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Join us! Badass Biz Bootcamp Pitch Night April 5th

Support Summit County’s badass entrepreneurs – launching their startup daydreams at Pitch Night on Wednesday, April 5th at 5:30 p.m. at ELEVATE Frisco (711 Granite Street.) 

Six businesses have finished the gauntlet of ELEVATE’s (first ever!) Badass Biz Bootcamp, a five-week new business workshop for startup companies. In other words, they are business-tested, financially-savvy and ready to successfully launch at Pitch Night.

For five weeks, each business has worked with a mentor in ELEVATE’s network of successful entrepreneurs and has been workshopping their business plan. However, for many of these businesses, Pitch Night is the culmination of months (even years) of hard work and the relentless pursuit of their entrepreneurial dream.

Join us for Pitch Night – a special edition of our Pitches & Pints series – where entrepreneurs will debut their businesses to the world. Then, “cheers” the Biz Bootcamp teams over a pint at Backcountry Brewery. This is the perfect opportunity to network with local startup leaders. Who knows? You could get in on the ground floor of an exciting, profitable venture.

At Pitch Night, you will hear business proposals from:

1. Our Green Nation – Leya Nicolait
A one-of-a-kind digital site and marketplace with hundreds of expertly curated articles and products for your green lifestyle.

2. Bark & Wag – Polly ReQua
(A Start-up Weekend Favorite!)
Get customized dog collars for man’s best friend. Perfect for your next fundraising event!

3. Cozey 7 – Jill Winckler and Tony Tomassetti
Unique Toddler jumpers perfect for hitting the trail with your little one. Perfect baby present! Colorado-made.

4. My Food Fox – Jaime Harmon, Jason Ardell, Conor Gilsenan and Phil Chambless
(A Start-up Weekend Favorite!)
Luxury Vacation Home Meal Delivery. Have your vacation home’s refrigerator stocked with ready-to-eat, gourmet meals when you arrive.

5. Center for Hope, Healing and Enhancement- Cynthia Behr
Cynthia is opening a revitalizing brain business featuring neurofeedback therapy – which has benefits that range from meditiative to recovery after a brain injury.

6. Power Joy Now – Wendy Nakajima
Wendy is a digital marketing consultant (with 10+ years of experience) who is helping creative business owners sell more on Etsy, Shopify and Amazon with strategy sessions, coaching and workshops.

So c’mon down to ELEVATE for Pitch Night and help support Summit County’s latest crop of entrepreneurs, making their dreams come true. We will see you afterwards at Backcountry Brewery to celebrate their business launches!

BLOG: Meet Wendy

Meet Wendy. She’s the founder and digital marketing coach behind Power Joy Marketing. Wendy’s passion is empowering entrepreneurs with in-person workshops and strategy sessions. We sat down with Wendy to talk about launching a business, joining the ELEVATE team as our Community Cultivator and Manager, and advice for entrepreneurs trying to get their marketing message to connect with customers.

What do you do for work, life and play?

Wendy Nakajima is a digital marketing and business coach for entrepreneurs.

As a digital marketing coach, I get to live my love everyday. Most of all, I use my 10+ years of experience in advertising, eCommerce and journalism to help businesses articulate their story into powerful marketing. You can also find me in the kitchen, writing about new restaurants, or planning my next adventure.

What’s your vision or goal for the next year?

I want my Power Joy marketing workshops and 1×1 strategy sessions to empower each entrepreneur and small business. Together, we will create strong brands, impactful marketing and joyful results.

Why did you move to Summit? How long have you been here?

I am lucky to call both Summit and Denver my home. In 2017, new business opportunities and love beckoned me to the mountains. My beautiful mountain commute is perfect for catching-up on podcasts.

What motivates you?

Sparking creativity. Helping others. High-fives. Productive days. Traveling.

Wendy and her dog Lilly explore Colorado.

What’s your biggest challenge?

Lengthy “To-do” lists. Therefore, I try to strategically re-evaluate and prioritize multiple times a day.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Literally, my dog Lilly. With a paw and a whine, she wants to get the day started NOW. I try to match her morning enthusiasm.

What’s your “WHY” in life or for work?

Creating a balanced, joyful life for myself and everyone I work with. Sharing entrepreneurs’ business stories through powerful marketing that attracts customers, closes sales and breaks thru the media clutter.

How do you manage setbacks or obstacles?

Deep breaths. An adaptable and strategic plan.

Remembering, the power within me is greater than any obstacle before me.

Why work at a coworking space?

Swap ideas with co-workers who “get it.” You are on the same life page.

What’s your secret sauce or superhero power or secret weapon?

Black sand beach yoga in Hawaii.

Avocados on everything, yoga, lots of water and BEING BOSS podcasts.

What’s your advice to other entrepreneurs or remote workers or innovators? 

Do what you love and outsource what drains you. Most importantly, partner with people who share your vision but have different strengths.

Name your fears. Write them down. Create a plan. Make your plan routine everyday. Be flexible when others are freaking out.

Favorite trail or outdoor/indoor spot to be?

Seeing the mountains reflect in the lake at the Dillon Marina.