Listen in as your host "Just Nate" and co-host Dennis Kater (CEO) talk to Christina McCausey - Employee Benefits Consultant (VP). Christina talks to us about how Assured Partners can help all business both small and large with all of their insurance needs as a broker. They can help with all health insurance, life, financial, etc.
To learn more, contact Chrstina at (303) 520-3789 or go to their website: https://www.assuredpartners.com/
Listen in as your host Just Nate and Dennis talk with Jason Putnam and Ben Avicolli from The Stratagem Group.
Listen in as Jason and Ben talk about how their business is helping not only the government customer but how they treat their employees. Jason the CEO put's it best, "We work hard to allow people to be human".
They tell their story how as a small business you need to seize the opportunity when it presents its self. It is good to have a 3 year plan but you need to be able to shift to say yes sooner rather than later if you want to succeed.
Make a Lasting Impact
Listen in as your hosts Just Nate and Dennis talk to Roy Griggs of SCORE. Roy is a long time volunteer of the Service Care of Retired Executives (SCORE).
What is SCORE?
For over 50 years, SCORE has served as America’s premier source of free business mentoring and education.
As a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE has helped more than 11 million entrepreneurs through mentoring, workshops and educational resources since 1964.
SCORE mentors are available to work remotely via phone, email and video. We also developed a new way to get advice LIVE through our Real-Time Mentoring platform. Both options allow you to connect safely to our expert mentors from your own home. From "www.score.org"
If you are local you can contact SCORE at the following website: https://coloradosprings.score.org/
Roy's motto "Helping others Live the American Dream"
Listen in as your host "Just Nate" and co-host Dennis K. talk to Cindy and Barrie Gillis from Soteric Group.
Cindy Gillis, CEO
US Navy Officer (retired), assignments held
in Military Intelligence, Fighter Squadron Flight Operations, USN/USMC - Parole Officer. Graduate: US Naval War College, Armed Forces Joint Military Staff College, & Navy Justice School. Founder and CEO, GCES Global.
Barrie Gillis, COO
US Air Force Intelligence Officer (retired). Founder and CEO of Vector Data Systems, and Global Consultant Exchange Services.
Cindy and Barrie discuss how they moved from a life in Washington DC to a DoD-centric Colorado Springs region in search for helping other companies to do business with.
If You Only Had 20 Seconds...
What Would You Do?
Soteric Group offers many different services and training's, contact them now , you may be eligible for a training grant!
Listen in as your host Just Nate and Dennis K. talk to Reggie Selby from the Peterson AFB Small Business Office. Reggie talks to Nate and Dennis about all the great things happening to include moving to United States Space Force (USSF).
Reggie recommends small businesses to "Peddle Peddle Peddle, Never Give Up".
Listen in as your host "Just Nate" and Dennis (CEO) talk to the president of Defense Management Company, Inc (DMC Inc), Matt Betzmer. Matt walks us through his journey of starting up his own DoD firm. Matt does not hold back on this episode, he tells it like it is, the good and the bad. If you are thinking about opening your own company or you already have and just want to listen to someone that has been through it or going through it as we speak, listen in.
DMC Inc. does not have a website yet, it is in the middle of development. The company focuses on DoD Training, Education, Missile Defense, Space Systems, Operations, etc.
Just Nate mentions two great books by a wonderful Author by the name of Richard Sheridan, CEO and Chief Story teller of Menlo Innovations.
Joy, Inc.: How We Built a Workplace People Love - https://www.amazon.com/Joy-Inc-Built-Workplace-People/dp/1591847125
Chief Joy Officer: How Great Leaders Elevate Human Energy and Eliminate Fear Hardcover - https://www.amazon.com/Chief-Joy-Officer-Leaders-Eliminate/dp/0735218226/ref=pd_lpo_14_t_0/138-7642473-6170433?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0735218226&pd_rd_r=dc8942c1-8b91-4ef5-9b1d-4540a28cfd4d&pd_rd_w=lJmY1&pd_rd_wg=5tTKl&pf_rd_p=7b36d496-f366-4631-94d3-61b87b52511b&pf_rd_r=W20T2R4Q1Z1YCF4NNVA4&psc=1&refRID=W20T2R4Q1Z1YCF4NNVA4
Listen in as your host Just Nate talks to our primary sponsor Colorado Housing Finance Authority (CHFA). Caroline Trani and Wyatt Jones discuss what CHFA is and how they can help you for your small business loans.
business lending in colorado
access the capital you need to grow
We can help you reach new heights with your business, whether you are a for-profit or nonprofit. We even have unique programs for manufacturers, rural businesses, and healthy food grocers.
Using a variety of resources, CHFA's Community Development team partners with lenders and economic developers to provide you with the financing you need for future growth.
We know strong communities make strong economies and we are proud to play a role.
