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Leadercast Jackson Hole

Central Wyoming College & Silicon Couloir presents
Leadercast Jackson Hole
May 5 at 8AM-4PM

The Center Theater

Leadercast is the world’s largest 1-day leadership conference focused on building Leaders Worth Following. This promises to be an inspiring day of exclusive leadership speeches (simulcast live), active leadership workshops, discussion, and networking.

Come to Leadercast 2017 – where every detail of the experience is purposefully crafted to inspire and engage you in surprising and meaningful ways. Discover the steps you can take to uncover your purpose … to reconnect to your organization’s why… and to truly live, work and play in this world, Powered by Purpose.
• Networking & Opening Remarks 8:00am – 9:00am
• Leadercast Live Session 1 9:00am – 10:30am
• Silicon Couloir Local Programming 10:30am – 11:00am
• Leadercast Live Session 2 11:00am – 12:30pm
• Lunch Break 12:30 – 1:45pm
• Session 3 1:45pm – 3:30pm
• Silicon Couloir Local Programming 3:30am – 4:15pm
• Networking Reception until 6:30pm

Buy your tickets today at http://www.jhcenterforthearts.org/calendar/events/leadercast-jackson-hole

July 2016 Newsletter

Chance Meetings: Monday, July 11th! 5-7pm @ the Rose (50 W. Broadway, downtown Jackson)

Theme: Start Up Institute – First Hand Experiences Speakers: Spring 2016 Start Up Institute Graduates Start Up Institute Instructors Sandy Hessler and Liza Millet Come hear about the exciting businesses of the Spring 2016 graduates of the Silicon Couloir/Central Wyoming College Start Up Institute. This aspiring group of entrepreneurs will discuss their businesses and what they’ve learned through the program. The Fall 2016 class will run from Oct 7 – Dec 11. Applications due August 1st! Learn more or apply here (http://www.siliconcouloir.com/startup/

Your vote matters! Everyday until July 13th.

As we announced on Thursday, Silicon Couloir has been named a finalist in First Western Trust’s #WealthIsAbout Grants Contest. This contest gives us a chance to win $7,000 that we can use to grow our impact on the local entrepreneurial community. Now we need your help! You can vote for us once each day until July 13th. To participate, click here to view the voting page: https://first-western-trust.pgtb.me/TBw739 (http://www.linkedin.com/redir/redirect?url=https%3A%2F%2Ffirst-western-trust%2Epgtb%2Eme%2FTBw739&urlhash=5xCl&_t=tracking_anet) Thank you so much for your support of the work we do in the community.

Welcome Back Nathan Adams! Silicon Couloir Director rejoins the board.

All of us at Silicon Couloir are extremely excited to announce that Nathan Adams has rejoined our Board of Directors! An original member of the Table 14 group that was formed at the first 22 in 21 conference, Nathan played a large role in the formation of Silicon Couloir, the creation of Chance Meetings, and the early Pitch Days. While professional opportunities led him to take some time away from Silicon Couloir, he recently jumped aboard again to come along for the ride (and help steer the ship). Welcome back Nathan! Connect with Nathan on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/nathan-w-adams-87378b5) http://myfw.com/offices/wyoming/jackson-hole/

Pitch Day is coming! 6 entrepreneurs prepare to hit the stage on Aug 10th.

Save the Date! Thursday, August 10th, from 4 – 7pm Center for the Arts main stage in downtown Jackson. Presentations starting promptly at 4pm. Reception to follow from 6–7pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Have you been following the Start Up Institute blog series?

Recent posts: ** Prepping with pivots for the pitch (http://sheenonline.com/2016/06/22/prepping-with-pivots-for-the-pitch/)

In the last several weeks of the Start-Up Institute at Central Wyoming College in Jackson, life turned into a tornado. ** Staying flexible to stretch toward goals when it’s all on the line (http://sheenonline.com/2016/05/27/staying-flexible-to-stretch-toward-goals-when-its-all-on-the-line/) I’m not a physically flexible person. I’m not always mentally flexible. Must be time to stretch. Warm-up stretches for business.

Read Start Up Institute graduate Mark Wilcox’s full articles on his website Sheenonline.com (http://sheenonline.com/2016/04/05/why-i-quit-my-job-to-go-into-the-cwcsilicon-couloir-start-up-institute/) soon to be changed to StartUp Road.

Entrepreneur Spotlight

NOSO Puffy Patches Indiegogo campaign comes to a close SATURDAY

Congratulations to Kelli Jones for successfully launching her new company NOSO and her first product Puffy Patches! Over the last month, Kelli has been carefully managing her first crowdfunding campaign which ends on Saturday, July 2nd. Follow Kelli’s next moves by visiting her website: http://nosopatches.com/

Kate’s Real Food Featured in this week’s JH News & Guide

Kate Schade officially started her energy bar company Kate’s Real Food in 2005, but her entrepreneurial journey really began in 1995 when she started making the legendary Tram Bar. Check out the full article here (http://www.jhnewsandguide.com/news/business/biz_quiz/tram-good-local-product-goes-national/article_06c863d4-8a7b-5765-a775-421615c20c99.html) . “There were a lot of times when I just have wanted to say, “Screw this,” but you always get through it. It’s perseverance and work ethic. … And for me personally and for everything I do, I want to do it better each time. I think that has made a big difference.” – Kate

Arden Oksanen’s New cooking show “Just Picked” has launched!

