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Volta Delivers Simian 2.0 - The Next Generation Multimedia Platform for Creative Companies

Volta, a local Colorado Springs-based software development client of Ensemble Ventures we have been working with in our "Venture Ventilator" has utilized its groundbreaking Media Management Platform called "VoltaMMP", to enable the fast-track development and deployment of Simian 2.0. The eagerly anticipated update and refresh to Volta's innovative Simian 1.0 Video Collaboration and Advanced Workflow Solution for the Video Production and Creative Communities.

A Big day for Volta as they have been working on this for months...

Great job to Jay Brooks and his Partner Brian Atton in California, and the entire Volta team as they have reached a significant milestone in the development of their company and this unique software platform.

Hopefully we will have Jay drop by the CSE Group soon and share some of his experiences with the CSE Group members !

Here is the Press Announcement that was published today:  http://bit.ly/eH55qA

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Due to extreme Cold Weather Conditions...

The Colorado Springs Entreprenurs Group Meetup for January was Cancelled.

See us in February 2011 !


Friday, 17 December 2010 06:28

December 2010 CSE Group Meetup and Holiday Mixer

Written by Mike Schmidt
bellsColorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group December 2010 "Holiday" Mixer Agenda: (Update 1)

** SURPRISE BREAKING NEWS **
NEW CSE GROUP TRAINING PROGRAM ALLIANCE AND GUEST SPEAKER


December 17, 2010 - The Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group today announces a new Entrepreneurial Training Program Alliance with The Business Startup Institute of Colorado Springs to provide access to an online, entrepreneurial video training course company that has been recently created by Jim Holley, an experienced local entrepreneur with courses developed and delivered by Dr. Thomas Duening, The El Pomar Chair of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Professor at The College of Business at UCCS. Together they are delivering a dynamic, on-demand 21-part video training program that gives you a head start on your new business.

For breaking news on this exciting local training program development you can read the business section in today's Gazette where an overview of the new Business Startup Institute has been published: http://www.gazette.com/articles/institute-109703-business-local.html

Jim Holly, the Founder and CEO of The Business Startup Institute will be our Guest Speaker this month at our December Meetup and Holiday Mixer where Jim will be introducing the Business Startup Institute to the CSE Group.

Affilate Program Relationship Announced:

We will also be introducing the CSE Group's Affilate Program Relationship with The Business Startup Institute where the Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group can access these innovative business training courses at a 25% discount off the already affordable rates. An additional 25% will automatically be allocated to a Colorado Springs charity of our choice.

For More information on the Business Startup Institute go to http://www.BusinessStartUpInstitute.com and use the coupon code CSEG25 at checkout.

HOLIDAY MIXER !

Even though the CSE Group is "Taking Care of Local Colorado Springs Businesses", it's still the Holidays ! So time to celebrate our achievements and initiatives this year.

Even though our meetup is in the last week of the year, (and we may have a number of CSE Group Members traveling for the holidays), we still would like to close out the year with a Meetup and Holiday Mixer. Hope you can join us.

We Promise... The Program will be 60 Minutes, and the Party will be 2 hours !

Hour 1

1. "Gettin in the Mood" - Holiday Food and Refreshments, Socializing, Introductions - - 60 Minutes (Group)

- We will start out with the food and refreshments so they don't get cold !

-- Food Sponsor - Membership Holiday Pot Luck

-- Would like to Extend an Invitation to all our CSE Group Members who would like to bring a Holiday Dish for our Getting in the Mood segment which will be extended to an hour, and then be re-started for a second hour after a brief 30-minute program.

Food's R Us !

-- Will post a master list of food items on the CSE Group .ORG site,

 http://www.colospgsbiz.org/holiday-mixer/food-reservation-form

... so you can volunteer to bring a main course, a dessert, sodas, specialty holiday treats, etc. Hopefully our "Organized" CSE Group Members will coordinate together to create a major spread of food and refreshments !

You can BUILD IT Yourself of BUY IT Commercially... Just as long as it's hot and fresh !

1/2 Hour

2. CSE Group Membership News and Internet Updates - 5 Minutes

-- Org Site, Meetup Happenings, Policies/Procedures, Blog Posts, Profiles

3. "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 !