- Excerpted from www.chfainfo.com
Find out more at their website: https://www.chfainfo.com/
Listen in as your host Just Nate talks the the Founder/CEO of Mungadai Marketing Mr. Perry Rearick. Mungadai is a Marketing firm that specializes in Business to Business Media. Perry walks Just Nate through the process of "The Buyers Journey" and what a journey it is. The two discuss how smalls businesses need to shift into Content Marketing.
“YOU'VE GOT TO THINK ABOUT BIG THINGS WHILE YOU'RE DOING SMALL THINGS, SO THAT ALL THE SMALL THINGS GO IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION."
/ Alvin Toffler /
Listen in as your Host Just Nate talks to Chris Bolt (Director of Operations) and Lara Heberly (Communications Specialist) from Pueblo Plex.
PuebloPlex welcomes manufacturing, warehousing and distribution operations, and rail-related industry opportunities on a vast site nearly 16,000 acres. PuebloPlex also offers business and personal storage facilities.
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If you a business looking for the best prices in Southern Colorado to move your company or start new, check them out at http://puebloplex.com/
Or call them at (719) 947-3770
Thanks again to Pueblo Plex for being a sponsor of "The Smallscast Podcast"!
Government Contracting for Small Business - The Extra: Business Edition with Ted Robertson - Nate Moser - July 10, 2020
Listen in as your Host Just Nate is interviewed by Ted Robertson on The Extra: Business Edition. KRDO 105.5
Nate talks to Ted about The Smalls and our History and what we do. They discuss Colorado PTAC and how they can be of assistance to any business that wants to do business with the US Government.
Listen in on this exciting episode as your host Just Nate and Dennis talk some of the Catalyst Campus Crew. This riviting episodes goes into the history of the campus, the current state and what they have planned for the future.
Our guests on this episode is Rich Burchfield - Executive Director; Kenny Hollis - CFO and CIO and Lauren Bacalane - Lead Operations Specialist (the face of campus)!
This is just the first of multiple episodes we will be talking with the campus about. There is so much information to ingest we have to split up our time.
To find out more about the Catalyst Campus check them out on the web: https://www.catalystcampus.org/
For more information you can contact the smalls at email@example.com or visit us at https://thesmalls.org/
Listen in as your host Just Nate talks to Matt Hastings, the CEO of AlphaBrook. AlphaBrook is the only solution providing real-time verbal intel from your target customers. Listen in as Matt explains what their product "Voice-of-Government Market Intelligence" is and how your company can benefit from it.
See if you can keep an ear out for the statement "Not enough juice to justify the squeeze".
AlphaBrook is a Innovative Market Intelligence firm. Head over to their website at: https://alphabrook.com/
Remember, if you want to be highlighted on our show contact Just Nate at firstname.lastname@example.org
Listen in as your host Just Nate and Dennis talk to Bob Cone, current sitting board member of Colorado Space Business Round table (CSBR). Bob discusses what CSBR is and how they can be a huge help to everyone, if you are in Aerospace or not in Aerospace, they help with networking and learning all about what is happening with Aerospace right here in Colorado.
Bob also teases information about the program he is working with his company (Advanced Space out of Boulder, CO) - Artemis Program that they are currently working with NASA to get equipment back to the moon by 2021. Stay toned for a future episode with Advanced Space!
Check out more information and calendar events at CSBR's website: https://www.coloradosbr.org/
In this episode, your Host Just Nate talks to Co-Founders Mitch Overton and Justin Lotsbom about the start up and operations of Quantum Aerospace. Quantum Aerospace is a Veteran-owned Small business designed to help with ISR and A&AS contracts. Integrate. Accelerate. Dominate.
Listen as Just Nate walks through both Mitch and Justin's background and find out how they can help your company win that next ISR contract.
The Smalls "Just Nate" and Dennis talk to the owners of Devil Dog Cyber Security. https://devildogcyber.com/
Join us as Just Nate and Dennis discuss how Devil Dog Cyber Security is helping companies get ready for the upcoming Cyber Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) that will soon be a requirement for DoD contractors.
Isaac James and Steve Beaty discuss with us the difference between NIST 800-171 and CMMC and they explain their business model to help other companies.
Host Just Nate talks to Shauna and Joe Prete - co-owners of Elite Media Group Inc. (EMG). Your Video is your brand.
EMG is a Video Branding Company.
EMG build your brand by incorporating your style and aesthetic to create dynamic videos you can use for websites, ad campaigns, social media, important events and presentations in large venues.
EMG talks about how to increase your SEO, how to build your brand.
EMG can do it all, all of your media, instagram, facebook, linkedin and website videos. EMG can even produce full commercials for you.
Contact them now. https://elitemediagroup.tv/
BTW - they produced "the smalls" Logo's for our site and our podcast, thanks Elite Media Group, Inc.
