Creative Industries Summit announces speakers, opens registration


DENVER - Registration is open for the 5th annual Creative Industries Summit, to be held May 5-6 at the Gathering Center at the Orchard in Carbondale. It will feature more than 30 national and local panelists and speakers.

The keynote speaker will be Christopher Breedlove, executive director of Burners without Borders. Breedlove will address this year's theme, Culture of Possibilities.

"We look forward to bringing together creatives from throughout the state for an exchange of ideas and best practices as we work toward the common goal of a robust creative sector in Colorado," said Margaret Hunt, director of Colorado Creative Industries.

Session topics include:

- Thinking Outside the Book: A Poetry Reading With Statistics and Suggestions - Kathleen Willard

- The Top 20 Tips for Increasing Everything! - Shoshana Fanizza

- Start Small with Video: 4 Types of Marketing Videos to Make By Yourself within 75 Minutes - Zach Wolfson, ZWFilm

- Starting Your Creative Business - How To Do It Right (Presented by Colorado Attorneys for the Arts) - Dave Ratner, Principal Creative Law Network and Meredith Badler, CBCA

The Governor's Creative Leadership Awards luncheon, featuring live music, will be the Summit's culminating event. These awards celebrate organizations and individuals that have demonstrated a significant commitment to Colorado's creative landscape through advocacy, vision, collaboration or innovation.

An early bird price of $135 is available for those who register before March 23. For more information and to register, visit

The conference lead sponsor is Colorado Small Business Development Center, a statewide network dedicated to helping existing and new businesses grow and prosper in Colorado by providing free and confidential consulting and no- or low-cost training programs. Other sponsors include Garfield County, Colorado Mountain College, University of Denver - University College - Arts & Culture, Colorado Lending Source, KUNC, Colorado Advantage Business Council, Colorado State University LEAP Institute for the Arts, Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design and Alpine Bank.

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