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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 coloradodemoday.com/apply
  • 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

Governor's Healthy Business Award Applications Open Statewide

Monday, September 25, 2017

Governor's Healthy Business Award Applications Open Statewide

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) today announced it is accepting applications for the Governor's Healthy Business Award for 2017. Applications will be accepted from small businesses with fewer than 500 employees until Monday, November 20, 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 will lead to increased visibility of the winner's efforts leading to it being noted as a top place to work and attracting talent in a competitive market statewide.

OEDIT defines health and wellness as a comprehensive and inclusive circle of well-being including: mental, spiritual, emotional, social, environmental, financial, and physical dimensions. It is ideal for a business to foster work, life integration supporting every dimension of an employee's well-being. Businesses supporting employee's comprehensive health and wellness experience impactful benefits contributing to their bottom line such as enhanced employee productivity, reduced absenteeism, and increased employee retention and attraction.

Benefits of the Award:

Governor's proclamation of being the healthiest business in the state

Press release from the Governor's office sent out to media outlets statewide

Feature story on OEDIT's website (choosecolorado.com) and social media channel

Health and wellness consultations specific to continuous improvement 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.

This award is part of For Colorado: For the Health of It! The Statewide initiative led by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) contributing to the efforts of making Colorado the healthiest state in the nation. It focuses on integrating health and wellness into the places Coloradans live, work, and play by cultivating a culture of health among small businesses and communities to enhance economic vitality statewide.

Applications will be accepted through Monday, November 26th at https://oedit.secure.force.com/oedit/. Small businesses with fewer than 500 employees located within the state of Colorado are eligible to apply for the Governor's Healthy Business Award.

For more information visit www.choosecolorado.com/forcolorado. Inquiries should be directed to Jamie Hackbarth, Health and Wellness Strategist, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, at  Jamie.hackbarth@state.co.us.

About For Colorado: For the Health of It! Initiative

For Colorado is a statewide initiative led by OEDIT focused on integrating health and wellness into the places Coloradans live, work and play. Its mission is to cultivate a culture of health and well-being among small businesses and communities to enhance economic vitality statewide. It aims to assist, recognize and connect the Coloradans through a three-pillar model:

Free small business consulting: Provide health and wellness assistance to improve employee well-being leading to business vitality.

Statewide wellness council: Partner with the Governor's Council of Active and Healthy Lifestyles to enhance wellness efforts statewide.

Governor's Health and Wellness Awards: Incentivize cultivation of a culture of health among small businesses and communities through statewide recognition.

For Colorado is grant-funded by the Colorado Health Foundation. It partners with various stakeholders to elevate wellness efforts including Health Links, Small Business Development Centers, Colorado Department of Health and Environment, LiveWell Colorado, Governor's Council of Active and Healthy Lifestyles.

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.

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 http://mcb.unco.edu/e-challenge/ 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 mcb.unco.edu.


For information about the program contact Dr. Dallas Everhart at dallas.everhart@unco.edu

Questions regarding the application process can be directed to Jamie Dagg at jamie.dagg@unco.edu.  

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

Apply

The application is open and will close June 30, 2017

Application Process Open for New Certified Small Business Communities

Friday, May 05, 2017

New SBDC Program Aimed to Encourage Entrepreneurship in Rural Areas

The Colorado SBDC Network is now accepting applications for the New Certified Small Business Community program - an initiative designed to assist rural communities with the recruitment of entrepreneurs to further develop and diversify their local economy. Applications are due July 1.

"Entrepreneurs can be the driving force in a local economy, especially ones that have been hit by large company closures and relocations. Entrepreneurs create jobs, invest in infrastructure and assist communities in competing in a regional, national and global economy."  - Kelly Manning, Colorado SBDC Network Director

The Certified Small Business Community Initiative is a Colorado SBDC Network offering that will assist rural communities who want to take their entrepreneurship to the next level.

What Communities Can Expect 
  • Featured on a dedicated SBDC website developed for certified Communities
  • Possible highway signage designed and installed with assistance from CDOT
  • Up to $10,000 in coaching, mentoring and technical assistance from the Colorado SBDC Network
  • Up to $30,000 in cash to assist with the completion of an action plan project (priority projects include - SBDC/Satellite office in community, co-working space in community, others on a case-by-case basis)
  • Designation of a "Certified Small Business Community" to promote a great place to "Work, Live and Play" in Colorado
Applicants can be a single town or city, several towns or communities working together or a county. Interested communities must demonstrate a defined sense of place or niche that sets them apart, have a concentration of entrepreneurship, a high level of community engagement and support of small businesses, and the ability to execute the plan.