Just Nate and Dennis speak to Jeff Barnett (Founder and CEO) and Nick Woerner (BD Manager) at Barnett Engineering & Signaling Laboratories (BESL). Listen in as Jeff and Nick walk down the Entrepreneurial lane and talk how they came from Military to billboards to women's shoes to BESL.
If you want to start your own business Nick recommends: The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It by Author Michael E. Gerber. https://www.amazon.com/Myth-Revisited-Small-Businesses-About/dp/0887307280
Jeff talks about what it is like to start your own small business and doing what you have to do if you don't have the funds to hire someone else, you do the work in house. Jeff talks about a new product his team created, a Cyber Defense tool for small businesses called "Link Warden".
BESL provides key support to a number of government agencies and offices including U.S. Air Force, U.S. Space Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Missile Defense Agency (MDA), National Security Agency (NSA), National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and the US Intelligence Community (IC). BESL has a proven track record of outstanding service and customer satisfaction and are able to responsively manage and commit resources to meet contract and task requirements.
BESL’s dedication to providing quality technical and programmatic work by using ethical, honest, and fair business practices is unsurpassed. They recognize and support diversity in the workplace. Their workforce range from working students to the seasoned veteran - all capturing decades of experience to provide leading-edge technical services that produce comprehensive solutions for the most challenging and difficult undertakings.
BESL – leading the way for ‘Unlocking Solutions!’ for their customers and stakeholders’ most difficult problems.
In this 10th episode, the smalls talks to the govmates team, Stephanie Alexander and Katie Bilek. https://govmates.com/
What is govmates?
govmates is the premier teaming partner platform for government contractors.
Their matchmaking technology connects federal agencies and primes to small businesses for procurement and teaming opportunities.
Their platform is utilized to facilitate teaming introductions, conduct market research and support small business outreach in the government contracting community.
Host Just Nate and Dennis K. walk through how to get started with this amazing company and how they can help you as a small business get more exposure to other companies and the gov.
In this episode, Just Nate talks to KiMar Gartman (Program Director) and Shae Thomas (Project Manager) from Catalyst Accelerator. Exciting things are happening at the Accelerator which is housed inside Catalyst Campus in Downtown Colorado Springs, CO.
Shae and KiMar explain what the Accelerator does and why it is important. For more information please visit there website: https://catalystaccelerator.space/
They also discuss the Catalyst Accelerator's TECH COLLISION EVENT happening July 28-30, 2020 at the Accelerator. The Air Force Research Laboratory/Space Vehicles Directorate (AFRL/RV)-sponsored Catalyst Accelerator will host a 3-day pitch event where 32 – 40 startups and small businesses will have the opportunity to present innovative, dual-use, space technologies. Companies will pitch twice—once to a room of Government tech scouts and once to a room of Industry tech scouts. The final day will include technology demonstrations facilitated by Tech Warrior Ops (https://twenterprise.org/tech-warrior-ops) and a poster board session open to the public. When participant companies are not pitching, they will have the opportunity to attend relevant training workshops put on by the Catalyst Accelerator’s subject matter experts.
For more information on the TECH COLLISION EVENT please visit: https://catalystaccelerator.space/techcollision/
In this episode, the smalls CEO and COO interview the Rocky Mountain AFCEA Chapter President, Lt Col Vanessa Johnson, USAF (ret). Vanessa explains the purpose of AFCEA and what there Rocky Mountain Chapter is trying to accomplish in the community. New events, expansion and even future happy hours are discussed.
The best quote in this episode is "Your Net-worth is only as good as your Network". Listen in as your host Just Nate and Dennis pull on this thread a bit.
For more information on the Rocky Mountain AFCEA chapter or how to become a member, please visit there website at: https://www.afcearockymtn.org/
Don't forget for more content, events and everything to do with the small business ecosystem visit our website at: https://thesmalls.org/
Today "the smalls" talks to Ralf Schwoerer - owner and CEO of Silverback Consulting, LLC and CyberPrivacy.today.
Ralf is an amazing person with a passion for technology, cyber security and entrepreneurship. After immigrating from Germany in 1998 to leave tech behind him he came to America to live out his dream to become a cowboy. A few years into that dream "tech" called him back. Listen in as we discuss one of the most amazing and unique products we have heard about, Cyber Command Panel for your Smart Home.
Ralf can be contacted at either of his company websites:
In this episode your host "Just Nate" interviews the Interim Executive Director of Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). Listen in as Jonathan Veteto explains what PTAC is all about and how all small businesses wishing to do business with the government should be a PTAC member and the best part it is all FREE!
There are so many benefits to contacting PTAC - take a listen and find out.
The Smalls team talks to the Pikes Peak Executive Director Mrs. Akita Marcoulier (https://pikespeaksbdc.org/aikta-marcoulier/). This is a special smallscast podcast dedicated to finding out more about relief efforts that are going on in Colorado and some of the COVID-19 Small Business Response Resources available.
