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Every city has a business 'flavor' to it. Longmont's has been changing over the last decade and it's about to accelerate to exciting new heights. We're no longer the quiet little bedroom community we once were. We're becoming a vibrant and exceptionally business friendly town that is well balanced with an outstanding quality of life. Most importantly, we're poised to become a extraordinarily attractive town for creatives, new startups, entrepreneurs and existing businesses to move to. Why?

- The City is building a Google Fiber like Gigabit Network (http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/lpc/TC/index.htm) to every home and business in town, with some of the highest internet speeds in the world, and some of the most competitive rates in the nation. Because it's using the newest technology, soon, Longmont will have one of, if not the, most technically advanced 21st century internet infrastructures in the world.

- Our population is one of the best educated and most creative in the region. The average number of patents applied for per 10,000 citizens in the US is 4. In Longmont, it's 45.

- We have the states largest makerspace: TinkerMill (http://www.tinkermill.org) (www.tinkermill.org), The Longmont Makerspace (http://www.meetup.com/LongmontHackerSpace/). It's a innovation center made up of engineers, developers, artists, teachers, students and business people that's designed to provide a community workspace for creativity. Every member is an expert at something. They blend design, rapid prototyping, electronics, robotics, software, materials science, manufacturing skills, art and business to converge to create a new kind of innovation and education engine in Longmont that no other city along the front range comes close to.

-We already own our own municipal utilities (http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/lpc/) (electricity, water, sewer) and have the most competitive rates in the front range.

-Our SVVSD school system has a STEM focus (http://www.colorado.edu/engineering/college-news/racing-top-through-stem-longmont-k-12-schools) recognized as one of the leading programs in the country. Our kids now get some of the best public school education available in the region.

We could go on... you get the idea.

Now, what we need is to organize our entrepreneurs into a more coherent and supportive ecosystem. An ecosystem that will support the growth of Longmont, and all of it's residents, and provide great companies to work at, well paying primary jobs, excellent schools, outstanding quality of life and, in the end, making Longmont one of the most desirable places in the country to start a business, work, learn, live and play.

We'll do this by helping to support our city's efforts to bring new business to Longmont by partnering with groups like the Longmont Area Economic Council (LAEC (http://www.longmont.org/home.aspx)), The Longmont Entrepreneurial Network (LEN (http://www.leninc.com/)). The Longmont Community Foundation (http://longmontfoundation.org/) and the City of Longmont itself. We'll also work with existing entreprenuers in the city as well as budding new entrants trying to figure out how to get a new venture started.

We'll be hosting and curating entrepreneurial ecosystem community building efforts such as the Longmont Open Coffee Club (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenCoffee_Club) for entrepreneurs, and Startup Conversations a happy hour opportunity to get to know people in this community better over time.

Come join us and help to build a large, vibrant and supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem in Longmont, CO.

Upcoming events (5)

