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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"



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 !)


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.

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.

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.

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?

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.


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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Tuesday, 14 September 2010 15:29

September 2010 Innovation Mashup at UCCS

Written by Mike Schmidt


Attention ! Colorado Springs Business Community...

It's iMash Time Again !

You are invited to attend our third quarterly “Innovation Mashup” or “iMash Meetup” to stimulate the Technology Transfer and Innovation Opportunities between The UCCS Center for Entrepreneurship, The Bachelor of Innovation Program, and the Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group and the Local Colorado Springs Business Community…

This is our FIRST iMash event to be held at UCCS and Sponsored by The Center for Entrepreneurship, so we want to see a good overall turnout by the CSE Group members and the Colorado Springs Business Community.


It’s Wednesday, September 22, 2010 from 5:30PM-9:00PM
Location: The Ballroom at The UCCS Campus
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80918


We will be featuring business speakers from the Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group, UCCS Center for Entrepreneurship, Colorado Springs Technology Incubator and the Peak Venture Group, as well as a student team from the UCCS Bachelor of Innovation Program who will be participating in one of our 5 Minute Presenters Slots.

Below is our “iMash” Speaker Lineup:

msColor2Mr. Mike Schmidt
CEO Ensemble Ventures, LLC
Chair, Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group

Mr. Schmidt is a Business Development Professional and Technology Synergist. After early stints with Intel Corporation’s New Fab Engineering group in the early 80’s and pursuing world wide data broadcasting and wireless satellite and internet markets in the 90’s, Mr. Schmidt has focused his energies over the last 10 years in helping to develop an Entrepreneurial “NemoSystem” for Colorado Springs. For 15+ years Mr. Schmidt has been providing business development support services offering strategic & tactical marketing, sales management, distribution channel creation, and strategic planning disciplines for a variety of small and large, industrial, computer and telecommunications companies on a world wide basis. For the last 3 years Mr. Schmidt has been chair of the Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group, a 300+ Member strong local entrepreneur support group.

TomDueningPicMr. Tom Duening, Phd
El Pomar Chair of Business and Entrepreneurship
Director, Center for Entrepreneurship, College of Business UCCS

Thomas Duening previously was the director of entrepreneurial programs for the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and then attended the University of Minnesota, where he received his master’s degree in philosophy of science and his doctorate in higher education administration. He also has served in many executive positions, including president of U.S. Learning Systems, LLC, vice president for Content Development at Edgia, Inc. Before joining ASU in September 2004, Duening successfully launched the Entrepreneurial and Venture Development Center at the University of Houston-Downtown.

Guests Speakers invited by The Center for Entrepreneurship to provide Program Updates on their local business support services will include:
  • Mr. Duncan Stewart - CEO - Colorado Springs Technology Incubator
  • Mr. Bob Todd – Director Middle Market Programs - Peak Venture Group

Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group Speakers are:

  • SolmirusLogoDimitri Klebe, PhD. – Co-Founder and CEO – Solmirus Corporation
  • Jason Brooks, MSE – Co-Founder and CTO – Solmirus Corporation
  • also Co-Founder and CEO of Volta (Software and Design Development Co) VoltaLogoSM
Solmirus specializes in designing, building and installing high-level digital imaging instrumentation for use in remote locations, and pioneering new low-cost, high-quality residential solar solutions. The company offers custom product design and development as an engineering service. Dr. Klebe has a rich background in developing custom astronomical instrumentation as well as a frequent contributor to the scientific community. Dr. Klebe is also the Space Science Content Specialist at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in support of the Space Odyssey permanent exhibit. Mr. Brooks is a computer and software engineer with 15 years of industry experience spanning embedded systems development to large scale database solutions. His contributions to Solmirus include software development, solution architecture and project management. In addition to Solmirus, Mr. Brooks is a partner and lead solution architect for the Colorado Springs-based software and design development firm Volta and the developer of the Simian SaaS Solution.

