Region VIII 2019 Excellence and Innovation Awardee

Monday, April 15, 2019

East CO SBDC will receive SBA award for Colorado and Region VIII. 

Greeley, CO: The East Colorado Small Business Development Center (East CO SBDC) has been selected as the SBA’s Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation awardee for 2019. East CO will not only be recognized for the state of Colorado but for Region VIII. The center will be recognized May 8th at the Monfort College of Business at 10:00 am, then formally recognized at the annual SBA Small Business Awards Luncheon on May 10th. Community members, small business owners, and members of the SBDC family are invited to attend the free proclamation May 8th.

Annually the SBA selects SBDC centers at a state, regional, and national level. When speaking with Lisa Hudson, Director at East CO SBDC, she states “We are grateful to have been nominated and awarded for our work to support entrepreneurship in Colorado. We are elated and honored to have been chosen as the center of Excellence and Innovation for our region!” Region VIII spans Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. “We are fortunate to work with entrepreneurs daily. We know that running a small business is no simple task and we are grateful to provide services that support entrepreneurship and small business” (Lisa Hudson). The SBDC network, in addition to many other programs, become the boots on the ground for the SBA. Together, this type of partnership positively impacts people, communities, and the economy. “Entrepreneurs throughout the state face many ongoing challenges every day making [East CO’s] accomplishments and efforts to support and strengthen small businesses especially significant and appreciated” (Frances Padilla, SBA Colorado District Director).

Each year, the Colorado SBDC network awards a Sponsor, Consultant and Volunteer of the Year. This year, East CO SBDC had the honor to award the Sponsor of the Year to its host of 12 years, the Monfort College of Business. East CO also awarded the Consultant of the Year to its very own Troy McCue (Lincoln County consultant). “We truly have an amazing and dedicated team! It’s a pleasure to celebrate the support and energy they bring to each small business owner and the communities we serve” (Lisa Hudson).

Over the past three years, East CO SBDC has worked with 1,529 clients providing 15,435 hours of consulting. Resulting in 72 business starts, 1,260 jobs supported, 28 million dollars of increased sales. As a conduit for resources small business often seek assistance to obtain financing. In a three-year span, East CO SBDC helped small business owners prepare for and obtain 49.1 million dollars.  

The East CO SBDC provides:

• Free, confidential one-on-one business consulting - available throughout the East CO’s 30 satellite locations spanning 13 counties in Colorado.

• Low-cost workshops and webinars on a variety of business topics - find local events at

• Connection to resources - Business owners will be able to tap into the SBDC community for resources in growing and managing their businesses.

Join us on Wednesday May 8th, 2019!

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

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.

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 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.

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 with any questions. For more information and to apply for a business license online, please visit