Chance Meetings Monday, May 7th, 5-7pm

Chance Meetings
Monday, May 7th, 5-7pm

The Rose (50 W Broadway)

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

Theme: Scaling and Managing a Company with
Nationwide (International) Reach


Yellowberry, Dust Cutter, Stio and Melvin Brewing are local companies with national reach. But how did these highly successful companies scale and manage their growth while maintaining brand identity and culture?

Join us at The Rose from 5-7 pm for our May Chance Meetings as we sit with these CEOs and Founders to learn more about their journey building and operating a company with national recognition.

This panel will be part Q&A and part update. We want to hear from our community both and before and during the event. Please submit your questions to hello@siliconcouloir.com.


Panelists:

Megan Grassell
Yellowberry Founder/CEO ( (https://www.yellowberrycompany.com)

Megan  started Yellowberry in March of 2013 as a junior in high school. She took her younger sister shopping for her first bras and was appalled at the overly-sexualized options available for her and other girls her age (tween, 8-14). After realizing there were not great options, Megan decided to find a way to make bras specifically for girls. She launched the company in January of 2014 and began to grow.

Since then, Yellowberry has flourished into something that is much more than a just bra company for girls. It is a brand that is changing the way girls buy bras, making that experience a positive one to remember.
 

Eric Green
Dustcutter and DC Racks Founder (http://dustcutter.com)

Eric Green is a Fourth Generation native of Jackson Hole. Eric is the Founder of the Dust Cutter Beverage Co., which has grown rapidly in 5 years. They now have product in 40 states in the US and have distribution in the UK, South Korea and Panama.

Eric is also the Founder of DC Racks which is launching its first product, Blaze Controller, in a few weeks. Blaze Controller is a wireless LED lighting controller for the automotive industry.


Stephen Sullivan
Stio® Founder/CEO (https://www.stio.com)

Stephen Sullivan is the Founder/CEO of Stio® a direct to consumer outdoor lifestyle brand based in Jackson, Wyoming. Sullivan was formerly the Founder/CEO of Mountain Origins LLC, a consulting group with a focus in the Outdoor, Snowsports and Fly Fishing industries, and was formerly the Co-Founder/President of Cloudveil®, an outdoor apparel manufacturer.  

While at Cloudveil®, a brand that Sullivan founded and led from its inception in 1997 to over $45M in annual retail sales volume by 2008, Sullivan focused on the product, marketing, ecommerce and retail divisions. Sullivan has extensive hands-on experience working closely with over 600 national and international outdoor, snowsports and fly-fishing retailers and distributors including MEC, REI, Orvis, Cabela’s, EMS and SSV.

Sullivan, is a frequent panelist and lecturer in the outdoor/snowsports/fly fishing space and in his free time currently serves as a business mentor to several local and national companies. He is currently a Board Member of MountainHub and Center Management, Inc., and is a hockey coach for Jackson Youth Hockey. Sullivan is the former Vice Chairman of The American Fly Fishing Trade Association, and a previous board member of both Jackson Youth Soccer and 1% for the Tetons. Sullivan holds a BA in Humanities from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and lives in Wilson, Wyoming with his wife and three children where he skis, rides, fly fishes and alpine climbs but mostly spends an inordinate amount of time hauling his kids around the western United States to compete in ski races, hockey, lacrosse and soccer tourneys!
 

Will Morrow
Financial Guru and Chief Adult Supervisor Melvin Brewing (https://melvinbrewing.com)

Will Morrow joined Melvin Brewing after the founder reached out to discuss expansion following winning some major brewing awards. He joined the team in 2014, completing a significant fund raise and establishing a public-private partnership with the state of Wyoming to take Melvin out of the Thai Me Up brewing closet to establish the brand on the national and international stage. He has been involved with every aspect of the company’s growth, from establishing production to signing distribution contracts and driving sales. At Melvin he leads Operations, Finance, and Administration.

Prior to Melvin, Mr. Morrow had a variety of experiences. Most recently, he was a “small cap” investor and growth management consultant, working with growing companies around the US. He was also a founding partner in a Wyoming oilfield services “roll-up”. Mr. Morrow began his professional career in investment banking at Salomon Smith Barney in New York.  

 Our Chance Meetings are open and FREE mixers for bright minds to connect in Jackson. Launching a business or looking to invest? Looking to work with great people? Have an idea or a challenge? Wanting to collaborate or find a mentor? Come to next week's Chance Meeting to network and learn more about your peers in Jackson's entrepreneurial ecosystem.
 

NEWS AND NOTES

Central Wyoming College presents the inaugural CWC Entrepreneurial Showcase to celebrate 5 successful years of the Start Up Intensive program in Jackson

 To celebrate 5 years of the Start Up Intensive (SUI) and the impact it is having on successful entrepreneurial outcomes, Central Wyoming College is hosting the CWC Entrepreneurial Showcase on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 from 4pm-7pm at the Center for the Arts in Jackson, WY.  Various graduates from the first 9 programs will be presenting their businesses, sharing their entrepreneurial journeys, and connecting with the community at large in this celebratory event. 

Formerly known as the Start Up Institute, the Start Up Intensive is an in-depth entrepreneurial training program designed to provide participants with proven tools, frameworks and skills that winning companies utilize to launch successful business ideas. The program will graduate its 115th student in June 2018 and outcomes for success are much higher than for the average entrepreneur.  The next program will take place the spring of 2019. 

Lynne McAuliffe, the Dean of Workforce and Community Education, stated, “It is within the mission of Central Wyoming College to improve the economy in the communities we serve.  The SUI has successfully helped launch numerous successful businesses, and created many new jobs.  CWC is thankful for all of the partnerships, consultants, mentors and the community support that have made this program possible.”

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Give'r Celebrates Six Years in Business!

Check out there new State of the Give'r Garage Video here.

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Buddy Pegs Featured in Summer 2018 Issue of Teton Family Magazine

http://tetonfamilymagazine.com/issues/summer-2018/

Have News To Share?

 

As always, please feel free to send news of your company's press, events, successes, and milestones to siliconcouloir@gmail.com and we'll do our best to feature them in our newsletters!

Are you a community caretaker?

 

Silicon Couloir strengthens our Teton regional community by empowering the entrepreneurial ecosystem. More than just business development, we believe in enriching our community character and enhancing our mountain town culture. Help us support business pioneers in the Tetons by becoming a community caretaker!
 

To offer your time or talent, please email me at jenn@siliconcouloir.com.


Cheers!
Jenn Ford
Executive Director

Silicon Couloir