ValueInnovLogoUCCSLogoUCCS Innovation Mashup
Bachelor of Innovation Student Speakers:
Teryn Guadagnoli and Chris Rosenberger and Nate Marrs will be presenting on the development of the Value Innovation Simulation. This team worked with Dick Lee of Value Innovations on a successful Phase I SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) Grant. They will introduce the team/project goals, talk a little about the development process, show off some of their system, and then talk about the Phase II SBIR effort they helped support. The simulation is located at

For registration Information on this month’s Innovation Mashup Visit the CSE Group meetup site if you are a CSE Group member:

If you are a UCCS Student, Teacher, Faculty Member, Alumni, etc... Visit the Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs site at: to be able to register for the event.


Saturday, 28 August 2010 11:59

Rocky Mountain Product Camp

Written by Michael Jones

The first annual Rocky Mountains Product Camp will take place November 13th on the Auraria Campus in Denver. Product Managers, marketing professionals, consultants, and developers from many verticals, plus students and professors, will be at this free event. PCamp is a user led event with peer to peer networking and peer led sessions. This is a great chance to learn more about Product Management and Development.

PCamp events are taking place all over the world. Silicon Valley and Austin have PCamps with over 500 attendees.

Don't miss out as the Rocky Mountains struts it stuff and shows off its Product Management talent.

Did I mention the networking?

For all the details, registration, sessions, and other goodies, please see our new website at

Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group August 2010 Meetup

Meeting Agenda: (Final)
Hour 1

PPHLogoSM1. "Gettin in the Mood" - Food and Refreshments, Socializing, Introductions - - 25 Minutes (Group)
-- Food Sponsor - Ric Rooney - Pikes Peak Hyperbaric

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

3. Special CSE Group Project Presentations - 30 Minutes - Mike Schmidt
- CSE Group - "Entrepreneur Experience Expo" at the What If Festival (Sept 11, 2010)
a. Overview of Program and Opportunities for CSE Group Members and Companies
b. Exposition Sign-ups


- iMash Event - "Innovation Mashup" at UCCS with Center for Entrepreneurial Sponsorship
a. Scheduled for September 22, 2010 at 5:30PM at UCCS University Center Ball Room
b. Overview of Agenda / Speakers
c. Need to Promote Event and Increase Attendance
d. Opportunity for CSE Group to increase its profile in the community


- Q&A

BREAK (5 Minutes)
Hour 2

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
- Matt Troyer - Local Colorado Springs Businessman developing a new Software Company

Matt Troyer - Colorado Springs Entrepreneur

MTroyerAbout Matt Troyer:

Matt is a University of Colorado at Boulder graduate with a BA in Biochemistry in 1988. And what did he do with this Biochemistry degree... he became and Entrepreneur ! - Matt was a founder and partner in which today is known as He help grow the company to 80 employees in size and sold out his interests in 2000. Matt has a number of start-up companies under his belt... For the past several years Matt has been the VP of Online Innovation at Taeus International Corporation where he is responsible for several of TAEUS' online products that help intellectual property executives manage their patent portfolios including TAEUSportalware, TAEUSreports, TAEUSworks, Patent Attorney Tracker, and PTO Gazette. Matt also manages the technology of the website and the online marketing functions at TAEUS International Corporation.

About Matt's Talk:

Matt is working on a project that has to do with technical aspects of patent data analytics. He will be providing the CSE Group with a quick overview of his new product concept (very quick), and explain what he believes to be its competitive advantages. He will then review some "go-to-market strategies" he is consideration and get some feedback from the group. According to MAtt, the field of patent analytics is fairly esoteric, so the point will not be to fully understand the technology, but rather understand the opportunity, then get CSE Group member opinions.

So this is your chance to "sit at the strategic planning table" with Matt has he formulates his plan, and have you provide some input. This is a two-way presentation !

