November Chance Meetings: Lead Like A Warrior - Applying Leadership Principles From The Battlefield To The Boardroom
Nov
4
5:00 PM17:00

November Chance Meetings: Lead Like A Warrior - Applying Leadership Principles From The Battlefield To The Boardroom

In honor of Veterans Day, Silicon Couloir’s November 4th Chance Meeting will feature a presentation by combat veteran and organizational leader, Todd Hanna. Reflecting on his service as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps, his two combat tours in Iraq, and his time leading and training Marines in various environments, Todd will share how the military leadership principles and lessons he learned during his time in service apply to leading companies, organizations, and teams of all types and sizes, across all industries.

 If you want to know how a warrior ethos, mindset, and principles can improve your own leadership skills, your team’s effectiveness, and your company’s performance, this is a program you won’t want to miss!  

A passionate, innovative, successful, organizational leader, Todd Hanna has extensive experience creating, leading, and improving organizations in the for-profit and non-profit environments, and is a decorated military veteran, having served two combat tours in Iraq as an officer in the Marine Corps from 2002 - 2008. Todd has led teams and organizations of all sizes and across multiple industries, including real estate, nonprofit, financial services, construction, online publishing, and consumer package goods. In addition to his operational leadership roles, he has served as a board member of Davos Brands (owner & developer of the highest quality, best-in-class wine and spirits brands) and as a Venture Partner at ATX Seed Ventures (an early-stage venture capital fund created by expert entrepreneurs serving emerging entrepreneurs). Todd has led and served on dozens of nonprofit boards, and is a co-founder of a youth leadership & mentoring organization, Explore Austin.

 Todd is the founder & Principal of Belay On Advisors, a consulting firm he created with a mission to "guide and inspire organizations to new heights". Focused on helping start-up and early-stage companies grow and scale, Todd helps organizations in four primary areas: Leadership, Strategy, Purpose, & People. Todd has been formally recognized for his leadership throughout his career, and the organizations he has led have received awards such as "Best Place To Work", "Fast 50", and awards for vision and execution. He is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School, is a former Outward Bound Veteran Instructor, and was an “Austin Under 40” award winner. In addition to his professional pursuits, Todd is a passionate outdoor adventurer, having climbed, hiked, biked, and paddled all over the country. He lives in Jackson Hole, WY with his wife and two, teenage sons.


FREE & open to all! We believe that great things don’t happen in a vacuum, and we encourage everyone to venture out to network once a month at Chance Meetings. This is an informative, casual, fun networking event that takes place the first Monday of every month from 5 – 7pm at The Rose (50 W Broadway Ave in Jackson). Have an idea? Have a question? Experience to share? Looking for like-minded people? We average 65 – 85 attendees, with new faces in the audience each month. Content ranges from panel discussions to speed networking. Everyone is welcome. Show up, bring ideas, ask questions!

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December Holiday Party + Mixe'd Media
Dec
2
6:00 PM18:00

December Holiday Party + Mixe'd Media

FREE & open to all! We believe that great things don’t happen in a vacuum, and we encourage everyone to venture out to network once a month at Chance Meetings. This is an informative, casual, fun networking event that takes place the first Monday of every month from 5 – 7pm at The Rose (50 W Broadway Ave in Jackson). Have an idea? Have a question? Experience to share? Looking for like-minded people? We average 65 – 85 attendees, with new faces in the audience each month. Content ranges from panel discussions to speed networking. Everyone is welcome. Show up, bring ideas, ask questions!


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October Chance Meetings
Oct
7
5:00 PM17:00

October Chance Meetings

Theme: Two Minute Drills— the Mini-Pitch

An elevator speech is "a short description of an idea, product or company that explains the concept in a way such that any listener can understand it in a short period of time. This description typically explains who the thing is for, what it does, why it is needed, and how it will get done." Join us on October 7th to hear elevator speeches or "mini-pitches" from three of our local companies: Coven, Rinord, and HighPoint Ciderworks (formally Solitude Ciderworks) will present their "what, why and how" to the audience, followed by Q&A. Please come support these entrepreneurs and learn how to perfect your own "mini-pitch."

FREE & open to all! We believe that great things don’t happen in a vacuum, and we encourage everyone to venture out to network once a month at Chance Meetings. This is an informative, casual, fun networking event that takes place the first Monday of every month from 5 – 7pm at The Rose (50 W Broadway Ave in Jackson). Have an idea? Have a question? Experience to share? Looking for like-minded people? We average 65 – 85 attendees, with new faces in the audience each month. Content ranges from panel discussions to speed networking. Everyone is welcome. Show up, bring ideas, ask questions!


