Douglas County Business Resource & Lenders Fair

Friday, September 21, 2018

The Douglas County Small Business Resource & Lenders Fair is being held in the South Metro corridor!

Friday, October 19th | 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Parker Library | Event Hall | 20105 E. Mainstreet | Parker, CO 80138
(east of Parker Rd. at Mainstreet & Pine Dr., just north of Parker Town Hall)

The Aurora-South Metro Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is organizing this fair in collaboration with the Town of Parker, Parker-Area Chamber of Commerce and the south metro area economic development specialists.  Businesses are invited to attend at no charge.

Find out about SBA programs, loan and micro-loan programs available for small businesses through lending institutions, government contracting resources, State of Colorado and expanded SBDC services. There will be short presentations and an opportunity to visit all the resource tables. Plenty of time for Q&A!

Resources will include: SBA, SBDC, Connect2DOT, Minority Business Office, Manufacturers EDGE, Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), Arapahoe/Douglas Works!, Better Business Bureau, Colorado Enterprise Fund, Preferred Lending Partners, Colorado Lending Source, Accion and more!

It's free, but please register and receive updates:

Download the announcement here...



Disaster Recovery Booklet

Wednesday, June 20, 2018


The drought in Elbert County that began this April prompted the SBA to offer eligible small nonfarm businesses in Arapahoe, Douglas, El Paso, Elbert and Lincoln counties low interest federal disaster loans.  See previous blog.

Prepare, Respond, RecoverObtain a "Disaster Recovery and Continuity Guide for Colorado Businesses" produced by the Colorado SBDC under the Disaster Relief Program.  It includes helpful assessment, action and financial projection worksheets.  Just call or drop by the Aurora-South Metro SBDC (Aurora office -- 303-326-8686).

Connecting Aurora's Immigrants-Refugees with Health

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Health Powers Life campaign for immigrants and refugees in Aurora receives international accolades

AURORA, Colo. – Health Powers Life, an outreach campaign targeting better health outcomes for Aurora’s immigrant and refugee communities, has been recognized by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts with three Communicator Awards.

“One in five residents in Aurora was born outside the United States, and Health Powers Life is an important tool in the city’s strategic plan to connect immigrants and refugees with important services and ensure they are able to be their best, healthy selves,” said Ricardo Gambetta, head of Aurora’s Office of International and Immigrant Affairs. “We are excited to hear about the recognition for how well the campaign has been promoted, and we are even more excited to see that translate into healthy outcomes for all our residents.”

See Press Release here (June 12, 2018)

May Business Resource Fair

Monday, May 07, 2018

The May 5th Business Resource Fair at Arapahoe/Douglas Works was a grand conclusion to National Small Business Week.
Many thanks to Congressman Coffman and his staff for presenting this annual fair!

Below are some photos of the many community partners who came out on a lovely Saturday morning to make the event possible and to inform small businesses about the many services available to help them grow and prosper!

Follow this link to the resource partners contact information.

Above, emcee for the morning, Marcia McGilley, Executive Director of the Aurora-South Metro SBDC, talks with SCORE representative, Ken Heller.

Mayor Stephanie Piko welcomed the attendees and gave a proclamation for National Small Business Week.

Congressman Mike Coffman (front and center) smiles with the many resource partners who interacted with attendees throughout the morning.
Becky Takeda-Tinker, President of CSU Global, introduced the Congressman to the crowd (pictured here in the red top and light jacket).

Tom Thompson of the Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and Cindy Nowak, Regional Director for Manufacturer's Edge, greet attendees and discuss their services with business owners.




National Small Business Week

Monday, April 30, 2018

PRESS RELEASE:  National Small Business Week has officially kicked off in Colorado!

A full week of events and activities are scheduled to occur statewide, including many in the metro area.  Each year since 1963, the president has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week, set as the first week in May, and this year the dates are April 29 – May 5. 

The week’s main event is the annual Colorado Small Business Week award ceremony which will be held Wednesday, April 2 at the Innovation Pavilion Event Center in Centennial, CO.   At this event the Colorado Small Business Person of the Year winner will be presented their award, along with the other statewide, regional, and national winners from Colorado.  This event is already sold out, but is still open to the media (RSVPs are required for media).

