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a 501c3 nonprofit corporation located at 130 Park Ave., PO Box 1712, Raton, NM 87740
The Center for Community Innovation is supporting efforts to build a more resilient community. We are supporting the development of local food systems, the localization of our economy, support for micro-entrepreneurs,  the establishment of an energy independent Raton, and the promotion of our region to individuals seeking a sustainable, rural community to call home.

Dreaming of starting your own business?

Looking to recharge your current business?

Searching for innovative inspiration?

Join CU Professor Erick Mueller plus

small business start-up expert Visda Carson

for this valuable workshop:

Demystifying Entrepreneurship

Program fee = $75

(scholarships for reduced rate are available - click here)

Friday, June 7th

Brix Sports Bar and Grill


Program kick-off for Participants

Light fare and beverages included 


Public Reception Announcing new partnership between CU Boulder and City of Trinidad.

Saturday, June 8TH
9:00 AM TO 4:30 PM

First National Bank of Trinidad

Galeria Conference Room (2nd floor)

(continental breakfast & lunch provided)

Demystifying Entrepreneurship
Jun 07, 2019, 5:30 PM
Friday @ Brix & Saturday @ The Galeria,
100 E Main St, Trinidad, CO 81082, USA

Erick Mueller has helped businesses grow throughout his career. Currently, Mueller is Chairman and co-founder of Funovation, which creates heart-pounding addictive attractions that require brain and brawn. He has led the company from an idea to over 180 locations throughout 21 countries. Funovation has been awarded a Top Colorado Company to Watch and a Top Boulder County Company.

In addition, Mueller is an award winning Adjunct Professor and Director of the Cross Campus Entrepreneurship Program at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he has been rated by students among the top MBA instructors.


He leads a Global Seminar each summer, Entrepreneurship & Empowerment in South Africa, helping disadvantaged businesses in the Townships. Mueller also helps with the Veterans Entrepreneurship Program, helping disabled military veterans start businesses.

Visda Carson has over 30 years of business experience. In a span of 24 years at Accenture, the largest global consulting firm, Visda rose to the Managing Director of the Denver office, with 700 employees, responsible for driving local market and business development across 15 clients and target clients.  She gained her start-up, small business experience as the Executive Vice President of Client Services & Delivery at an e-learning organization in Boulder. 
Since 2016, Visda has been serving as adjunct faculty at Leeds School of Business, where she has taught a number of classes, (spanning/including the topics of) entrepreneurship, strategy and consulting.


Demystifying Entrepreneurship is the kick-off event for an exciting five-year partnership between the City of Trinidad and the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business Deming Center for Entrepreneurship.  Over the course of the partnership, CU staff will deliver a wide range of workshops and mentoring opportunities to develop entrepreurship in our region.  The City of Trinidad provides support to cover event costs and organizational assistance.

The two-day program provides an introduction to entrepreneurship and is geared toward anyone launching their own business or improving their existing small business. This course seeks to impart a framework and toolset to help participants develop innovative products and services, avoid pitfalls and succeed at entrepreneurship.

StartUp Colorado and CU Boulder are generously providing tuition assistance for the $75 course fee.  If you need a break with the cost of tuition, please fill out this form and you may get your course for $35!