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Douglas County Business Resource & Lenders Fair

The Douglas County Small Business Resource & Lenders Fair is being held in the South Metro corridor! Friday, October 19th | 10:00 AM – 12:30 PMParker 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 …

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Events

National PTAC Day

September 26th is the first annual National PTAC Day and it will be celebrated every fourth Wednesday of September moving forward.  The day is to celebrate the great things PTACs have done for businesses across the country from our network of 95 offices. The Colorado PTAC is celebrating the day by hosting socials in two different locations; Colorado Springs and Aurora. Colorado PTAC wants to thank their workshop presenters, Subject Matter Experts, clients and community partners, so plan to attend.  There’s …

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Events

Englewood Manufacturing Day Celebration

Join the City of Englewood for a free event that recognizes the manufacturing industry:   Englewood Manufacturing Day Celebration The City of Englewood, Manufacturer’s Edge, and Palmer DCS are coming together to host the celebration and say thank you to local manufacturers and connect each one with resources to help grow your business.  They are part of October’s North American recognition of the industry. Food, beer & wine, music, and prizes will be provided. Spots are filling fast, so read more event …

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Events

Lunch and Learn in Parker

Small Business Specialist Chuck Hahn will be presenting at the Parker Area Chamber Lunch and Learn.  One of his favorite subjects is market research.  The key to a successful business is knowing your customer and providing excellent customer service. Market Research Made Simple | Wednesday, September 12th | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM | FREEA marketing expert, Chuck will help you navigate through several research options designed to lead you toward making better business decisions, with …

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Business Tips

Customer Service for Small Business

Customer ServiceThis self-paced training exercise is an introduction to customer service and how it impacts your business. Topics include: Defining what good customer service is, implementing good customer service, and how to improve customer service.

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Business Tips

Catch Up on Marketing: 43 Things to Do

By Rieva LesonskyHere are 43 things you can do during your August downtime that will have a big impact come fall. Your Customers come first: Schedule catch-up calls or lunch with your biggest clients to see how you can better serve them in the coming year. Reach out to a former customer who’s fallen off your radar and see if you can win their business again. Check in with a prospect you’ve been nurturing to see if you …

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Events

Global Fest 2018

The city of Aurora invites you to experience fantastic flavors, cultural experiences and artistic expressions from around the world at Global Fest this Saturday, August 18th, 11AM – 6PM, at the Aurora Municipal Center Great Lawn, 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy.  And entrance is FREE!  Enjoy world entertainment, music and food, ethnic markets, community booths, fashion shows–yes, that’s plural–and even more entertainment and education at the Aurora History Museum. The World Beer Market will offer different …

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CityEvents

7-20 Memorial Ascentiate

The memorial, named “Ascentiate” by its artist creator, is located inside the city of Aurora Water-wise Reflection Garden at the southeast corner (East Alameda Parkway and South Chambers Road) of the Aurora Municipal Center campus, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway. The memorial, to be dedicated July 27th, 6:30 PM, honors the 13 lives taken, 70 wounded and many lives that were changed on the night of July 20, 2012. Together with the surrounding garden, the artwork creates a …

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Business Tips

9 Examples of Re-Purposing Value Content

If you’ve attended one of my marketing seminars, one of the tactics that I suggest is re-purposing useful information to your target market would like. The linked article By Ryan Bozeman really hits the nail on the head. Thanks Ryan! About Ryan BozemanRyan Bozeman is a copywriter and content strategist who specializes in working with marketing and SaaS companies. You can connect with him atwww.BozeContent.com or on Twitter at @RyanBozeman.