Local film maker, entrepreneur, and Start Up Institute graduate, Arden Oksanen, has recently launched a new cooking show focused on community supported agriculture through his company Foodterra. Be sure to watch the first three episodes (one of which features Victor’s Cosmic Apple Garden) and then subscribe to his YouTube channel HERE (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClDBu8d7TYx1Ch-IdMfQFDQ) .

Job Board

Garage Grown Gear e-Commerce Manager

Know the meaning of drop ship, COGS and alt text (without Googling it)? If so, we want to hear from you. Garage Grown Gear is hiring a part-time position to manage our e-commerce store. Tasks range from fulfilling orders and handling customer service to keeping track of back-end operations and taking care of administrative odds and ends. You must posses an entrepreneurial mindset and be comfortable navigating fluidly through cloud-based platforms, like Shopify, Basecamp and Hubspot. Experience with e-commerce and/or startups is a major plus. A love for crunching numbers and spreadsheets is even better. The majority of work can be done remotely on your own schedule. However, you’ll need to be available during some daytime hours for team meetings and to respond to customers. You’ll also need to live within driving distance of our Driggs, Idaho office, as we do keep some inventory on hand. Compensation DOE and could include equity. Also, you will get to be part of a fun-loving, hardworking team who knows how to keep it real. And, yes, they have a powder clause. Send a resume and a cover letter to jointheteam@garagegrowngear.com (mailto:jointheteam@garagegrowngear.com) . We hate misspellings, but don’t mind getting a taste of your personality. Feel free to break the conventional rules.

Other Upcoming Events

8th Annual Rocky Mountain Economic Summit

An exclusive Economic & Entrepreneurial Conference

Teton Springs Resort and Spa • Victor, Idaho • July 14th – 15th 2016

This has been touted as one of the nation’s top economic events. Bloomberg, CNBC, Forbes, Reuters, and many others will be covering this event live. There are limited seats available on a first come first serve basis and they are going fast! Mingle with the top economists, business leaders, and policy-makers from around the globe. More details and registration. (http://www.rockymountaineconomicsummit.com/)

June 2016 Newsletter

Chance Meetings: Monday, June 6th!

5-7pm @ the Rose (50 W. Broadway, downtown Jackson)

Sometimes all you need is the right connection, and a little inspiration. Well, what are you waiting for? Come find that connection, and grab some inspiration, at our monthly networking event. You never know… Theme: Fundraising Lessons Learned – Why do it and How to do it well? Panelists: Fletcher White, President, Bivvi Bob Fuziak, CEO, Hindsight Industries Steve Sullivan, CEO, Stio Todd Warden, Managing Partner, Lighthouse Capital Marnie Peterson, VP of Drug and Clinical Development, Hennepin Life Sciences Nathan Adams, Start Up Executive with deep private equity experience This month, our theme will be supported by an amazing group of panelists sharing their fundraising experiences (primarily private investment): We are so grateful to have a mix of private investors as well as entrepreneurs who have closed rounds of funding on our panel. You won’t want to miss hearing about their lessons learned! SAVE THE DATE: July Chance Meetings will move to the 11th because of the 4th of July holiday. July 11th Chance Meetings will feature the most recent Start Up Institute graduates.

Final Call for Pitch Day Applications!

Deadline is TOMORROW – June 1st

Are you or someone you know actively raising capital? The window is closing to get applications in so don’t wait any longer! If you have a start up or growth stage company that is actively fundraising, you are invited to apply to pitch. We are looking forward to hearing from the most promising companies and start ups in the area! Email your interest in presenting to pitchday@siliconcouloir.com. Put Pitch Day on your calendar right now! The 5th Annual Pitch Day, presented in partnership with First Western Trust, will be held on August 10th in the main theater of the Center for the Arts from 4 – 7pm.

Leadercast Wrap Up

The Leadercast JH Team! The second annual Leadercast JH was a huge success! On May 6th, 175 people gathered at the National Museum of Wildlife Art to not only listen to some of the most inspiring leaders in the world, but to engage with other local leaders from our community. Save the Date for the 3rd annual Leadercast JH May 5th, 2017

Mini Maker Faire Wrap Up

We had a great turnout for the 1st Annual Youth Innovation Contest at the JH Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, May 21st. 6 young entrepreneurs came up with a business idea, prepared their presentations, and pitched a packed house for over 2 hours! Over 80 people voted throughout the day to arrive at these results: People’s Choice: 1st Place: Tanner & Charlie’s Math Website 2nd Place: Natasha’s Tablet/phone holder 3rd Place: Wyatt’s app that helps you not forget things Watch their “pitches” at our Silicon Couloir YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/SiliconCouloir) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1w9XgbBhSNg Thanks to Teton Science Schools and Silver Star Communications for co-sponsoring the event with Silicon Couloir!

