Any event that kicks off with a food truck tasting competition has got to be unique and phenomenal! So check out these details on a great happening you won’t want to miss! This is the fifth year for the Small Business Development Center’s annual Pikes Peak Region Small Business Week. Workshops will be held in a variety of different venues that are listed on the event web site below.

As an SBDC board member, I get a chance to exercise my passion for small businesses, just as I do in my role as president of Pikes Peak National Bank. Small businesses are the back bone of our regional economy and employ tens of thousands of local people. Small Business Week is a chance for this community of entrepreneurs to come together to learn, network, and celebrate success.

The week starts out on a delicious note with multiple mobile restauranteurs dishing up their specialties for attendees and judges. Like to eat? You don’t want to miss this feast! The taste extravaganza is Sunday April 30 at the Norris Penrose Event Center.

The remainder of the week is full of educational workshops that are specially designed for small business owners. Some of the topics included are: online reputation management, policy and possibilities through a small business lens, and cyber simulation. On Thursday, May 4, the week’s events culminate with the Small Business Celebration and Awards Dinner, when small business owners in various categories will be recognized for their achievements.

If you’ve attended this event in the past, you know it gets better every year! And if you’ve never attended – I strongly encourage you to do so. You will have the opportunity to explore relevant topics with expert presenters as well as talk and share ideas with your fellow business owners. Who knows … you might even find a new customer or two!

To get signed up for any or all of the activities, simply go to: pikespeaksbdc.org/smallbusinessweek. All of the registration and payment details can be found there.

Robin RobertsRobin Roberts is the President of Pikes Peak National Bank.  Pikes Peak National Bank is a family-owned community bank with approximately 40 employees located in El Paso County.  Robin has been with the bank for 16 years.  The bank’s small business focus works well with Robin’s efforts to encourage entrepreneurship and small business ownership in our region.  To that end, Robin is a volunteer consultant at the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center (SBDC) where she works with new and existing small business owners to help them navigate the commercial loan process.  She is also the Chair of the SBDC’s Advisory Board.  Additionally, Robin is a board member and volunteer with Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado.  She serves on the boards of the Old Colorado City Foundation, the Fire Foundation of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Community College Foundation.  Finally, Robin is a proud veteran of the United States Army.