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    Good Business Colorado Level Up Academy

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    Thursday, October 5th online and Friday, October 6th at the Lowry Conference Center - Light Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Onsite Parking is Free

    The purpose of the Good Business Colorado Level Up Academy is to provide employers and entrepreneurs across Colorado with access to educational programming and connectivity with peers to support them on their journey to running better organizations.

    Good Business Colorado exists to serve the companies that understand business success cannot be measured by profit alone and that true success means that our planet, communities, and bottom lines are all thriving. Many organizations excel in a particular area of their business – environmental sustainability, industry-leading workplace policies, or making unique and meaningful contributions to their communities – but no company is perfect. 

    The GBC Level Up Academy programming aims to meet business and nonprofit leaders where they are, and provide access to educational programming, a peer community of practice, and wrap-around supports that enable organizations across the state to be even better – one innovation at a time! This is not a conference for hypotheticals and small talk, it’s a meeting of the minds for action-takers and doers!  The Level Up Academy will feature real business leaders, walking the talk and sharing how they’ve done it - the good, the bad, the ugly, and the lessons learned. 

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    Who should attend the conference? 

    The GBC Level Up Academy is a conference for business and nonprofit leaders looking to learn from their peers and adopt or refine business practices that better support their employees, increase community engagement, or improve their environmental impact. There will be over 60 workshops that fall within the following tracks:

    • Management & Leadership Development
    • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
    • Environmental Impact
    • Health & Wellness
    • Strategic Planning, Legal & Finance
    • Branding & Marketing

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    Featured Events

    Policy Pitch Fest: Both days of the conference will close out with a Policy Pitch Fest where teams present to legislators an idea for a bill to benefit values-driven businesses.

    Nonprofit Exhibition Fair: Curated by Lighthouse, a collection of outstanding nonprofit organizations will showcase their work and offer connection and collaboration opportunities.

    The People Behind the Event:


    Conference Coordinator

    Sydney Jackson-Clarkson, Citrine Unlimited 

    The Organizing Committee
    Benita Samuels, Visibility Solutions
    Berenice Garcia Tellez, Monarca Group
    Mackenzie Langley, Lighthouse
    Ousman Ba, African Leadership Group
    Rachel Kois, Simple Switch
    Tes Cohen, Transformative Gatherings

    Host Organizations:
    African Leadership Group
    The Alliance Center
    Asian Chamber of Commerce
    B Local Colorado
    B Side Capital
    Black Business Initiative
    CEDS Finance
    Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce
    Downtown Colorado Inc.
    Downtown Development Authority (Fort Collins)
    Energize Colorado
    Greeley Downtown Development Authority
    Local First
    Metro DEEP
    Partnership for Community Action
    Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership Center
    Rocky Mountain Micro Finance Institute
    Signal Tech Coalition
    SistahBiz
    Small Business Majority
    Startup Colorado
    Sustainable Living Association
    The Latino Chamber of Boulder County
    The Wezesha Dada Center
    World Trace Center Denver
    YouthBiz

    Event Background and Context

    We reached out to the GBC community to get ideas for our 2023 educational programming, with the thought that we would do a 2nd annual “Helping Good Businesses Be Better Lunch & Learn Series.” We were thrilled to receive over 70 ideas for educational workshops, and the GBC Educational Programming Committee decided rather than try and narrow down to 10 proposals, we’ll host a conference to allow many more people to bring their educational programming to life.


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