Entrepreneurial spirit will be buzzing in September during the Anythink Startup month-long initiative in Adams County.
This is the first year that Anythink is holding the event and Stacie Ledden, director of innovations and brand strategy for …
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For a comprehensive list of the more than 35 Anythink Startup Month programs and experiences visit anythinklibraries.org. The programs are all free of charge but registration is required.
A sample of the classes available is listed below:
Etsy-preneurship: An Expert’s Guide
Turn your passion into a business by becoming an Etsy expert with Etsy entrepreneur Lynsey Morgan for a how-to guide and behind-the-scenes look at this online selling platform. Program runs from 6-7 p.m. nightly
Sept. 5 - Anythink York Street
Sept. 7 - Anythink Commerce City
Sept. 12 - Anythink Perl Mack
Sept. 13 - Anythink Brighton
Sept. 20 - Anythink Wright Farms
Design Thinking for Educators
Learn how to creatively problem-solve with design-thinking techniques as taught by leaders in education from Resource Area for Teachers (RAFT). Appropriate for adults, especially educators.
4:30-6 p.m.- Sept. 7, Anythink York Street
Market Like You Mean It: Marketing Basics with Ricochet Ideas
Join John Bellina, founder and creative director of Ricochet Ideas, to learn the why and how of marketing for your business. Discover key strategies that will help guide your marketing efforts and create brand awareness in the community.
6-7 p.m. Sept. 12 - Anythink Brighton
6-7 p.m. Sept. 21 - Anythink Perl Mack
Explore Business Ownership through Micro-financing
Join the Rocky Mountain Microfinance Institute, a Denver-based micro-lender, to help you clarify your business idea, define a startup strategy and understand the personal impacts of business ownership.
6-7 p.m. Sept. 19 - Anythink York Street
Budgets and Brews
Budgeting is better with beer. Join Anythink finance manager Nan Fisher at Mother Tucker, Thornton’s newest brewery, for an introductory session on how to create a budget and manage your expenses. This program is designed to give you the basic finance savvy to grow your business. Attendees will enjoy one free pint of beer, sponsored by the Anythink Foundation. Space is limited; registration required.
7 p.m. Sept. 26 Mother Tucker Brewery, 2360 E. 120th Ave., Thornton.
Careers in Cannabis
Join a panel of experts and leaders in the cannabis field on the entrepreneurial opportunities created by this industry. Discover trends and learn surprising ways that this industry intersects with everything from agriculture and chemistry to marketing and entrepreneurship. This panel includes Jesse Burns of Sweet Grass Kitchen, Alex Levine of Green Dragon and Ricardo Baca, the country’s first marijuana editor for a major newspaper and current founder of Grasslands, a cannabis content agency.
6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 27 - Anythink Wright Farms
Sommelier and Success: Small Biz Wine Tasting
Learn the startup story of Kingman Estates Winery with owner Doug Kingman while exploring wine varieties and pairings.
5-7 p.m. Sept. 28 - Anythink Bennett
This is the first year that Anythink is holding the event and Stacie Ledden, director of innovations and brand strategy for Anythink, said the library is excited to participate and witness the positive outcome.
“Anythink Startup Month was inspired by Outside the Lines, a global initiative that helps shift perceptions of libraries through creative community engagement,” Ledden said. “Libraries around the world this September are finding new and exciting ways to connect with their communities and Anythink Startup Month is how we are celebrating this year.”
The startup programs lets attendees explore everything from marketing to web design and from design thinking to micro-financing.
There will be four tracks of programs that will consider networking opportunities and partnerships. The tracks include Concept (ideation, vision, marketing and communication), Create (prototyping, making and design), Core (nuts and bolts and logistics like business plans) and Connect (networking and partnerships).
“Small businesses make up the majority of the economy here in Adams County, so we wanted a way to highlight local entrepreneurs and small businesses, and inspire new entrepreneurs and business-owners,” Ledden said. “Whether someone is interested in a career shift, launching a new product, or fine-tuning their existing business plan, the library has workshops, programs and resources to help people to be successful in their ventures.”
We’re thrilled to have such great experts and partners like the Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the East Colorado Small Business Development Center to share their expertise with the Adams County community. This is just one of the many ways the library can help inspire innovation and creativity here locally.
“We are looking for new ways to support innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit in our community,” said Ledden. “Through eclectic workshops and networking opportunities provided by Anythink staff and our metro-area partners, we hope to spark new ideas, new career opportunities, and maybe even new business ventures here in Adams County - all through the local library.”
Ledden said the plan is to help local entrepreneurs learn something new or spark an new idea that will help them to be successful in their career or business.
“We are creating opportunities for people to connect with each other. That’s a big part of what we do at Anythink - help bring the community together,” she said.
The library is also hosting an Anythink-style networking mixer Thursday, Sept. 21, 6- 8 p.m. at Bruz Beers, 1675 W. 67th Ave., near the Anythink Perl Mack branch. This will be an opportunity for business leaders, innovators and community members to connect and we celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of Adams County, Ledden said.
While the majority of Anythink Startup Month programs are geared toward adults, programs for children and teens will also be available to help inspire future entrepreneurs.
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