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Chance Meetings is Monday, September 9th- Women in Business: Challenges, Changes and Opportunities Inbox x
Sep
9
5:00 PM17:00

Chance Meetings is Monday, September 9th- Women in Business: Challenges, Changes and Opportunities Inbox x

Theme: Women in Business: Challenges, Changes and Opportunities

The notable successes and multiple challenges facing women entrepreneurs were recently noted in two reports­— The 2018 State of Women-Owned Business Report by American Expresss and SCORE’s Megaphone of Main Street: Women’s Entrepreneurship, Spring 2018 report. According to the reports, the number of women-owned businesses has increased by 58 percent since 2007,  and women own 4 out of every 10 businesses in the U.S. In 2017, 11.6 million U.S. businesses were women owned. These businesses employed nearly 9 million people and generated more than $1.7 trillion in revenue.

 It’s irrefutable that women entrepreneurs are on the rise. However, despite these incredible achievements, women entrepreneurs face many challenges. Lack of funding is among the most commonly cited. Indeed, studies have shown that men are almost twice as likely as women to raise $100,000 or more in funding. Other obstacles include a lack of mentors, advisors, and general support systems.

Yet, despite the difficulties women business owners report high satisfaction with work, general well-being, and an appropriate work-life balance.
 Join us as we explore these topics with four successful and inspiring local women entrepreneurs and business leaders: Clarene Law, Mary Kate Buckley, Ruth Ann Petroff, and Lindsay Linton Buk.

FREE & open to all! We believe that great things don’t happen in a vacuum, and we encourage everyone to venture out to network once a month at Chance Meetings. This is an informative, casual, fun networking event that takes place the first Monday of every month from 5 – 7pm at The Rose (50 W Broadway Ave in Jackson). Have an idea? Have a question? Experience to share? Looking for like-minded people? We average 65 – 85 attendees, with new faces in the audience each month. Content ranges from panel discussions to speed networking. Everyone is welcome. Show up, bring ideas, ask questions!


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Pitch Day 2019
Sep
5
4:00 PM16:00

Pitch Day 2019

Mark your calendar for Silicon Couloir’s 8th Annual Pitch Day, our signature event of the year.  Held at the Center for the Arts in Jackson, Wyoming on September 5th from 4-7 PM, Pitch Day features local entrepreneurs showcasing their businesses to a large and interested audience of over 250 attendees.  Cash prizes will be awarded in a number of categories.


Free to attend and open to the public, Pitch Day stars a select group of innovative and creative companies developing in the Teton region.  This event supports local entrepreneurs to showcase and promote their business or idea.

Selected entrepreneurs will have three coaching sessions with a team of successful and experienced business experts leading up to the main event.  Coaching is a critical feature of the program, as it helps entrepreneurs hone their delivery and synthesize the information that is most likely to interest attendees.  

Pitch Day is a celebration of the highly successful entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Tetons. We hope to inspire audience members and others in our community to dream up or begin their own entrepreneurial journey.


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August Chance Meetings
Aug
5
5:00 PM17:00

August Chance Meetings

Theme: Business: Good for the Community Beyond Economic Impact with Fred Keller

From Fred Keller:
“I believe that the opportunity exists for business to be so much more than just be an economic player in the community. Often the business model is to make money and then fulfill what many consider to be an opportunity or an obligation: do something nice for the community. But business leaders have some amazing skills honed through their daily work to make their businesses successful. They are pretty savvy problem solvers, are energetic when it comes to getting things done, and are good at seeing the big picture.

“So the big question: what would it take for Jackson to have an even more positive change?”


Fred Keller is the Founder and Chair of Cascade Engineering, which he started in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1973. He believes that business has the unique opportunity to complement its efforts on financial performance with important work in the social and environmental arenas. He has emphasized the key role business can play in building financial, social and ecological capital, often through partnerships with government and community agencies. His innovative management approach and work in advancing sustainability are featured regularly in business and industry publications.

Fred has been a visiting lecturer at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University since 2002 and is an Executive-in-Residence at the Center for Positive Organizations at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He was formerly the board chair of the U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council and is a past chair and current member of the Board of Trustees for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Fred is also a trustee for the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation.

FREE & open to all! We believe that great things don’t happen in a vacuum, and we encourage everyone to venture out to network once a month at Chance Meetings. This is an informative, casual, fun networking event that takes place the first Monday of every month from 5 – 7pm at The Rose (50 W Broadway Ave in Jackson). Have an idea? Have a question? Experience to share? Looking for like-minded people? We average 65 – 85 attendees, with new faces in the audience each month. Content ranges from panel discussions to speed networking. Everyone is welcome. Show up, bring ideas, ask questions!


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Jul
15
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch and Learn: Blockchain 101 with Stina Brock

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No doubt you've heard of blockchain technology, but what exactly is it? Furthermore, howcan this technology be applied to business? Stina Brock, founder of the Wyoming Blockchain MeetUp group will present the basics of blockchain and answer all of your questions at a Lunch and Learn on Monday, July 15th from noon to 1 at The Cowork Space in downtown Jackson.

Please email Rebecca@SiliconCouloir.com to register.

