The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado and the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center are co-hosting Small Business Week, May 2-5, at several locations in Colorado Springs.

Pikes Peak Region Small Business Week, presented by U.S. Bank, includes a variety of workshops and an awards celebration, all of which are designed to support and provide resources for small business owners, entrepreneurs and those preparing to start a business. About two-thirds of the private sector jobs in this nation are created by small businesses, according to the Small Business Administration.

“We are delighted to be able to co-host Small Business Week with the PPSBDC and our generous partners,” said Gina Sacripanti, BBB director of marketing and events. “We want to champion and encourage small business owners — and these workshops will be a great opportunity for them to gain resources, meet their peers and have an enjoyable week.”

Small Business Week 2016 partners include: Presenting Sponsor U.S. Bank, Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, Colorado Springs Business Journal, Blakely + Company, KOAA TV Channel 5 and Cumulus Radio Stations Peak 92.9 and KVOR 740AM.

Award sponsors include Pikes Peak Regional Bank, Launch High School, The Community Leadership Fund for the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, Mt. Carmel Center of Excellence, Peer Navigators and Perkins Motors.


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Monday, May 2

  • 4-5:30 p.m., Food truck cook-off

Location: Norris Penrose Event Center (1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, Colorado Springs, 80905)

Cost: $5 (or $10 at the door) – Sample cuisine from 10 food trucks and vote for your favorite.

Competitors: Ten food trucks will compete for the 2016 Best Food Truck Award and the People’s Choice Award.

Food Truck Judges:

Adam Thomas – Broadmoor Chef

Mark Musial – Broadmoor Chef

David Patterson – Broadmoor Chef

Mathew Schniper – CS Indy Food Critic

  • 5:30-8 p.m. (Main Event):

Retail Revolution: From status quo to stealing the show

Location: Norris Penrose Event Center (1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, Colorado Springs, 80905)

Cost: Free

Moderator: Jen Furda, Colorado Springs Business Journal


• Nancy Milner, Maxx Sunglasses

• Kim McKenna, Barracuda

• Jerry Good, Williams Log Cabin Furniture

• Richard Warner, Bingo Burger

• Fat Bike, Steve Kaczmarek

Tuesday, May 3

  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m.,

Disruptive Marketing: Growing your market by knowing your market

Location: The Warehouse (25 W. Cimarron St., Colorado Springs, 80903)

Cost: $10 (or $15 at the door)

Moderator: Camille Blakely, Blakely + Company


• Jonathan Bell, Rainmaker

• Adam Williams, Magneti

• Ian Lee, Lee Spirits Co

• Lauren Hug, HugSpeak

• Amy Sufak, Red Energy

• Bernard Sandoval, SANDIA Advertising & Marketing

Wednesday, May 4

  • 7:30-9:30 a.m.

Social Impact: Do something that matters

Location: Catalyst Campus (555 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Colorado Springs, 80903)

Cost: Free

Moderator: Bill Morris, Blue Star Recyclers


• Howard Brooks, Energy Resource Center

• Mike Mazzola, Shift Thrift Store

• Drew Johnson, TechWears

• Laura Cameron, Made With a Mission/Springs Rescue Mission

• Terry Anderson, Made With a Mission/Springs Rescue Mission

Thursday, May 5

  • 6-9 p.m.,

Party like you mean business

An evening full of food, celebration, an awards presentation and networking

Location: The Pinery at the Hill (775 W. Bijou St., Colorado Springs, 80905)

Cost: Individuals: $65 | Groups: $440 (for 8 tickets)

(Proceeds benefit the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center and the Better Business

Bureau of Southern Colorado Foundation)

Moderator: KOAA

Awards Presentation:

• Best Food Truck Award

• Family-Owned Business of the Year

• Veteran-Owned Business of the Year

• Young Entrepreneur of the Year

• Small Business Champion of the Year

• Small Business Person of the Year

• SBDC Volunteer of the Year

For more information, visit the Pikes Peak SBDC or the BBB of Southern Colorado.