Colosimo judged the pitch competition for the Women’s Entrepreneurial Conference

30 April 2018

Beth Colosimo’s involvement in the small business community means she gets a first look at the dedication emerging business owners have to their ideas.

Colosimo, a CREW Utah member for nearly five years, is executive director of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses local education program and Business Development Resources, both administered through Salt Lake Community College. Her responsibilities often include judging pitch contests, include a recent competition for women entrepreneurs.
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I think their stories are so cool in that women open businesses and their motivations are different – their passions are different,” Colosimo said. It’s “not that they don’t want to make money, but they also want to help people.”

Among the pitches she judged, Colosimo was impressed by the woman who wanted to open a day care center for young children with special needs, who are often turned down by traditional care providers because of feeding tubes. A resettled Sudanese refugee woman requested money to repair her delivery truck so she could keep her catering business thriving. Another woman wanted to expand a coffee shop in the St. George area that strives to hire employees who have completed jail sentences or rehabilitation for substance abuse.

Colosimo said that she emphasizes the importance of business networks such as CREW to her business owners.

“I do think that it’s such a good resource for the women who come through our program – it’s the kind of organization that they need to be involved with.”

Businesses can apply for the Goldman Sachs program at 10ksbapply.com.

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