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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.

Recover Colorado Grant

Friday, April 21, 2017

Recover Colorado Grant

Eligibility Requirements

  • The applicant must be a business, nonprofit organization, or a micro-enterprise that was directly or indirectly affected by the 2013 floods
  • The applicant must be located in Weld County
  • At least 51% of the persons being trained must have a Low to Moderate Income
  • 100% of the persons being trained must be a primary resident in one of the disaster declared counties

How to Apply

Additional Program Elements

  • Eligible activities are limited to Workforce Development Training
  • There is an emphasis on worker in the construction related trades
  • Training may consist of customized group training or individual on the job training, but the funds cannot be used for new employee orientation
  • The maximum grant award is $75,000, but each company can have up to 3 awards
  • Each employee trained cannot receive more than 3 separate trainings
  • Applications will be accepted and awarded on a continuous basis until funding is exhausted
  • Funding cannot be used to pay trainee wages, travel or materials costs unrelated to the training, capital improvements or costs incurred prior to the approval date
  • The award cannot cover expenses of more than a period of 3 months of on the job or apprenticeship per individual trainee
  • Training must occur within 6 months of the award date

Contact


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.

America's SBDC, Square, and Quickbooks - Oh my!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Hey East Colorado SBDC members,

The New Year has arrived and any resolution list should include taking your business to the next level! And at the very top of that list should be getting paid faster and making sure your books are in tip-top shape.

QuickBooks, the #1 accounting solution in the US, and Square, a leading provider of payments processing and point-of-sale tools, have partnered to help. Through the Sync with Square product integration, Square sales data automatically flows into QuickBooks Online to minimize data entry and seamlessly track your business’ daily sales transactions.
 

Now for four months only, members of the ASBDC will receive an exclusive deal:


  •  40% off QuickBooks Online for 6 months*
  • $1000 off payments processing and a free magstripe reader from Square
Nowhere else can small business owners receive this bundled offer.
 
To take advantage of both offers, click on the link below and fill out the form. A QuickBooks team member will then contact you within 24hrs to get you up and running on QuickBooks Online and Square.

Fill out this form!


*After six months, subscribers will be charged regular price for QuickBooks Online.

Do You Own or Operate a Business in Greeley?

Friday, March 10, 2017

Important Notice!

Are you a business owner or entrepreneur operating in the City of Greeley?

As of January 1, 2017, every person/ company doing business in the City of Greeley is required to obtain a Business License. This includes, but is not limited to, retail stores, restaurants, service-based companies, nonprofits, wholesalers, law firms, accounting firms, health organizations, and manufacturers. 

The new business license will ultimately replace the old sales tax license. If you have filed for a sales tax license in the past with the city of Greeley, but have not applied for a business license, now is the time to apply. Once a business license has been applied for it will effectively close the sales tax license issued to your business. As of December 1, 2017, all sales tax license will be closed and no longer considered to be a valid license in the City of Greeley

There is no fee for the Greeley business license and the license must be renewed every two years.

Contact the Sales and Use Tax staff at 970-350-9733 or GreeleySalesTax@greeleygov.com with any questions. For more information and to apply for a business license online, please visit greeleygov.com/government/finance/business.



East Colorado SBDC Names New Director Lisa Hudson

Monday, December 19, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Office of Gov. John Hickenlooper

Office of Economic Development
& International Trade


Jenifer Doane, 303-892-3847 
jenifer.doane@state.co.us

SBDC Network Announces New Director of East Colorado SBDC and UNC Biz Hub in Greeley

Denver - December 19, 2016 - The Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network today announced that Lisa Hudson has been selected as the new director of the East Colorado SBDC in Greeley.  She will be responsible for helping existing and new businesses grow through her leadership of the center and UNC Biz Hub.

"Lisa is a true SBDC success story.  She came to us as a student intern and had such a passion to help small businesses; she decided to stay with the SBDC.  Since then, she has been promoted through the ranks from intern to consultant, to associate center director," said Kelly Manning director of the SBDC Network and deputy director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT). "She brings passion, dedication and experience in helping our small businesses in East Colorado. We are proud and thrilled for Lisa."

Hudson joined the East Colorado SBDC in 2010 as a marketing specialist and business consultant, responsible for promotions and communications as well as guiding local companies through the startup and growth phases. Starting in 2012, she was promoted to associate director and assisted with budgeting, fundraising, sponsor relationship building, staff education, staff meetings, attending all state director meetings, and the annual ASBDC Conference.

"With about 600 clients during her career as a certified small business consultant and over 3200 hours consulting with small businesses, Lisa has developed great relationships and successful businesses within the East Colorado SBDC area," Manning said. "She connects with the people that live and thrive in this region and has helped her community develop and grow."

Hudson is the only certified GrowthWheel consultant in the state of Colorado. She is bilingual and provides consulting in Spanish and English. She was the chair of the SBDC Network marketing committee that created the branding for the network as a whole and has played an active role in the technology committee for the upcoming new T designation. 

Hudson grew up in rural Colorado in the home of an entrepreneur.  She graduated in 2010 from the Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Business Marketing and a minor in Spanish.

"I have always had a passion for small businesses and I am looking forward to continuing on this path of helping my community in my new role," Hudson said.  

Hudson is replacing Richard "Dick" Pickett who is retiring after almost 9 years as the executive director of the center.

The East Colorado SBDC office spans over 13 counties and has 29 satellite offices. The office specializes in oil and gas, health and wellness, and agriculture. The center was designated as a Technology Smart Zone specializing in agriculture technology. For more information about the East Colorado SBDC, visit http://www.eastcoloradosbdc.com/unc-bizhub-collaborative.

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.

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New Free SBDC Program Provides HR Assistance to Colorado Small Businesses

Monday, December 19, 2016
Denver - Dec. 2, 2016 - Colorado small business owners can now receive assistance with human resource (HR) needs through a new free program offered by the Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network in partnership with Courtside® Consulting.
 
The new SBDC HR Small Business program is designed for busy small business owners who need assistance understanding and implementing HR regulations, creating programs and HR manuals for employees and managing employee performance challenges.
 
"We saw a gap in available services to the small business community and now we are able to offer these types of services that might have otherwise been unavailable to the small business owner," said SBDC director and deputy director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade Kelly Manning. "We are excited to see the outcomes and economic impact associated with the work that can be accomplished here."
 
The program provides SBDC clients with three months of calls with the group coaching call program, EPPiC, unlimited access to the online HR library, HR Zipline, and three direct contacts with Courtney Berg, Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and the owner and CEO of CourtSide® Consulting.
 
"The typical small business owner is always juggling ten things at once, and HR issues typically get pushed to the bottom of the pile. We are hoping that business owners can take advantage of this new program and be prepared for whatever issues come their way," said Berg. "It's difficult to grow a business without help. Our passion is to make managing your team and building a culture of excellence, easier. It is an honor to partner with the Colorado SBDC Network to bring these services to the Colorado small business community."  
 
The program is free for first 90 days then businesses can opt to participate in one of the two packages specially designed for SBDC clients or participate in another CourtSide® Consulting program. Interested businesses should contact their local SBDC office or go online to learn more at http://www.coloradosbdc.org/resources/free-hr-resources.
 
About CourtSide® Consulting
CourtSide® Consulting was founded by Courtney Berg to provide HR support and strategy to small businesses.  With experience in for-profit, not-for-profit, large corporations and small business, CourtSide strives to provide an excellent customer experience for business owners and managers.  Our team of certified consultants make it easy for you to manage your HR compliance and employee relations needs.   
 
About the Colorado SBDC
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.
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