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Navigating CDOT Systems

Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Do you want to know more about how to do business with the Colorado Department of Transportation?  Here's your chance.  There's a free webinar TOMORROW, July 17th, 11AM - 12PM -- Navigating CDOT Systems, presented by the Program Manager for the Connect2DOT program, Cathy Kramer.

You will receive an email from GoToMeeting with a link to join the webinar upon registration today. Otherwise, call in tomorrow morning, 303-326-8686, and the SBDC staff will forward the link. This workshop will cover the various systems and online resources for doing business with CDOT. It includes the various ways to find and bid on engineering, construction, and goods and services contracts. If you want to maximize your time online and learn CDOT's various contracting systems, join this webinar for a hands-on look at where to go and how to navigate:  Highway & Bridge Construction | Highway & Bridge Design | Goods & Services. Suggested audience: Small business contractors interested in doing business with CDOT. Full description and Registration here

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.

Englewood Small Business Resource & Lenders Expo

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The City of Englewood is hosting the third annual Business Resource and Lenders Expo in conjunction with the Aurora-South Metro SBDC.  Hear from the Englewood Community and Economic Development Office, the Small Business Administration Colorado District Office, and the Colorado SBDC Network. Representatives from the following organizations will be present to keep you informed about all the helpful resources available to small businesses:

Information Booths:
U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE, Colorado SBDC Network, Minority Business Office, Aurora-South Metro SBDC, Greater Englewood Chamber, City of Englewood, Englewood Public Library, Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Arapahoe Libraries, Colorado PTAC; Connect2DOT, Mi Casa Resource Center, Manufacturer’s EDGE, Better Business Bureau, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Lenders:
Accion, CHFA, Colorado Enterprise Fund, Colorado Lending Source, CEDS Finance, Preferred Lending Partners, Rocky Mountain Micro-Finance Institute (RMMFI)

Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about business resources designed to help YOUR small business succeed!

Free!  Light refreshments will be served.  Register here...
Free parking is available in the parking garage attached to the Englewood Civic Center, both on the lower and upper levels.

Cyber Security Summit

Thursday, October 04, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 October is Crime Awareness Month -- What a good opportunity to think about the protection and safety of your business, employees and customers!

 The Cyber Security Summit is all day, Friday, October 26th
 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM - Summit
 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM - Happy Hour

 Pinery at the Hill | 775 W. Bijou St. | Colorado Springs  80905
 Cost:  $20/person ($300/exhibitor)

The Summit will include a full day of workshops and takeaways to immediately implement in your business, two keynote speakers, access to cyber security consultants for free on-on-one consulting throughout the day, and Cyber for Small Business exhibitors. Your registration also includes a continental breakfast, plated lunch and happy hour hors d’oeuvres.

 Learn more and register:  www.pikespeaksbdc.org/summit 
 Download the announcement here...

Is Certification Right For You?

Monday, March 26, 2018

Is Certification Right for Your Business?
Friday, March 30, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, FREE

Are the Small/Minority Business Certification Programs Right for Your Business?

The government is a huge, diverse market with many buying offices. If you are interested in selling to the government, you should first answer some basic questions and gain a general understanding of how the government buys. Does the government buy your products/services?  If yes, how do they buy?

o Does the government buy my products/services?
o Is the local government your target market
o Are you a good candidate for DBE/MWBE/SBE certification
o Do you meet the requirements for DBE/MWBE/SBE certification
o The procurement function in Colorado
o Understanding the different certification programs

Registration link.

= = =  One-on-one consulting may be available to your business as follow-up to this workshop! = = =

Coming up in April:

Your Capability Statement for Government Contracts
Friday, April 20, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, FREE

Why It's Important to Have A Capability Statement and What is the Purpose of a Capability Statement?

Due to the heightened competitive market place in the construction/transportation industry, Capability Statements are no longer common in the public sector procurement and are not exclusive to government contracting. They are now effective in the private sector. In order to be competitive and stay successful in your markets, a capability statement is a critical tool no matter what size company you represent.

o   Introduction
o   Preparation and Planning
o   Basic Capability Statement
o   Writing for Your Audience

Registration link.

See announcement here.