BRECKENRIDGE – The Northwest Colorado Small Business Development Center is hosting the inaugural Professional Health & Wellness Symposium Aug. 13-14, 2014, at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge.

The event begins Aug. 13 with Colorado Health Links presenting a special Science of Worksite Wellness workshop from 8:30 to 11 a.m., for human resources professionals, wellness coaches and business owners. Participants will become “Healthy Business” certified. Attendees will learn how to develop successful work site wellness programs and become expert resources for wellness in the community.

Aug. 14 will be a day of creative workshops, discussions and hands-on-training featuring top speakers in the wellness industry. Attendees will learn how to maximize their participation in the wellness business through courses in setting up a business, accounting and tax tips, getting the word out and creating an abundance mindset.

The symposium is open to all interested parties and particularly those in the wellness industry. This includes people who work in either traditional or alternative healthcare, along with those involved in such careers as outdoor recreation, fitness, natural and healthy food products and health information technology. Attendees will receive expert consultation, network with industry leaders, learn about opportunities in wealth creation, develop new skills, and take home great swag and prizes, as well as enjoy a healthy breakfast, lunch and snacks. ​

The first 40 registrants before July 31 will receive $10 off the ticket price by entering the promo code “BEWELL” at There will also be a free health and wellness expo open to the public to highlight local vendors from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14.

​“Colorado’s health and wellness industry is a powerful economic driver for the state,” says Lindsey Stapay, director of the Northwest Colorado SBDC. “We decided to host this event to support this quickly growing marketplace.”

The SBDC is partnering with the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, Colorado Health Institute, Colorado Health Foundation, Colorado Health Links, the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments, Aspen Clinic, Harmony Health and Colorado Mountain College to hold the two-day event.

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