2018 Colorado State Minimum Wage Increase

Thursday, January 11, 2018

2018 Colorado State Minimum Wage

Effective January 1, 2018 Minimum Wage: $10.20

Tipped Employee Minimum Wage: $7.18
In January 2017, Voters passed Amendment 70, effectively increasing Colorado's minimum wage standards annually by $0.90 each January until Colorado minimum wage reaches $12 per hour in 2020. The minimum wage will be adjusted thereafter annually for cost of living increases. 

The Division of Labor Standards and Statistics has adopted Colorado Minimum Wage Order Number 34 effective January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018 to reflect the state minimum wage of $10.20 per hour. No more than $3.02 per hour in tip income may be used to offset the minimum wage of tipped employees. 

According to Section 15 of Article XVIII, of the Colorado Constitution, if either of the following two situations applies to an employee, then the employee is entitled to the $10.20 state minimum wage of the $7.18 state tipped employee minimum wage, effective January 1, 2018. 

1. The employee is covered by the minimum wage provisions of the Colorado Minimum Wage Order.
2. The employee is cover by the minimum wage provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Employers covered by the Wage Order are required to post the Colorado Minimum Wage Order Poster. Vist Colorado Department of Labor and Employment of Colorado Minimum Wage Order 34 Poster and Fact Sheet.

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New Year's Checklist for 2018

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Happy New Year! The end of the year has come and gone! The beginning of 2018 is a great time to review and plan your business and marketing efforts for the New Year. Ask yourself these key questions and set (or reset) measurable goals for the upcoming year!

Marketing Questions:

  1. Is my website up to date?
  2. Are all pages, submission forms, and links working properly?
  3. Are my brochures and business cards up to date with all contact information?
  4. Have I recently logged into all social media accounts to ensure all information is correct and there are no outstanding messages?
  5. Have I recently Googled my name and the name of my business? Ensure your website and correct contact information come up first!
  6. How is my business signage? Is it visible and up to code?
  7. What marketing tools generated my best clients? If you don't have metrics in place, establish them for 2018!
Business Strategy Checklist:
  1. Do I need to review and update my current business plan? (The answer is always YES! Every year!)
  2. Do I need a new business plan?
  3. Review your mission and vision statements with your team. Your team needs to believe your message from the inside, out. Does it need updating? 
  4. Review your goals from 2017. Did you hit your sales goals? Why? Why not?
  5. Review your messaging. Does your content and branding get people to take the action that you want them to take?
  6. Work with your team and SBDC Business Consultant to determine your answers. We encourage you to put them someplace visual to keep them in mind throughout the year.
  7. Most importantly, track your results and adjust your marketing sales strategies accordingly.
Call the East Colorado SBDC to set up an appointment so that we can assist you in meeting your business goals for 2018! 

Thank you to East Colorado SBDC consultant Craig Curl for this checklist! We hope you find it helpful for the year ahead! 

2018 BBB Spark Awards for Entrepreneurship Accepting Applications

Monday, December 18, 2017

The Spark Awards are the BBB's newest awards recognition program to celebrate emerging entrepreneurial businesses whose leaders demonstrate a high level of character, generate a culture that is authentic about its mission, and genuinely connects with their community. Applications and judging for the Spark Awards is based on three principles: Character, culture, and community. The Better Business Bureau is now accepting applications for the 2018 BBB Spark Awards for Entrepreneurship.


The Spark Award is open to for-profit organizations located within BBB Serving Nothern Colorado and Wyoming's service area. Business must be in operation for at least 6 months but no more than 3 years at the time of application (January 2018) Firms need not be BBB accredited but must be in good standing with BBB. 

Entry  Submission

Bring your entrepreneurial organization to life and tell the story of how your business lives out character, culture, and community through online written entries. There is also a required video testimonial component, 3-minute (max). This video should come from you and your team.

Question 1: Character

Explain how you have transformed as a leader, and how that has impacted your business. Because leaders are constantly aiming to grow and improve, share ways that you are planning to progress in the future.

Question 2: Culture

How do you articulate that you value your treasured employees and team? What sort of goals do your teams have, and how do they work together to create a supportive and honest atmosphere, while being purposeful and transparent?

Question 3: Community

How have you given back and shown to your community? Whether it's working with after-school programs or donating to a charity, what ways have you contributed to your community with your time and/or reinvested within your industry?

Video Submission

We want to hear your voice and get the STORY straight from your team! Rally your team and take up this cause on how your business embodies Character, Culture & Community!

Apply Online

Applications are due January 26, 2018. Apply at

Governor's Healthy Business Award Applications Open Statewide

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Governor's Healthy Business Award Applications Open Statewide

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) is accepting applications for the Governor's Healthy Small Business Award for 2017. Applications will be accepted from small businesses with fewer than 500 employees until Friday, December 15th, 2017. 