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

Mr. Karl Dakin, CEO - DaVinci Quest , LLC

KDakinAbout Karl Dakin:

Karl Dakin is business start-up veteran with 30 years of experience acting as consultant, advisor, legal counsel, expert witness, investor, principal investigator, educator, officer and director to a large number of private businesses, educational organizations, professional associations and government agencies. Mr. Dakin has served as an executive in many leadership positions pursuing business opportunities in multiple markets. Working with cutting edge technology and programs for commercialization of innovation, Mr. Dakin has brought to bear his own creative and communication talents. He has shared knowledge gained through these experiences through extensive writing, speaking and instruction.

About Karl's Talk:

Veritek - a materials processing company that has created a revolutionary new process that uses minimal energy, no water and no chemicals. It will service three multi-billion dollar industries: mining, mine remediation and clean coal. It is seeking R&D partners and early stage investors to participate in ths new exciting business opportunity.

CSE Group Business Happenings:

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

8. Group Discussions / Q&A

9. Formal Meeting Ends (8:00- 8:15PM)
-- Open Discussions/Small Group Meetings

-- Final Wrap !

Attention Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group Members !
Next month on Saturday, September 11, 2010 The What-if Festival is being held in Downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado that will bring together technology-enthusiasts, art-makers, garage inventors, do-it-yourselfers, scientists, culinary magicians, original musicians, robot builders, urban farmers, student creators, innovators, engineers, and all other thinkers and tinkerers for the first annual What IF... A Festival of Innovation and Imagination.


The E3 Pavilion:
The CSE Group is sponsoring the “E3 Pavilion” for “The Entrepreneurs Experience Expo” which is a celebration of the Entrepreneurial Spirit here in Colorado Springs. This will be a special area setaside for Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group member companies who will have a 6-foot table top exhibit that will enable you to show-off, showcase, and introduce your innovative products and services, or demonstrate a “Wow” technology, product, service or idea you have developed or are creating. This is your chance to “think outside the box”. Take this opportunity to launch future product concepts, service ideas, business innovations, etc. This event is educational in nature and will include the general public with kids and families in attendance, so this is a good Public Relations
opportunity for you and your company. This is where you can “pull out the stops” and put that idea you have been working on for months, or even years, and test-it out with the public.

Show Off Your Creativity and Innovation!
For some inspiration as to what others might be doing at the What-If festival you can review the What-IF web site for ideas. When you are ready to submit your idea go to the What-IF web site at: to fill out an online application. Be sure to include the phrase “The Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group E3 Pavilon” in the field marked “Collaboration Organization Name(s)”. This way it will be “flagged” for follow-up by the CSE Group team.

Support the CSE Group, and the Future Innovation and Creativity of Colorado Springs !
We are looking to have between 10-20 CSE Group exhibitors at the What-If Festival and we would like to be seen as a strong “presence” at the event, as Colorado Springs emerging entrepreneurial support organization.

You can download the E3 Flyer Here:

Mike Schmidt
Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group Chair


Hour 1

1. "Gettin in the Mood" - Food and Refreshments, Socializing, Introductions - - 25 Minutes
PPHLogoSM-- June's Food Sponsor -Ric Rooney of Pikes Peak Hyperbaric

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

3. Special Guest Business Speaker - Mr. Dale Halling - 30 Minutes

Dale Halling - Patent Attorney and Entrepreneur

daleHallingPicAbout Dale:

Dale Halling is patent attorney and entrepreneur. As a patent attorney, Mr. Halling, has represented numerous Fortune 500 companies including, McDonnell Douglas, Boeing, Motorola, Ameritech, SBC, MCI, Cypress, and numerous technology start-ups. He has helped his clients obtain patents worldwide. Dale's technical background includes a BS in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University, and a MS in Physics from the University of Texas at Dallas. Mr. Halling spent several years performing research and development in free space laser communication systems at McDonnell Douglas. After receiving his J.D. from Saint Louis University, Mr. Halling worked as patent/intellectual property counsel for Motorola. He started his own patent law firm in Colorado Springs in 1995. His firm performs patent and intellectual property work for Fortune 500 companies, high-technology start-ups and small business and individuals. He is the author of the book “The Decline and Fall of the American Entrepreneur: How Little Known Laws are Killing Innovation.”

