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Hosted by the Central Mountain Small Business Development Center (SBDC), “The Power of WE”, is back and it’s finally time to gather again. This engaging, uplifting event returns to Salida on May 16, at the SteamPlant Event Center. Early registration goes through April 29 and then prices will rise, so the time to plan to attend is now. While women may be the main audience, this day-long conference doesn’t necessarily exclude men.

According to event organizers, Women Entrepreneurs (WE) is uniquely created for women and/or teams in business whether for-profit or nonprofit endeavors. Organizers describe this as “a women-focused journey, located at the SteamPlant Event Center, you can experience brilliant speakers, engage in thought-provoking content, dive into spectacular breakout sessions, learn about funding options, and receive fun swag bags, and more.”

WE  will feature Holly Woods, Ph.D., as the keynote speaker. Her theme is how to create a purpose-driven business that doesn’t just add more profit and impact but more meaning to the organization’s efforts.

Known as a purpose activator, entrepreneur, scientist, bestselling author, and founder of the world-renowned Emergence Institute, she will highlight a day filled with 16 other awe-inspiring presenters who represent national companies such as Patagonia and Euphrates Institute as well as many Colorado-grown successful business professionals.

The event is created and hosted by the Central Mountain Small Business Development Center. There are multiple sponsors including the  the Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation, the Small Business Administration, The Colorado Housing and Finance Authority CHFA) and Chaffee County.

Attendees will get their money’s worth as the event begins at 8:00 a.m. and runs through 6:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “WE Rise UP” and the event is also offering pre and post conference workshops put on by some of Colorado’s high mountain success stories.

Register now to get the early bird special event rate. Until Friday, April 29 the cost for the day-long event is $75. After Friday, registration will increase to $90.

Team discounts and scholarships are available, so readers are encouraged to email for more details.