East Colorado SBDC Names New Director Lisa Hudson

Monday, December 19, 2016
Office of Gov. John Hickenlooper

Office of Economic Development
& International Trade

Jenifer Doane, 303-892-3847

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

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.


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
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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Northeast I-76 Corridor Expo

Monday, August 15, 2016

Recruit New Employees with $1.00

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Stretch your recruiting dollars - $1 job postings

Are you looking to recruit new employees? Local Greeley businesses can now post a job with Glassdoor for $1 a month.

In 2015, Greeley topped Glassdoor’s Recession Rebound report, indicating a strong and growing economy and falling unemployment since the end of the Great Recession.  This unique position as a small but growing business center means that Greeley was one of only 30 metros nationwide selected for this steep discount.  

Local businesses can look for local talent and beyond with the $1 job posting.  To use the promo, visit Glassdoor Post a Job, enter Greeley, CO in the “location” field, and fill in other required fields.

This promotion is available to all local employers from now until October 31st, 2016.

Employers with questions are encouraged to reach Sydney Frazer at

Roadmap to Supplier Qualification

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

This workshop is designed for manufacturing business owners who have surpassed the idea phase, have developed a product and are positioning their organization to qualify as a supplier for larger corporations or government entities.

Presenter Raul Velazquez, Ph. D., will focus on strategic concepts and tools required for continuous improvement and achieving preferred supplier status, including: 

Organizational Improvements—Optimizing your organization: 
• Performing a SWOT analysis
• Performing a PESTELD analysis 
• Developing a strategic plan 
• Identifying leadership/management gaps 
• Evaluating leadership capabilities 
• Recruiting/developing proper talent 

Process Improvements—Identifying critical processes and planning for continuous improvement: 
• Creating business process maps 
• Developing RACI charts
• Identifying regulatory requirements 
• Identifying quality requirements 
• Creating a training plan 
• Identifying and implementing KPIs 

System Improvements—Identifying and implementing supporting technology: 
• Assembling a project team 
• Developing business requirements 
• Identifying the appropriate ERP system 
• Creating a test plan 
• Identifying and closing gaps in functionality 

Supplier Qualification—Achieving preferred supplier status: 
• Implementing the strategic plan 
• Reviewing and verifying supplier data 
• Assessing supplier capabilities 
• Assessing supplier processes 
• Assessing supplier leadership 

Tuesday, June 14 | 9 am–12 pm 
Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade 
1625 Broadway, 8th Floor Conference Room Denver, CO 80202 

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Tuesday, June 21 | 9 am–12 pm 
Derby Resource Center 
7270 Monaco St. Commerce City, CO 80022 


Space is limited and RSVP is required.


Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Loveland Center for Business Development
5400 Stone Creek Circle, Loveland, CO 80538


Join us for another great regional event! The East Colorado and Larimer SBDC are excited to host Coan, Payton & Payne’s, Brett Payton and Bill Garcia. Attendees will learn how to avoid common business pitfalls during this interactive two hour session. Join us, plan big, and continue to better your business practices!

Business owners are busy! We spend our days planning, creating, and innovating. In general, time is spent “getting the job done.”

The corporate form, bylaws, meeting minutes, and even contracts can be missed in the rush to do business. What a business owner says to employees, customers, and the world in general can have far reaching and unanticipated results.

Sponsored by:



Rural Entrepreneurship, Prize $145k

Friday, June 03, 2016

The Farm Bureau® Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge is the first national business competition focused exclusively on rural entrepreneurs working on food and agriculture businesses. Rural entrepreneurs pitch innovative business ideas to a team of judges with expertise in business development and agribusiness. These entrepreneurs compete for $145,000 of startup funds. Find more information at


  • Six semi-finalist teams win $10,000 each

  • Four finalist teams compete to win:

    • Farm Bureau Entrepreneur of the Year award & $30,000 (chosen by judges)

    • People's Choice award & $25,000 (chosen by public vote)

    • First runner-up prize of $15,000

    • Second runner-up prize of $15,000

  • Note: The Entrepreneur of the Year award and the People's Choice award will be awarded to two different teams. The team that wins the Entrepreneur of the Year award will not be considered for the People's Choice Award.

