The Women’s Small Business Conference presented by the Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network on Nov. 3, experienced record breaking attendance with 350 attendees in it’s a first year in Loveland.
The conference was sold out with the largest turnout in seven years since the Women’s Small Business Conference was started in 2009. Conference planners had expected around 250 to 300 registrants.
“We were so pleased to see so many women in Colorado interested in the event and learning more about how to start or build a successful small business,” said Kelly Manning, director of the SBDC Network.
Wynee Odell was the keynote speaker and spoke about her challenges and successes as the Co-Founder and CEO of Odell Brewing Company. She inspired the crowd with her speech on the challenges and successes as the 34th largest craft brewery in the country.
Highlights also included Tanis Roeder as the breakfast speaker, who spoke on how to navigate hurtles of starting a business, and 16 breakout sessions covering topics on marketing, financials, funding and much more.
The conference also featured an exhibitor’s fair with 40 business-support companies. A special Facebook group was created for attendees to keep in touch after the conference.
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