DaleBookAbout Dale's Talk:

As a patent attorney, Halling interfaces with start-up entrepreneurs and has a front-row seat to many exciting innovations.... However, over the course of the last 10 years, he began to see a shift in the types of projects his clients were involved with in the 1990s and 2000s. Clients, in the 90s, would be developing businesses that seemed disruptive or revolutionary... However, the tech downturn of 2000-2001 changed all that. After 2002, the start-up companies that approached him were all looking for narrow niche markets. Now these companies were looking to develop incremental changes and be bought out by an existing company. Obviously something shifted, a change in the marketplace occured. What has happened to innovation ? What is causing these intrepid entrepreneurs to fall back and take safe positions ? So how do we "fix" the system and rewrite the rules for entrepreneurship and jumpstart innovation? Dale will highlight some of the "findings" that led him to write his informative and eye-opening book.

BREAK (5 Minutes)

Hour 2

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

Paul Janisko - Founder and CEO - Janisko, LLC and Rendered Source, LLC

PaulJaniskoPicAbout Paul:

Paul is the Founder & CEO of both Janisko LLC and Rendered Source, LLC. Paul has a background in working with new technologies, software development and has been a lifetime entrepreneur even when working in the corporate world. Paul’s experience stretches along many technology driven industries, which feeds his passion for creating Internet Start Ups. Janisko LLC, a privately held technology company specializing in the creation technology driven business solutions. At Janisko, we believe in delivering results that meet your business objectives. The key in doing that is to understand your business needs from your perspective. Our solutions will adapt to your business processes, not the other way around.

renderedSourceLogoPaul's Topic:

Paul will be introducing the Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group to his innovative software development company "Rendered Source" It is a unqiue software and web development company that creates custom software solutions and mobile applications that are optimized for Search Engine Optimization (SEO). The companies developers are skilled expert-level developers and software architects, graphics designers, systems and network specialists, and search engine marketing experts.

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

UCCS Innovation Mashup - Student Speaker - Andrew Cratty,

wuffitLogoWuffIT is a corporation setup to develop pet tracking and safety related technology for pets. Funded through donors, local businesses and grants, WuffIT is able to develop and provide this technology at minimal cost to pet owners and trainers. All proceeds from the WuffIT corporation are used to support pet tracking and safety products and also benefit non-profit organizations.


WuffIT Corporation’s development efforts are being supported by a group of students as a project under the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs’ Bachelor of Innovation program.

Utilizing cutting edge technology, WuffIT Corporation is creating products that provide low cost solutions for dog owners to locate missing pets or improve their training. The WuffIT product line consists of several low cost solutions which range from a simple collar with GPS wireless tracking, a remotely controlled wireless training collar, and software for wireless data enabled smart phones.

"UCCS Bachelor of Innovation and CSE Group" Innovation MashUp:


Welcome to the second of our four quarterly joint "Innovation MashUp Meetups" we are planning for 2010 that brings together UCCS Bachelor of Innovation Staff, Students, and advisors together with the local Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group. We will be announcing our "Innovation Mashup" activities in the next week so stay tuned ! Attention: UCCS Staff and Students...
Be sure to use our special RSVP Page on our CSE Group ORG Site to register your attendance... Use this link for registration:

CSE Group Business Happenings:

7. Small Business Funding Developments:
--Update on Meetings this month with various small business funding initiatives and updates on local support organizations working with the CSE Group.

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

9. Group Discussions / Q&A

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

To CSE Group Members:

I had the opportunity to meet with the Founder and CEO of the US/India Chamber of Commerce in Denver last week, Ms. Purnima Voria.  She is a very busy lady and seems to have the pulse on developing opportunities for Colorado businesses in India.  She made me aware of an upcoming business trade event their Chamber is hosting in Denver on Tuesday June 1, 2010 (next week!) to address Engineering Export/Import Opportunities for Colorado Businesses.   The event is being held at the Ritz-Carlton in Denver at starts at 11:30AM.  (See the Event Details Below)...