The award will honor one small business statewide making great strides supporting the Health and wellness of their employees, while simultaneously impacting their business vitality. The award advances the winner's reputation in the community by spotlighting its health and wellness efforts, which can assist in recruiting efforts in a competitive market statewide. 

Benefits of the Award:

  1. Governor's proclamation of being the healthiest small business in the state
  2. Press release from the Governor's office sent out to media outlets statewide
  3. Feature story on OEDIT's website ( and social media channels 
  4. Health and wellness consultations from OEDIT's Health and Wellness Strategist
Applicants will be evaluated on the business' health and wellness excellence, community involvement and collaboration, and evaluative outcomes. Final candidates will be evaluated through an on-site interview process by OEDIT. The winner will be recognized publicly at an award event. 

Applications will be accepted through Friday, December 15th at Small businesses with fewer than 500 employees located within the state of Colorado are eligible to apply for the Governor's Healthy Small Business Award.

For additional information visit Inquiries should be directed at Jamie Hackbarth, Health and Wellness Strategist, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, at

Applications open for 2nd Annual Colorado DEMO Day

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Applications Open for 2nd Annual Colorado DEMO Day

Do you want the opportunity to showcase in front of 100 investors in Silicon Valley?

You might want to consider applying for a booth at the 2nd Annual Colorado DEMO Day in Silicon Valley. Colorado companies or graduates of Colorado accelerators on a high growth path with revenue are welcome to apply. 

Innovation Pavilion and Colorado Technology Association are partnering with the Governor's Office and Metro Denver Economic Development for this exciting event. On November 14th in Silicon Valley, IP and CTA will host an all-day expo showcasing progressive CIOs from some of Colorado's leading companies. Over 100 VCs and angel investors from Silicon Valley will be there to engage with Colorado startup and high growth companies that will pitch for funding. The event will commence with a Talent Happy Hour session to celebrate Colorado's awesome companies with Silicon Valley techies. Interested companies can apply now! 

Date: Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Location: Plug and Play Tech Center, 440 N. Wolfe Rd., Sunnyvale, CA 94085

Eligibility Criteria:

  • 100 Silicon Valley Angels and VCs 
  • Colorado-based company OR a Colorado accelerator company
  • High growth company growing at 20% per year
  • Must be making some revenue
  • IoT, Digital Health, Cyber Security, Aerospace and Ad-tech companies

Startup Application process: (less than 1 minute to apply)
  • If you want to participate, please submit your application for a booth at
  • A selection committee will select 20-30 most promising companies to be showcased
  • If selected, a fee of $1000 for companies under $5M in revenue, or $2,500 for companies over $5M in revenue will be collected

Applications Open for 2018 Entrepreneurial Challenge

Monday, September 25, 2017

Monfort College of Business seeks 

Colorado-based Entrepreneurs


GREELEY, Colo. (September 25, 2017) – Do you have a great idea for a business? Do you want to make your business successful? In its 9th year, the 2018 Monfort College of Business Entrepreneurial Challenge is newly designed to help entrepreneurs take their business to the next level.  Participants will receive expert opinions, professional advice and an opportunity to share $50,000 in prize money.  

In addition to the prize money, winners will receive business incubator services from UNC BizHub, the business incubator at the University of Northern Colorado. Participants will have an opportunity to attend workshops designed specifically for entrepreneurs to address the most critical elements of success including finance, human resources and marketing.

The competition is open to pre-launch or early stage Colorado-based start-up ventures. Applications are now available at and will be accepted until Monday, November 13, 2017.  


“The way we do business is evolving, specifically for entrepreneurs.  The Monfort College of Business Entrepreneurial Challenge is changing to meet the new needs of startups.  The participants in the Monfort College of Business E-Challenge will receive feedback and advice from successful, experienced and knowledgeable judges,” said Dr. Dallas Everhart on the revised event format.

Preliminary Challenge semi-finalists will be notified on December 8, 2017. The ten semi-finalists will present their business concept to a panel of experts on January 30, 2018.  Five finalists will be selected to present their business plan in a competitive format on March 27, 2018.