Have you been following the Start Up Institute blog series?

http://sheenonline.com/ Recent posts: Unlearning to learn; deconstructing to construct my startup (http://sheenonline.com/2016/05/20/unlearning-to-learn-deconstructing-to-construct-my-startup/) “So how do you like the Start-Up Institute?” a friend asked. It was the first time I didn’t know how to answer the question. The power of startups networking with startups (http://sheenonline.com/2016/05/13/the-power-of-startups-networking-with-startups/) It’s 15 minutes after our 15 hours of class is over for the week, and no one is leaving. Several of us are deep in conversation about naming our companies. Harvard and Wall Street in a community college: The genesis of the Start-Up Institute (http://sheenonline.com/2016/05/07/harvard-and-wall-street-in-a-community-college-the-genesis-of-the-start-up-institute/) When people say “community college,” it doesn’t usually share a sentence with “Harvard.” Read Start Up Institute student, Mark Wilcox’s full articles on his website Sheenonline.com (http://sheenonline.com/2016/04/05/why-i-quit-my-job-to-go-into-the-cwcsilicon-couloir-start-up-institute/) **

Entrepreneur Spotlight

http://snowkingmountain.com/activities/treetop-adventure/

King Treetop Adventure NOW OPEN! Congratulations to Sue and Christian Santelices! After graduating from the Start Up Institute, and putting in many years of hard work, their dream has come to life. The Treetop Adventure is a place right in the Town of Jackson where people of all abilities can experience the thrill, sense of accomplishment, and connection to nature that feeds the souls of Jackson Hole locals. Built by Sue and Christian, world-class mountain guides, the Treetop Adventure features a series of tree-to-tree aerial challenges like wobbly bridges, climbing walls, zip lines, and Tarzan swings that snake through the pine forest on Snow King Mountain. Teambuilding and leadership development programs are also available, as are private guides. http://snowkingmountain.com/activities/treetop-adventure/

About Us – T-Shirt Memory Quilts

Full Circle Quilts Has Launched! Kathleen Connor Neiley grew up in the mountains surrounding Jackson Hole, Wyoming. In 1978, she moved east to Middlebury College in Vermont to pursue her love of cross country ski racing. After college, she taught school for three years in Wyoming and New York before moving to Denver where she worked as an investment banker until the birth of her second child. She spent the next 20 years on a small horse farm north of Denver raising three daughters. Following a two-year stint in the biotechnology industry, she made the decision to return to Jackson Hole and attend The Startup Institute, an intensive course on entrepreneurship, in order to bring her dream of starting her own business to fruition. Full Circle Quilts provides a way for friends and family to come together to support their loved ones in their time of need. Kathleen and her team create T-shirt quilts from shirts you and your group provide, signed with your words of encouragement and love. We take those shirts and design an heirloom-quality Quilt to remind your loved ones of how much you care. https://www.fullcirclequilts.com/

Other upcoming events

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: HOW PEOPLE VIEW YOUR WEBSITE

Webinar June 2, from 2-3:00 pm Presented by Wyoming Entrepreneur SBDC, MRC & PTAC

What first impression does your website create? In this webinar, presenter Eric Spellmann will explain the split-second judgments people make about your website when they visit for the first time. What do they see first? What makes a visitor click? What causes visitors to leave? He gives specific recommendations to improve the “stickiness” of your website. If you want your website to generate more sales or leads, you must attend this information-packed presentation on June 2nd from 2-3:00 pm! Registration for the program is $15, and attendees can register at http://bit.ly/June2016BizFit.

May 2016 Newsletter

Chance Meetings: Monday, May 2nd!5-7pm @ the Rose (50 W. Broadway, downtown Jackson)

Sometimes all you need is the right connection, and a little inspiration. Well, what are you waiting for? Come find that connection, and grab some inspiration, at our monthly networking event. You never know…

Theme: How Risk Drives Leadership Speaker: Anne Fish, Author & Speaker J (http://www.meetup.com/Silicon-Couloir/) oin our MeetUp Group! (http://www.meetup.com/Silicon-Couloir/) http://www.annefish.net/ This month, our theme “How Risk Drives Leadership”, will feature Anne Fish, award-winning speaker, author, and international risk-taker extraordinaire. Being an entrepreneur requires taking plenty of risks. You’ve all been there. To be considered a leader one must have achieved his or her goals and inspired others along the way. That, in and of itself, can feel risky. What if you don’t have the success you had hoped for? Anne will show you how taking smart risks will put you in the driver’s seat rather than in the “pits” of life. Anne has an affinity for taking risks herself, which led her to branch out into emerging markets as an entrepreneur across multiple time-zones, countries, and continents, moving to countries she had never visited. Her first book, “Riskformation”, was released this February and hit #1 International Best Seller in just 24 hours. She has been featured on ABC, NBC and Fox and will be speaking at the Small Business Festival in Austin, Texas in May to a live audience of 3,000.

