Category: Idea Accelerator with Lauren Collier

How Copywriting Accelerates Your Business with Natalie Gowen

September 19, 2017 1 min to read

How Copywriting Accelerates Your Business with Natalie Gowen

Category : Idea Accelerator with Lauren Collier

Today’s featured thought leader is Natalie Gowen, a brand strategist and content coach. She started writing for onlineand print outlets in 2007 and is published on top copywriting and industry sites and local newspapers, including the Colorado Springs Gazette. In 2013, she launched her copywriting and web design firm, Moxie Tonic,...

How to be an Artist with Jon Khoury

September 12, 2017 1 min to read

How to be an Artist with Jon Khoury

Category : Idea Accelerator with Lauren Collier

Jon Khoury is the Executive Director of Cottonwood Center for the Arts, and is a board member of The Downtown Partnership, The Colorado Springs Public Market and Board President of The Public Arts Commission. A Colorado College Graduate, class of 1984, he’s thrilled to be back in Colorado Springs, helping move the city forward by...

How to Build an Award-Winning Catering Company with Michelle Talarico

August 8, 2017 1 min to read

How to Build an Award-Winning Catering Company with Michelle Talarico

Category : Idea Accelerator with Lauren Collier

Michelle Talarico began her business in 1989 with her friend Kathy, combining their love for food and fun, and about $300 each to pursue adventures in catering and event planning. She now co-owns and runs three catering companies – Picnic Basket Catering Company, Cravings Five Star Events, and Buffalo Gals Grilling Company. Outsid...

How to Start a Brewery in Colorado Springs with Steve Stowell

August 1, 2017 1 min to read

How to Start a Brewery in Colorado Springs with Steve Stowell

Category : Idea Accelerator with Lauren Collier

Steve Stowell is a Nationally Certified Beer Judge, and a Certified Cicerone, the second in Colorado Springs. He has been brewing beer for seven years and has just retired from 20 years in the  Army as a Special Forces Officer. Steve is now the owner of Triple S Brewing Company, sharing a multitude of craft beer flavors with Colora...

How to Assist Veterans Experiencing Homelessness with Kristen Bailey

August 1, 2017 1 min to read

How to Assist Veterans Experiencing Homelessness with Kristen Bailey

Category : Idea Accelerator with Lauren Collier

Kristen Bailey is a Colorado native who now works as the Outreach Specialist and Volunteer Coordinator for the Homes for All Veterans Program of Rocky Mountain Human Services. She attended the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology in 2011. After graduating, she became interested i...

How to Build a Profitable Event Planning Business with Tami Forero

July 22, 2017 1 min to read

How to Build a Profitable Event Planning Business with Tami Forero

Category : Idea Accelerator with Lauren Collier

Tami Forero has been an event planner for 25 years. She started as a trained musician, then got into the banking industry in South Florida, and from there moved to Colorado Springs and started her event planning company in 2006. As CEO of Forte Events, she serves international corporate clients, non-profits, weddings and celebratio...

How to Find the Franchise Opportunity That’s Right for You with Chris Johnson

July 18, 2017 1 min to read

How to Find the Franchise Opportunity That’s Right for You with Chris Johnson

Category : Idea Accelerator with Lauren Collier

We welcome the president of Liberty Franchise Solutions, Chris Johnson. Chris has degrees in History from UCCS and UNLV and intended to become a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. State Department. During his father’s battle with cancer, life changed. He moved back to Western Colorado to help run his family’s driver’s educati...

How to Creatively Conserve Water with Frank Kinder

July 4, 2017 1 min to read

How to Creatively Conserve Water with Frank Kinder

Category : Idea Accelerator with Lauren Collier

Today’s featured thought leader is Frank Kinder, the senior Water Conservation Specialist for Colorado Springs Utilities. Frank oversees commercial and residential water efficiency conservation programs, rebates, outreach and education. His work has helped earn Colorado Springs Utilities several awards, including the 2015 WaterSe...

How to Build a Better Breed of Liquor Store with Jennifer Clark

June 27, 2017 1 min to read

How to Build a Better Breed of Liquor Store with Jennifer Clark

Category : Idea Accelerator with Lauren Collier

Jennifer Clark is the general manager of Mountain Cellars Fine Wine and Spirits. She was raised in a family-owned-and-operated greenhouse business. From the time she could walk, she was learning to run a company and work hard. She worked in real estate until 2007 when she moved to Colorado, and has been working in the liquor industr...

How to Grow a Community of Makers and Creators with Mundi Ross

June 20, 2017 1 min to read

How to Grow a Community of Makers and Creators with Mundi Ross

Category : Idea Accelerator with Lauren Collier

Mundi Ross is the founder of Salt+Butter Cookie Company, Colorado Collective and COCO Crafted. She discovered an amazing community of creatives and small business owners, which led her to start a publication that tells their stories, in an effort to grow the community and highlight all the talented individuals in Southern Colorado....