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Ascent Startup Summit 2022 RECAP


Peek behind the curtain of every successful event and you'll find an A-team of planners, partners, and volunteers who are dedicated and driven. Look deeper and you'll find supportive sponsors with an aligned audience championing and elevating the experience. Last month's Ascent Startup Summit was no exception. Today we're shining a little light on this sold-out inaugural event with a recap blog post. We wanted to share the highlights, the lessons learned, and what we now know to be true: That the Ascent Startup Summit is an essential event that will play a pivotal role in supporting startups, empowering entrepreneurs, and [...]

Ascent Startup Summit 2022 RECAP2022-05-19T05:23:29+00:00

DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL FEATURE: Coming to Chaffee County: Denver mentors and financiers for growing businesses


We are so thrilled that the business community of Denver is interested in the moves we are making here in Chaffee County to support entrepreneurialism, innovation, and job growth! Check out this article published yesterday in the Denver Business Journal.   By Ed Sealover – Senior Reporter, Denver Business Journal 6 hours ago Chaffee County and Denver may be separated by 130 miles, but metro-area leaders are playing a significant role in an economic development initiative to grow businesses in the area that includes popular mountain getaways Buena Vista and Salida. The recently launched Ascent initiative — from Jake Rishavy, a [...]

DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL FEATURE: Coming to Chaffee County: Denver mentors and financiers for growing businesses2022-04-27T15:45:58+00:00

Central Mountain Ascent Launch Event Recap


Last Friday we hosted our Central Mountain Ascent launch party to introduce the ten businesses who have been accepted into our new accelerator program. You can get to know the 2022 Cohort HERE! We'd like to send a HUGE shoutout to our presenting sponsor Collegiate Peaks Bank for believing in our organization and these purpose-driven businesses that are making a big impact in our community. We'd also like to thank the many event sponsors who helped make the night so special! THANK YOU TO ALL OF THESE SPONSORS! Collegiate Peaks Bank, Elevation Brewing, Eddyline Brewery, The Trailhead, Monarch Mountain, Deerhammer Distillery, [...]

Central Mountain Ascent Launch Event Recap2022-02-02T23:16:42+00:00

Wes Anderson


“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena.” - Theodore Roosevelt As a CFO, Wes Anderson is passionate about helping start-ups make sense of their numbers and prepare for the future. Wes currently provides fractional CFO services to companies in the real estate, manufacturing, SaaS, digital marketing, and BioTech spaces. He specializes in financial modeling, hiring and building finance teams, budgeting, and cashflow forecasting. [...]

Wes Anderson2022-02-02T22:59:24+00:00

Christy Doon


“Follow your passion — and if you don’t know what it is, realize that one reason for your existence on earth is to find it.” —Oprah Winfrey Christy Doon is the Regional Manager for the Department of Local Affairs for South Central Colorado.  She has worked for the State since 2006, first as program staff for the Conservation Trust Fund, Community Services and Community Development Block Grants, then as the Coordinator for the Colorado Main Street Program.  Christy has been a Regional Manager since 2012.  In her capacity with DOLA, Christy works hand in hand with local [...]

Christy Doon2022-02-02T22:59:31+00:00

Ashlie Arnold


"Find the smartest people you can and surround yourself with them." - Marissa Meyer As the Rural Empowerment Programs Manager at Pax8, Ashlie oversees projects and programs that utilize innovative technology to enable economic growth throughout rural Colorado. With a data-driven and strategic approach, she connects Pax8 to unique talent pools throughout the state, increasing diversity within the company and technology industry. Ashlie co-chaired the Upper Arkansas Region 13 Partnership of Business Development, attracting companies to rural Colorado through speaking engagements, in-depth research, and social media engagements. She has held many roles using data science and analytics [...]

Ashlie Arnold2022-02-02T22:59:38+00:00

Sumer Sorensen-Bain


"Find the smartest people you can and surround yourself with them." - Marissa Meyer Sumer Sorensen-Bain has over 25 years of direct MEP management with 25 years in manufacturing consulting. Sumer is the CEO of an international consulting firm that focuses on consulting the MEP national network and local companies called the Business Excellence Group. Their clients range from manufacturing, healthcare, service industry, and government and focused on a holistic model of optimizing the entire business. The model, called the Straight6TM, optimizes an organization’s strategy, organizational structure, people systems, methods and tools, communication and collaboration, and metrics. [...]

Sumer Sorensen-Bain2022-02-02T22:59:47+00:00

Pete Kinser


“Well done is better than well said.” — Benjamin Franklin Pete Kinser is the Co-Founder of the Strategic Design firm ThinkWyn. The firm’s focus is to serve as the connector for innovation, leadership, and strategy. He partners with Startups and Fortune 500 leaders to build skilled teams, scalable processes, and systems rooted in design-led innovation. As an executive coach and guide, Pete currently supports innovation leaders in a broad range of industries including, communication service providers, healthcare, higher ed, insurance, the outdoor industry (a personal favorite), and legal technology.   Pete’s current passion project is a partnership [...]

Pete Kinser2022-02-02T22:59:54+00:00

Wendell Pryor


"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein Wendell Pryor retired as the Director of the Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation on June 30, 2021 after 12 years. He has been an Adjunct Professor/Lecturer with the University of Colorado School Of Public Affairs for over 20 years, and Senior Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion. He also taught in the Graduate School of Public and Business Administration at California State University in San Bernardino. He retired as the State of Colorado Civil Rights Director, is a former lobbyist, and a social entrepreneur. [...]

Wendell Pryor2022-02-02T23:00:01+00:00

Brian Rose


“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” - Winston Churchill Brian joined Region 9 Economic Development District of SW CO, Inc. in early 2018, after spending the previous fifteen years as a commercial lender in community banking in Chaffee and La Plata Counties. Joining a non-profit lender was a natural transition as the mission was in alignment with Brian’s personal desires to find creative ways to help and assist small business owners as they strive to achieve their dreams.  As the Deputy Director, Brian’s main responsibility includes [...]

Brian Rose2022-02-02T23:00:10+00:00


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