2nd Annual Leadercast in the Tetons Friday, May 6th, 2016 National Museum of Wildlife Art

Less than half the tickets remain – buy yours today! http://events.leadercast.com/location/jacksonhole Take Action! This is one of our Silicon Couloir core values and embodies the spirit of Leadercast. Do you want to create an envisioned future? Do you want to be an Architect of Tomorrow? Then join 200 leaders from around the Tetons, and 100,000+ people from around the world, for this full day leadership training event that will inspire YOU to take action. Come to learn, to network with other leaders, or just to be inspired. More info on Leadercast (http://event.leadercast.com/location/jacksonhole) Video interview of Jeff Flug (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aK0HexEGu1s) Buy Your Tickets Now (http://events.leadercast.com/location/jacksonhole)

2nd Annual Jackson Hole Mini Maker Faire Saturday, May 21, 2016

Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Jackson Hole Mini-Maker Faire (https://jhmakerfaire.wordpress.com/) , Saturday, May 21st, from 12-4 PM at the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools. If you are making, building, creating, or designing an interesting solution, we are looking for individuals to showcase innovation in the Tetons. No fee required to exhibit, just an interest in engaging participants with hands-on experiences. Apply here (https://jhmakerfaire.wordpress.com/2016-makers/) (https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&q=https://jhmakerfaire.wordpress.com/2016-makers/&source=gmail&ust=1461166417252000&usg=AFQjCNGzOBGduD2TInmSGtfSQEhdZMharA) or email zachbarnett7@gmail.com (mailto:zachbarnett7@gmail.com) for more information. Maker applications are due by April 29, 2016 and general admission continues to be free this coming year. New for 2016: Youth Innovation Contest sponsored in part by Silicon Couloir!

PITCH DAY 2016

The 5th Annual Pitch Day, presented in partnership with First Western Trust, will be held on August 10th in the main theater of the Center for the Arts from 4 – 7pm. If you have a start up, or growth stage company that is actively fundraising, you are invited to apply to pitch. We are looking forward to hearing from the most promising companies and start ups in the area! Application period ends on June 1st! Email your interest in applying to pitchday@siliconcouloir.com

New Start Up Institute blog series has launched!

This article is the first in a series to be published about the Start-Up Institute the way Jackson native Mark Wilcox experiences it in April through June of 2016. Hope you enjoy!** Blog #1:Why I quit my job to go into the CWC/Silicon Couloir Start-Up Institute Looking over a towering financial precipice, I leaped off the edge in February 2016, quitting my job as the eDaily editor at Wyoming Business Report to start my own life. My rules. Five kids. No income. What was I thinking? A month after I put in my two weeks’ notice, I’m still asking that question. The thing is, I did it partly because of an oft-repeated maxim in the startup world I happened to hear Sandy Hessler teach her class before I had committed to it: “Jump and the net will come.” Read Mark’s Full article on his new website Sheenonline.com (http://sheenonline.com/2016/04/05/why-i-quit-my-job-to-go-into-the-cwcsilicon-couloir-start-up-institute/)

Entrepreneur Spotlight

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2057346768/the-4-season-giver-gloves-the-best-damn-gloves-ever

Congratulations Bubba and the whole team at Give’r for their incredible Kickstarter campaign (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2057346768/the-4-season-giver-gloves-the-best-damn-gloves-eve) which brought in $224,370 through 2,071 backers! Have you seen their 90’s music video (https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=926000600830696) ? So awesome!

Alert Plus awarded 2016 Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Award of “Excellence in Health and Safety Product.”

Alert Plus, LLC (http://www.alert-plus.com/) , an advanced instrumentation Wyoming corporation and Silicon Couloir presenter in 2014, is committed to better safety, responsible stewardship, and savings in the oil and gas industry. Founded in 2012 by Wilcox and Murdock, the company has continued to grow and add new members to their Board – some of whom are well known here in Jackson. The award comes after an intense review by oil and gas industry professionals with one judge saying, “In such testing times as these, operators are constantly looking for ways in which to reduce their capex whilst still maintaining high levels of safety, security and visibility on location. The Alert Plus system seems sufficiently rugged and economical to assist with this aim.”

We’re entering a new phase of the economy — and it’s up to the next president to thoroughly understand it.

The following appeared on LinkedIn by Steve Case (https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-case-0973524?trk=pulse-det-athr_prof-art_hdr) .