More can be found on the Pikes Peak SBDC website. https://pikespeaksbdc.org/prepare
A few items discussed during this episode are:
Federal Financing Options
Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)
Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) - Advance Program
Paycheck Protection Program Loans (PPP)
SBA Express Bridge Loan (EBL) Pilot Program
SBA Debt Relief - 7(a) Loans
SBA Debt Relief - Currently Serviced Disaster Loans
Payroll Tax Credits
Payroll Tax Deferral
Keep checking back to this website to find the latest and greatest relief efforts that can help your small business. Note: information is changing on a daily basis.
On this episode of the smallscast podcast the team talks to JMark Services Inc.
JMark Serives is a:
Knowledge Driven | Solution Focused
JMark is focused on the security of our nation – now and for the future. We challenge traditions to go after new solutions; we don’t limit ourselves to a small business weight class in pursuit of meeting demands. We drive advances in education, critical thinking, analysis, and future developments to impact operations in support of national defense and security partnership around the globe.
We are proud of the excellent reputation we have earned from our customers and partners, who recognize our commitment to deliver on the mark to meet their needs. We are focused on relationship building, so together we can bring real impact in the most effective ways possible.
Just Nate and Dennis speak to the following members of JMark Services:
Mike Phillips - President and CEO
Bob Reehoorn - Chief Operating Officer
Pat Owens - Chief Strategy Officer
Jim Lacey - Vice President, Western Region
Dr. Tom Drohan - Director, International Center for Security and Leadership
In this episode the smalls talks to Mr. Mark Madic the Manager of Southern Colorado Innovation Link (SCIL), the name of the Regional Innovation Stategies Economic Development Administration Grant program, housed at Pueblo Community College. With a deep passion for supporting entrepreneurs and economic development initiatives, Mark is working with entrepreneurs in Southern Colorado to develop prototypes, receive patents, start businesses, and pitch to investors.
Mark is a native of Southern Colorado, being born and raised in Pueblo. Mark earned a B.S. in Business at Colorado State University-Fort Collins, and Majored in Organization/Innovation Management and Marketing with a Certificate in entrepreneurship.
Mark was eager to work for and with entrepreneurs in Northern Colorado, and was fortunate enough to start volunteering at the Institute for Entrepreneurship, housed through the CSU College of Business. In the program he was able to network with the spin out companies (the ones that started in the program) and work for numerous ones across multiple industries, including financial technology, private equity, consumer appliances. Through the years of experience, Mark helped keep the entrepreneurship programs going while there were frequent employee turnovers and small budget. Fortunately, the program grew into one recognized throughout the region, and with it, Mark worked full time as the Business Resident for Entrepreneurship programs.
A key part of Mark’s entrepreneurial experience also came from becoming an accredited facilitator for Startup Weekend-Techstars. Techstars is a global network of entrepreneurs, accelerator, mentoring, and financial resources for startup companies. They are consistently recognized as one of the most successful programs around the world. Startup Weekend is one piece of the network, the format is similar to a hackathon, where people participate by pitching ideas on Friday night, voting on the best ideas and forming teams, and then working all weekend to validate the idea and see if it can be feasible to start after the weekend is over. More than 193,000 people have participated in events across 150 countries. Mark has facilitated the events in partnership with Google, University of Denver, University of Wyoming, and CSU-Fort Collins across the front range.
The Southern Colorado Innovation Link’s (SCIL) mission is to leverage a robust innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem to encourage the development and commercialization of intellectual property, to support innovators, entrepreneurs, creatives, and makers (IIECM), to promote the success and growth of commerce, and to foster sustained regional prosperity.
In this second episode of "the smalls" podcast we are joined by the CEO and COO of the smalls along with Greg Bennett, the Partner Relations Manager at AF CyberWorx and Julie Perkins the Partnership Manager at Center for Technology, Research and Commercialization (C-TRAC).
Find out more about C-TRAC at the following location: https://www.c-trac.org/
The crew talks about the differences between C-TRAC and AF CyberWorx and how you as a small business can help the AF with sprints through CyberWorx.
The smalls podcast is a weekly podcast as we interview small businesses in the community.
Find out more about us at https://thesmalls.org/
In our first episode of "the smalls" podcast we are joined by the CEO and COO of the smalls along with Paul M. Aldrich, the Director of Small Business Programs, Headquarters United States Space Force Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado. We are also joined by Mr. Bill "Hippie" Woolf who is the founder of United States Space Force Association. Find out more about USSF at the following location: https://ussfa.org/
The crew talks about how small business and small associations can really come together with the US Space Force and help each other out.
The smalls podcast is planned to be a weekly podcast as we interview small businesses in the community.