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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Wednesday, August 23 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Policy 101: Take Your Place at the Decision-Making Table

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Join us for a highly interactive policy advocacy 101 workshop, where we'll explore the inner workings of the Colorado legislature and local government. Together, we will examine the different access points that shape decisions affecting your community, with a special focus on Western Rural Colorado and the influence of the "Denver Monopoly" under the Golden Dome.

Gain a comprehensive understanding of effectively influencing state and local policies, from ideation to law implementation. Walk away with practical knowledge of the various avenues available to make a difference. Whether you're a fan of "School House Rock" or new to the world of policy advocacy, you will learn how to expand your influence and take your place at the decision-making table.

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Debra Brown

Executive Director, Good Business Colorado
I am a social entrepreneur and my current labor of love is building Good Business Colorado - the business voice for a strong, thriving and sustainable Colorado.
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Lauren Berutich

CEO, Local First La Plata
Lauren Berutich brings 20 years of experience in conservation, advocacy, policy, and nonprofit leadership to her role as CEO of Local First. With an extensive background in sustainable community development, grassroots organizing, and public works, Lauren plays an integral role in... Read More →

Wednesday August 23, 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm MDT
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