Level Up Financial Planning – A COVID19 Small Business Pivot Story

Nick Armstrong, Lead Organizer of Fort Collins Startup Week, interviewed Lucas Casarez, Founder of Level Up Financial Planning of Fort Collins, Colorado about his pivot during COVID-19 and the long-term considerations he’s emphasizing in his work. An unedited transcript is provided below. Nick Armstrong  00:00 I’m Nick Armstrong from Fort Collins Startup Week and I’m […]

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Local Business Books by Local Authors

If you’re finding yourself with a little bit more time to read these days, it might be worth diving into one of these amazing local books by local authors (many of whom are also speakers at Fort Collins Startup Week!). Most of these books can be ordered for curbside pickup at Old Firehouse Books! Beautiful […]

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A Guide to Library Resources for Starting Your Business

Not everyone thinks of the public library when starting a business. Yet, it’s the radical collaboration among entrepreneurs, libraries, and community partners that helps foster local economic development. Poudre River Public Libraries have just about everything a 21st century entrepreneur might need: work space, Internet access, reference materials and research databases, and professional guidance through […]

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Authenticity: A Key Sales Ingredient

Many people commonly associate “sales” with stepping out of their comfort zone. But, as I’ve learned, “sales” are less commonly associated with one key ingredient that actually makes sales successful. Can you guess it? Hint: It has to do with connection. *drum roll please…* Authenticity. Maybe this seems obvious. But let’s just get curious for […]

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Freelancers: Shape Your Success at the Library

Do you have friends who ask you to proofread their reports? Or maybe they want your help designing a logo or building website? Do people ask you to photograph their wedding? Perhaps you’re the go-to person for tech help among family members? Whatever your skill set, these friendly requests could be highlighting opportunities for freelance […]

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Meet Matthew West, Business Librarian at Poudre River Public Libraries

The Poudre River Public Library District welcomes Matthew West to its team as the new Business Librarian. Matthew comes to Poudre Libraries from Loveland Public Library where he managed various library services, programs, and outreach initiatives. “I truly appreciate the spirit of entrepreneurship throughout our community,” says Matthew West. “It’s a testament to a business […]

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What makes good professional communication? A healthy respect for boundaries.

Professional communication is based on customs and socially agreed-upon values. When you meet someone, how do you introduce yourself? In the U.S., we shake hands to greet people we don’t know. Imagine walking into a job interview and introducing yourself by pulling the interviewer into a bear hug. Does that seem ridiculous? Uncomfortable? Silly? If […]

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She Leads, Indeed!

Women are taking the stage and taking up their space more than ever – globally, and right here at home. Part of the mission of Fort Collins Startup Week is to empower entrepreneurs of all stripes, backgrounds and passions to build better business through a spirit of inclusion. It is important to our team that […]

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Not sure which Startup Week sessions to check out? Here’s a handy guide

Each year the thrill of picking your Startup Week schedule comes around with the same familiar anxieties: how do you choose when there’s so much awesome content? How do you know what will benefit your business the most? If you’re stuck with some analysis paralysis, we’re here to help. If you’re really stuck, you should […]

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Noted by Ellen took awesome notes of some StartUp Week Sessions! Check ’em out!

Ellen O’Neill is the talented visual notetaker and custom illustrator behind Noted By Ellen. She specializes in turning ideas into visuals to promote understanding, retention, and communication. Visuals can be created before a meeting or event as well as created in real time to engage and include the audience. She visited TechStars Startup Week Fort […]

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Chris Bates – StartUp FoCo Podcast

Chris Bates is an artist and muralist who has created art that you’ve surely seen, walked past, and admired in and around Fort Collins. His business, Mighty Fine Art, produces a wide array of work and Chris has some great insights on how to make your work valuable. Let’s get to know Chris! My name […]

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Jeanne Shoaff – StartUp FoCo Podcast

Jeanne Shoaff is a former gallery curator and current arts and creative coach passionate about getting artists to think critically about their art as a business. Let’s get to know Jeanne! My name is Jeanne Shoaff. I am an independent consultant for artists. Specifically I do career coaching for artists as well as other arts […]

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Julie Sutter – StartUp FoCo Podcast

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone more knowledgable about music in Fort Collins than Julie Sutter. An avid concert-goer, Julie’s experience with several music-based startups makes it no surprise that she’s the Community Manager at The Music District. Julie’s main squeeze at Techstars Startup Week and ARTup Week Fort Collins is The Music District’s free […]

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Tyler Brooks – StartUp FoCo Podcast

Tyler Brooks, founder of Analytive, wants you to make sure your marketing is converting. He believes until you know your customer and how your products fit in the market, you can’t scale up. His talk at Startup week is How to Market to Your Dream Clients on Friday March 1st, 11:00am-12:00pm @ Cohere Coworking. Tyler […]

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Ben Brickweg – StartUp FoCo Podcast

Ben Brickweg helps business owners figure out their exit strategy through his company, Sagewood Transaction Advisors. Whether you love your business or you’re ready to move on, a good exit plan can make sure your legacy lives on (and that you have the best possible chance for a great exit). Ben’s Startup Week talk is […]

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Jean Ginzburg – StartUp FoCo Podcast

Jean Ginzburg is a content marketing expert who thinks that you – YES, YOU! – can create better content. Not only that you can, but that you MUST. Jean’s talk at Startup Week is called Creating a Lasting Content Strategy for Your Business Using Tech Platforms on Friday, March 1st, 10:00am-11:00am @ Cohere Coworking. Let’s […]

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