Public ForumDecember 2014 Flyer English final-1

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Keynote Speakers:

Elena Vasconez:

Elena has more than 15 years of experience in business development, strategic planning and organizational development.  As a bilingual business consultant, she has helped launch more than a 200 businesses and has taught a variety of business courses both in English and Spanish.  As the director of the Women’s Business Center at Mi Casa Resource Center she leads a team of consultants that help more than 600 startup and existing businesses annually through affordable entrepreneurial training, computer literacy and individual business counseling.  Elena has an MBA and a Masters degree in Organizational Development. She owns High Impact Solutions, LLC, a firm dedicated to helping businesses and organizations achieve higher levels of productivity and profitability by empowering their human capital.

Lynn Sargent:

Lynn Sargent’s civic service with City of Denver spans over 20 years. In her current role as Business Development Representative with the Office of Economic Development, she supports business retention and expansion efforts in Energy, Aerospace & Aviation industries, administers two tax credit programs: Denver Enterprise Zone and Business Investment Program and assists members of her team with other targeted industries. She graduated summa cum laude from University of Colorado, is a graduate of National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Energy Execs and serves on the Board of the Asian Chamber of Commerce, and Advisory Council of the University of Colorado Global Energy Management.

Gregory Tanner:

Gregory Tanner  is founder and manager at Aspen Capital Fund  a closely held Hispanic family owned business located in Colorado.  Our focus is to build minority enterprises and individual success stories.  We work directly in supporting young, innovative businesses.  We work indirectly by supporting the community and families that can improve how businesses can grow.  We have built on our own successes and share those experiences and knowledge to help new businesses. Our network of family, friends and partners offers some of the smartest and experienced business information and expertise available to the Hispanic and Minority communities.  We strive to be trusted business advisers for business owners and families. We help by sharing our support and community contacts with minority start up businesses.  What we do is provide personal consulting, technical help and start-up capital.   We offer a free one-on-one consultation which is a friendly approach to sharing information, knowledge and experience.  Contact us today to find out how we can help your business.

Carrie Singer:

Carrie has over ten year’s experience working with businesses through the Office of Economic Development’s (OED) Business Development Team.  For the past six years, she has worked exclusively with start-ups and existing businesses navigate the City’s many business programs (both internally and externally) from a growth and development stance.   Carrie enjoys the depth and variety that this work provides; resulting in positive business and economic growth.  Carrie also works with the OED management team to execute special events and business programs. Carrie is heavily involved with numerous small business support organizations and speaks at various entrepreneurial training programs about the City’s various small business programs.  Carrie is active with the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Independent Bankers of Colorado and participates in a small business lending workgroup overseen by the Colorado Bankers Association.