Also at the Colorado Small Business Week award ceremony, the SBA’s Colorado District Office will induct a new business on to its Wall of Fame.  This year SNOOZE: An AM Eatery will be inducted onto the wall.  More than 100 well known Colorado companies have been inducted onto the Wall of Fame including American Furniture Warehouse, Comedy Works, New Belgium Brewery, Otter Box, Hammonds Candies, and The Fort Restaurant.

The complete media release announcing Colorado's Small Business Winners is available HERE

Events in the metro area for National Small Business Week:

Monday, April 30

  • 5:30 am – 9 am – Metro North Chamber of Commerce kick off event with 9NEWS.  Event to be held at Zoe’s Coffee in Westminster.
  • 4 pm – 6 pm – Trout Tank Pitch Event for Social Impact Businesses.  Hosted by the Colorado Lending Source in Denver.  Open to the public.
  • 6 pm – 7:30 pm – Mi Casa Women’s Business Center and Yelp sponsor Small Biz 101 event. Hosted by Mi Casa Resource Center in Denver.

For more details on these Colorado Small Business Week events go HERE

Tuesday, May 1

  • 6 am – 7:30 am - Small Business Line 9 on 9NEWS.  Telephone call in show to answer small business questions.
  • 8:30 am – 10:30 am – Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce’s “Coffee with the SBA” meet-up event.  Training on business succession training.  Free to the public.
  • 9 am – 11 am – Pikes Peak SBDC’s Colorado Tops the Charts event.  Theme is “What are you doing to keep up?”  Panelist will discuss ways to stay on the cutting edge of business.  RSVP required.
  • All day – Chaffee County EDC and AARP to host rural outreach collaboration training on access to capital in small towns.  Several events scheduled during the day.  Free to the public.  Event to be held in Nathrop, CO.
  • 4 pm – 7 pm – The Commons on Champa Entrepreneurship Resource Fair.  Several business resource groups will be available to answer questions.  Free to the public.
  • 5 pm – 8 pm – City of Boulder & mayor’s office to make presentation of Small Business Week proclamation for Boulder.  Open to the public.

For more details on these Colorado Small Business Week events go HERE

Wednesday, May 2

  • 8:30 am – 12:30 pm – Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce’s “Start a smart small business workshop.”  This event will be held at the Colorado Health Foundation office in Denver.  Free to the public.
  • 10 am – noon – National Small Business Week Colorado Award Ceremony at the Innovation Pavilion Event Center in Centennial.  All SBA Colorado awards will be presented at this event.
  • 1 pm – 3 pm – Colorado Enterprise Fund Success Workshop in Denver.  “Designing Success: From Creative Idea to Creative Biz.”  Workshop will be held at the Commons on Champa and is free to the public

 For more details on these Colorado Small Business Week events go HERE

Thursday, May 3 

  • 6 am – 7:30 am – Small Business Line 9 on 9NEWS.  Ask questions on all small business topics.
  • 9 am – 11 am – City and County of Denver’ Business Certification Workshop.  Learn about how your business can be certified to contract with the City of Denver.  Event at the Commons on Champa building in Denver.
  • 11:30 am – 1 pm – Upgrade your global network panel discussion.  Event will be held in conjunction with the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce in Fort Collins.  Free to public.
  • 5:30 pm – 9 pm – Pikes Peak SBDC awards ceremony.  All Small Business Week winners from El Paso County till receive their awards at this event.    Event to be held at the Double Tree by Hilton hotel.  Must RSVP for event.  Open to the media.

For more details on these Colorado Small Business Week events go HERE

Friday, May 4 

  • Southern Colorado SBDC’s Women’s panel and Small Business Week Community Celebration Luncheon.  Hosted by the Pueblo SBDC.  Event to be held in Pueblo.   This event requires an RSVP and is open to the media.

For more details on these Colorado Small Business Week events go HERE

Saturday, May 5 

  • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm – Congressman Mike Coffman’s Small Business Resource and Lender’s Fair in Centennial.  This event is open to the public.

           Location:  Arapahoe/Douglas Works!  Arapahoe Room
           In cooperation with the Aurora-South Metro SBDC
           Cost:  FREE -- A great opportunity to meet your local small business resources and micro-lenders!

For more details on these Colorado Small Business Week events go HERE

For more information about National Small Business week visit Workshops, events and celebrations of Colorado’s entrepreneurs and small business owners will occur throughout the state during National Small Business Week.  Remember to follow us @sbarockymtn and @sba_colorado.

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