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Awards

Nominate an Outstanding Aurora Business

The Aurora Business Recognition Awards Program, which began in 2005, celebrates successful businesses that are leaders in the workplace and community. It recognizes not only the economic vitality that businesses of all sizes and types bring to Aurora, but also the influence that businesses have on where people live, work, shop and play. The selection committee will be looking for proven longevity, significant business growth, the introduction of a unique product or service, exceptional customer …

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Events

Biz Workshop in Frisco

Need an excuse to drive up to beautiful Frisco, Colorado? Essentials for Small Business 2018 Wednesday, July 25th | 8AM – 4PMSummit County Community & Senior Center | 0083 Nancy’s Place | Frisco, CO 80443   Tools for Thinking, Starting, or Expanding Small Business Learn:  Planning for Success, Avoiding Pit-Falls and Traps, Making Sure You Are Making Money, Building Critical Relationships, Real-Life Lessons, and more.   Cost $40 ($30 for Summit CO Chamber Members) Includes light breakfast and Lunch Register by July …

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Business Tips

AdWords Marketing Campaign 101?

From Elegant themesFound this article to be both relevant and useful:If you want to promote your website, online ads are one of the best ways to do it. With AdWords, you can reach one of the world’s largest audiences, as long as you have the budget. The only problem is, budgeting for AdWords costs can be complicated if you don’t know how much you should expect to pay. Luckily, there is a lot of AdWords data available …

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Business Tips

How To Use LinkedIn to Reach Key People

I thought this article was important and useful . Here’s the 1st of several useful suggestions. Take these all-important steps to up your success rate in finding decision-makers on the leading business social media site. 1. Complete Your Profile Before initiating any interaction with decision-makers, make sure you’re making a good impression with your profile. Those you request to connect with, even before you actively engage with them, will check your profile first to make sure you’re worth your …

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Solutions

Disaster Recovery

Disaster Field Operations Center West Release Date:  June 12, 2018 Contact:  Richard A. Jenkins, (916) 735-1500 Release Number:  CO 15561-01 Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Blogs & Instagram  SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Colorado Small Businesses  SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Small nonfarm businesses in Arapahoe, Douglas, El Paso, Elbert and Lincoln counties are now eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West. These loans offset economic losses because of …

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City

Connecting Aurora’s Immigrants-Refugees with Health

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 …

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City

Farewell to Aurora Mayor Stephen Hogan

It is with deep sadness that we inform the small business community that Stephen D. Hogan, Mayor of Aurora, passed away on May 13, 2018.  He was 69 years old.  Mayor Hogan honorably served as mayor of Aurora from 2011 until his passing.  His time as mayor was preceded by 24 years on the City Council. The Hogan family has asked that, in his honor, donations be made to the Mayor Stephen D. Hogan Memorial Fund via this link …

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Events

May Business Resource Fair

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

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AwardsEvents

SBA Colorado Awards, May 2

 National Small Business Week — SBA Colorado District Awards The week’s main event was outstanding with capacity crowd — the annual Colorado Small Business Week award ceremony, held Wednesday, May 2nd at the Innovation Pavilion Event Center in Centennial, CO.   The Colorado Small Business Persons of the Year winner, Margot Langstaff & Elisa Hamill, Managing partners/Owners of LifeHealth, were presented with their award (pictured below with other award winners).  Both women are shown here (second and third from left) with Daniel …

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CityEvents

Bike To Work Day – Business Challenge

Bike to Work Day gives everyone a reason to try cycling as a form of commuting, which positively impacts regional air quality, health and traffic congestion. This year, Bike to Work Day has an added element to encourage increased participation from local businesses with the Business Challenge. Put your employees to the test and distinguish your company from its competition. Businesses are split into four classes: Class A (1-29 employees), B (30-99 employees), C (100-299 employees) and D (300+ …

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Customers

Customer Appreciation Day

Ken’s Auto Service is hosting a customer appreciation day on May 2,Wednesday,  from 11:00am to 3:00pm, in honor of their 16th year in business. They have teamed up with other great organization that share the same goal of building a great reputation as the #1 local automotive sources. Door prizes, goody bags, burgers & fries ….  and much more! See ya’ There Ken’s Auto Service is located at 15293 E. Mississippi Ave. Aurora, CO 80012 

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Resources

Apply to CleanTech Open Start-Up Accelerator

Cleantech Open finds, funds and fosters the most promising cleantech start-ups on the planet. Apply by May 1st to join Cleantech Open’s 2018 Accelerator Program Cleantech Open provides tangible benefits:World-class mentoring | Hands-on training | Networking | Visibility |  Ongoing engagement Learn more and apply by May 1st here…Application and participation fees apply.The Accelerator begins June 1st.

