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NEWS: Join our Team. We’re Hiring

If you want to shape the future of Summit County, support entrepreneurs and help launch and grow businesses here in the Rocky Mountains, this is the job for you.

Apply here:

Our ELEVATE coSPACE team believes that there’s a better – more elevated – way to work, live and play. Our community of innovators, creative leaders and badass business owners is growing and we need someone to help Cultivate and Grow it.

We’re hiring a part-time Coworking Community Cultivator and Manager and are looking for someone who is:  

  • Curious. Insatiably so. If you ask questions and want to understand why, why and why? Let’s talk.
  • An entrepreneur and go-getter. If you prefer to roll up your sleeves and dig in vs. cheer from the sidelines, this is the gig for you.
  • Fun. We like to work hard and play harder here. We need someone who lives and works that way.
  • A storyteller and isn’t bashful in telling the ELEVATE story. If you can write a newsletter, get off-the-charts engagement on social media and can make sale after sale, keep reading.
  • Tech savvy. We need someone who can wrangle a website, navigate our member management software and can dazzle a room with their AV prowess and skills.
  • An early adopter. Do you know the trends before the media does? We want someone who can spot the trends but know which new topics will work for our membership and community vs. chasing every shiny new object.
  • A listener and a connector. You can talk to anyone and connect with them. Beyond that, you want to introduce them to six new people because you know the world will be a better place because of these connections.
  • Not afraid to fail. You need to take risks and try new things here.

We need your help to provide support to our community of innovators, change agents and badass business owners and to help continue to grow it.

You’ll be helping with:

  • Member cultivation and growth
  • Operations and day-to-day management
  • Sales and marketing
  • Event bookings, sales, set up and follow up

You’ll be a critical part of our strong brand and community. Be part of our tribe and help ELEVATE be the hub of innovation, creativity and tech in the Rocky Mountains.

Contact if you’re interested and fit the bill. Or apply online.

Timeline: ASAP

Part-Time Contract Position

$12.50/hour (with a LOT of room to grow your role, shape your position and increase the moolah)

If you invest in us, as a startup. We’ll invest in you with training on the job, free coffee and the opportunity to increase your pay and your role in the company.

BLOG: New Web + Mobile Development Program Launches

A new career path in tech could help locals in Summit County double or triple their salary.

A new Full Stack+ web and mobile development program could be the solution for locals to stay local, say Amy Kemp and Wendy Basey of ELEVATE coworking space in Frisco.

The ELEVATE team has partnered with Regis University to launch the first Full Stack+ web and mobile development program in the mountains. The 16-week accelerated software engineering and web development graduate-level program will begin Aug. 23 and offers more than just the typical full stack program of back-end and front-end web development. In addition, the program will include web visualizations and mobile development.

Full stack developers, sometimes called the “Jack of all trades for developers,” are in demand by tech companies and startups around the world and typically make $89,000+ in the U.S.( That compares to Summit County’s per capita income of $33,052. (Northwest Council of Governments)

“There’s no question that we need to diversify our economy in Summit County and create higher paying jobs,” says long-time local Kemp. “We’re too reliant on tourism, construction and real estate. We have one of the most highly educated communities in the state, but we have one of the lowest per capita incomes. We are shockingly underemployed and underpaid. It’s time to change that.”

According to Kemp and Basey, creating more tech jobs would give Summit County locals an opportunity to afford to live here and to contribute to an even more vibrant community.

“It’s time for us to forge our own future and build a hub for innovation and creativity right here in Summit County,” adds Kemp.

The Full Stack+ program is an opportunity to create a high tech workforce of remote workers or local startup founders or skilled employees to be hired by local tech companies like Dave Knell’s TeleNg and Fathom VR (virtual reality). Knell is a Breck-based entrepreneur and programmer who has struggled with hiring talented, experienced developers and programmers in Summit County.

He recently partnered with Kemp and fellow entrepreneur James Lee to open ELEVATE Breck, ELEVATE coworking’s second location in Breckenridge. ELEVATE Breck is set to open this spring.

The 16-week Full Stack+ program aims to teach people to code and develop the “full stack” of back-end and front-end web and mobile skills.

It’s more than the typical full stack program, that’s why we’re calling it Full Stack+, says Rob Sjodin, the Regis University instructor who created the Full Stack+ program. It includes four modules:

  • MSSE 661, Web Software Development
  • MSSE 663, Web Frameworks
  • MSSE 665, Web Visualization Frameworks
  • MSSE 667, Web Mobile Frameworks

Each module is four weeks and in-person classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m. at ELEVATE Frisco. At the end of the 16 weeks, students will receive a graduate-level certificate in web development and have 12 credit hours that can be applied towards a Master of Science in Software Engineering degree.