It’s worth remembering that, 250 years ago, America itself was a startup. It was just an idea. And, now, we’re the leader of the free world — and it’s because we have the leading economy. That didn’t happen by accident. It was entrepreneurs who led the way in the agricultural revolution. It was entrepreneurs who led the industrial revolution. More recently, entrepreneurs led the technology revolution. That’s why we’re the leader that we are today. Read on (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/were-entering-new-phase-economy-its-up-next-president-steve-case)

Other upcoming events

The Ultimate Towner Obstacle Course

http://www.ultimatetowner.com/ The Towner is a product of passion and was inspired by the theme of Overcoming Your Obstacles. It’s a celebration of overcoming difficulties and of loving life! Join Team Silicon Couloir at the Ultimate Towner! Ultimate Towner registration (http://www.eventbrite.com/e/ultimate-towner-obstacle-course-race-jackson-wy-sunday-may-15-2016-tickets-20101432927?ref=ebtnebregn)

February 2016 Newsletter

Next Chance Meeting: Monday Feb 1st! 5-7pm @ the Rose. 50 W Broadway, downtown Jackson

Sometimes all you need is the right connection. Well, what are you waiting for? Come find that connection at our monthly networking event. You never know… Theme: Vision and Values Speaker: Scott Fitzgerald, Silicon Couloir Executive Director After successfully running and selling Fitzgerald’s Bicycles, Scott has seen first hand how important it is to lead with your values and be intentional about the envisioned future you want to create. Come hear what the future holds for Silicon Couloir as Scott begins his time as Executive Director.

Spring Start Up Institute class filling quickly!

Application deadline is Feb 1st

Central Wyoming College, in partnership with Silicon Couloir, has graduated 65 students just like these from The Start Up Institute. Are you ready to launch your idea or take your existing business to the next level? Start UP today by joining us in the next class. The Spring 2016 class will take place April 12 – June 16 and spaces are limited. Apply Now (http://www.siliconcouloir.com/startup/)

2nd Annual Leadercast in the Tetons

May 6th, 2016 Location TBD

Leadercast (http://www.leadercast.com/live) http://leadercast.comis the world’s largest one-day leadership conference, broadcast LIVE from Atlanta and simulcast to hundreds of locations around the world on May 6th, 2016. This year marks the sixteenth year of the annual leadership conference and the second year that Silicon Couloir will be hosting the event. The theme of this year’s conference is “Architects of Tomorrow,” focusing on visionary leaders who imagine and build a future that is rich in innovation, collaboration and full of hope. A future where problems are solved, questions are answered, and confusion gives way to clarity.The conference will equip attendees to create their own visionary path. Tickets are limited and will be available to those on our Silicon Couloir email list before the general public. Don’t miss this event!

Worth a read… Why Adventurers Make Better Entrepreneurs by Tana Hoffman

In a culture that praises its workforce for keeping long hours, valuing work time over play time, and checking email over vacations, I’d argue that being adventurers and embracing alternative lifestyles actually make us better business owners. We are driven by passion and our appetite for new experiences. We no longer have to choose between work and play; we’ve made them mutually beneficial. If you’re one of the people who find themselves drawn to the road less traveled, here are four characteristics you’ll develop in the field that will help you succeed as a professional: Read the full article (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-adventurers-make-better-entrepreneurs-tana-hoffman)

Give’r readies for Kickstarter launch

The new 4 season glove is almost ready to launch. CLICK HERE (http://bit.ly/1K0tS9r) to be the first to hear about their kickstarter campaign and enter to win a pair FREE!

http://www.melvinbrewing.com/2×4-dipa/ ** Melvin Brewing prepares for Pacific NW launch of 2×4 DIPA

Details are still emerging but the minions at Melvin Brewing are cranking out marketing materials for a massive launch into the NW market. Besides great beer, how about that logo thanks to local artist Kelly Halpin!

Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge

The Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge (https://cid.boisestate.edu/iec/) is a state-wide venture challenge over $100,000 in total seed fund prizes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=jNdI6C2Ffo0

Other upcoming events

http://www.sparkjh.com/calendar-of-events/Lunch & Learn with Attorney Matt Confer

Wednesday 1/27/16, Noon @ Spark JH Join Matt as he shares his knowledge and expertise on Partners hips and Operating Agreements.

Lunch & Learn with Jenn Ford (http://www.sparkjh.com/calendar-of-events/)

Wednesday 2/10/16, 12p – 1p @ Spark JH Marketing services for your small business or start up.

WY Grow Biz Conference & Idea Expo (http://wyen.biz/events/wyoming-entrepreneur-classes/2016-gro-biz-conference-idea-expo/?eID=759)

Wednesday 1/17 & Thursday 1/18, Gillette, WY The GRO-Biz Conference & Idea Expo is a two-track event that creates a one-of-a-kind environment in which business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs, business resources, government agencies, and elected officials network and foster economic growth.

January Newsletter

Next Chance Meeting Features Start-Up Institute Graduates Monday January 4th, 5-7pm at The Rose

At this month’s Chance Meetings, come hear about the Silicon Couloir / Central Wyoming College Start-Up Institute (http://www.siliconcouloir.com/startup/) through our recent graduates and as well as interesting businesses being launched by this new group of aspiring entrepreneurs! SUI instructors Sandy Hessler and Liza Millet will be on hand at this Chance Meeting to answer any questions about the program. The Spring 2016 Start-Up Institute session will run April 12 through June 16, 2016. Applications are due February 1. APPLY NOW (http://www.siliconcouloir.com/startup/)

Click here to learn more (http://www.siliconcouloir.com/our-programs/) about Chance Meetings (http://www.siliconcouloir.com/our-programs/) RSVP to this Chance Meeting >> (http://www.meetup.com/Silicon-Couloir/events/157705752/)

