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Small Business Resource & Lenders Fair

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Did you miss the March Resource Expo?  No worries, Arapahoe Libraries is host to the Aurora-South Metro SBDC's Small Business Resource & Lenders Fair on Saturday, May 4th, 10AM - 12PM, at Smoky Hill Library in Centennial.

There is a wealth of business resources at your fingertips.  Learn about many nonprofit government and lending resources at the upcoming at this FREE event to learn about helpful local government and funding resources available to start or expand your business.  This is a  'kick off' to National #SmallBusinessWeek.

Join other entrepreneurs and visit over a dozen business resource partners who will each give a short introduction to their services. There will be speakers from the SBA Colorado District Office, and several other state and local agencies. Nonprofit lenders will be on hand to discuss their funding programs with attendees. Marcia McGilley, Executive Director of the Aurora-South Metro SBDC, will emcee the event, and there will be a brief presentation about Arapahoe Libraries' business resources and from a local small business owner who has received benefit from these same resources. The fair is a free event; just let us know you're coming.

Register here...

         

Last Chance to Sign Up for LEADING EDGE

Thursday, March 28, 2019

The Aurora-South Metro SBDC is offering the LEADING EDGE Strategic Planning Series to help entrepreneurs write a business plan.  This premier business planning program begins April 5th and will be held every other Friday from 9AM to 4PM, April through May, at the Englewood Civic Center.  It is a hands-on program that includes guest speakers, a business planning book and five hours one-on-one consulting.  The SBDC is offering a reduced rate of just $295.  Interested entrepreneurs may register here.
 
This program will help the entrepreneur take a close look at feasibility, understand the value of knowing who the business customers really are, complete a competitive analysis, draft realistic financial projections and help complete the business plan.
 
Benefits of the workshop:

• Exchange ideas with other entrepreneurs
• Receive feedback from class participants
• Engage with the instructor one-on-one
• Hear from industry–specific professionals
• Motivate the entrepreneurs in the classroom toward success
• Create a fully-realized business plan for the business

Download the syllabus here (see page 2).

Dates:  April 5, 19, May 3, 17 & 31, 2019 | 9AM - 4PM | Englewood Civic Center
Questions?  Call (303) 326-8686 or
learn more and register here...

It's Time for the Expo in Englewood!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

3rd Annual Englewood Business Resource & Lenders Expo

Did you realize there is a wealth of business resources at your fingertips?

* Learn about Opportunity Zones.
* Learn how to expand your business by getting certified for potential government contracts.
* Learn how you may receive help streamlining your manufacturing business.
* Learn about how the library can help with business marketing research.
* Hear from the area's nonprofit lenders and what they can do for your business.
* Hear from the Small Business Administration and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
* Visit directly with all of the above--and MORE!

The third annual Englewood Business Resource & Lenders Expo is being held Friday, March 22nd, 8:00 – 9:30 AM, at the Englewood Civic Center, 2nd floor Community Room.  Twenty business resource partners will each give a short introduction to their services. Marcia McGilley of the Aurora-South Metro SBDC will emcee the event, and the City of Englewood will give an update from the Economic Development Office.  A continental breakfast will be served, AND it's all FREE.  Get all the details for this free event here.

The IRS Dirty Dozen

Monday, March 11, 2019

IRS kicks off annual list of most prevalent tax scams:

Agency warns taxpayers of pervasive phishing schemes in its ‘Dirty Dozen’ campaign

 

The IRS warns taxpayers, businesses and tax professionals to be alert for a continuing surge of fake emails, text messages, websites and social media attempts to steal personal information. These attacks tend to increase during tax season and remain a major danger of identity theft. To help protect taxpayers against these and other threats, the IRS highlights one scam on 12 consecutive week days to help raise awareness.

Phishing schemes are the first of the 2019 “Dirty Dozen” scams. “Taxpayers should be on constant guard for these phishing schemes, which can be tricky and cleverly disguised to look like it’s the IRS,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “Watch out for emails and other scams posing as the IRS, promising a big refund or personally threatening people. Don’t open attachments and click on links in emails. Don’t fall victim to phishing or other common scams.” 

 

The IRS also urges taxpayers to learn how to protect themselves by reviewing safety tips prepared by the Security Summit, a collaborative effort between the IRS, state revenue departments and the private-sector tax community. “Taking some basic security steps and being cautious can help protect people and their sensitive tax and financial data,” Rettig said.

For more on the worst of the worst tax scams, visit https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/dirty-dozen.

Celebrate #SBDCDay March 20th

Friday, March 08, 2019

Celebrate #SBDCDay:  www.AmericasSBDC.org/SBDCDay

* Did you know?  Small Businesses make up 99.9% of ALL the companies in the U.S. and employ almost half of the workforce.

* Of pre-venture SBDC in-depth clients, 60.7% start new businesses, and 50% of SBDC clients start a business within the first year.