4. Guest Business Speaker - 30 Minute Talk - 5 Minute Q&A


Mr. James W. Holley, Jr. - Founder and CEO Business2Learn, LLC


JimHollyPicSMAbout Jim:

Mr. Holley has over 20 years of startup business experience and has founded 5 companies. Currently, Mr. Holley is the president and CEO of businesses2learn, LLC, an e-learning company that offers an online entrepreneurship program and tools thru the BusinessStartupInstitute.com that help aspiring entrepreneurs succeed at starting their first business. Prior to that, Mr Holley was the president of Harvestime University, an online learning site that guides churches thru the facility expansion process. As the CEO of Umix, Umix Pro and Umix Medical, Mr Holley raised $6 million in equity capital to develop 31 products and patent them for distribution in accounts like Wal*Mart, Target, and other retail chains. Mr Holley has an MS in Engineering mechanics for the University of Santa Clara, and a BS in Civil Engineering from San Jose State University, 1983

Jim's Talk:

BusStartupLogoJim will provide an overview of his unique "entrepreneurial journey" – inventing and distributing consumer products to mass audiences, through unique business relationships and alliances, and will provide a unique insight into how to adapt and change course in your career as you move from the corporate world to an entrepreneurial lifestyle. Jim will also be introducing their new online training program to help entrepreneurs succeed the first time – The Business Startup Institute.

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

 

Final Hour:

Formal Meeting Ends (7:30PM) - Holiday Mixer Re-Starts !
-- Food and Refreshments, Socializing
-- Open Discussions/Small Group Meetings/Holiday Mixer

-- Final Wrap at 9PM !
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5550 N Union Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
719-531-6333

 

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Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group November 2010- Meeting Agenda: (Update 2)

AGENDA

Hour 1

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

2. CSE Group Membership News and Internet Updates - 5 Minutes
-- Org Site, Meetup Happenings, Policies/Procedures, Blog Posts, Profiles

3. Announcement of CIO Colorado Initiative - Grassroots, Citizen-led Economic Development Reform Movement in Colorado - (CSE Group Support, Strategic and Tactical Plans, etc.)
For more info: http://www.ciocolorad...

4. Introduction of CoffeeCrew "Mini-Meetup" Program - Opportunity for Local Weekly Meetups of CSE Group members and other small business people/networks to grow and expand the "DNA" of the CSE Group in our local market. Program Introduction, Overview and Participation Info.
For more info: http://colospgsbiz.or...

5. Special Guest Business Speaker - 30 Minutes

Mr. Jeff Pederson is the President/CEO of JPED Consulting, LLC.

JeffPedersonPicAbout Jeff Pederson:

Three decades of experience working with clients across a variety of markets including publishing, retailing, manufacturing, service groups and non-profits, has taught Mr. Pederson that the successful marketing of any idea takes a cohesive approach. Fusing strategic thinking, innovative creative and proven practices together with new, emerging technologies, integrated-interactive media and comprehensive program management, provides solutions for our clients that result in higher brand performance, deeper trust and a stronger position in the marketplace.

About Jeff's Talk:

Jeff will touch on some of the solutions he offers his clients in his consulting practice, (JPED Consulting - http://www.jpedconsul...) where he helps companies identify their best practices, while guiding them in developing their overall go to market strategy. Jeff will cover tips and techniques that he has used to help these organizations to differentiate themselves, improve their internal operations, and to grow their brand awareness, sales revenues and profitability.

BREAK (5 Minutes)

Hour 2

6. "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 !

7. 1st Guest Start-up Entrepreneur - 5 Minute Pitch - 5 Minute Q&A

Mr. John "JAK" Keeran, Principal Jak-Design.com

John Keeran, aka "JAK" of Jak-Design.com

JAK's IT experience spans software development, project management, business analysis, and database design and administration which delves heavily into Set Theory.  From this foundation and a deep interest in the mind and creativity, JAK created a theoretical model of the brain, mind, and emotions matched by two other researchers: neuroscientist Dr. Peggy La Cerra and psychologist Dr. Gregg Henriques.  JAK's first foray into cyberspace was his TheoryOfMind.org website initially built in 1997. Since then, he has built a variety of websites, mostly for small businesses. JAK's skilled in information theory and co-author of The Creativity Game, a tool to enhance individual and team problem-solving. Along with his Wife Jane, they run a web-development and software company here in the Springs named Jak-Design: http://www.jak-design...

