On May 11 the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office (OREC) of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) announced 24 recipients of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Impact Fund (ORIIF). These competitive grants are intended to help outdoor recreation industry businesses and nonprofits hire and retain over 100 full-time and part-time positions, especially for those businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Oveja Negra, a sports accessories manufacturer based in Salida, was among the recipients and was awarded a substantial grant of $99,350 to aid in the recruitment and retention of local employees. This Chaffee County business, founded by Lane Willson, is [...]
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Simply, wow. Earlier this month we had the incredible honor of hosting our inaugural Powder_Pitch @ Monarch Mountain. The testimonials have been rolling in and the prevailing feeling was that this was among the best business events that our attendees had participated in. Throughout two days, participants received nearly $20,000 in complimentary consulting from some of the leading business growth advisors and mentors in the state. And, the vibe was HIGH! Honestly how could it not be when you mix entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, live music, and fresh mountain snow with some epic backcountry cat-skiing to boot! We want to give a [...]
It's been less than a month since we hosted our 2nd Annual Ascent Launch event and we're still reeling from this sold-out celebration. The community support, incredible start-up stories, and generous sponsors, truly made the night an unforgettable one. We couldn’t be more excited to introduce you to our 2023 Cohort! Get to know these remarkable companies, some of which are already making a really big impact in rural Colorado, and check out our full event recap below. Introducing 📣 The Ascent 2023 Cohort! B1: Sustainable, Renewable, and Regenerative Energy Buena Goods CarbonKicker, Inc DifferentKind HOA Guru Knome Little Red Hen [...]
“A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.” —Charles Schwab “Recognized by Modern Healthcare as “Top 25 COO in Healthcare” and the Denver Business Journal as a “Top C-Suite” award winner, Mr. Evenson is an experienced executive with a demonstrated history of leadership in the health care industry. He is an expert in strategy, finance, performance improvement, communication, analytics and research. Before founding Think Health Consulting, Todd served as COO of Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), the premier association for more than 54,000 medical practice executives and 12,500 medical groups in [...]
Ascent Spotlights: Meet Katabatic In our new blog series, Ascent Spotlights, we shine a light on the entrepreneurs and mentors in our Ascent accelerator. Today, we’re excited to introduce you to Katabatic Gear which originated in 2009 out of founder Aaron Martray’s desire to create a warm, light, sleeping experience using quilt-style sleeping bags, known today as simply quilts. Katabatic’s intentional design approach began, and moves forward with, some key tenets in mind such as draft control, lightweight durable construction, and simplicity. Katabatic facilitates positive front and backcountry adventures by providing quilts and other backcountry gear that provide a peaceful and [...]
“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” - Peter Drucker Matt’s specialty is helping technology- and innovation-led B2B companies grow and scale, with expertise in strategy, product, marketing, business development and international expansion. Having led growth initiatives for organizations from startups to the Fortune 100, he is able to help scaleup companies grow effectively without losing the ability to adapt and innovate quickly. Matt brings insights and best practices from a variety of industries, including healthcare, IT, e-commerce, entertainment, construction/infrastructure, professional services and more. Matt is Managing Partner of Resilient Growth Partners, a consultancy [...]
Ascent Spotlights: Meet Over It. Raft Covers In our new blog series Ascent Spotlights, we shine a light on the entrepreneurs and mentors in our accelerator. As we wind down our peak summer river season we thought today would be great timing to introduce you to Over It. Raft Covers, an affordable, simple, long-term solution to protect your raft investments in between river trips. Two Salida boaters turned entrepreneurs Kevin Kabler and Aaron Derwingson invented their proprietary covers after growing tired of trying so many cheap options in the market and not seeing the value in custom raft covers. They decided [...]
Summary Chaffee County EDC is seeking a Program Director to lead and support exciting new initiatives to promote the development of a thriving, resilient, year-round economy in Chaffee County. In support of the organization’s objectives to ensure economic recovery, resilience to future disruptions, and the creation of greater wage diversity and economic diversification; the Program Director will work in the following three strategic focus areas: startup support, public policy, and talent pipeline. Description About Chaffee County EDC (EDC): Since our formation more than a decade ago, the EDC has worked collaboratively across sectors and jurisdictional boundaries to ensure that Chaffee County remains welcoming [...]
“It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.” – Steve Jobs Joe is an entrepreneur, community leader, and talent expert who is currently the founder and CEO of interviewIA of, a VC-backed SaaS company focused on transforming the hiring process via data and machine learning. Being in the talent and HR technology space for over 15 years, Joe has a passion for people and helping them to find meaning and purpose in the work that they do. Joe [...]
Ascent Spotlights: Meet Elements Mountain Compost Today we want to introduce you to a new blog series called Ascent Spotlights where we'll shine a light on the entrepreneurs and mentors in our accelerator. For our inaugural episode we're featuring Elements Mountain Compost, an incredible small business in Chaffee County doing big things that has an impact on both our community and the planet. Ascent Accelerator Elements Compost Video 2022 from Driven By Nature on Vimeo. ABOUT ELEMENTS MOUNTAIN COMPOST: Elements Mountain Compost is committed to closing the loop on organics waste in our region. We help businesses & residents reduce [...]