Boulder, CO – The second annual Naturally Boulder Day entrepreneur’s conference, held Oct. 20, had 360 people in attendance from the Boulder area and from around the country. The conference more than doubled attendance in its second year, attracting natural and organic products entrepreneurs and industry leaders from the region and nation.
“Naturally Boulder is a unique public-private economic development initiative supported by the City of Boulder and promoting the growth of natural and organic products in the Boulder region. The annual Naturally Boulder conference provides a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn how to build sales, interact with peers, and gain access to successful industry veterans who serve as teachers and mentors. By drawing from the region and country the conference also puts Boulder squarely on the map as the gateway to the natural products industry,” said conference director and Naturally Boulder Board member Steve Hoffman, whose company, Compass Natural, produced the event.
The event enjoyed tremendous support from local businesses attracting 57 sponsors from a field of more than 150 natural and organic products companies in the area. Mayor Mark Ruzzin and City Manager Frank Bruno addressed the gathering, expressing the city’s support of the $4-billion local natural and organic products industry. With Boulder serving as a hub for the $51.4 billion natural food industry, the conference had an impressive supply of inspiring speakers. Rick Sterling, founder of the Sterling-Rice Group, a full service brand-building agency serving the natural and mainstream food industry, gave the keynote address that went beyond offering branding guidance to encourage the industry to become a national leader of charitable giving. Steve Demos, founder of White Wave Foods, Mel Coleman, Chairman of Coleman Natural Foods, and Loretta Zapp, co-founder of Caffe Sanora, participated in an authentic leadership seminar offering examples of how they have successfully wed their ideals to sound business practices.
The third annual Naturally Boulder Day will be held at the St. Julien Hotel and Spa in Boulder, Colorado, on Oct. 26, 2007 and will feature area business tours, keynotes, seminars, a trade fair, and networking opportunities with key business leaders, investors, entrepreneurs and service companies.
Sponsors for Naturally Boulder Day 2006
Naturally Boulder Day was presented by this year’s Premier-level Sponsors including Boulder-based Wild Oats Markets; the City of Boulder; and New Hope Natural Media. Patron sponsors are WhiteWave Foods, maker of Silk and Horizon Organic; the Daily Camera; Aurora Organic Dairy; and The Boulder County Business Report. Corporate sponsors include Caplan and Earnest; InnoVision Health Media/Alternative Medicine Magazine; Wells Fargo; Celestial Seasonings; the Fresh Ideas Group; Rudi’s Organic Bakery; Organic Vintners; and People Productions. Entrepreneur sponsors include Whole Foods Market; Boulder Economic Council; Patton Boggs; Greenmont Capital Partners; Natural Rx Brokers; EcoNatural Solutions, maker of St. Claire Organics; Pax World Funds; Boulder Ventures; WorkforceBoulderCounty; Eco-Products Inc.; and Altitude Spirits (Vodka 14). Small Business Sponsors include CORE Colorado; The Organic Center; Fresh Produce Sportswear; Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy; WishGarden Herbal Remedies; and Eldorado Artesian Springs. Supporting Sponsors include Tambobamba Nuevo Latino Cuisine; Pixie Maté; Aurora Nova; Caffe Sanora; Om Organics; Overseas Connection; Epicenter Creative; Izze Beverage Co.; Boulder’s Best Organics; Culinary School of the Rockies; UBS Financial Services; Kabana Skin Care; Tea Chi; Brock Publishing/Green Magazine; Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy; Microbac Laboratories Hauser Division; Third Street Chai; Phil’s Fresh Foods; Justin’s Nut Butter; Coleman Natural Products; BookCliff Vineyards; Boulder Beer; Cevan International; Guide to Health and Healing; and Eco-Cycle.
The Naturally Boulder Day conference is produced by the Naturally Boulder Task Force, an economic development initiative supported by the City of Boulder, CO.
Naturally Boulder Task Force
The Naturally Boulder Task force was established in 2005 by the city of Boulder and the Boulder Economic Council to provide support to help grow area natural and organic products businesses, help retain existing natural products businesses, attract natural products companies to the region, mentor new business leaders, and promote Boulder as a center for the natural and organic products industry. Visit www.naturallyboulderproducts.com for more information. Also, Naturally Boulder publishes a quarterly newsletter on-line focusing on natural product news from the local region. The newsletter is distributed via email free to interested individuals; sign up at www.naturallyboulderproducts.com.