“It’s an accelerated program that offers more than just the standard full stack web development program,” says Sjodin. “Our Full Stack+ program offers twice as much content as most of the other full stack programs at half the cost.”

Tuition start at $8,000-ish for the 16-week program that starts in August, 2016. An open house for the Full Stack+ program will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 28 at ELEVATE Frisco to educate the community about the program and to help them with financial aid and the application process.

“Education is evolving,” says Sjodin. “We’re at the forefront of that change and want to adapt and be ready to help our students solve real-world problems now and be lifelong learners who can impact their community and help change the world.”

In tech, it’s more important to have the skills and the portfolio vs. a degree. The Full Stack+ program does that.

The Full Stack+ program is designed for anyone who is interested in learning to build and develop web and mobile. A fundamental knowledge of HTML and CSS is preferred and students should have a bachelor’s degree.

The Full Stack+ Program Lunch & Learn event is set for noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 28 at ELEVATE Frisco. Representatives from Regis University’s admissions program and Full Stack instructors will be on hand to answer questions.

For more information, visit or contact 970-368-6139.

The Newbie Checklist – Our guide to moving to Summit County

You’ve decided it’s time for a change and the mountains are calling. Great! Welcome to Colorful Colorado and our amazing community of Summit County.

Before you hit the slopes or the park, there are a few things to know before going from newbie to full-fledged local. Here’s our guide on getting settled in, networking and finding the right trails to explore in Summit County.

Before you move:

Have a realistic expense report and budget. The cost of living is higher in mountain towns. Make sure you’ve saved up and have a cushion in case there are some extra unexpected expenses. You don’t want to get blindsided. It’s recommended to save for at least six months of expenses just in case.

Be prepared with a chunk of change upfront. The first month rent payment plus the last month rent payment plus a deposit is usually required to move in to a new place up here. Moving into a competitive housing market means higher upfront cost so be prepared to put down more upfront then usual. For example If your rent is $800 a month you’ll need $2,400 just to move in.

Your first “crash pad” in the county doesn’t need to be your last. Do your research and check out the towns, neighborhoods and options. Figure out what’s important to you. Would you rather be stumbling distance to the bars and restaurants and sacrifice your living space and a garage? If so, check out Breckenridge or Frisco. Do you prefer a backyard and a coveted garage? Look at Summit Cove or Willowbrook. Want a hassle-free condo or townhouse that’s affordable? Boreas Pass or Wildernest might be the right option. Or, are you seeking a family-friendly ‘hood where everyone knows your name? Wellington Neighborhood, Summit Cove or Peak One might be right up your alley.

Make sure to research the average price of homes, condos, apartments and townhouses. Got kids? You’ll definitely want to scope out the schools first. Looking to save a bunch? Check out the roommate options.

And, if you have a dog or cat, good luck. It can be a little more tricky. It’s not impossible to find a dog-friendly rental, but be prepared to pay a little more either for your security deposit or per month or both. There are a LOT of HOA’s that restrict or forbid pets in rental units so be sure to do your research. Once you and your four-legged friend are moved in, you’ll love it here and all of the trails, the Breck dog park and swims in the lakes and ponds.

If you’re ready for your own home sweet home, there are plenty – and we mean plenty – of agents who can help you buy a home. Do your research. Ask around. Shop around. We recommend Rick Eisenberg with CornerStone Real Estate. He knows the local market, hosts a networking meetup at ELEVATE every other week and is an all-around good guy. Check him out: (

Ideally you’ll want to have a job lined up before you move or make arrangements with your employer to work remotely. Or, maybe you’re looking to start a business or relocate your own business. Good for you.

If you’re job hunting, start early. Network and get some prospects before you even move. Check out these resources to help lock down a job:

The Colorado Workforce –
Temp Agency –
Vail Resorts –
Copper Mountain
And an independently owned job board

Networking at ELEVATE coworking spaces in either Frisco or Breck can lead to some not-yet-announced opportunities and job openings. So, check out our events and meetups: (

Decide if you need your car. Having a vehicle isn’t necessary but can be convenient getting around. Luckily Summit County has a free public bus system that makes getting around easy and free ( Download the app to have quick access on your smartphone.

If you do have a car be sure to register your car for Colorado within 90 days. Breckenridge Motor vehicle can take care of that for you ( Getting a drivers license is done at the Frisco Community Commons (

After you move here:

Now that you’ve moved in, got a job or relocated your business, it’s time for the fun. It’s time to get outside and explore all the things that makes Summit County great. First a fair warning, altitude sickness is real. Living at 9,000 feet above sea level will take a few days to acclimate. Be sure to hydrate accordingly and take it easy at first. And avoid drinking your favorite adult beverages for a few days until you’re in High Country shape. 