Interested communities are encouraged to contact OEDIT. Questions about the program or application process should be directed to Christine Hoffman at (720) 391-8865 or christine.hoffman@state.co.us

Download program information here and access the application online here. Applications and all supporting documents must be submitted to OEDIT by July 1. The award decision will be made by August 1.

Ready, Set, Go 2017 Day at the DOT

Monday, April 17, 2017

Ready... Set... Go! 2017 Day at the DOT in Region 4

May 18th, 2017 | 8:30 - 11:45 am

Colorado Department of Transporation

Region 4 Headquarters 10601 West 10th Street Greeley, CO 80634

Join the Colorado Department of Transportation in its supplier open house in CDOT's Region 4 - Greeley/ Northeast Colorado. CDOT staff will be available to help suppliers register on the CDOT bid portal for goods and services and teach them how to navigate the system. Suppliers can meet onsite with CDOT program managers and buyers.

8:30 - 8:45 am Welcome & Open Remarks 

Colorado Department of Transportation, Minority Business Office of Colorado

8:45- 9:45 am Ready! "How CDOT Buys Goods and Services" 

Learn about cooperative agreements, small-dollar purchases, and competitive bidding opportunities.

10 - 10:45 am Set! "What CDOT Buys" 

Representatives from Region 4 discuss purchases within their region.

10:45- 11:45 Go! "Register to Bid with CDOT"

Register on CDOT's supplier self-service (SUSS) portal and learn how to navigate the portal.


COSBDC Network Receives National Accreditation

Monday, April 10, 2017

Denver (April 6, 2017) - The Colorado Small Business Development Center (COSBDC) Network is not only celebrating 30 years of supporting small businesses in Colorado, but has earned full accreditation from the Association of Small Business Development Centers, the national accrediting body for Small Business Development Centers under contract from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The America's SBDC Accreditation Committee voted to fully accredit the COSBDC program with commendations and announced this at the America's SBDC semiannual meeting in Washington, D.C. in February.

"This seal of approval is the result of the skills and expertise of the network's staff and the impact of their work in helping small businesses grow and prosper," said COSBDC Network director Kelly Manning. "The entire Colorado team does a truly outstanding job supporting small businesses and making Colorado's economy the best in the nation."

The COSBDC also received accreditation in technology and is now a "T" designated state, one of only a handful in the country. This enables the COSBDC to focus on businesses with less than 25 employees on the use of technology and technology companies to commercialize, apply for SBIR/STTR grants and strategize on growth opportunities, to mention a few offerings.

"Colorado's tech scene is thriving and the State is becoming an innovation hub. We are in the top five US states for entrepreneurship and innovation with an influx of top tech talent as of late," said Manning. "Having a "T" designation only further allows us to support this growing community of start-ups based within the State."

Federal statute mandates that every five years, SBDC programs undergo a robust review to continue program eligibility and funding. This review process is based on the Baldridge Performance Excellence Program that ensures effectiveness and efficient program delivery.

Reaching full accreditation helps to eliminate inconsistencies between the nationwide network of 1,000 SBDC locations and over 4,000 SBDC business advisors, and creates a standard that defines excellence while providing an approach to achieving the highest performance. No other publicly-funded program undergoes the accountability examinations and reviews that SBDCs receive.

To learn more about the COSBDC and its no-cost, confidential consulting services go online to coloradosbdc.org or call the Small Business Navigator at 303-592-5920.

About the Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network

The Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network is dedicated to helping existing and new businesses grow and prosper in Colorado by providing free and confidential consulting and no-or low-cost training programs. The SBDC strives to be the premier, trusted choice of Colorado businesses for consulting, training and resources. The SBDC Network combines the resources of federal, state and local organizations with those of the educational system and private sector to meet the specialized and complex needs of the small business community. COSBDC is a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT).

COSBDC is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the state of Colorado and local organizations that support our small business community. COSBDC is a member of America's SBDC, celebrating over 35 years of providing proven technical assistance to small businesses in 1000 centers nationwide.