Richard Skorman ’75 and his wife, Patricia Seator, conducted a two-day workshop titled “How to Start and Grow a Community-based Small Business” during the break between Blocks 5 and 6. Using their own local businesses as models, Skorman and Seator, owners of Poor Richard’s, Little Richard’s, and Rico’s in Colorado Springs, discussed with CC students how to develop socially responsible, community-based businesses. The morning sessions were held at CC and the afternoon sessions at Skorman’s businesses.
“After several years of hearing students from all majors express their unique ideas for creating their own businesses and a desire for a more flexible lifestyle that fits their socially responsible values, we thought it would be a good idea to help them do that,” said Darlene Garcia, a career counselor at the CC Career Center, which sponsored the workshop. “We took advantage of the block break and some amazing local successful business people.”
The Career Center plans to continue to offer this workshop and similar workshops to meet the students’ needs and the changing economy. They also offer a “How to Start Your Own Nonprofit” workshop in conjunction with the CC Center for Service and Learning.