square state welcome

SQS022: The Denver Welcome Mat Event

For the past three years I’ve muddled my way through creating a digital business. You know, a business that basically shares information and helps my clients with very little face to face contact. Why did I decide to pursue a digital career? Well…I used to work at a university with hundreds of students. By the time I finished working that job I was exhausted. And, my ability to work directly with people had flown out the window. In fact, I love digital business but I was beginning to feel that there was something missing from what I was working on. And, that feeling continued to grow until one day I decided it was time to create an event that would enable me to connect and engage with the people that I’m trying to serve with this project.

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 The Denver Welcome Mat

Is an event created to help connect current Denver residents with newly arrived residents. There are three major goals:

  • To encourage comradery and connection between two groups that can be at odds with one another. Long-time Denverites who’ve grown up in the city sometimes feel left behind in all of the changes that the city (and state) is experiencing. Newbies sometimes feel the sting of resentment and sometimes accidentally step on people’s toes because they didn’t realize they touched on an issue that would upset long-time residents. No more ignorance is bliss. Let’s get together, eat, drink, and have fun. We’re in this together, for better or worse.

 

  • Develop Awareness of Local-Goods, products, and services. Colorado has an incredible range of locally made products, businesses with a national reach, and more. My goal is to get you in front of the amazing entrepreneurs running these businesses. It always feels good to know who made whatever it is you’re using.

 

  • Become a resource-For job leads, fun activities, and business related needs.

Basically, The Denver Welcome Mat is the “in-person” side of Square State.

How It Works

The Denver Welcome Mat holds events twice a month. The events are the following:

  • Happy Hour with a panel discussing different topics throughout the year. Each event has giveaways, food, and more.

 

  • Fun activity-Members will enjoy fun events throughout the city and state. These activities will be free, or discounted and a low-key way to meet new people and explore the state. Click here to join  Meetup Group or click here to join the closed Facebook Group.

It’s free to be a part of the community.

Upcoming Events

  • Yoga Rocks the Park (free) June 3, 2018- we will meet at 8:00 am by the steps in near the teaching stage.

 

  • Jazz in the Park (free) June 3, 2018-we will meet at 5:30 pm at City Park in Denver. The exact meeting location will be announced closer to the event.

 

  • The Denver Welcome Mat June 7, 2018-Topic “How to Make Professional and Personal Connections in Denver” held at The Commons on Champa from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm. Panel, appetizers, mix and mingle.

 

  • The Phroogal Road to Wellness Tour June 9, 2018-If you’re interested in personal finance or improving your money, this brunch and learn is the event for you. Click here for more details

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Podcast episodes are released once a week on Mondays. Listen and learn from local entrepreneurs, activists, and residents who love Colorado.  Subscribe HERE.

podcasts in color

SQS021: Berry from Podcasts in Color

Podcasting sometimes feels like a thankless task. You’re just talking to a faceless audience for a long time until one day the “face” of your audience becomes clear. In the case of Berry from Podcasts in Color, she looked for podcasts that reflected her. And, in the process created the Podcasts in Color Directory housing hundreds of podcasts created by people of color.

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Show Notes

  • We discuss the epic tech issue, resulting in slightly wonky sound quality

 

  • Berry is from Denver and attended an HBCU (Historically Black College/University) what happened when she returned to Denver after that experience

 

  • So…podcasts aren’t just for “bros?”

 

  • Some of the current issues in podcasting she’s following

 

  • What does Berry listen for as a prolific podcast listener

 

  • Her podcast pet peeves

 

  • We talk episode notes

 

 

  • She shares how she finds shows.

 

  • We walk through how podcasters can market their show

 

  • Seasons are the way to go! Here’s why.

 

  • We walk through what sponsors are looking for. You’ll be surprised.

 

  • What are the components of a well-crafted podcast episode

 

  • Berry shares how many podcast episodes she listens to each week

 

  • I ask…what’s the goal of Podcasts in Color?

 

  • What has the reaction to the project been?

 

  • She shares if this is a good time to get into podcasting

 

  • The #1 habit podcasters should develop

 

  • We break down what she means by POC

 

  • Clarification: Berry does listen to podcasts hosted by white hosts.

