LEADING EDGE is Colorado's premier business planning program that addresses the questions every entrepreneur must answer to reach their dreams of growing their business or launching a new business.  The 36-hour course is offered each spring and fall. In Aurora, the course is held in the spring once a week, in the evening, 5:30 - 8:30 PM, over 12 weeks. In the South Metro area, "Business Plan in a Day" is held quarterly at the Englewood Civic Center.  Both include one-on-one consultations.

Participants learn how to analyze economic opportunities and risk for their business and create an actionable strategic business plan based on proven market research and management techniques. LEADING EDGE courses are highly interactive, which ensures the flow of information not just from the instructor, but between participants as well.  If you're in a rush and need a rough draft business plan right away, consider taking the LEADING EDGE "Business Plan in a Day" course -- breaking the process into 10 manageable steps.

Learn more! Outcomes of the program:

  • Develop a clear vision for your business
  • Network with and learn from other entrepreneurs
  • Receive one-on-one consulting support to help you complete your business plan
  • Discover tools and resources to help you launch and grow your business
  • Meet potential lenders who will discuss funding options
  • Compete in a business plan competition with prizes.

Criteria for Certificates of Graduation:

  1. Attendance at 90% of the workshop sessions
  2. A completed business plan that includes market research, marketing strategies and cash flow projections

What to Expect:
  • Interactive group work and guest speakers; plus reading assignments, online presentations, group discussion forums, handouts and homework assignments
  • Five or more hours of one-on-one confidential consulting
  • Feedback on your business plan or strategy throughout the course
  • Introduction to potential lenders at a “Lenders Panel” and discussion
  • Entry into a class business plan competition for a chance to win prizes and potential entry in the annual statewide business plan competition
Scholarship Opportunities:

Scholarship opportunities are available through our partnering organizations for businesses who meet the qualifications.


 LEADING EDGE                                               LEADING EDGE
 Strategic Planning Series                     Business Plan in a Day

No 2018 schedule set at this time.

Course Location:
Aurora Municipal Center
15151 E. Alameda Pkwy.
Aurora, CO  80012
Conference room will be confirmed upon registration.
Parking surrounds the building.

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Fridays 9AM - 4PM
October 20, 2017
Course Location:
Englewood Civic Center
1000 Englewood Pkwy.
Englewood, CO  80112
3rd floor Community Development conference room
$99 per person
Call (303) 326-8686 for information.