Welcome to West Slope Startup Week! We’re celebrating our 5th year and gathering in Durango, CO, August 21–25, 2023.

Every session, meetup, workshop, lecture, discussion, and celebration is in-person, radically inclusive, and totally FREE!
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Thursday, August 24 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Funding to Grow Your Food Business

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Could your food business use an extra boost of funding? Food business entrepreneurs are invited to learn about local organizations offering funding and incentives specifically tailored to support the growth of small food businesses.

Food business entrepreneurs are invited to come to hear from local organizations offering funding and incentives to help grow small businesses. Learn about funding opportunities, eligibility criteria, fund utilization, the application process, and where to seek assistance. You will learn about several funding opportunities, including grants, loans, and incentives.

In this session, we will connect entrepreneurs with local organizations in real time and offer warm handoffs. We recognize that food businesses can be overlooked in traditional startup environments. We are dedicated to ensuring that all entrepreneurs, regardless of their background or industry, have access to the resources they need to thrive, including the opportunity to build relationships with other food business entrepreneurs and industry professionals.

Presented by Tommy Crosby of the La Plata Food Equity Coalition - Food Business Workgroup.

The La Plata Food Equity Coalition is working to improve health equity for BIPOC, Senior, and Rural Residents in La Plata County by enhancing access to healthy food and inclusive community leadership. To achieve this, the food business workgroup studies the obstacles minority-owned food businesses face and provides helpful resources such as a directory, funding options, and networking and educational opportunities.

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Tommy Crosby

Economic Opportunity Manager, City of Durango
La Plata Food Equity Coalition - Food Business WorkgroupThe La Plata Food Equity Coalition is enhancing health equity for La Plata County BIPOC, Senior, and Rural Residents through healthy food access and shared community leadership. The food business workgroup has been focusing on... Read More →

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Brittany Cupp

Program Director, Southwest Colorado Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs (SCAPE)
Brittany Cupp is the Program and Community Manager for the Southwest Colorado Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs (SCAPE). She is a long-time Durango resident and Fort Lewis College Fine Arts graduate. She has worked in design, marketing and sales for regional startups, large media... Read More →
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Yani Rodriguez

Entrepreneur Success Coordinator, First Southwest Community Fund
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Rachel Crawford

Capital Access Manager, Prairie Rose Development
I'm here to help entrepreneurs with securing money, the one resource that's behind so many other resources.From Silicon Valley tech startups to rural New England cottage industries, I have underpinned business operations from many angles, at many scales. Supporting action-oriented... Read More →
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Tiffany Brodersen

Community Grant Writer, Region 9
With over 14 years of experience, I have helped organizations raise millions of dollars in grant funding through federal, state, and local entities. I specialize in grant editing, writing, and research. I have a BS in Advertising and Sociology and a Master’s in Public Administr... Read More →
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James Flint

Visit Durango
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Linda Illsley

Four Corners Slow Money
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Rachel Landis

Executive Director, Good Food Collective

Thursday August 24, 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm MDT
FLC - Center for Innovation