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EventsFinances

Five Cs of Credit

Five characteristics used by lenders to gauge the creditworthiness of potential borrowers. Wednesday, April 25th, 12PM – 1PM, FREE | Lunch included.Aurora Municipal Center | 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy. | Aurora 80012 | 2nd floor ASPEN conference room Please pre-register here…

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Events

Central 70 Trucking Outreach

There is an upcoming outreach event with Kiewit and Iron Woman Construction for subcontracting opportunities on the CDOT Central 70 project. There are millions of dollars of trucking subcontracts available over the next five years, and this free event will help owner-operators and other small business trucking firms learn what they need to do to get work on the project. Central 70 Trucking Outreach EventApril 30th 5:00 to 6:00 PM –  Registration/Networking | 6:00 to 7:30 PM …

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Resources

Resource Fair to end Nat’l Small Biz Week

Congressman Mike Coffman presents the SBA Small Business Resource and Lenders Fair Saturday, May 5th | 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM | FREE Location: Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Arapahoe Room at the DMV Building 6964 So. Lima St. (at Arapahoe Road) Centennial, CO  80112 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 presentation and opportunity to …

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Events

Look Before You Lease

Look Before You Lease — Explores the commercial and legal issues a business owner faces in leasing commercial property. Thursday, April 12th | 9AM – 12PM | $10/person Location:  Aurora Municipal Center, 2nd floor ASPEN conference room Before you sign that business lease, learn about: code requirements, using a tenant broker; understanding the relationship between the broker, lessee and lessor; lease terms, letter of intent, exclusivity, triple net leases, and common area maintenance; sections of …

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Consultants/Trainers

NEW at Havana BID

Welcome Chance Horiuchi! The Havana Business Improvement District (BID) Board has hired Chance Horiuchi for the executive director in-training position.  Chance will be training under current Havana BID Executive Director, Gayle Jetchick, for a full year to learn the ropes before taking over as ED in April of 2019.  Gayle can then semi-retire and drop back to part-time or help with specific projects only. For the past six years, Chance worked as the Director of Business …

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Aurora Team

Thanks For Watching!

Mention was made recently of the Aurora-South Metro SBDC on Aurora News Weekly: Aurora-South Metro Small Business Development Center Click below to watch other stories recently featured on Aurora News Weekly: Aurora, Brothers Redevelopment & Partners Host Groundbreaking for Paris Family Apartments   Aurora Hosts Military and Veterans Employment Expo   New VA Hospital Grand Opening   Save the Date for “Colorado Remembers” Event   7/20 Foundation Gets Ready to Send Peace Crane Wreath to Parkland, FL   …

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Events

Is Certification Right For You?

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 …

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Business Tips

Social Media Today

A great article by Social Media Today on PEW research of Snapchat:  Click here…

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Business Tips

Dirty Dozen 12 – Offshore Tax Cheating

The series of IRS “Dirty Dozen” for 2018 is complete: #12:  IRS Committed to Stopping Offshore Tax Cheating It was on last year’s Dirty Dozen list of tax scams, also.  Follow this link to read up on this scam to avoid. An Abusive Scheme Toolkit for External Stakeholders Each toolkit provides an explanation of the scheme, background, facts and law, and talking points. Follow this link for the Toolkit  

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Business Tips

Dirty Dozen 11 – Abusive Tax Shelters

The Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers to be wary of abusive tax shelters, which remain on the “Dirty Dozen” tax scams. Tax law generally allows businesses to create “captive” insurance companies to protect against certain risks. Traditional captive insurance typically allows a taxpayer to reduce insurance costs. The insured business claims deductions for premiums paid for insurance policies. Those amounts are paid, either as insurance premiums or reinsurance premiums, to a “captive” insurance company owned by …

