The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Business Confluence on Sept. 18 in the Third Street Center.
This year’s theme is “The Carbondale Entrepreneurial Mindset,” and the event will focus on the advantages and challenges of starting a business here.
The first part of the event, beginning at 2:30 p.m., will center on job growth and retention as part of broader economic impact. Carbondale Mayor Dan Richardson, Garfield County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky, and Jill Corbin, Director of Destination Development for Colorado Tourism, will offer remarks about efforts to foster entrepreneurism on a local, regional, and statewide level respectively. They will discuss what opportunities and programs exist to help small businesses start and grow. Corbin is visiting from Denver and “will be talking about some really neat resources the business community can tap into from the state level, whether it’s for mentoring, programming, or grant money,” said Andrea Stewart, executive director of the Carbondale Chamber.
Next on the agenda is a “fireside chat” called Choosing Carbondale featuring renowned businessman Tyler Moebius of FastG8, a cloud-based data-marketing platform in town with over a dozen employees. He will discuss why people move to Carbondale for both business and lifestyle reasons. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers.
“Tyler has such a great business background, it’s a great opportunity to ask questions and learn a little bit more about his story and the importance of giving back to the community,” Stewart said.
After his fireside chat, Moebius will join a business panel representing various local industries. The panel will be moderated by Mike Lowe of COVENTURE on the highs and lows of working and living in Carbondale. Panelists include Mark Fischer of Phat Thai and The Pullman representing Culinary Arts; Angela Bruno of Carbondale Clay Center representing Studio Arts; Laura Kirk of DHM Design and Tyler Moebius representing Design, Media, and Innovation; and Adam Miller of Why Cycles representing Outdoor Recreation.
Finally, the event will conclude with an interactive business after hours and expo from 5 to 7 p.m. Attendees will have the chance to network while enjoying bites, beverages, and live music. Tickets are available at the Carbondale Chamber offices in the Third Street Center or online at carbondale.com. They are $30 per person for Carbondale Chamber members and $40 for general public and at-the-doors sales. For more information, call 963-1890.