New Job Board Live on SiliconCouloir.com

Whether you are looking for a new “A player” to join your team, or searching for a new career move, the Silicon Couloir job board is the place to be. Act now and be the first to post! www.siliconcouloir.com/job-dashboard/

Upcoming Entrepreneur Events ** 5th Annual 22 in 21 Conference: January 14th at Spring Creek Ranch

The Jackson Hole valley lies in Teton County, Wyoming. Wyoming assigns each county a number to identify its license plates – Teton County is county 22, and “22 in 21″ is a symposium looking at Teton County in the 21st century (http://22in21.com/) . And not just Teton County, Wyoming in particular, but the greater Tetons region. In the view of 22 in 21, Jackson Hole is one community spanning two states and at least three counties: Teton WY, Teton ID, and Lincoln WY. 22 in 21 is an effort to help the greater Tetons community understand itself better, and in so doing help shape a future which complements its values, character, and resources. The things 22 in 21 is doing, and the lessons we’re learning, apply not just to the Tetons region, but to any community which inspires passion in its residents. Silicon Couloir supports 22 in 21 and we hope to see you there! REGISTER NOW (http://22in21.com/signup/)

Meet Wyoming’s Business Assistance Experts: January 13th 5:30 – 7:00 pm Jackson Hole Real Estate Associates Conference Room

Do not miss this opportunity to meet the passionate people who want to help your company succeed. Funding from the State of Wyoming and local and federal government resources supports a wide variety of business services, most of which are free of charge. This presentation will connect you with the expertise of the Wyoming Business Resource Network, and you will learn how they can serve your business – from start-up to expansion to exit, and everything in-between! REGISTER NOW (https://www.wysbdc.org/reg.aspx?mode=event&event=60360002)

GRO-Biz Conference & Idea Expo: February 16-18th Gillette, WY

The GRO-Biz Conference & Idea is an excellent educational and networking opportunity for Wyoming businesses. The two-and-a-half day event features breakout sessions, networking time, and keynote speakers covering many topics relevant to all types of businesses. REGISTER NOW (https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1748545&)

Chance Meeting Teton Valley: January 12th, 5pm at Three Peaks Dinner Table, Driggs

Join the Teton Valley Business Development Center in this monthly networking event on the Idaho sided of the Tetons! This month’s meeting will feature Silicon Couloir Executive Director, Scott Fitzgerald.

Pitch Day date announced! August 10th, 2016

Please mark your calendar for the 4th annual Jackson Hole Pitch Day brought to you by Silicon Couloir. The event will once again take place at the Center for the Arts and feature the very best early stage companies in the Tetons presenting their pitch to potential investors… and you!

Updates from Start-Up Institute Grads *

Snowking Treetop Adventure Park grand opening!

http://snowkingmountain.com/activities/treetop-adventure/ After a few years of planning and permitting, Sue Muncaster (Start-Up Institute graduate) and her husband Christian Santelices have brought their dream to life – the Snowking Treetop Adventure park is now open! Make your reservations by calling 307.201.5096 (tel:307.201.5096) or click through to their website HERE (http://snowkingmountain.com/activities/treetop-adventure/) . Congrats!

Other local start-up news

Naughty Fruit Kickstarter Campaign ends on Dec 31st . The Morales family has created a local following in Teton County selling tamales at the Farmers Market and shaved ice at the JH High School soccer fields. A few years ago, Juan Morales began to play with the notion of dehydrating his own snacks since his family was on a tight budget. He is now launching Naughty Fruit, a dehydrated spiced fruit snack full of vitamins, nutrients and natural enzymes. Naughty Fruit uses only the highest quality fruit and unique spice blends, and is the perfect pocket snack for your winter adventures! Please boost them and get your sample here >> (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/eatnaughtyfruit/eat-naughty-fruit?ref=nav_search)

Pro Guide Direct founder launches Bivvi. After over a year of fundraising effort, local Teton Valley entrepreneur Fletcher White strikes a deal to launch Bivvi (http://bivvi.com/) as a new pro management platform for the outdoor industry. The industry disrupting platform picks up where Pro Guide Direct and Gearwise left off to fortify the relationship between outdoor influencers and the brands who support them. Stay tuned for a full launch early this year.

December Newsletter

Join Us for Our Annual Holiday Celebration!

Monday, December 7th, 5-7pm at Rare Gallery on the Town Square

Our Chance Meetings are open networking events for bright minds to connect in Jackson. This month we’ll be gathering at Rare Gallery (*note the special occasion venue change) to celebrate the year and the holidays together. Light food and drink will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Provide Your Feedback for a Chance to Win a Gift Certificate from Stio or The Rose

Please take a moment to complete our annual stakeholder survey by Dec 15th

In order to continuously improve our programming and better serve our members, we’d like to ask for your feedback and suggestions. This survey is completely confidential (unless you opt to share your email for further discussion) and should only take a few minutes to complete.