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Events

Advance Colorado Procurement Expo

ADVANCE COLORADO PROCUREMENT EXPO — April 3, 2018 The Advance Colorado Procurement Expo, now in its ninth year, is Colorado’s premier buyers and sellers marketplace! Every year, businesses are invited to participate in this day-long event, which focuses on state and local government procurement. Small businesses (sellers) exhibit throughout the day to showcase their goods and services to local and state government agencies (buyers). Exhibitors are able to meet with procurement professionals from those agencies …

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Business Tips

Hootsuite

Saw this article, Thanks hootsuit:   First thing first, what is Google My Business? Essentially, Google My Business is a business listing service. For example, if you search for Hootsuite you’ll see a box appear to the right hand of the results. This contains a short blurb about the company, social links, and other companies that are usually searched for by association. https://blog.hootsuite.com/google-my-business/  

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Finances

Dirty Dozen 10 – Frivolous Tax Arguments

The Truth about Frivolous Tax Arguments In “The Truth about Frivolous Tax Arguments,” the IRS outlines some of the more common frivolous arguments, explains why they’re wrong and cites relevant court decisions. Taxpayers have the right to contest their tax liabilities using IRS administrative appeals procedures or in court, but they are still obligated to follow the law.  Read more…  

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Finances

Dirty Dozen 9 – Fake Forms

Falsified income, fake Forms 1099 part of IRS ‘Dirty Dozen’ A common tax scam the IRS sees each year involves falsifying income. The agency warns taxpayers to avoid related schemes to erroneously claim tax credits as well as more elaborate schemes that scam artists peddle.  These schemes include elaborate ruses involving bogus Forms 1099. Much like falsely claiming an expense or deduction is improper, claiming income the taxpayer didn’t earn is also inappropriate.  Scammers provide …

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Business Tips

Tips and Tricks for Patent Searching

IP for Beginners Series – Tips and Tricks for Patent Searching Fri, March 23rd, 10AM – 12PM Rocky Mountain U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 1961 Stout St. | 2nd floor | Denver  80294 This program on Intellectual Property will focus on the benefits of searching, working with the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system, keyword searching vs. CPC searching, the seven-step search process, and building a search strategy using keywords. REGISTER If you have any questions, please …

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Finances

Dirty Dozen 8 – Padding Deductions

Falsely padding deductions highlighted in IRS 2018 ‘Dirty Dozen’ tax scams The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers to avoid falsely inflating deductions or expenses on tax returns. Common areas targeted by unscrupulous tax preparers involve overstating deductions such as charitable contributions, padding business expenses or including credits that they are not entitled to receive – like the Earned Income Tax Credit… Some taxpayers also may be tempted to take these steps in hopes of getting …

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Finances

Dirty Dozen 7 – Improper Claims for Business Credits

IRS ‘Dirty Dozen’ list of tax scams for 2018 contains warning to avoid improper claims for business credits Two common credits targeted for abuse by shady return preparers include the research credit and the fuel tax credit. Both credits have legitimate uses, but there are specific criteria that taxpayers need to qualify for these. Congress enacted the research credit in 1981 to provide an incentive for American private industry to invest in research and experimentation. …

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Finances

Dirty Dozen 6 – Falsely Inflated Refunds

Taxpayers alerted against falsely inflated refunds in ‘Dirty Dozen’ list; Seniors, many others at risk. Scam artists pose as tax preparers during tax time, luring victims by promising large federal tax refunds. They use flyers, advertisements, phony storefronts or word of mouth to attract victims. Scammers frequently prey on people who do not have a filing requirement, such as those with low incomes or older Americans. They may also prey on non-English speakers who may …

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Events

Indigenous Innovation, April 9

The Rocky Mountain Indian Chamber of Commerce presents the 2018 Indian Biz Expo: Indigenous Innovation Monday, April 9th | 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM DoubleTree Quebec | 3203 Quebec St. | Denver Join the 15th Annual Indian Biz Expo to make connections to move business. It is a unique opportunity to network with American Indian Businesses, Tribes, and Professionals. Event Highlights (note, there are 15-minute breaks between each element): 8:30 AM – Breakfast Opening 9:45 AM …

