SBA Emerging Leaders

Friday, March 01, 2019

SBA's Emerging Leaders Initiative to Help Growing Entrepreneurs Opens for 2019 Recruitment

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the launch of the 2019 Emerging Leaders Initiative for executives of small businesses poised for growth in emerging markets. Local area recruitment for the 2019 training cycle is currently ongoing at designated SBA District Offices. Interested small business owners can learn more regarding eligibility, how to apply, class schedules, and locations at, or by contacting their local SBA District Office. 

“I am proud of the success the Emerging Leaders and the impact the training has made in helping to take small businesses to the next level,” said Allen Gutierrez, Associate Administrator of the SBA’s Office of Entrepreneurial Development. “Since its inception in 2008, Emerging Leaders has trained more than 5,000 small business owners, creating over 6,500 jobs, generating over $300 million in new financing, and securing over $3 billion in government contracts.”

The SBA’s Emerging Leaders provides free entrepreneurship education and training for executives of small businesses that are potential job creators. This intensive executive entrepreneurship series includes nearly 100 hours of classroom time. Participants are provided with the opportunity to work with a network of experienced coaches and mentors, attend specialized workshops, and develop connections with their peers, city leaders, and the financial community in order to build sustainable businesses that promote economic development within their communities.# # #

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit

NOTE:  The Colorado District Office is holding Emerging Leaders in Englewood, May through November -- over 40 hours of training -- suited for Colorado small businesses that have been in operation for at least three years, have an annual revenue of at least $250,000, and have at least one additional employee other than the owner. 
Learn more here...

Business Plan in a Day next Friday

Friday, February 22, 2019

This all-day LEADING EDGE workshop was developed for busy entrepreneurs who need to complete a critical business plan quickly to expand or start a business. Participants will create a business plan in one day by breaking the process into 10 manageable steps.

What you will achieve:
-Outline and communicate your business vision
-Understand business fundamentals
-Learn keys to success
-Learn how to do critical business research
-Develop a rough draft of your business plan

Cost includes materials and five hours of course-specific one-on-one business consulting.

Friday, March 1, 2019 | 9AM - 4PM | Aurora Municipal Center | $150/person
Register today!

Ice House Entrepreneur Development

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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 Development
This program can help you learn how to overcome your fears, build community, create a personal brand,
become a life-long learner, develop grit, tap into internal motivation, define personal and professional goals,
and truly understand the problems your business is solving for others!

Learn more and apply!

Program Cost: $400 (Early bird pricing available.)

Date: Tuesdays, March 6th - May 8th

Time: 5:45 -7:45 PM

Location: Colorado Lending Source | 1441 18th St. | Denver, CO 80202

Register for the following information sessions where you will have the opportunity to meet the facilitator and see if this program is a good fit for you…

Info Session #1:  February 13th at 5:30 pm @ Colorado Lending Source

Info Session #2:  February 20th, 5:30 PM @ The Commons on Champa

Info Session #3: February 27th at 5:30pm @ Colorado Lending Source

SHARK TANK Casting Call

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Comcast Business brings SHARK TANK Casting to the metropolitan area! 

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Wristbands distributed 9AM – 11AM

Comcast Business brings local entrepreneurs the chance to grow their business, by bringing a SHARK TANK Casting Call to Denver, Wednesday May 24th! Casting Call attendees will have one minute to pitch their business/product/idea to the Shark Tank Casting team. Wristband distribution begins at 9:00 A.M. Only the first 500 applicants are guaranteed to be seen, so arrive early to secure your numbered wristband. For location details and to download the application form, go to

See overview here...



Food Meetup at Innovation Pavilion

Monday, May 15, 2017

Attention:  Food Industry Entrepreneurs:  Food Trucks, Caterers, Manufacturers, Cottage Foods

How To Increase Sales Using Social Media
Tuesday, May 30th | 9:30 - 10:30 AM
Innovation Pavilion | 9200 Mineral Avenue | Centennial

To register:

Are you getting the most from your Social Media?
Is there a better platform for your target audience?
What small change in your social media will increase your sales?

Valerie Morris of Tintero Creative works with the food industry to:

* Increase sales
* Maximize your return on social media
* Use video to increase views
* Get more bookings
* Tips on what to post on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest
* Insight on Snapchat, Instagram Stories and more
* Broad overview of current trends
* Much more

Valerie Morris is a social media strategist who believes that you can be successful in social media marketing AND have balance in life. She understands social media growth tactics and how they fit in with other digital marketing disciplines like SEO, blogging, advertising, email, and more. Valerie founded Tintero Creative, a digital agency based in the Colorado front range. When not in front of a screen, she can be found running with her dogs, doing Pinterest DIY projects, or learning how to take care of goats.