First Ever Colorado Entrepreneurship MarketPlace Event Friday

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Michelle Alcott,, Phone: (303) 934-9117 Julie Worley,, Phone: (719) 254-7414
La Junta, CO – The Colorado Rural Development Council (CRDC) and the Center for Rural Affairs will host the first ever “Colorado Entrepreneurship MarketPlace”, which will focus on building jobs and the rural economy from with. It will be held on October 10, 2008 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. on the campus of Otero Junior College in La Junta Colorado.
Huntington ("Hunt") Lambert, the Associate Vice President of Office of Economic Development at Colorado State University, will be the opening keynote speaker for the Colorado Entrepreneurship MarketPlace. He will start off the day with the kind of knowledge and enthusiasm each up and coming entrepreneur, as well as an established entrepreneur needs to succeed.  

"The wealth of experience of the presenters and amount of information that will be available to attendees is unequalled in Colorado.  The MarketPlace has all the ingredients necessary to help the new entrepreneur get started and the existing entrepreneurs go to the next level," said Clarke Becker, President/CEO of the Colorado Rural Development Council
The closing keynote speaker will be Charles "Chuck" D'Aprix, Founder of The Downtown Entrepreneurship Project in Washington, DC. He has been described as an interesting, engaging and dynamic speaker. Chuck shares his experiences and real life examples of how entrepreneurship can shape a community - indeed how entrepreneurship can play a central role in community revitalization. Sometimes referred to as the "walking encyclopedia on downtown entrepreneurship," he inspires audiences with his experience, spirit, and risk-taking of a true entrepreneur.

MarketPlace will feature up to 40 booths filled with successful small business men and women, service providers, and other conference sponsors. Attendees will be able to meet with these folks throughout the day to ask questions, gather information, and make connections.

Small business development drives job growth and economic development in rural areas. The event will offer training, networking, and professional development opportunities for startup and existing small businesses, service providers, rural communities, and family farmers and ranchers. 
Additional Information on conference speakers below
To arrange interviews or other media needs, contact Michelle Alcott, 303-934-9117 (prior to the conference) or 303-570-9467 on October 10. 

Dynamic group of speakers lined up for MarketPlace.

Hunt Lambert is the former Director of the Colorado State University Entrepreneurship Center and a member of the Faculty at the College of Business, Hunt has been part of 25 startups in 12 countries 22 of which are still operating during his industry career. He teaches strategy and business plan development in the MBA program and was the Beta Gamma Sigma professor of the year in 2004. He continues to be involved in CSU’s Superclusters, CSU-Ventures, teaching, many boards and several CSU technology-based new companies.  He has helped another 15 startups since he joined CSU 7 years ago including Solix Biofuels, EnviroFit, AVA Solar, Keen Foods and AML. 
Chuck D'Aprix is a 25 year plus advocate of community entrepreneurship.  Chuck is the Founder of the Downtown Entrepreneurship Project in Washington, DC.  He is in expert in entrepreneur recruitment, testing, training, exploring financial options and much more.  He is particularly sensitive in understanding that entrepreneurs, small communities, and non-profits have limited resources.  Chuck has most recently worked in Colorado with the Town of Granby, in Grand County.

For more information visit: or contact Michelle Alcott,, 303-934-9117.

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