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Business Tips

Dirty Dozen 5 – Fake Charities

Taxpayers should be alert to scams involving disasters, worthwhile causes The Internal Revenue Service warns taxpayers against scam groups masquerading as charitable organizations, luring people to make donations to groups or causes that don’t actually qualify for a tax deduction.  Another long-standing type of abuse or fraud involves scams that occur in the wake of significant natural disasters. The IRS offers these basic tips to taxpayers making charitable donations…. Publication 526 is a free booklet that describes …

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Business Tips

Dirty Dozen 4 – Tax Return Preparer Fraud

Taxpayers Urged to Choose Reputable Tax Preparers The majority of tax professionals provide honest, high-quality service. But there are some dishonest preparers who operate each filing season to perpetrate refund fraud, identity theft and other scams that hurt honest taxpayers. That’s why unscrupulous preparers who prey on unsuspecting taxpayers with outlandish promises of overly large refunds make the “Dirty Dozen” list.  Read more here… Tax return preparers are a vital part of the U.S. tax …

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Business Tips

IRS Dirty Dozen 3 – Identity Theft

Despite Major Progress, Identity Theft Still on IRS ‘Dirty Dozen’ Tax Scams List Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses a stolen Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to file a fraudulent tax return claiming a refund. The IRS, the states and the tax industry began working together in 2015 as the Security Summit to fight tax-related identity theft. Security Summit partners enacted a series of safeguards that are making inroads against …

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Events

Englewood Business Resource Expo

A great opportunity to learn more about business resources designed to help YOUR small business succeed! Englewood Business Resource Expo is next Thursday morning! March 15th, 8:00 – 9:30 AM, FREE Englewood Civic Center | 1000 Englewood Pkwy. The City of Englewood is hosting a Business Resource Expo for the second year.  Hear from Brad Power, Englewood’s Director of Community Development, the Small Business Administration Colorado District Office, and the Director of the Colorado Small Business Development …

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Business Tips

IRS Dirty Dozen 2 – Phone Scams

   Reduce the likelihood of ID theft.  The IRS listed phone scams as a top filing season concern and part of the annual listing of the “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for 2018. Con artists make unsolicited calls claiming to be IRS officials. They demand that the victim pay a bogus tax bill. They convince the victim to send cash, usually through a wire transfer or a prepaid debit card or gift card. They may also …

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Business Tips

IRS Dirty Dozen 1 – Phishing Schemes

Reduce the likelihood of ID theft.  The IRS listed email “phishing” schemes as a top filing season concern and part of the annual listing of the “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for 2018. The IRS continues to see a steady onslaught of new and evolving phishing schemes as scam artists work to victimize taxpayers during filing season. Read about the recent twist to a phishing scam that involves tax payers’ bank accounts.  Read more about the …

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Events

Need a Business Plan in a Hurry?

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.  “Business Plan in a Day” is being held this Friday at the Innovation Pavilion, 9AM – 4PM, for just $99. The workshop is highly interactive and will include five hours of confidential one-on-one consultation to review the components of your business plan with consultants, from marketing …

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Customers

Customer Discovery

Customer discovery – Getting out of the office and talking to your clients and industry.  You’ll need to do some pre-planning. Watch the 2 linked video to get you started.

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Events

Ice House Entrepreneur Development

Refresh Your Entrepreneurial Spirit with Ice House! Feel stuck in your current business strategies? Have an idea for a business but are procrastinating to launch? Want to bring an entrepreneurial mindset to your current job? Most people have innate entrepreneurial tendencies. We want to be problem solvers. We want to provide value for other people. And, in an ideal world, we want to get paid to do those things! Colorado Lending Source’s Ice House Entrepreneur …

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Business Tips

Using Content As Your Voice of Strategy

Great article worth the time to read: Just a taste… What types of content work best for educating your audience? Podcasts – Podcasts are becomingly increasingly popular and serve as a fantastic way to engage and educate your audience in an easily digestible format. Seminars – People want information packaged in ways that will help them get what they want. Presentations, workshop, and seminars are tremendous ways to provide education with increased engagement. FAQs – There’s no denying …

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