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Matt Arnold

Matt Arnold grew up in Virginia where he attended high school and college. He began his professional career working as an apprentice winemaker before going to Guatemala to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer.

His work with micro-entrepreneurs in Central America motivated him to return to the US to get his MBA in Austin, TX.  Since then, he has been founder of four different companies across multiple industries, always with the goal of sustainability in mind.

Matt’s current venture puts him in daily contact with inspiring food entrepreneurs, many of whom look to him to help navigate the many challenges that come with small business ownership. He loves encouraging these entrepreneurs, and helping them solve problems great and small.

Suzi Bahnsen

Suzi Bahnsen is Founder of Apple & Arrow Sales, a sales and marketing training business for female entrepreneurs. Suzi owned a marketing and design agency for 8 years in Boulder, as well as a consulting agency for 2 years, where she worked as a fractional CMO, creating systems and brand strategies that helped businesses to scale and increase profitability. She has also held several leadership positions as a Chief Marketing Officer, Director, and Strategist, as well as an award-winning sales professional. Over the last 20 years, her experiences have provided her with a unique perspective on sales and marketing today. Her passion is creating strategies and action plans for small business owners based on confidence, alignment and manageable steps to help her clients reach their targeted goals before burnout. Her approach is to always stay current and relevant and to share her knowledge to support businesses that need a boost with marketing and sales success.

Mark Casey

With over 30 years of experience in the commercial and investment real estate field, Mark Casey has assisted a wide range of entrepreneurs, private and public companies, as well as non-profit organizations, in successfully leasing over 1-million square feet of commercial and industrial space. Mark began his real estate career with Trammell Crow Company as a leasing agent in Charlotte, NC. Currently, Mark heads-up Tenant Wisdom, LLC an independent commercial brokerage providing tenant representation to companies throughout Denver/Boulder. Companies he has assisted included Twisted Pine Brewing, Boulder Ice Cream, Data Network Group, Botanical Interests, Haystack Mountain Goat Cheese and The Aquaponics Source. Mark holds an MBA degree from the Colgate Darden School at the University of Virginia and a BS Degree from the University of Missouri.

Cori Chavez

As a digital media producer and business consultant, I help small and medium businesses grow and thrive by:

1. Providing valuable and relevant design and digital marketing expertise in order to quickly get their online presence and brand running smoothly and productively.
2. Empowering business owners with the knowledge, tools, and ability to manage their online content, including e-commerce stores, video, interactive and social media.

My strong design and aesthetic capabilities allow me provide entrepreneurs with the branding, user experience, and digital design that reflects the heart and soul of their business. I dig deep to understand each company’s point of view, identity, and business goals so that the design and content are aligned with their identity, potential market and customer base.

Specializing in the Agile approach, I put my 20+ years of digital design experience and online business expertise to practical use so that companies can see a return from their online investment quickly, measured by engagement, lead generation, customer experience, and retention.

I am actively involved in the digital content ecosystem and have led meetups, participate in professional conferences, and volunteered to help integrate digital trends and best practices with community organizations.

Natalia Crofut

CFO / COO Consultant – Specialized in growing businesses – CPG, Manufacturing – model tools for key executive decision making, participate in pivotal decision making on key strategic initiatives, interact to align departments with important policies and initiatives. Deliver significant performance improvements through value stream analysis, cash flow strategy and management. I help CEOs and Founders become profitable and control cash flow by providing tools, analytical insight, and recommending strategies to support growth plans. Audit of current processes, costs, and systems to prioritize and launch key initiatives needed to stabilize activity and drive growth.
Recognized as a leader with a pragmatic “roll-up my sleeves” approach to foster teamwork.
• Finance expert – Identify and implement financial strategies, modeling tools, budget, contracts, audit, tax, legal, work extensively with investors, banks, vendors, stakeholders. P&L responsibility $5MM.
• IT integration – Identify, acquire and implement systems and software.
• Provide actionable analysis to executive management by working cross-functionally to develop financial models that create accurate plans. Support strategic planning processes and long range planning by working in depth with stakeholders and creating financial models.
• Foster collaboration to drive efficiency improvements in operations, with a focus on workflow, logistics, inventory, and impact on cash flow.
• Board experience (Treasurer)
• Team with entrepreneurs to build business strategies, marketing plans, and financial proformas for cash flow analysis and for raising funds.
• International experience 15+ years working abroad.

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