About the Monfort College of Business

The Kenneth W. Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado is recognized for delivering excellence in business education.  The college has been accredited by AACSB International for 20 years—the “gold standard” for accreditation.  The College is one of an elite few worldwide that are accredited in both business administration and accounting. Over 10 successive years MCB’s graduating seniors have scored in the top 15 percent on nationwide standardized exit exams.  It is the first and only business program to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award from the Office of the President of the United States (2004).  For more information, visit MCB’s website at

For information about the program contact Dr. Dallas Everhart at

Questions regarding the application process can be directed to Jamie Dagg at  

Colorado Stimulates Rural Economic Growth With $9M Dedicated Venture Capital

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Colorado Releases RFP to Solicit Qualified Candidates to Manage $9M Rural Fund

DENVER, CO., September 12, 2017 - Colorado's Office of Economic Growth and International Trade (OEDIT), in partnership with the Colorado Venture Capital Authority (CVCA), is allocating $9 million (plus up to an additional $3 million option) for a new investment fund that will provide seed and early-stage investment capital and/or debt to qualified rural businesses in Colorado.

The new fund was created to stimulate and support innovation and economic growth in rural Colorado counties that may have less access to investment resources. Potential industries include value added agriculture, advanced manufacturing, education, health and wellness, tourism and outdoor recreation, energy natural resources, clean tech and technology and information, and others.

 "Colorado represents a vibrant model for entrepreneurship and innovation," said Governor John Hickenlooper, "Our goal is to extend that influence to more rural counties with an investment fund dedicated to their specific growth needs." 

Businesses located in more than  54 counties within the state of Colorado are eligible to receive funding from the new Rural Fund, including Baca, Chaffee, Delta, La Plata, Lincoln, Moffat, Rio Grande, Summit, and Yuma (view RFP for a complete list of eligible counties). "These rural counties already provide exceptional economic advantages including an educated and motivated workforce, locations with global access, and a collaborative business environment. Access to investment funds will help accelerate growth and innovation" stated Roni K. Wisdom, Rio Grande County Administrator, and CVCA Board Member.

OEDIT and CVCA are seeking qualified candidates to manage the fund, via an RFP process. The selected fund manager will play a significant role in the expansion of rural economic initiatives and have the opportunity to support and influence industries key to Colorado's economic growth.   Qualified candidates and firms can access the Rural Fund Manager RFP on the state's website and the deadline for responses is November 1, 2017. Final candidates will be reviewed by the CVCA with a winning candidate to be selected by January 2, 2018. Click here for more information about Colorado's Rural Fund or to download the Fund Manager RFP.

About Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) works with statewide partners to create a positive business climate that encourages dynamic economic development and sustainable job growth. Under the leadership of Governor John Hickenlooper, we strive to advance the state's economy through financial and technical assistance in support of local and regional economic development activities throughout Colorado.
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Become a Vendor at Evans Heritage Day

Monday, July 10, 2017

Evans Heritage Day

The City of Evans is excited to announce the inaugural Evans Heritage Day. This family-friendly community-wide event will be held Saturday, September 16, 2017 in City Park.

Similar to it predecessor EvansFest, the day will begin at 7 am with a pancake breakfast, followed by a parade. Bands, food truck competition, competitive activities, petting zoo - including a zebra!

Become a Vendor!

The City of Evans is looking for vendors to add to the festivities of the day. With an expected turnout of 2,500 people, Evans Heritage Day will provide vendors with a great opportunity to reach community members. Complete a vendor application today!

The Details:

1. The Evans Heritage Day Committee will supply 15'x15' booth space at the City Park in an area designated for vendors.
2. a site map will be provided to all booth vendors.
3. Vendors will be required to supply their own power, tables, signage and all items needed for the operation of their space. Canopies are allowed.
4. Evans Heritage Day Committee will supply space, access, and parking
5. Vendors set up time in City Park is between 7 - 9 am. Vehicles will need to be moved to designated parking by 9 am.
6. Vendors are required to stay open for business until 4 pm.
7. Firecrackers, silly string, champagne poppers, smoke and stink bombs, snap-a-pop or any other explosive devices are prohibited per the Uniform Code Sec. 78.201 & 78.20.
8. Booths must not disturb trees or shrubbery in the park.
9. Vendors are required to clean up their booth space prior to leaving at the end of the event.

The City of Evans, Evans Heritage Day Committee, its members, elected officials, and employees will not assume any responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged exhibits or property. Vendor assumes all risk by participating in the event. 

We are Hiring!

Friday, June 16, 2017

145k Available through Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge is open again!

The Challenge is a national competition and is directed to agriculture and food entrepreneurs

Who is Eligible

Businesses across agriculture are eligible; including farms, ranches, agritourism, CSAs, food hubs, aquaponics, farm-to-table businesses, local food production and craft breweries.

The Challenge

Participants will compete for:
  • $145,000 in startup funds
  • Opportunity to pitch to multimillion dollar investors
  • Booth Space at the American Farm Bureau Annual Convention
  • Feedback from national business experts
  • Educations on venture capital and expanding their businesses


The application is open and will close June 30, 2017