Guest Speaker:

The guest speaker is Mr. Rana Roy.  He is the director of the EEPC of India, (Engineering Export Promotion Council ) and is based in EEPC's Chicago office.  He will be speaking about Engineering, Manufacturing, and Export/Import opportunities for businesses in the Rocky Mountain region who want to do business with India, with an emphasis on key regulatory issues and challenges.

I will be attending the event as a Representative of Ensemble Ventures and on behalf of some of my Alternate Energy portfolio companies, and will, as your Chair of the Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group, be attending as your representative to be sure we are up to speed on these developing opportunities.  I will provide a status report to the CSE Group members at our upcoming June 30th meeting.

There is a link below for registering for the event if you would like to attend.


Mike Schmidt


Engineering EXPORT -IMPORT Opportunities
for Colorado Manufacturers and Businesses
The Ritz-Carlton Denver
1881 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80202
JUNE 1st, 2010 - 11.30a.m. – 1.30p.m.

Celebrating the Asian Awareness Month (May)

National US India Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend a luncheon with
Mr. Rana Roy
Resident Director, EEPC INDIA Engineering Export Promotion Council of India
Sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India

Please join us in welcoming India's EEPC Resident Director,who is engaged at every level of the US-India commercial partnership to facilitate and deepen bilateral trade and investment linkages.



Registration 11:30 - 12:00 p.m.
Welcome Remarks, Lunch & Interactive Discussion 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Costs:  $50 per person  -  $60 per person at the door  - $500 for a table of 10
Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Register Online Here:

For more information and to RSVP:


Speaker Profile:

Rana Roy, a graduate in Mechanical Engineering, joined Engineering Export Promotion Council (EEPC) INDIA in 1984. Since then he has served the organization in various capacities and was also in-charge of its Regional Office in Kolkata, India and its Overseas Offices in Sydney, Dusseldorf and Chicago. Having a wide knowledge of international trade, he has been directly associated with various promotional activities of EEPC INDIA for furthering engineering exports from the country. He was also incharge of Trade Policy matters in India prior to his second assignment in the EEPC INDIA office in Chicagoland, since August 2006.

About EEPC:

Way back in 1955-56, the nascent Indian engineering sector was in the process of diversifying and restructuring the narrow export base of the industry and it needed a strong push - the EEPC INDIA (Formerly Engineering Export promotion Council) was set up in 1955 under the sponsorship of Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of India, for export promotion of engineering goods, projects and services from India. Initially started with a few hundreds of engineering units as an small outfit, with a passage of time it has grown to be the largest Export Promotion Council having membership of nearly 12,000 from amongst large Corporate Houses, Star Trading Houses, Small & Medium Scale Units (SME), Trading Houses, etc. Out of the total membership of the Council, 60% constitutes the SMEs.

About NUICC:

Celebrating its 5th anniversary in 2010, NUICC was formed at the request of the political and business leaders of the United States and the high-level government and business leaders of India to engage public and private sectors of the respective countries to accelerate trade and investment. NUICC's mission is to promote bilateral trade between the United States and India, cultivating business relationships that result in business deals.


Friday, 23 April 2010 14:27

An Update on Steve Bakers New Company !

Written by Mike Schmidt

To CSE Group Members:

As you know, Steve Baker was our guest speaker back in February at the CSE Group Meetup and gave a great speech about his start-up experiences in the Travel Industry back in the late 80's.  Well, Steve has started another new company called "International Wellness Centers" and he and a diverse group of executives out of Denver are embarking on a new adventure to develop a wellness center in Belize.  Below is a quick summary from Steve's Pushing Water UpHill Blog Site...

Belize Shot
Announcing our new company in Belize!

After nearly two years of research and planning, I’m pleased to announce that my international team & I have officially launchedInternational Wellness Resorts Inc. This startup business represents a unique combination of short and long term revenue streams working in a complementary fashion: medical tourism, hospitality and land development with the theme of ultimate personal wellness.