All respondents (with completed surveys) will be entered into a drawing for two $25 gift certificates: one to The Rose, and one to Stio. The winner will be notified by December 15th.

Thank you in advance for your feedback!

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Naughty Fruit Launches Kickstarter

Get a sample bag of local food by boosting this Victor, ID company

The Morales family has created a local following in Teton County selling tamales at the Farmers Market and shaved ice at the JH High School soccer fields. A few years ago, Juan Morales began to play with the notion of dehydrating his own snacks since his family was on a tight budget. He is now launching Naughty Fruit, a dehydrated spiced fruit snack full of vitamins, nutrients and natural enzymes. Naughty Fruit uses only the highest quality fruit and unique spice blends, and is the perfect pocket snack for your winter adventures!

Please boost them and get your sample here >>

Online Workshop on Equity Splits

Thursday, December 3rd, 2 – 3:00pm

The Wyoming SBDC is hosting an online workshop this week on dividing equity in a start up. You and a partner go in “50/50” on a new business. You do all the work, he owns half the company. Now what? Slicing  pie outlines a simple method for dividing equity in an early stage company that tells you exactly the right number of shares for each participant. This is the perfect seminar for anyone who wants to start their own company.Register and reserve your space here >>

November Newsletter

Tonight! Chance Meeting: Bill Klyn, Patagonia Executive, Speaks on Social Impact and Branding

Free and open to the public Monday, November 2nd, 5-7pm at The Rose

Bill Klyn, International Fishing Development Manager and former VP of Marketing, will be speaking with us about the intersection of conservation and branding. Making a profit and doing good are not mutually exclusive. In fact, it is becoming the minimum standard for many startups hoping to capture the hearts and minds of millennials. How do you value social impact in a brand story? In company culture? We will have an open Q&A session with Bill at the end of the presentation, so bring questions!

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November Finance Workshop

Thursday, November 5th, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Invest in your business by learning how to understand and prepare financial statements. Learn about key drivers for profitability, and how to use your financials to predict cash flow and engage investors.

Offered in partnership with and delivered by Will Morrow, CFO of Melvin Brewing.  Learn more and reserve your space here >>

November Sales Workshop

Wednesday, November 4th, 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Back by popular demand! A Winning Sales Strategy: Small Business & Solo Entrepreneur Edition is a proven, effective way to grow your business with a customer outreach/sales training program customized to your business. This seminar is designed for small businesses owners and/or their sales staff as well as solo entrepreneurs. At the end of this seminar you will have a simple, effective plan to help grow your business through increased sales. This is an interactive, small group seminar so there is plenty of time to dive into your business and create a specific plan for you.Offered in partnership with and delivered by Jenn Ford of the Frederick Mountain Group.  Reserve your space here >>

Silicon Couloir Executive Director Transition

Silicon Couloir Job Opening

Following two years of strong service, our Executive Director, Charlotte Moats, will be stepping down at the end of the year to pursue an opportunity in the ski industry. Charlotte will remain close to the organization as a friend and fan, and will be helping to ensure that the organization transitions seamlessly to a new Director. The search is underway for a new ED to serve our members and help the organization grow from its strong financial and organizational foundation. For a full job description or more information, please inquire here >>

Jackson-based DIVA Networks Strikes Deal With Panasonic

Revolutionizing the cloud from Wyoming

Panasonic Corporation recently announced its partnership with DIVA Networks Inc.1 (headquarters: Wyoming, USA), a venture company in cloud services development, for comprehensive global collaboration on cloud photo platforms to create “new value for digital cameras.”

DIVA will develop cloud services to easily edit and share high quality photos through an intuitive interface, with the intention of global expansion, while Panasonic links these services to equipment such as digital cameras and other devices, to improve their usability and utilize these services in marketing. DIVA’s knowhow in cloud services will combine with Panasonic’s capabilities in technology development to develop new products designed for the cloud era.

Read the full article here >>

DMOS’s Kicker Tool Now Live on Kickstarter

DMOS: Packable Terrain Tools for Snow and Dirt

The Kicker Tool™ is the ultimate terrain-building tool for skiers and snowboarders: purpose-designed, rugged, and packable. Be the envy of your friends and get one of the first Kicker Tools in your ‘hood. DMOS needs your support to move to full-scale production and to continue to develop and bring to market other pro-quality, portable tools for athletes. Check out DMOS’s Kickstarter Campaign to browse rewards that include not just the Kicker Tool but also opportunities to ski or snowboard with their pro athlete team.

Help them reach their goal! Learn more or back them here >>

October Newsletter

Next Chance Meeting: Sales Strategy

Free and open to the public! Monday, October 5th, 5-7pm at The Rose

What goes into a winning sales strategy? How can you sell more directly and bring in more customers with direct customer outreach? How can you strengthen your current marketing and promotions? What constitutes an effective focus group? Come have a drink, bring questions, and listen to our experts speak about improving sales and customer conversion rates. Jenn Ford is the Founder and President of Frederick Mountain Group, which is a small business consultancy. Dennis Holton is President and CEO of The Calvary, Inc, which also provides business consultation and solutions.

