Colorado SBDC & SBTC to offer businesses discounted technology and support services

Friday, August 01, 2014
The Colorado Small Business Development Center Network (SBDC) announced today that it has formed a partnership to launch the Colorado Small Business Technology Cooperative (CO-SBTC) to offer businesses access to discounted technology and support services. 
CO-SBTC is a new not-for-profit member-owned organization that provides access to quality vetted technology and support services for small businesses at a discounted rate. Members will have access to the best pricing and suite of vendors available to bring their business to the next level. CO-SBTC provides ongoing service and support that will reduce the time, labor, cost and frustrations of trying to access these technologies and services on your own.
Examples of services provided include:
  • Video conferencing
  • VOIP phone/PBX service
  • Network and cloud accessible storage
  • Electronic document management
  • Graphic arts/marketing support
  • Client web portals
  • Bookkeeping, payroll and electronic invoicing services
  • Issue tracking and customer record management
  • Corporate-grade email
  • Website development and hosting
  • General IT and administrative support
Technologies and services provided are based upon need; the co-op can add additional services as membership grows.

The recurring monthly membership fee is $25. As a member-owned cooperative, monthly fees will decrease as membership levels increase and costs from vendors will go down. Members who join byAugust 30, 2014 will be guaranteed to have their monthly membership fee decrease by at least $5 each year for the first three years.

For more information and to join visit

Free QuickBooks Class June 26th

Monday, June 02, 2014

Are you a new business or an existing business looking for a way to better track your books? QuickBooks is a great program for entrepreneurs and business owners to look at for this very task.  The East Colorado SBDC will be hosting a beginners training for QuickBooks on June 26th.  Due to the high demand for this course we are requiring a reservation fee of $50.00.  If you would like to register for the event you write a check to the East Colorado SBDC and when you attend the event you are given back your check.  If you don't attend we will cash the check to help secure our limited attendance. 

Join the Small Business Development Center, Peace of Mind Accounting, & The Windsor Chamber of Commerce for an instruction of how to best utilize your QuickBooks software.  This is a QuickBooks basic class that will instruct how to get around and learn common business terms used by QuickBooks Accounting 101. Learn how to successfully implement QuickBooks into your business. To get the most of the training it would be advised to bring a laptop with your QuickBooks software already loaded, but is not required. 

Are you…
  • Worried that your business is not running as efficiently as it can?
  • Concerned that you are wasting time with online tutorials?
  • Anxious to know how to maximize your efforts with QuickBooks?

During this workshop, you'll discover…
  • How QuickBooks works and how to get around. Learning common business terms used by QuickBooks Accounting 101
  • Setting up a QuickBooks Company
  • Working with Lists - Customer, Vendor, Item, and Chart of Accounts
  • Working with Bank Accounts: Writing checks, bank registers, transferring money
  • Entering and Paying Bills

Free money for businesses affected by September’s Floods

Saturday, May 03, 2014

If your business was recently affected by the floods last year, then you may be qualified for a grant by the Small Business Administration. So the question is how do I sign up? There are a few steps that you need to take in order to qualify. Before we jump into how to apply let’s talk eligibility. 

  • Your business must be located within a declared disaster area. Not sure if you are in this area? Click here to find a list of the declared areas.
  • You must meet the definition of Small Business as defined by the SBA at 13 CFR Part 121. View SBA Small Business Standards.
  • Your business is in good standing with the Colorado Secretary of State.
  • You must have at least $10,000 in uncompensated economic loss after applying to insurance company and to the Small Business Administration for disaster recovery physical damage and/or Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL).
  • Economic loss could come in the form of reduced revenues, damaged or destroyed equipment or inventory or other loss factors. 
  • You must have been in existence and had indications of profitability before the flood.
  • You must have at least $25,000 in projected annualized revenue but less than $1 million in liquid assets.
  • Grants will be reimbursement-based but the proceeds can be used for any legitimate business expense except deconstruction or reconstruction. 
  • Additional requirements may apply. 
If you are interested in applying for these funds the application period for round one will last for 45 days. You can submit an application to the centralized location per instructions on the Dola website or on the Colorado SBDC website to get help in compiling additional information require for your application per the checklist

Submit all the required information to the SBDC for review within three weeks of the end of the application period or you will lose your priority in the distribution line. The funds are first come first serve. The SBDC will help you submit this information on to a centralized review location. Click here to register as an SBDC client and schedule an appointment.

Flood Relief Grant Application Checklist

Thursday, May 01, 2014
Are you in the process of completing the grant application for the businesses that were affected by last September’s floods? Today we have a checklist that will help you along the way to ensure you have all the materials, but first let’s review what you will need to have in place when meeting with your SBDC consultant.

You will need to bring the following documents with you when you visit with your SBDC Business Representative on this application. If you have been in business less than three years you will need to bring what you have of the following documents:
  • Three years Personal Financial Statements
  • Three years of Business Balance Statements 
  • Three years of Business Profit and Loss Statements
  • Three years of Personal Tax Returns
  • Three years of Business Tax Returns
  • List of business employees and their wages
  • Business Plan if available
To view the checklist in full, view the Application Requirements Checklist.

Small Business Night at the Rockies!

Thursday, April 17, 2014