We plan to build and operate a number of wellness centers at resort locations around the world that will provide common and proprietary healthcare treatments. The treatments will be offered in combination with travel within the new industry of medical tourism.

If you would like more information or would like to look at their investment model, here is a link for more information: Pushing Water Uphill Blog
Go Steve !  We are rooting for you...
Mike Schmidt
CSE Group Chair

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

NOTE: Due to scheduling issues at the East Library we are meeting this month on a TUESDAY NIGHT (April 27, 2010) at 6PM !

Hour 1:

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

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

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

3. Special Guest Business Speaker - Yours Truly ! - 30 Minutes

Mike Schmidt - CEO, Ensemble Ventures, LLC

msColor2About Mike:
Entrepreneurial, business development professional with technical marketing and sales skills.  For over 25 years, Mr. Schmidt has been involved in a number of start-up companies focusing on hardware and software product development, strategic & tactical marketing, sales & sales management, distribution channel creation, and strategic business development activities through various executive positions and consulting engagements for a variety of small and large, industrial, computer and telecommunications companies on a world wide basis.  Mr. Schmidt is a native of Colorado Springs, left in 1965 and returned in 1994.  Mr. Schmidt started Ensemble Ventures in 2000, and has worked with a number of local start-up companies.  He is currently the Chair of the Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group, past Chairman of the Colorado Springs TPAC (Telecom Policy Advisory Committee), a past Chairman and current member of the Pikes Peak Area County Governments Community Advisory Committee.

About Mike's Talk:  "Of Misar. Mice, Mosaic and Men"

Mr. Schmidt will present an overview of his first start-up company experience with an early pioneering company in the Video Teleconferencing business that was started in the early 1980's in Orange County California called MISAR, (Mass Information Storage and Retrieval).  He will share the high's and low's of his first true "start-up" trial by fire, some early technology and marketing and sales lessons learned, what it took to "jump-out" ahead of the rest of the market with a state-of the art technology solution, and what can happen when you are "too-advanced" technically for a market and don't have a good distribution network in place.  Mr. Schmidt will also demonstrate how to effectively "position" your products and services in a new and emerging market.  There will be lots of multimedia used in this presentation, and you will become an "insider" in terms of knowing where today's modern Video Teleconferencing technology roots originated from.  Actually this is "Chapter One" of the Autobiographical book that Mr. Schmidt has now committed to write after being inspired by Kevin Cullis at last month's CSE Group meeting where he challenged us to write our own books.

BREAK (5 Minutes)

Hour 2:

4. "QuickPitch" - "Off The Floor and Off the Cuff" Entrepreneur Sales Pitch - 1 Minute Ea.
-- 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

Joe Dalton – (Speaking for Dee Dalton) - Wow Mobile
About Joe: representing WoW Mobile, is a proud resident of Colorado Springs since 2001. Following a successful career in the US Air Force, spanning 23 years, 9 months, 13 days, Joe settled into a job in the defense industry. He provides safety and mission assurance services to the Air Force organizations supporting ground-based radar systems. Joe and his wife, Dee, are avid entrepreneurs working with several relationship marketing companies over the years. At the end of 2009, Joe and Dee joined WoW Mobile, a subsidiary of Liberty International. Dee is currently enjoying FREE unlimited cell phone service. Joe is close on her heels. Both are enjoying the benefits of the ground-floor opportunity offered by WoW Mobile.

Dee is originally from El Paso, TX, and after Father's retirement from US Army, settled in Houston, TX. She got married and had 3 kids. Later divorced, then remarried and then had an instant family with total of 8 kids. Dee worked as a cosmetologist for over 25 years, and got the entrepreneurial urge several years ago. She looked at opening her own salon, had $2500 worth of equipment, furniture, etc., but opted against it due to high start up costs and sky-high leases and operating costs she would have had to carry. She then focused on pursuing various multi-level marketing opportunities due to small start up and limited operating costs. She is currently pursuing three different MLM opportunities including Wow Mobile – offering cell phone service at highly competitive rates with the opportunity to get your cell phone service for FREE simply by referring 3 people.