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Wyoming #2 State for Entrepreneurship

More new entrepreneurs per capita than almost any other state in the country

Wyoming Business Report – More startups are starting up in Wyoming than just about any other state. The Cowboy State earned a No. 2 slot on a new list of state rankings for startup activity.

The ranked list came out of the Ewing Marion Kauffmann Foundation, a $2 billion private foundation focused on entrepreneurship and education. Annually, the foundation releases the list based around the Kauffman index.

Gov. Matt Mead seized on the data to tout Wyoming as a great place to start a business, especially in regards to its taxes and regulatory structure. He made the mention while at the Wyoming Global Technology Summit in Jackson, which drew on national heavy hitters and local entrepreneurs to examine the growing technology marketplace in Wyoming and around the world.

“I am excited about the entrepreneurial spirit we see around the state and from the University of Wyoming,” Mead said in a release. “The message is clear: Wyoming’s innovators are solving the problems of the world. They are growing and diversifying our economy.”

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JH Still Works Kickstarter Approaches Finish Line

A Cowboy State Craft Distillery

Jackson Hole Still Works partners Travis Goodman and Chas Marsh are two friends brought together decades ago by big rivers and deep snow, forming a brotherhood and Jackson Hole Still Works. Their locally sourced and produced, 100% handcrafted, artisanal grain-to‐bottle spirits are distilled at the foot of the Tetons and emerge from our passion for Wyoming. Casting for and carving out the mountain life in the shadow of their cowboy forefathers, they bring their love for this great state—for trekking hard, for pushing the limits, for going wild west—to every bottle. For the Love of Wyoming.

JH Still Works has launched this fundraising campaign to help buy new American oak barrels, larger stainless steel fermenters, and higher efficiency pumps. The funds will also give them the ability to rebuild their website, finish out their tasting room and retail space, and increase further marketing efforts throughout the great state of Wyoming and beyond.

Their Kickstarter has only 5 days left! Learn more or back them here >>

Local Robot Company Secures $1.9M Government Contract

Square One Designs to develop walking robots

Wyoming Business Report – Jackson-based Square One has gotten most of its business through government grants and research contracts, and has thus landed its equipment in national labs and in defense-style applications similar to the robots it will be creating for the new contract announced late last week. The $1.9 million contract will cover an initial two-year effort for development.A release stated that Square One pioneered all-terrain walking robots with ground-penetrating radar to locate buried explosives, and this grant will allow the development of the next generation of robots that do just that.

“Under this new effort, Square One’s engineering team will seek to transform the company’s existing proof-of-principle robots into rugged, self-propelled landmine detectors suitable for real world deployment,” the release stated. The robot integrates radar transmitters and receivers into each of the crawling robot’s six “feet,” allowing it to triangulate signals with greater precision, clarity and resolution.

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Melvin Brewing Wins Small Brewpub of the Year

Jackson Start Up Getting National Acclaim

Presented by the Brewers Association, the Great American Beer Festival is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and a symbol of brewing excellence. Winners were chosen from 6,647 competition entries from 1,552 breweries hailing from 50 states plus Washington, D.C. The judging panel featured 242 beer experts from 15 countries, including the U.S.

Against stiff competition, Jackson’s own Melvin Brewing won Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year. Congratulations!

Learn more here >>

Free Small Business Tax Webinar

Wednesday, Oct 14th, 11am MT

Learn how to properly pay federal taxes if you own a small business. Small Business owners wear many hats, and one of their most important responsibilities is knowing how to properly pay federal taxes. The SBA has teamed together with the IRS to hold this important federal tax webinar. The target audience is small business owners from across the Rocky Mountain West.

Learn about: Good record keeping | Reporting all taxable income | Separating business and personal expenses |  Making sure your returns are accurate |  Using e-file to increase filing accuracy and speed | Making sure you avoid tax scams | Choosing your preparer carefully & doing your homework | Contractor vs. Employee.

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Workshop Tomorrow: A Winning Sales Strategy

Thursday, September 24th, 9:30am – 12:30pm

Silicon Couloir is teaming up with Jenn Ford from the Frederick Mountain Group to offer an exclusive Sales Workshop at a private ranch in Wilson, WY. SPACES ARE VERY LIMITED! A Winning Sales Strategy: Small Business & Solo Entrepreneur Edition is a proven, simple way to grow your business with a customer outreach/sales training program customized to your business.

About the Seminar:

This seminar is designed for small businesses owners and/or their sales staff as well as solo entrepreneurs.

During this session we are going to cover the four key areas necessary to create a winning sales strategy.
– What does your business do/sell? Why?
– Who is your client? Why do they buy from your business?
– How to sell directly, how to bring more customers into with direct customer outreach.
– Simple software to manage your sales and communications to potential and active customers.

At the end of this seminar you will have a simple, effective plan to help grow your business through increased sales. This is an interactive, small group seminar so there is plenty of time to dive into your business and create a specific plan for you.

Light breakfast, midday snacks and refreshments included. LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE! Registration Required.

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