Competition Rounds

  • Round 1: Online Application

    • Participants submit applications online and judges determine the Top 10 teams, including 6 semi-finalists and 4 finalists. Four finalists continue to next round.

  • Round 2: Live Competition

    • Four finalists compete in a live competition in front of judges and audience at the American Farm Bureau Annual Convention. 

Meet & Greet

Thursday, June 02, 2016

The United States Patent and Trademark Office

Rocky Mountain Regional Office in Denver

Together with ACC Colorado and ACC Global IP Committee

Invite you to a Special Event on
June 1, 2016 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Meet the new Director Mollybeth (Molly) Kocialski
Chief Judge Gerald Rogers, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
and Acting Chief Nathan Kelley, Patent Trial and Appeal Board

Also tour the PTO Office, network, enjoy appetizers 
and drinks, with prizes and giveaways

USPTO Rocky Mountain Regional Office
1961 Stout Street
Denver CO 80294

There is no cost to attend,

Thank you Sponsor: 
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

Save The Date NoCo Women's Conference

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Join the Colorado Small Business Development Center Network for the Inaugural Northern Colorado Women’s Small Business Conferee at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, Colorado on Thursday, November 3, 2016. This event sells out every year at other Colorado locations - don’t wait to buy your tickets!

Join over 300 other like-minded female entrepreneurs for an exciting, interactive day packed with hands-on business training seminars, free one-on-one consulting, exhibitor tables featuring area resources, plenty of networking opportunities, and more! Leave the conference feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, with plenty of action items, connections, and inspiration to take your business to the next level of success!


Wynne Odell

Co-Founder and CEO of Odell Brewing

Tanis Roeder

President of Elevate Your Communication

Breakout session tracks will feature Marketing and Sales, Workforce, and Finance and Accounting. We've got four sessions per track, so you'll have plenty of topics to choose from! We'll cap the day off with a networking session to connect and move forward.


Do you have the entrepreneurship bug?

Thursday, May 12, 2016
Starting a business can be an exciting, frightening, and rewarding experience.  Although you get to be your own boss, don't think that you will be able to work half days.  Being an entrepreneur in a technical term you do get to work "half days", meaning 12 hour days.  It's hard work but can be extremely rewarding!  To be a successful entrepreneur you need to plan, implement, and really work at it.  At the East Colorado SBDC we visit with over 600 entrepreneurs and business owners each year and have found that they have some characteristics in common.  If you go through this list and find that you don't have all of the characteristics, don't worry!  There are just some things we have found in common for some of our successful entrepreneurs:

  1. Comfortable with taking risks: To step away from your everyday job and start a business is a risk, to invest your resources into a start-up is a risk, and to go into something uncertain is a risk.  If you are interested in becoming an entrepreneur you need to be full heartedly invested in your venture. 
  2. Independent: When you start your business you will be wearing all of the hats and it's important to be independent and be able to make tough decisions.
  3. Persuasive: Like in number two, you are wearing all the hats including the sales hat.  You will need to help your customers understand why they should buy your product or service. 
  4. Negotiator: Every penny counts in small businesses, and so as an entrepreneur you will need to feel comfortable asking for discounts and to negotiate your contracts. 
  5. Creative: You will need to be able to think of new ideas, out of the box ideas, and affordable ideas to fit your new small business budget.  
  6. Support: You will need to have a support system.  This is family, friends, other business owners, and your network.  There will be times you will feel defeated and it will be a good idea to have a good support system to cheer you on when you get down and congratulate you when things are up. 
If you are interested in starting a business and becoming an entrepreneur remember to call your local SBDC to schedule a free, confidential, consultation. 

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