WoW Mobile:

WoW Mobile is a subsidiary of Liberty International.  Liberty is a multi-level marketing company that is 11 years old.  WoW Mobile was launched last year.  It offers highly competitive unlimited voice, text, and data plans ranging from $59.95 to $89.95 per month.  There are no contracts, no credit checks, and fees for overages or dropping the service.  Another fantastic feature of the service is the ability to tether your laptop to the internet using your phone as a WiFi device.  Depending on the model of phone, you can tether up to three computers….and there is no limit to the data services.  Most companies cap their “unlimited” data at 5 Gigabytes.  The service is provided using the T-Mobile network and we are in contract with two other top tier cell phone services.  The biggest selling point for WoW Mobile is the Refer 3 and Yours is FREE business model.

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

Ric Rooney - CEO, VisiCal, SSAtlantis, Pikes Peak Hyperbaric
RicRooneyAbout Ric:
Ric Rooney has over 25 years of experience in both the fitness arena and computer field. He joined a small California computer surplus company in the late 80’s as Marketing Director, later becoming a partner where he increased sales from 1.1 million to 6.5 million in 36 months. He then established Rooney & Associates in Colorado Springs and achieved computer sales of 4.5 million within 24 months.  But his love of fitness eventually became the priority in his life and in 1990 he founded MiriCal Corporation where he developed the initial version of the Personal Food Analyst (PFA) software program for Hewlett-Packard’s HP95 palmtop computer and introduced it to the market in 1991 becoming the best selling nutritional analysis program for the HP95.  With the world wide web just coming into its own, Ric formed VisiCal, LLC in 1999 to rewrite the Personal Food Analyst as a web-based program that is now capable of reaching and helping users on a global scale through his unique weight loss and diet education and training service called that can help you lose weight safely without drugs .  Ric is also a salon owner entering his 15th year in business in Colorado Springs running the Sun Spot Atlantis, one of the longest running indoor tanning businesses in Colorado Springs.  In 2009, Sun Spot Atlantis was selected as one of the “Top 250” tanning salons in the country, by Looking Fit Magazine.

About Ric’s Talk:

Ric will (with support from his new business partner and Son, Jesse) be introducing the CSE Group to a new Hyperbaric Therapy service that he and Jesse are introducing here in Colorado Springs and in Denver next month… It’s called Pikes Peak Hyperbaric.  Ric will share with you his recent decision to enter the health and wellness side of the mild hyperbaric therapy.  Basically, the pressurized environment of a mild hyperbaric chamber helps on three levels, by allowing more oxygen to reach tissues, cells, and body fluids.  The chamber provides up to 300% more oxygen saturation, allowing wounds to heal faster, swelling to be reduced much more quickly, restoration or increased blood flow to injured areas therefore hastening healing, aiding in detoxification and promoting general wellness.  Ric will be giving us a “Sneak Peak” before it is officially launched !

CSE Group Business Happenings:

7. Small Business Funding Developments:

--Update on Meetings this month with various small business funding initiatives and support organizations.

8. InSide/OutSide Your Business - 5 Minutes

-- Tips and Techniques
-- Mike's Stack-O-Stuff

9. Group Discussions / Q&A

10. Formal Meeting Ends (8:00- 8:15PM)

-- Open Discussions/Small Group Meetings
-- Final Wrap !

BBB's Katie Carroll's Insights Radio Interview with Kevin Cullis:KatieIRPhoto

RadioInterviewSMBelow is the streaming audio of the Radio Interview that Kevin Cullis did with Katie Carroll of the Better Business Bureau this month on her Insights Radio show in preparation for his Public Book Launch at the Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group Meetup on Wednesday March 31, 2010 at 6PM at the East Library in Colorado Springs.

Audio Streaming Plug-in:

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