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July Chance Meetings: Meet the 11 New Start-Up Intensive Graduates and Their Businesses
Jul
1
5:00 PM17:00

July Chance Meetings: Meet the 11 New Start-Up Intensive Graduates and Their Businesses

Come hear about the exciting new businesses of the Spring 2019 graduates of the Silicon Couloir/Central Wyoming College Start-Up Intensive. This aspiring group of entrepreneurs will introduce their businesses and share what they've learned through the program.

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FREE & open to all! We believe that great things don’t happen in a vacuum, and we encourage everyone to venture out to network once a month at Chance Meetings. This is an informative, casual, fun networking event that takes place the first Monday of every month from 5 – 7pm at The Rose (50 W Broadway Ave in Jackson). Have an idea? Have a question? Experience to share? Looking for like-minded people? We average 65 – 85 attendees, with new faces in the audience each month. Content ranges from panel discussions to speed networking. Everyone is welcome. Show up, bring ideas, ask questions!


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June Chance Meetings: Developing and Retaining Effective Teams
Jun
3
5:00 PM17:00

June Chance Meetings: Developing and Retaining Effective Teams

Teamwork is a vital ingredient of any successful business. How do you get employees, investors, and customers to buy into your vision, product and purpose?  Jake Urban, local entrepreneur and educator will share the techniques and practices that have made his teams so successful.

In Jake’s own words:

“As an undergraduate professor, mountain guide, program director, corporate trainer, Search and Rescue trainer and business owner, I have been teaching, training and leading people in the outdoors for the past 24 years. I founded, own and operate the Jackson Hole Outdoor Leadership Institute, Inc., an educational think tank devoted to developing and delivering curriculum in the areas of avalanche education and prehospital emergency medical training in the urban and wilderness environment.”

“In the 90’s I developed techniques and strategies that increased retention and overall job satisfaction at corporate giants such as Deloitte, Cardinal Health, Nantucket Nectars, and IBM. My current philosophies and practices couldn’t be farther from that foundation. Most recently my techniques have helped me successfully develop effective teams in educational, organized rescue, institutional recreation and the oversight of risk management in high-risk environments.”

Learn more about Jake at www.tetonsnowgeek.com.

FREE & open to all! We believe that great things don’t happen in a vacuum, and we encourage everyone to venture out to network once a month at Chance Meetings. This is an informative, casual, fun networking event that takes place the first Monday of every month from 5 – 7pm at The Rose (50 W Broadway Ave in Jackson). Have an idea? Have a question? Experience to share? Looking for like-minded people? We average 65 – 85 attendees, with new faces in the audience each month. Content ranges from panel discussions to speed networking. Everyone is welcome. Show up, bring ideas, ask questions!

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May Chance Meetings
May
6
5:00 PM17:00

May Chance Meetings

FREE & open to all! We believe that great things don’t happen in a vacuum, and we encourage everyone to venture out to network once a month at Chance Meetings. This is an informative, casual, fun networking event that takes place the first Monday of every month from 5 – 7pm at The Rose (50 W Broadway Ave in Jackson). Have an idea? Have a question? Experience to share? Looking for like-minded people? We average 65 – 85 attendees, with new faces in the audience each month. Content ranges from panel discussions to speed networking. Everyone is welcome. Show up, bring ideas, ask questions!


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Become a Productivity Ninja
Apr
18
to Apr 22

Become a Productivity Ninja

Thom Kinney

Thursdays April 18, 25 &  May 2

7:30 am - 9 am

$150

Do you ever feel overloaded, stressed out, or scattered? Do you wish you had more hours in the day? This course will teach you best practices and practical tools for gaining more control over your time and activities, to accomplish your most important goals while feeling more relaxed and focused. You will investigate the  three habits that highly productive people practice on a daily basis. Become proficient in time management as a "martial art" - skills for battling the barrage of information, demands, and interruptions that can derail your best plans and intentions. Learn tips and tricks for leveraging technology - no matter what apps you prefer - without letting it take over your life.


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Start-Up Intensive
Apr
9
to Jun 13

Start-Up Intensive

AN INTENSIVE ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM

CWC AND SILICON COULOIR PARTNER TO OFFER THIS 10-WEEK BOOT CAMP IN JACKSON, WY

A hands-on, experiential and practical course focused on helping indivivduals work on and launch their business ideas.  The program is designed to jump start aspiring entrepreneurs and to encourage Wyoming's economic growth and diversification.

Participants dedicate three full days per week to class time in addition to working through the ideas after class hours. Specifically, they will leave the program being able to:

  • Determine the key need and benefit of their product or service

  • Develop a clearly defined target audience profile

  • Understand and layout the competitive landscape

  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative research to optimize their product positioning

  • Build a detailed budget, financial model and cash flow projections

  • Develop a strategic plan and timeline for implementation

  • Walk away with an "elevator pitch," key marketing plan elements, a convincing investor deck, corporate overview, and more

 Click here for more information and to register.


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