 

  • What compels Berry to subscribe to a show

 

  • Advice for new podcasters

 

  • How to grow community

Connect with Berry 

  • Email: podcastsincolor@gmail.com

Podcast Tool Kit


Denver Bloggers Club Jenny Finke

SQS020: Denver Bloggers Club with Jenny Finke

One of the communities that I absolutely love is the Denver Bloggers Club. As a long-time blogger, sometimes you just need to spend time with people who actually “get” what you’re doing. Because, blogging is not as common as one would think. In Denver, the Denver Bloggers Club has become my “home away from home” where I can seriously discuss whatever issues or concerns that I may have growing my blogging projects.

* In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Please read my disclosure here.*

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Show Notes

  • Jenny Finke-Integrative Nutrition Coach, Community Builder, and Blogger

 

  • Colorado Native (she’s a unicorn)

 

  • She’s diagnosed with Celiac Disease and shares what that diagnosis meant

 

 

  • How Facebook lives changed her blog community

 

  • Building Community in Denver

 

Resources Mentioned

 

 

 

 

The Nima Portable Gluten Sensor

Where to Eat Gluten Free

 

 

 

 

 

The Welcome Mat

New to Denver? Looking to connect with other new arrivals and current residents? Become a part of the community today! Sign up to attend the May 4, 2018 event from 3:00 pm-5:00 pm for mix and mingle and a panel on “How to Make Personal and Professional Connections in Denver.” FREE

 

 

Square State

SQS019: Monthly Recap and Summer is Coming

Can you believe that it’s almost May? I can’t either! Today’s episode is a monthly recap. I also share a cool new locale that’s about to open in town and an upcoming event.

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Show Notes

 

 

 

  • The Dairy Block Development-I wonder about the lack of marketing on an INCREDIBLE new space opening this summer.

 

 

 

The Welcome Mat Events

The inaugural Welcome Mat Event will be held on May 4th, 2018 from 3:00 pm-4:30 pm. The purpose? To connect new arrivals with current Denver residents and create a welcoming place for residents to connect and create community.

Sign up HERE! To join in. The first event’s topic “How to Make Personal and Professional Connections in Denver.” 

 

10 communities to join in Denver

SQS018: 10 Amazing Denver Communities to Join Today!

One of the most challenging aspects of moving to a new town is finding community. You’ve decided to leave a place for whatever reason, and now you have to connect with new people. And, in larger cities, it can be difficult to figure out where to begin. This podcast episode and post will share 10 amazing Denver communities to check out when you arrive in town.

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10 Amazing Denver Communities to Join

 

  • House of Pod-This co-working just opened a week or so ago. It’s a co-working space for podcasters. This is a brilliant idea and the business model looks solid. I can’t wait to go check it out.

 

  • Women of Denver-This group is for entrepreneurial women in Denver. Krystal Covington has created an incredible community to nurture and grow female entrepreneurs.

 

  • Denver Boss Babes-One of my favorite groups on the list! Roxy Barnes and Chelsea Blankenship created this community and I love it. The ladies are fun loving, hard-working, and share their wisdom freely.  Check out Roxy’s podcast interview HERE.

 

 

  • The Commons on Champa-Recently, I shared a podcast interview that I recorded with Jesse Shuler, Community Manager at the Commons. This is a fantastic resource for startup entrepreneurs in Denver.

 

  • The Colorado Startups Facebook Group-This was a group that I had no idea existed until I spoke with Jesse. If you’re starting a business it’s a great space to support others and be supported as you grow your business vision.

 

  • Slam Nuba-It may be better to describe Slam Nuba as a creative collective centered around poetry slams. Regardless, I’m obsessed with them, and love the creative voices that come out of this community.

 

  • Meetup.com-If you’re new to Denver…you have to attend some Meetups. There is something for EVERYONE. Seriously, everyone.

Square State: The Welcome Mat

Join me on Friday, May 4th, 2018 from 3:00 pm-4:30 pm. The Welcome Mat is a series of events created to welcome new arrivals to Denver and connect them to: current residents and resources that will make the transition to their new town even easier. Click HERE to sign up via EventBrite.

 

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