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SOS - Bogus Solicitations

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
The Colorado Secretary of State’s office today is alerting small business owners about potentially misleading notices requesting an extra fee for a third party to file business documents. The Secretary of State’s office has received multiple reports of these potentially deceptive or misleading solicitations being sent to Colorado businesses. The Colorado Secretary of State maintains an easy to use online filing system for businesses. Use of a third party to complete filings with the Secretary of State is not required.

The solicitation may:

  *   Appear similar to a government form.
  *   Contain your business entity’s actual business ID number and date of formation, as reflected in the Secretary of State’s business records.
  *   Contain a “Customer ID Number” that does not match a number given to you by a State or Federal Agency.
  *   Contain a warning to make sure that the form’s instructions are followed exactly when completing the form.
  *   Contain a due date for your response.
  *   Mention a periodic report.

Click to see a sample of the misleading notice...  In the example, the company is charging a $75 “processing fee” for a $10 filing. The Secretary of State’s office does not mail out business filing forms and compliance with these notices is not required.

All business filings, including annual Periodic Reports, are filed online. The current fee for filing the Periodic Report is only $10. Business owners can find instructions to easily and directly file business forms on the Secretary of State’s website under the Business Organizations heading.

“We want to make sure Coloradans have the tools they need for their businesses to succeed. We have an easy-to-use and affordable business filing system. Business owners should be wary of third-party solicitations related to filing requirements,” said Secretary of State Jena Griswold

In order to receive advance notice of when Periodic Reports, Trademark renewals, or Trade Name renewals are due, business owners can sign up online for free Email Notifications. Additionally, business owners can visit the Secretary of State's site to verify their business status, file a form or obtain a free certification.


Yoda Has Left The Building

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

It's official -- Small Business Specialist, Employee of the Year, Consultant of the Year, and Aurora Small Business Advocate of the Year is officially retired now -- and still happier than a millionaire.  We will miss him.  He's shown below with Glenn Plagens, Director of Business Support and Rural Prosperity, and to the right Chuck is with his colleague and long-time consultant Jim Olp.  Jim gave Chuck his 'framed' million!

    

We are excited for Chuck's next venture and wish him well!

New on board with the SBDC is strategic planning and financial specialists Neil Pollard for Aurora and Laurie Wolmer for the South Metro area.  We are also privileged to have Lanelle Barnett on Wednesdays to assist clients with tax planning, accounting and bookkeeping questions (no, she will not do your books for you nor your tax returns ;^)  Stefanie Dalgar is our marketing expert, and they are all a joy and enthusiastic for small business.  Please give us a ring for one-on-one free and confidential business consulting, (303) 326-8686.  We continue forward without our Yoda Chuck Hahn!

SKILLFUL Talent Lunch 'N Learn

Friday, June 07, 2019

The Aurora Chamber and Arapahoe/Douglas Works! present 
SKILLFUL® Talent Series Lunch 'N Learn

In this four-part training, you’ll learn how to adopt a skills-based approach to people management through activity-driven workshops using digital tools and free templates to set your company up for success. Businesses adopting this approach reduce staff vacancy by up to 70%, diversify their staff, double retention rates, and increase staff productivity on average by 22%.

June 11th, 12PM - 3PM
SKILLFUL Talent 101: Attract the Right Talent

SKILLFUL Talent 102: Candidate Evaluation
Lunch will be provided.  Learn more about Part 1 & 2 here...

June 25th, 12PM - 3PM
SKILLFUL Talent 103: Selection and Onboarding
SKILLFUL Talent 104: Employee Retention
Lunch will be provided.  Learn more about Part 3 & 4 here...

    

10th Women's Small Business Conference

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

  10th Annual Women's Small Business Conference
  Thursday, July 18th | 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  Sky Ute Casino Resort | Ignacio, CO
  $65/Attendee | $300/Exhibitor

  Join the Colorado Small Business Development Center Network
  and breakthrough to excellence with a day of educational seminars,
  one-on-one consulting, valuable networking opportunities,
  and exciting speakers!

Sheri Tingey, Owner, Alpaca Raft
Alpacka Raft started in the fall of 2000 as a collaboration between Sheri Tingey, the design genius behind all of the products, and her son Thor, who had just completed a 600-mile packrafting traverse of Alaska's Brooks Range and had some ideas for how to make a better performing packraft. Her journey to starting her business began when they received a second Ritt Kellog Fund grant and spent 39 days traversing 600-miles of the Brooks Range, where they found that the packrafts they used were wholly inadequate. Inspired by her trip, Sheri created her first boat that took the packraft world by storm. However, her success didn't come without its challenges and hurtles, where you will leave this talk feeling inspired on how Sheri overcame these obstacles and built for the future. For the full agenda, click here... 

 

R&D Tax Credit Program

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

TechSource is putting on a free, statewide webinar:
´╗┐How R&D Credits Could Benefit Your Business
June 18, 10AM - 11AM

  • The R&D tax credit program reimburses up to 10 percent of your Research & Development expenses.  Learn how to maximize your refund!
  • Presented by Thierry Lepoutre, President, Boostr Consulting, LLC
    Thierry has over 20 years experience providing consulting services to help innovative companies successfully claim R& D tax credits and obtain refunds from the government.

Download the PDF here.
RSVP: 
bit.ly/r-dcredit