Winter Activities

If you’re a skier or snowboarder, make sure to buy your season pass before the prices go up in November. The Summit Local, Epic and Epic Local passes are some of the most popular passes sold by Vail Resorts. The top level, top-notch, most expensive Epic pass is around $800 preseason and gets you unlimited riding days at Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Vail, and Beaver Creek as well as access to all the other Vail Resorts owned mountains. Not a bad deal considering prime rates on weekends are $120+ a day at most of these resorts. Check out all the details here:

Looking for a more affordable option? Try the Vail Resorts’ Summit Local pass, the Arapahoe Basin-only pass or try Copper Mountain’s pass. Copper isn’t part of the Vail Resorts family, so their pricing tends to be a little bit lower and the crowds tend to be a lot thinner on weekends. Check ito out:

If you’re not into skiing or snowboarding, try nordic skiing, skinning or snowshoeing for a slower paced adventure. There are nordic centers in Frisco, Breckenridge, Keystone and Copper. If you have your own gear, just strap on the skis or snowshoes and go explore!

We just touched a few of the many sports you can do out here. Check out this list of winter activities by GoBreck for more activities:

Summer activities

Many people come to Summit County for the winter activities and world class ski resorts but many locals will say that summertime is the best time to be in the High Rockies. Whether you’re into biking, fishing, rafting, hiking, or camping, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in the warmer season here.

Hiking is the gateway to exploring new trails and sights without forking over hundreds if not thousands of dollars in new gear and equipment. You can experience steep mountaineering on Colorado’s famous 14er’s (or 13’ers) or find a family friendly hike with beautiful scenery everywhere you look.

Here are a few of our favorite hikes for beginner hikers:

  • Sapphire Point Overlook on Swan Mountain Road – A quick hike less than a mile with breathtaking views of the 10 mile range and Lake Dillon. This is a hike without any steep terrain and lots of parking. If you have friends and family who are not acclimated this is a good place to start. Check out more info here:
  • Old Lake Dillon – In the early mining times around 1800 the original town of Dillon was located under where Lake Dillon is today. Old Lake Dillon is high above and very easily overlooked if you have driven around Lake Dillon. On the Dam road, there’s a small trailhead with parking. The hike is only 1.7 miles and you will come across a small pond which hold Golden Trout. Fun fact, Old Lake Dillon is the only place outside of California to hold Golden Trout. Check out this hidden gem that many tourist and locals overlook:
  • Mt. Royal in Frisco – A steep hike but you can make it to the peak in an hour. At the top you are rewarded with a refreshing view of Lake Dillon and all of Summit County. The trailhead is right off of Main Street in Frisco so reward yourself with a refreshing beverage at one of the numerous bars and restaurants right in town after the descent. If you want to push yourself keep going up the trail to Mt. Victoria and Peak 1. A little more demanding and only recommended if you’re in good shape but this towering hike is very rewarding once you accomplish it. More info on Mt. Royal –

Finding a group of friends can be difficult when moving to a new city. We recommend coming to one of our ELEVATE coworking meetups to network with cool, smart, driven, fun locals and visitors. Sign up for our meetup group here:

Our last bit of advice is to respect nature and the community and you will receive respect back. Respect your fellow gaper because they help fuel our county when they’re traveling through even if they’re going 10 MPH below the speed limit. We are all here to experience the wonderful place called Summit County and we want to cherish it for future generations to come.

BLOG: Startup Resources for Mountain Town Entrepreneurs & Founders

Many of you are launching or growing your own business. Kudos to you! Here are a few resources to help you.

Let us know if there are any resources we should add.

BLOG: Job Seeking Resources for Mountain Town Locals

Whether it’s a part-time gig or another step in your career path, here are some great resources to find a job in the outdoor, tech and startup communities.

Check out Mountain Careers, a new site created by Aryn Schlichting, a longtime HR professional and recruiter, who’s determined to help locals find “real jobs” to fulfill their mountain lifestyle. Aryn presented a workshop at ELEVATE last week. To find out more, let us know.

Also, check out The Job Lottery created by another mountain town badass – Chiara. She’s on a mission to help locals find remote jobs that are higher paying so they can work. live and play here. (#yes!!!)

If you have any job opportunities, especially flex, remote or part-time jobs, send them our way. We”ll feature them. We’d also like to start featuring RFPs and contract work.

Get out there and #ElevateIt.