Small Business Week launches Monday, May 2, and several seminars and events designed to increase profits and strengthen business are taking place in the Pikes Peak Region and online.

The Small Business Administration, Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center and the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado are sponsoring seminars for small business owners.

The first event takes place Monday, May 2 from 5:30-8 p.m. with a panel discussion about “Retail Revolution: From Status Quo to Stealing the Show” at the Norris Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road. Colorado Springs Business Journal Publisher Jen Furda will moderate the discussion. Panelists include: Nancy Milner, Maxx Sunglasses; Kim McKenna, Barracuda; Jerry Good, Williams Log Cabin Furniture; Richard Warner, Bingo Burger; and Fat Bike, Steve Kaczmarek, Fat Bike.

Before the retail discussion, at the same location and from 4-5:30 p.m., the Food Truck Cook-Off will premier during Small Business Week. The judges will be Colorado Springs Independent Food Critic Mathew Schniper and three chefs from The Broadmoor: Adam Thomas, Mark Musial and David Patterson. The cost is $5 if registered online or $10 at the door.

Tuesday, May 3, a luncheon presentation about “Disruptive Marketing: Growing your Market by Knowing your Market,” takes place at The Warehouse, 25 W. Cimarron St. from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost is $10 for early registration or $15 at the door. Moderated by Camille Blakely of Blakely + Company, panelists include: Jonathan Bell, Rainmaker; Adam Williams, Magneti; Ian Lee, Lee Spirits Co.; Lauren Hug, HugSpeak; Amy Sufak, Red Energy; and Bernard Sandoval, SANDIA Advertising & Marketing.

Wednesday, the discussion takes place from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Catalyst Campus, 555 E. Pikes Peak Ave. The event is titled “Social Impact: Do Something That Matters.” This event is free and will be moderated by Bill Morris of Blue Star Recyclers. Panelists include: Laura Cameron and Terry Anderson, Made With a Mission/Springs Rescue Mission; Howard Brooks, Energy Resource Center; Mike Mazzola, Shift Thrift Store; and Drew Johnson, TechWears.

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Small business awards will be presented Thursday from 6-9 p.m. at The Pinery at the Hill, 775 W. Bijou St. The dinner costs $65 for one person or $440 for eight tickets. Proceeds benefit the SBDC and the BBB Foundation.

Awards will be given for best food truck, family-owned business, veteran-owned business, young entrepreneur, small business champion or the year, small business person of the year and SBDC volunteer of the year.

To preregister for the events,


The U.S. Small Business Administration and the Service Corps of Retired Executives offers the following webinars:

  • Monday, Monday, May 2, 11 a.m., “Taking the Mystery out of Voluntary Benefits” with Colonial Life and Accident Insurance.
  • Monday, May 2, 1 p.m., “The Decline of Magstripe Cards,” and what that means for business.
  • Tuesday, May 3, 1 p.m., “YP Marketing Solutions,” the cloud, mobile and social, great apps and services designed to grow business.
  • Wednesday, May 4, 2 p.m., Access to capital and business loans.
  • Thursday, May 5, 1 p.m., Tips to get businesses financially fit.

To register for these events,