Manitou Made stakeholders, champions, and merchants are learning together with a shared desire to strengthen and empower each other as humans first, small business owners second.

We urge you to explore these elective classes on Human Resiliency, as together we can transform the common mental health narrative from one of illness and disability to one of strength and empowerment. (

GRIT-LEAD is a free five-hour training designed specifically for leaders and small business owners, giving strategies around supporting employees, managing in a new environment, and how to assist employees in the back-to-work transition. This training is available in five self-paced videos. Participants will also receive a workbook and a variety of resources for self and others.

Module 1:

  • Introduction to GRIT-Lead Coaching concept

  • Leadership challenges amidst COVID-19

  • Core Principles of Psychological First Aid

  • Introduction to GRIT Steps

Module 2:

  • Stressors and Stress Reactions

  • Self-Efficacy

    o TraumaRelatedSelf-Efficacy

    o CollectiveSelf-Efficacy

  • Resilience

GRIT Step 1: Making Connection

Module 3:

  • Virtual leadership

  • Supporting essential workers

  • Questions, reflections, active listening

  • GRIT Step 2: Asking Questions
  • GRIT Step 3: Identifying Coping Strengths and Resilience

Module 4:

  • Small business challenges
  • How to support transitioning back to work

  • GRIT Step 4: Adding to Strengths

Module 5:

  • GRIT Resources

  • Resources for Leadership and Small Businesses

  • GRIT Step 5: Reviewing, Summarizing, Giving Resources

  • Self-Care

In our mission of providing you with an interactive support platform, UCCS has partnered with SilverCloud, a clinically-proven online platform with programs to help you reduce symptoms of stress, improve your sleep and build resilience.

All the programs offered have bonus content, including the Challenging Times module specifically developed to support you as you navigate the current COVID-19 crisis. The modules include:

  • COVID-19 : Learn how to manage stress and self-care during these challenging times
  • Sleep Issues: Learn how to build healthy sleep habits
  • Resilience: Learn how to enhance your wellbeing and build work-life balance
  • Stress: Learn how to overcome and manage your stressors

In order to sign up, you must reside in the Colorado Springs area, qualified by Zipcodes from 80106 - 80997


To access SilverCloud, you'll need to be in our service area and enter the GRIT access code. 

The first code, GRIT2020, is for general members of the community. 

Access Silvercloud with this code

Stress affects everyone, particularly small businesses. We could all use some support. 

Energize Colorado has partnered with the CU Denver School of Psychology to bring you a free stress management course taught by the experts.

Stress Management for Small Businesses offers small group courses focused on giving you techniques to better meet all of life’s challenges. Led by the CU Denver Department of Psychology and held virtually via secure and private meetings, you’ll learn tools & techniques relevant to owning or leading a small business. Each course will include four weekly sessions with a group of 5-7 participants and 2-3 experts leading the session.

Each course includes four sessions:

  • Week 1: Becoming Aware – How stress impacts you
  • Week 2: Stress Busters – Techniques
  • Week 3: Coping – Resources & Strategies
  • Week 4: Strategies – Prioritization & Social Support

The first session begins on Wednesday, Oct 7th!
Find a course that works for you:

  • Wednesday Evenings 5:00-6:30 PM – Dates: Oct 7, Oct 14, Oct 21, Oct 28
  • Thursday Lunch Hour 11:30 AM – 1 PM – Dates: Oct 8, Oct 15, Oct 22, Oct 29
  • Wednesday Evenings 5:00-6:30 PM – Dates: Nov 4, Nov 11, Nov 18, *Dec 2
  • Thursday Lunch Hour 11:30 AM – 1 PM – Dates: Nov 5, Nov 12, Nov 19, *Dec 3 (*skips Thanksgiving week)

Energize Colorado also offers resources designed to support people along with a range of experiences: those feeling uncomfortable in these new circumstances, those facing immediate challenges, and those in crisis. We offer wellness resources, connections to mental health professionals offering free and low-cost therapy/coaching, as well as crisis information on our website.

If you have an urgent need or are in extreme emotional distress or thinking of ending your own life, please call 911 or contact the Colorado Crisis Services Hotline either by calling 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or via text by texting TALK to 38255 or find a walk-in center on their website,

Update, 10/2: Due to a high level of interest in these courses, we've increased the number of participants per course (where possible) and created additional course options that include multiple workshop formats that will cover the same material and also allow for a higher number of participants. 

Register for the free course here


99% of entrepreneurs experience burnout at some point in their entrepreneurial career. Even under the best of circumstances and in the midst of our greatest successes, burnout can sneak up on us and throw us off course. Symptoms include, but are not limited to lethargy, cynicism, detachment, and disillusionment. Learn more about the signs, symptoms, and secrets to preventing and overcoming the debilitating effects of burnout.

Presented by: 

Melissa Healy 
Wellness Coach, Melissa Healy Wellness Coaching