Business Reset Virtual Mastermind: How to Cope and Thrive in the COVID19 Times

Business Reset Virtual Mastermind: How to Cope and Thrive in the COVID19 Times A weekly business mastermind on how to best deal with the new economic, social and business landscape in front of us, both immediately and for the near and long terms. Our collective solidarity, humor, wisdom and knowledge is our best resource to thrive together. (NOTE: Zoom download and setup cheatsheet here. www.pianocommando.com/ZoomSetupInstructions.pdf ) As entrepreneurs, we tend to deal with uncertainty on a daily basis, and so have some basic resilience and flexibility that people more attached to certainty do not. But every single person on the planet now needs to reassess their basic assumptions about "how things work" and try and adapt to a coming primal shift in how things will work going forward, including how millions of people who thought they understood things will now react under stress. Many will and are seeking to benefit from and manipulate the fear, (including gaslighting us that this is not serious or is temporary). As in the wake of 911, small businesses are both at risk, and the ones most equipped to pivot and adapt. This Mastermind is intended to take the best thoughts, resources and connections of the Longmont Startup (and general startup) community and begin to form a smart support group to help us all navigate through the coming dishevel, chaos and disruption, to help bring and find solutions that work not just for us, but for all. Some of the primary dimensions of the challenges we will be addressing: 1) New business strategies, resources and networking. This is where our networks prove the maxim and become much greater than the sum of the individual parts. Collectively we each know of or have tools, approaches, contacts and ideas that can help each other. Our philosophy is simple, GIVE FIRST. Come in asking "What are you doing, where are you at, and how can I help?" One of the tools we will use is called SNAP, a way to make clear, quick requests that get results not just for you but all those listening. We will work on better languaging and networking all throughout these masterminds, which will be like "sharpening the axe", i.e, we will become super networkers over time, and our problems will not be scarcity, but prioritization of the many resources we have and share. 2) Capital Capital, in whatever forms, buys us time to pivot, and speed to our critical milestones for growth. On one hand, the public market is scared to death and unlikely to stabilize in the near term. On the other hand, capital didn't disappear, it is LOOKING FOR SAFER PLACES TO GO. Private companies that are NOT subject to fear in the public market (rational or not) are one of the candidates to maintain potential high growth earnings. Disaster loans from the SBA, grants, stimulus funding, all of these things are potential resources for entrepreneurs, and we can help each other find, qualify and vet these resources together. There will be scams of all kinds in these times, including "finding capital" scams, and we need to help each other avoid them, and still find legitimate sources of capital and funding somehow. 3) Fear The latest neuroscience (as illuminated in books like "Your Brain at Work", "Never Split the Difference" and "Thinking Fast and Slow") show us ways that our social network is primal to our survival, and how disruptions, abuse or distortions to that network can trigger us (and very importantly, the people around us) very irrationally. Understanding these subconscious social dynamics and how they tap peoples survival buttons will help us all manage or at least understand our own fears and those of our families, business partners, employees, and friends. We will be tested psychologically, and socially, and a good grounding of the evolutionary brain's landscape helps us navigate the coming seeming irrationality in the markets. (BTW, the author of one of the books won the Nobel Prize for Economics).

Business Reset Virtual Mastermind: How to Cope and Thrive in the COVID19 Times

Business Reset Virtual Mastermind: How to Cope and Thrive in the COVID19 Times A weekly business mastermind on how to best deal with the new economic, social and business landscape in front of us, both immediately and for the near and long terms. Our collective solidarity, humor, wisdom and knowledge is our best resource to thrive together. (NOTE: Zoom download and setup cheatsheet here. www.pianocommando.com/ZoomSetupInstructions.pdf ) As entrepreneurs, we tend to deal with uncertainty on a daily basis, and so have some basic resilience and flexibility that people more attached to certainty do not. But every single person on the planet now needs to reassess their basic assumptions about "how things work" and try and adapt to a coming primal shift in how things will work going forward, including how millions of people who thought they understood things will now react under stress. Many will and are seeking to benefit from and manipulate the fear, (including gaslighting us that this is not serious or is temporary). As in the wake of 911, small businesses are both at risk, and the ones most equipped to pivot and adapt. This Mastermind is intended to take the best thoughts, resources and connections of the Longmont Startup (and general startup) community and begin to form a smart support group to help us all navigate through the coming dishevel, chaos and disruption, to help bring and find solutions that work not just for us, but for all. Some of the primary dimensions of the challenges we will be addressing: 1) New business strategies, resources and networking. This is where our networks prove the maxim and become much greater than the sum of the individual parts. Collectively we each know of or have tools, approaches, contacts and ideas that can help each other. Our philosophy is simple, GIVE FIRST. Come in asking "What are you doing, where are you at, and how can I help?" One of the tools we will use is called SNAP, a way to make clear, quick requests that get results not just for you but all those listening. We will work on better languaging and networking all throughout these masterminds, which will be like "sharpening the axe", i.e, we will become super networkers over time, and our problems will not be scarcity, but prioritization of the many resources we have and share. 2) Capital Capital, in whatever forms, buys us time to pivot, and speed to our critical milestones for growth. On one hand, the public market is scared to death and unlikely to stabilize in the near term. On the other hand, capital didn't disappear, it is LOOKING FOR SAFER PLACES TO GO. Private companies that are NOT subject to fear in the public market (rational or not) are one of the candidates to maintain potential high growth earnings. Disaster loans from the SBA, grants, stimulus funding, all of these things are potential resources for entrepreneurs, and we can help each other find, qualify and vet these resources together. There will be scams of all kinds in these times, including "finding capital" scams, and we need to help each other avoid them, and still find legitimate sources of capital and funding somehow. 3) Fear The latest neuroscience (as illuminated in books like "Your Brain at Work", "Never Split the Difference" and "Thinking Fast and Slow") show us ways that our social network is primal to our survival, and how disruptions, abuse or distortions to that network can trigger us (and very importantly, the people around us) very irrationally. Understanding these subconscious social dynamics and how they tap peoples survival buttons will help us all manage or at least understand our own fears and those of our families, business partners, employees, and friends. We will be tested psychologically, and socially, and a good grounding of the evolutionary brain's landscape helps us navigate the coming seeming irrationality in the markets. (BTW, the author of one of the books won the Nobel Prize for Economics).

