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Applications open for 2019 Entrepreneurial Challenge

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Monfort College of Business seeks Colorado-based Entrepreneurs

Greeley, Colo. (September 17, 2018) - Entries into the 10th annual Monfort College of Business Entrepreneurial Challenge are being accepted through Nov. 5. 

The competition is open to pre-launch, or early-stage, Colorado-based startup ventures that began operation within the past two years. Finalists from previous years are not eligible to apply. 

The Entrepreneurial Challenge is designed to help entrepreneurs take their business to the next level. Participants will receive expert opinions, professional advice, and an opportunity to compete for a share of $50,000 in prize money. 

Applications are available at mcb.unco.edu/e-challenge.

In addition to the prize money, winners will receive business incubator services from UNC BizHub. Participants will have an opportunity designed specifically for entrepreneurs to address the most critical elements of success including finance, human resources, and marketing. 

"The knowledge from our judges, the input from our faculty at UNC, and the overall experience helps entrepreneurs succeed," said UNC Professor Dallas Everhart, Ph.D., director of the Entrepreneurial Challenge. 

Preliminary Challenge semifinalists will be notified on December 5th. Semifinalists will present their business concept to a panel of experts on February 13th. The finalists will be selected to present their business plan in a competitive format on April 3rd. 

For information about the program, contact Everhart at dallas.everhart@unco.edu. Questions regarding the application process can be directed to Kim Betz at kim.betz@unco.edu.

About the Monfort College of Business

The Kenneth W. Monfort College of Business at the University of Norther 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 students have scored in the top 15 percent on nationwide standardized exit exams. It is the first and only business program to receive the Malcom Baldridge 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.

2018 BBB Spark Awards for Entrepreneurship Accepting Applications

Monday, December 18, 2017

The Spark Awards are the BBB's newest awards recognition program to celebrate emerging entrepreneurial businesses whose leaders demonstrate a high level of character, generate a culture that is authentic about its mission, and genuinely connects with their community. Applications and judging for the Spark Awards is based on three principles: Character, culture, and community. The Better Business Bureau is now accepting applications for the 2018 BBB Spark Awards for Entrepreneurship.

Eligibility

The Spark Award is open to for-profit organizations located within BBB Serving Nothern Colorado and Wyoming's service area. Business must be in operation for at least 6 months but no more than 3 years at the time of application (January 2018) Firms need not be BBB accredited but must be in good standing with BBB. 

Entry  Submission

Bring your entrepreneurial organization to life and tell the story of how your business lives out character, culture, and community through online written entries. There is also a required video testimonial component, 3-minute (max). This video should come from you and your team.

Question 1: Character

Explain how you have transformed as a leader, and how that has impacted your business. Because leaders are constantly aiming to grow and improve, share ways that you are planning to progress in the future.

Question 2: Culture

How do you articulate that you value your treasured employees and team? What sort of goals do your teams have, and how do they work together to create a supportive and honest atmosphere, while being purposeful and transparent?

Question 3: Community

How have you given back and shown to your community? Whether it's working with after-school programs or donating to a charity, what ways have you contributed to your community with your time and/or reinvested within your industry?

Video Submission

We want to hear your voice and get the STORY straight from your team! Rally your team and take up this cause on how your business embodies Character, Culture & Community!

Apply Online

Applications are due January 26, 2018. Apply at go.bbb.org/wynco-spark

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. 

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.


Free Bonding Education Program & Prime Connections

Monday, October 20, 2014
Are you a contractors that needs bonding and want to learn how to go about getting bonded or increasing your bonds? Below is a flyer about the Bonding Education Program being offered in Fort Collins November 5-7. It is provided by US DOT and is an intensive that will ensure contractors have the right information to work through this complicated process. Connect2DOT partners with the West Central Small Business Transportation Resource Center and we leverage their services to help our clients with bonding.

Business Protection Summit & Resource Day

Thursday, September 25, 2014
In today's complex environment, business face a diverse range of perils. Beyond the headline-grabbing catastrophic wildfires, common events such as mechanical breakdowns, supplier disruptions and changes in staffing can also threaten the success of any organization.

This event, hosted by the Colorado SBDC Network, Downtown Colorado, Inc and the Town of Lyons, will have four interactive, expert panels throughout the day; one-on-one consulting, a resource fair featuring federal, state and local resources; and a happy hour networking event to discuss lessons learned and best practices among businesses.


Strategies for Success in Byers

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Join the East Colorado SBDC for the all day event in Byers, CO!  This event will host 4 classes focused for small businesses and start ups.  The event is on October 15, 2014 and starts at 8:00 am and the last class will end at 4:00 pm.  Price includes breakfast, lunch, keynote presentation, four training seminars networking opportunities, & entry into Microsoft Giveaway! $300.00 in prizes. 

 The classes that will be hosted are as follows:

1. Colorado Sales Tax Law Fundamentals

Colorado Department of Revenue Taxpayer Education Specialist Ruth West designs and presents taxation training to businesses throughout the state. Her role encompasses researching Colorado tax law, assessing taxpayer education needs and reaching out to numerous facets of the Colorado community raising awareness of Colorado tax law compliance. An experienced instructional designer and facilitator across disciplines and industries, Ruth’s collaborations with subject matter experts have yielded comprehensive and modular training for national, regional and local executives, staff and clients. Ms. West enjoys presenting as a panelist, conference speaker, facilitator and live classroom trainer. Her favorite pastimes include researching baseball history and climbing Colorado 14-ers.

2. Make the Most of Your Website Traffic with Google Analytics

Are you worried that your website traffic simply disappears immediately after visiting your website? Maybe you don't know if your website is getting any traffic at all. Imagine how you could adjust your website if you knew for sure exactly what is working and what is not. Understanding Google Analytics and knowing where your website visitors come from, where they go, and why they leave might be what makes or breaks your online success. In this 90 minute seminar, you will discover how your website traffic behaves and what to do if your prospects simply leave without buying from you.

3. Time Management for Small Business

The number one benefit of time management is more business, which means more income. Time management will allow you to be more focused on key tasks, be more organized, have less stress, and have more time for family, friends, and other interests.

With effective time management, you will:

  • Maximize what can be accomplished in a work day
  • Maximize the use of the limited resources
  • Identify critical areas for special attention
  • Identify tasks that can be delegated to employees
  • Track progress toward your goals
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4. No Guts, No Gain!

What’s holding you or your sales team back? This workshop will improve your effectiveness, strengthen your resolve and inspire you to action.

If you find yourself:

  • Blaming problems on the competition, the economy and bad luck
  • Being fearful and tentative during prospecting and sales calls
  • Baffled by what hold salespeople back from success
  • Angry over accepting too many put offs and delays and never seem to get to the decision
  • Frustrated over yesterday’s disappointments that keep you from enjoying tomorrow’s victories

Pricing:

Registration Dates

  • Through September 30th: $40.00
  • Starting October 1st: $50.00

Price includes breakfast, lunch, keynote presentation, four training seminars networking opportunities, & entry into Microsoft Giveaway! $300.00 in prizes. 

Keynote Presenter: Kelly Manning of Colorado SBDC

Location:

May Farms

64001 Colorado 36,

Byers, CO 80103

8:00am - 4:00pm

Register Today!

Phone:  970-351-4274

Online at

www.EastColoradoSBDC.com/training/seminars

 Thank you to our sponsors for their support to host this great event!


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