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

CSE Group Business Happenings:

7. Small Business Funding Developments:
--3Ci Collaborative Community Capital Program - Mike Schmidt - 5 Minutes
----- Program Update
--Seed Capital Fund - "Velocity Innovation Partners"
----- Program Update

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 !
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Back at the East Library ! - Yeah ! Room to Spread Out !
East Library
5550 N Union Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
719-531-6333
Friday, 13 November 2009 04:51

Announcing New Seed Capital Fund

To CSE Group Members:

To paticipate in the announcement of the new Colorado Seed Capital Fund as one of the founding partners of Velocity Innovation Partners, I will be attending the Peak Venture Group breakfast on November 13, 2009 entitled, "INNOVATIVE FUNDING STRATEGIES: Alternatives for injecting cash into your company". Here is the link for the PVG Event: Peak Venture Group Breakfast

I will be supporting Karl Dakin of Divinci Quest who is one of the founding partners of Velocity Innovation Partners and will be on one of the speakers on the morning panel .

Velocity Innovation Partners is responding to this serious problem by creating a new $50 Million dollar Seed Capital Fund in Colorado that is designed as a series of integrated capital funds to support business from startup through growth and entrepreneurial education across multiple industries.

Specifically, the Company is designing these 4 targeted Funds:
-Microfinance (invest up to $50,000) of $10 million
- Seed Capital (investment $50,000 to $100,000) of $20 million
- Industry Growth (investment $100,000 to $500,000) of $17 million
- Education (investment of $150,000/person) of $3 million
(Supplemented by net earnings of the other funds)

We will be fully capitalizing each type of fund with $50 million through a direct public offering in the State of Colorado. This funding is sufficient to microfinance 200 businesses; seed fund 200 businesses; growth fund 30 businesses within the green building industry; and provide 30 year educational mortgages to 200 entrepreneurs. We are currently in the initial stages of raising our first $600K in start-up funding that will allow us to put the Direct to Public Offering in place beginning in the first quarter of 2010 to raise the first $50 Million in funding.

We will be launching an enhanced web-site in the next several weeks to provide more details about this exciting development for Colorado's much needed Seed Capital space. If you would like additional information about Velocity Innovation Partners and this new seed fund, feel free to contact me.

 

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Mike Schmidt, CEO
Ensemble Ventures, LLC

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Mike Schmidt, Partner
Velocity Innovation Partners

Saturday, 31 October 2009 17:47

Re-Cap of October CSE Group Meeting

Re-Cap of our October 2009 CSE Group Meetup:

To those "hardy" members who braved the snow to make it to our downtown Penrose Library Meetup... Thank you.    We had close to 30 people on our RSVP initially and was expecting a full room turnout, but just 10+ made it to the meeting !   Hopefully we will not have a "snow-day" repeat in November.  (Update: Our meeting in November will be held on Monday the 30th at the East Library at 6PM).  We are putting together our speakers now, and will have additional information about the preliminary Seed Capital Fund announcement we made Wednesday night.

Like you, I really enjoyed the great night of speakers with Brent Mellow of Mellow Ventures/akaCRM, Kevin Dibble of BombBomb.com, and Debbie Saunders Mignola of ProVaultLaw.   The evening started off with strategic as well as tactical insights and ideas from Brent Mellow who provided a number of suggestions for improving your business productivity and increasing the reach and range of your customer interactions using advanced CRM tools.

Following the break, Kevin Dibble of BombBomb.com provided an overview of their exciting video e-mail solution they have been developing and beta testing for several months and outlined their investment model for raising capital to help them with an aggressive "go to market" strategy that will assist in launching their services platform and expanding their customer base.

Also, it was great to see the progress that Debbie Saunders Mignola has made with her ProVault software as a service application for processing online divorce proceedings and finanical information exchanges between spouses and their legal representatives or as individual prose litigants representing themselves.  Debbie has assembled a great technical and business advisory team and introduced her capital needs to the group so we can spread the word about her requirements and see if we can help her out.

All in all a great night of entrepreneurial exchanges and networking !

See you next month back at our "home base" at the East Library.

Mike Schmidt

CSE Group Chair

Friday, 23 October 2009 10:32

October 2009 Meetup is Jam Packed !

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 salesforce.com 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 salesforce.com, 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 salesforce.com 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.

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Talk Description

BombBomb.com 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.

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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 !
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FLASH: We are meeting in October at the Downtown Penrose Library Location !

Penrose Public Library
20 N. Cascade Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
531-6333

Thursday, 15 October 2009 04:54

October Meetup Update

Mr. Brent MellowOctober Meetup Developments !

This week I have confirmed the participation of Mr. Brent Mellow, the President and CEO of Mellow Ventures to be our guest business speaker this month.  Mr. Mellow is an accomplished entrepreneur with a long history of banking and technology startup experience who has recently (within the last year) moved to Colorado Springs, CO from Texas and is actively developing a number of innovative businesses here in Colorado including Mellow Ventures which is a professional services firm, and akaCRM a new startup that focuses on consulting and implementation of salesorce.com CRM solutions.   His talk is entitled:

"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.

His complete Bio can be found at:  Brent Mellow at Mellow Ventures

Be sure to log in to the CSE Group meetup site and RSVP your attendance for this month's meeting:

The meetup URL is:  October 2009 Meetup

We are finalizing our two Entrepreneurial Speakers and will post their bio's and talk descriptions in the next week.

Looking forward to seeing you this month at the CSE Group meeting !

Regards,

Mike Schmidt, CSE Group Chair

Monday, 21 September 2009 15:07

Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs

MeetupThumbWelcome to the Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group:

Local Entrepreneurs, Small Business People, and Business Service Leaders that want to grow their businesses and lead their fields are participating in this vibrant local small business group to collaborate, communicate, and participate together in envisioning, and executing, their life's work, or a visionary new product or service.

We are developing an "Entrepreneurial NemoSystem" to create the necessary support services and infrastructure to help nurture local small businesses and entrepreneurs to; "Find Inspiration, Find Innovation, Find Capital, Find Markets, Find Customers, and ultimately Find Fulfillment in their lives !"

Meet a local network of entrepreneurs to share tips and problem solving techniques, get advice on profitability, marketing, sales, and distribution channel strategies and discuss mentoring and business models. Swap business cards and watch your personal business directory grow!

Be sure to "Officially" Join our Meetup Group...    http://www.meetup.com/colospgsbiz

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