Longmont Open Coffee Club

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At LOCC we seek to grow business, network and personal relationships in the Longmont and regional community. We meet at CoSolve Coworking, 350 Terry Street on the 2nd Floor. Enter through the West Door Lobby on Terry Street. The Open Coffee Club Charter: "The OpenCoffee Club was started to encourage entrepreneurs, developers and investors to organise real-world informal meetups to chat, network and grow." Read more here: http://localglobe.blogspot.com/2007/02/opencoffee-club.html

Business Reset Virtual Mastermind: How to Cope and Thrive in the COVID19 Times

Business Reset Virtual Mastermind: How to Cope and Thrive in the COVID19 Times A weekly business mastermind on how to best deal with the new economic, social and business landscape in front of us, both immediately and for the near and long terms. Our collective solidarity, humor, wisdom and knowledge is our best resource to thrive together. (NOTE: Zoom download and setup cheatsheet here. www.pianocommando.com/ZoomSetupInstructions.pdf ) As entrepreneurs, we tend to deal with uncertainty on a daily basis, and so have some basic resilience and flexibility that people more attached to certainty do not. But every single person on the planet now needs to reassess their basic assumptions about "how things work" and try and adapt to a coming primal shift in how things will work going forward, including how millions of people who thought they understood things will now react under stress. Many will and are seeking to benefit from and manipulate the fear, (including gaslighting us that this is not serious or is temporary). As in the wake of 911, small businesses are both at risk, and the ones most equipped to pivot and adapt. This Mastermind is intended to take the best thoughts, resources and connections of the Longmont Startup (and general startup) community and begin to form a smart support group to help us all navigate through the coming dishevel, chaos and disruption, to help bring and find solutions that work not just for us, but for all. Some of the primary dimensions of the challenges we will be addressing: 1) New business strategies, resources and networking. This is where our networks prove the maxim and become much greater than the sum of the individual parts. Collectively we each know of or have tools, approaches, contacts and ideas that can help each other. Our philosophy is simple, GIVE FIRST. Come in asking "What are you doing, where are you at, and how can I help?" One of the tools we will use is called SNAP, a way to make clear, quick requests that get results not just for you but all those listening. We will work on better languaging and networking all throughout these masterminds, which will be like "sharpening the axe", i.e, we will become super networkers over time, and our problems will not be scarcity, but prioritization of the many resources we have and share. 2) Capital Capital, in whatever forms, buys us time to pivot, and speed to our critical milestones for growth. On one hand, the public market is scared to death and unlikely to stabilize in the near term. On the other hand, capital didn't disappear, it is LOOKING FOR SAFER PLACES TO GO. Private companies that are NOT subject to fear in the public market (rational or not) are one of the candidates to maintain potential high growth earnings. Disaster loans from the SBA, grants, stimulus funding, all of these things are potential resources for entrepreneurs, and we can help each other find, qualify and vet these resources together. There will be scams of all kinds in these times, including "finding capital" scams, and we need to help each other avoid them, and still find legitimate sources of capital and funding somehow. 3) Fear The latest neuroscience (as illuminated in books like "Your Brain at Work", "Never Split the Difference" and "Thinking Fast and Slow") show us ways that our social network is primal to our survival, and how disruptions, abuse or distortions to that network can trigger us (and very importantly, the people around us) very irrationally. Understanding these subconscious social dynamics and how they tap peoples survival buttons will help us all manage or at least understand our own fears and those of our families, business partners, employees, and friends. We will be tested psychologically, and socially, and a good grounding of the evolutionary brain's landscape helps us navigate the coming seeming irrationality in the markets. (BTW, the author of one of the books won the Nobel Prize for Economics).

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