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Rocky Mountain MSDC Business Opportunity Fair

Yesterday was the annual Rocky Mountain MSDC Business Opportunity Fair held in downtown Denver at the Convention Center.
Directors, and board members Rocky Mountain MSDC
Directors, and board members, Rocky Mountain MSDC

As recent transplants to Denver, and new members of the Rocky Mountain MSDC, our goal as attendees was to get to know the Denver business community better, make contacts and get involved. The goal of the event is to build growth amongst minority owned businesses by fostering connections with corporate companies.

We were greeted by the bear at 8am:

The Bear, Denver Convention Center

Rocky Mountain MSDC, lineup of speakers:

The event was well attended with great speakers, and conference attendees, including the Mayor of Denver, Guillermo Vidal who spoke at the morning breakfast, and the keynote was given by the newly elected Governor of the great state of Colorado, John Hickenlooper, who defined Colorado as a place of innovation and ideas, where small companies, and minority owned businesses would get equal opportunity as other businesses.

Denver is a very entrepreneurial city.
Two of the more interesting businesses at the Rocky Mountain MSDC Business Opportunity Fair included:

Denver B Cycle - Bike Sharing Business - Rocky Mountain MSDC Business Opportunity Fair
Denver B Cycle - Bike Sharing Business - Rocky Mountain MSDC Business Opportunity Fair
  • Denver B Cycle — a bike sharing business owned and operated by Denver Bike Sharing, a Colorado non-profit organization, that provides access to bicycles in downtown Denver for a minimal cost. A 24-hour pass costs only $6, and the annual is $49…can you believe that? Forty-nine dollars for an annual bike pass! The goal is to provide transportation from point A to point B with rides lasting under 30 minutes; once you arrive at your destination just check the bike back in to one of their many stations located throughout the city of Denver. You can check out bikes at any of the numerous locations the company has throughout the city of Denver. And amazingly, the company told me in the first year of business they have not had one bicycle stolen…amazing! Denver B Cycle currently has approximately 450 bikes throughout Denver.
The Abo Group - Rocky Mountain MSDC Business Opportunity Fair
The Abo Group - Rocky Mountain MSDC Business Opportunity Fair

 

  • The Abo Group — Full service architectural firm out of Lakewood, CO specializing in sustainable design and “green” architecture. Although renewable energy has been a hot topic as of the last few years, the founder of the company, Ron Abo, said he has been involved in “green” design since the oil crisis of the 70’s…certainly not a company that’s jumping on the band wagon.

Did you attend the event? Let me know your thoughts?