About JAK's Talk:

JAK, along with a few others local business people have taken the CSE Group's "Entrepreneurial NEMOSystem" initiative to heart and is moving forward with an intent and goal to "... drive innovation and encourage entrepreneurship in our community ...". There vision is to have open meetings around town (as we suggested in our last CSE Group MeetUp which has become the "CoffeeCrew" "Mini-Meetup" Program ), and call them "Creative Cafe Meetings". These will not be "networking" meetings (though some networking is unavoidable), but rather "roll up your sleeves" brainstorming to generate new and innovative ideas to rebuild the local economy as well as impact the overall economy of Colorado, our nation, and perhaps the world. JAK , and his group of business SME's (Subject Matter Experts)  will be presenting their vision for the Creative Cafe Program and encourage participation by CSE Group members.

8. 2nd Guest Start-up Entrepreneur(s) - 5 Minute Pitch - 5 Minute Q&A

Mr. Tim Hoeffel, Principal - Better Painting

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About Tim:

Tim Hoeffel has been serving the Front Range of Colorado (Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Woodland Park,  Monument and Denver) for the last seven years.  His search for high quality paint and coating products has delivered superiour value for his clients. Tim stresses that better quality paint, stain and coatings last longer and spread out the length of time you have to repaint or re-stain. This reduces the cost of ownership for you.  No matter what your painting or coating challenge might be, Tim has been developing effective solutions for a wide range of satisfied customers. In addition, to the top-selling SUPER THERM® and RUST GRIP®, Better Painting offers surface coatings for insulation, fire protection, energy savings, waterproofing, interior painting, exterior painting, deck and log home stains and more.  For More Information on Better Painting see their web-site:  http://betterpainting.net/

About Tim's Talk:

To Be Updated...

 

CSE Group Business Happenings:

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

10. Group Discussions / Q&A

Formal Meeting Ends (8:00- 8:15PM)
-- Open Discussions/Small Group Meetings
-- Final Wrap !

Tuesday, 16 November 2010 12:30

Launch of CSE Group CoffeeCrew Program !

Written by Mike Schmidt

CoffeeCrewLogoSMWelcome to CoffeeCrew !

Last month in our First "Focus Forum" meeting we "launched" the idea for a "live" social networking activity that born out of one of the recommendations that one of our CSE Group members, Charles Mason suggested, that we might be able to put together weekly meetings with smaller groups to cover specific topics and discussion areas...    So, in response, Charles and I met a couple of weeks ago, discussed the program dynamics and logistics, and I've come-up with a catchy name for the new social networking activity, "CoffeeCrew".   And we have a new logo too ! (See our logo at right).

It's the CSE Groups answer to extending the "DNA" of the CSE Group into more local groups in the community, (by enabling more than just a single monthly meeting).  Our goal is to create a culture of "Coffee, Commerce, and Conversation" about innovation, entrepreneurship, and to create more frequent opportunities for business networking, lead generation, and tapping into a rich base of advisors and mentors in the community to help you better run your business.   We know you don't want to wait 30-days for another Monthly CSE Group Meetup Meeting to access those "roll-up your sleeves solutions" to day to day small business challenges, or to tap into "out of the box thinking" for your next product or service PR campaign that only comes from extreme networking and communications with fellow CSE Group members.

 

Charles has agreed to start the program off, by supporting and coordinating the first two CSE Group CoffeeCrew "mini-meetups" and moderate the online support Forums back on the ColoSpgsBiz.org web site.   We have also set-up a special menu item on the ColoSpgsBiz.ORG site called "CoffeeCrew" that will highlight the specific CoffeeCrew Mini-Meetup Info-pages, support individual custom blogs for each CoffeeCrew, and enable quick event calendar management to allow CoffeeCrew Coordinators to define specific calendar dates for their meetings, all from the front-end of the web-site using a special login credential and authorization.   Each CoffeeCrew Coordinator will also be able to manage their own Forum as moderator.   Charles Mason will be focusing on his two topic areas of interest, (1) Startup Advisor and (2) Invention Paradise. As new CSE Group members surface with CoffeeCrew mini-meetup ideas of their own, we can try them out and integrate their results, discussion findings, outcomes, etc., back to the Forum on the .ORG website for the rest of the CSE Group to benefit from.


Submit your ideas for new CoffeCrew Mini-Meetups to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it directly or post them to the forum.

