EVENTS AT THE COMMONS

We host over 300 events annually at The Commons on Champa! Join the list and be the first to get invited.

Whether you plan to start a part-time or full-time business, the Commons Business Bootcamp is for you. In this collaborative two-day session, you will learn how to properly set up/operate your business and how to market your products and services. You’ll gain insights that boosts your confidence in pricing, cash flow, financing, employees, taxes, business plans and more. What you’ll learn can be applied to any type of business, whether it is home-based, online, retail, service, tech, manufacturing or distribution.

$200 includes over 15 hours of professional instruction, lunch and all program materials,

Assistance with program fees is available to those demonstrating financial need. We understand that starting a business takes real personal investment. That’s why we work to lower program fees whenever possible for those experiencing financial constraints. Eligibility is based on financial need and criteria for underserved community groups. Support may also be awarded on a case-by-case basis, based on the availability of funding and space at the event. Request Support

**Do not register for the event online if you plan to apply for a scholarship. We will save a seat for all scholarship applicants.**


Take your business to the next level in two days!

BOOTCAMP DAY ONE

Business Viability 
Vision for your business
What will you sell
Who will you sell it to
What’s going on in your industry
Who are your competitors
How will you differentiate yourself in the marketplace
How will you market your products and services

Start-Up Steps
Start-up checklist
Start-up costs
Sources for start-up funds
Start-up timeframe
Choose a legal entity
Taxes & Insurance

1-Hour Lunch Break

Marketing 
Marketing strategy/plan/goals
Target market
Marketing mix
Marketing/sales cycle
Testing and tracking

Workshop Time


BOOTCAMP DAY TWO

Pricing
Overview of pricing
Pricing products (cost of goods, gross profit, gross profit margin)
Pricing services (pricing by the hour, pricing by the job)

Income And Cash Flow 
Flow of money in and out of business
4 ways to make more money
Sales projections
Cost of goods projections
Gross profit projections
Overhead/monthly expenses projections
Breakeven projections
Cash flow projections

1-Hour Lunch Break

Day-To-Day Operations/Processes 
Workflow/processes
Policies and procedures
Organizational chart
Employees vs independent contractors
Payroll

Business Planning 
Uses for a business plan
Borrowing money
Fill-in-the-blank business plan

Worktime / Wrap Up

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Meet Our Bootcamp Instructor: Jennifer Croft, Founder of 5 Minute Classes

Self-employed since the age of twenty, Jennifer Croft, owner of 5 Minute Classes has successfully started and run seven small businesses. Through her teaching and one-on-one consulting, she has helped more than 3,000 people start and run their own businesses.


Transportation Options

  • Limited metered parking in area
  • Public paid parking at Denver Performing Arts Center / Entrances on both Arapahoe & 13th Street
  • 3 blocks from RTD 16th Street Free MallRide
  • 1 block from RTD Light Rail Theater District/Convention Center Station (D, F, H lines)
  • B-cycle to 14th & Stout
  • Convenient Car Share drop-off at Champa & 13th

More Events at The Commons

Tue Nov 12 • 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Power Hours with Josh Fitch, Business Attorney

SUPERPOWER: Helping startups get established legally and solving legal issues.

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Wed Nov 13 • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Colorado Technology Association 101

Come for lunch, meet other tech professionals and see what CTA is working on to help advance our state’s incredible tech ecosystem.

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Wed Nov 13 • 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Power Hours with Vicki Davis, Non-Profit Consulting

SUPERPOWER: Vicki is a seasoned relationship manager who builds authentic, transformational connections and has raised millions of dollars for nonprofits across the United States.

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Thu Nov 14 • 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Grow Your Business at the Movies

Take a deep dive into cinema’s most popular characters to better understand the needs & desires of your ideal customer.

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Mon Nov 18 • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

How to Follow Colorado Data Protection Laws

Join this important educational session presented by a Commons CO.Starter- Ron Gallegos Jr of Mile High IT Services Ltd.

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Tue Nov 19 • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Revenue Revolution on Women's Entrepreneurship Day

DETAILS

  • Date: November 19, 2019 from 9am – 5pm MT
  • Location: The Commons on Champa, Denver

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Tue Nov 19 • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Work For Yourself @ 50+ Workshop

Work for Yourself @50+ is a three hour workshop from the AARP Foundation that helps starters over age 50 explore what self-employment looks like in today’s economy and whether it’s something to personally pursue.

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Tue Nov 19 • 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Power Hours with Katherine McGraw Patterson, Brand Strategy Executive

SUPERPOWER: Katherine focuses on helping business leaders develop and harness the power of their brand and marketing to increase their company’s presence to drive sales and grow revenue.

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Wed Nov 20 • 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Power Hours with Jaime Rowe, Business Advisor

SUPERPOWER: Jaime helps passionate owners build a financially rewarding business.

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Thu Nov 21 • 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Denver Auditor Timothy M. O'Brien, CPA

Hear from Denver auditor and members of the Prevailing Wage Investigator Team.

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Fri Nov 22 • 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Power Hours & Pitch Preparation with Paul Foley

Join Paul Foley for pitch preparation from 3-4 PM and Power Hours from 4-5 PM!

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Tue Dec 3 • 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Five Steps for Doing Business with the City

presented by Denver Purchasing

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Thu Dec 5 • 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Holiday Mart and Party

Shop local this holiday season with our collaborative community of entrepreneurs!

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Mon Dec 9 • 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Learn about Colorado Sales Tax

Join us as McLernon & Co. hosts an informative discussion with government employee and small business owner, Michael Bevis on sales tax in Colorado.

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Wed Dec 11 • 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

CO.Starters Community Night at The Commons

Please join us to hear the business pitches, meet and mingle with the entrepreneurs and learn more about CO.STARTERS at The Commons.

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Thu Dec 12 • 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Work For Yourself @ 50+ Workshop

Work for Yourself @50+ is a three hour workshop from the AARP Foundation that helps starters over age 50 explore what self-employment looks like in today’s economy and whether it’s something to personally pursue. Registration required.

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Tue Dec 17 • 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Power Hours with Paychex, Human Resources Management

SUPERPOWER: Accounting And Finance l Human Resources

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Wed Dec 18 • 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

POWER HOURS with Anna Burrell, Sustainability Consulting

SUPERPOWER: Leadership Development l Engagement l Strategy

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