Mike Schmidt, Chair
Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group

Friday, 12 November 2010 10:40

Launch of CIO Colorado

Written by Mike Schmidt
CIOLogo5Grassroots Organization Created to Reform Economic Development within the State of Colorado

CIO Colorado has been launched as a citizens’ task force to fill the need for an office of innovation within the State of Colorado – Chief Innovation Office. It will support economic development reform with the goal of turning around the State of Colorado’s economy leading to the formation of new business and creation of new jobs.
As many of you know, DaVinci Quest in Denver is developing the CIO Colorado Economic Reform Initiative and I am pleased to be working with the DQ Team Members to help put this citizen-led grass roots effort on the map.
For more information see the press release from Nov 7, 2010: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2010/11/prweb472474.htm

Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group October 2010 Meetup

To CSE Group Members:

This month we are going to break from our normal speaker-meeting format, and look internally at the CSE Group to do some soul-searching about our mission, goals and objectives, and to address a number of member suggestions that have been "piling-up" over the course of the last several months regarding new group activities, meeting suggestions, etc. (See below).

It's time to "Fine-Tune, Calibrate, and Adapt" the CSE Group to a changing business and economic landscape here in Colorado Springs, and your participation is not only REQUESTED, but REQUIRED to make it happen !

Our First "FocusForum" Meetup - "You Talk, You Propose, We Decide"

WE ARE MEETING AT PENROSE LIBRARY (DOWNTOWN) THIS MONTH ! - (See Below)

AGENDA

Hour 1

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

2. CSE Group Membership News and Internet Updates - 5 Minutes
-- Org Site, Meetup Happenings, Policies/Procedures, Blog Posts, Profiles

3. Review 5 Member Suggestions: (30 Minutes)
(If you suggested it, you better be at the meeting to defend it !)

Suggestions:

a. Group Member Skills Matrix
Posted by: Steve
on May 16, 2010
8 Members like this

This involves much more than just listing one's skills, but it's a task which can be completed in ten minutes or less, preferably in conjunction with a regular meeting. The results, which most people find surprising, would later be collated into a matrix available to all group members. These results would also serve as a good organizing tool for later meetups in which members had expressed a desire to form special teams for various purposes.

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b. Brainstorm small group workshop meeting

Posted by: david
on Sep 23, 2009
6 Memberslike this

Pick 4 people that want to develop specific things in their business. Make 4 groups of 4-6 people together in each small group to help the one person achieve what ever they need. Let the groups fully focus on helping that individual. ... Preferably 1 more experienced entrepreneur per group. Perhaps have entire group do homework/research to help this one person. Of course this help will come back to other members when other similar workshops are held. Thus, the camaraderie and homework is motivating for everyone. Perhaps timed sessions like 20 minutes. Stop. Break 5 minutes. Another 20 minutes looking at a different angle. Break. Another 30 min. session. Summary. Another 30 min. session. Summarize. Outline strategies.

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c. Networking coffee

Posted by: Elysse
on Apr 29, 2010
5 Members like this

We just launched our online business but with a military husband and a toddler who is still at home it makes it hard to get to more formal events and people are less impressed when my toddler comes along, can't blame them!, and I was thinking maybe a coffee or lunch where those who have not made it to a meeting yet could still benefit from the group.

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d. Weekly or Bi-Weekly meet-ups

Posted by: CMason
on Sep 2, 2010
2 Members like this

I know that Mike is busy but it would be nice to have a weekly or at least a bi-weekly meeting with other members at a coffee house, restaurant, etc. Each meeting can focus on a subject matter or simply a way of keep everyone motivated through these tougher times. Thoughts?

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e. Meeting Place

Posted by: Victoria Ring
on Apr 29, 2010
2 Members like this

As long as we have a group of 10 or less, I live in an apartment complex that has a beautiful meeting and media center. There is also a kitchen so we can have refreshments at the meeting. If interested, let me know.

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BREAK (10 Minutes)

Hour 2

4. FocusForum (60 Minutes)

(Example Topics Draft - Will be updated on Sunday Oct 24th)

a. Internal Organizational Changes
b. Meeting Formats / Alternatives
c. Capital Formation Sources, and Access for CSE Group
d. Business Support Services to the Community
e. Other Topic TBD

5. CSE Group Business Happenings:

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

Formal Meeting Ends (8:15- 8:15PM)
-- Open Discussions/Small Group Meetings
-- Final Wrap !

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REMEMBER WE ARE MEETING AT THE PENROSE LIBRARY THIS MONTH !

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