Business Planning & Financing

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Need a business plan?  Need financing for your business? 
Two January workshops are not to be missed! 

LEADING EDGE:  Business Plan in a Day, Friday, January 25th, 9AM - 4PM, $150/person
This all-day 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.  Cost includes materials and five hours of course-specific one-on-one business consulting.  Register here...

Financing Your Business, Thursday, January 31st, 9AM - 11AM, $15/person
Learn about the requirements for obtaining business financing, including SBA loan programs, non-traditional financing sources and the components of a comprehensive loan package. Presented by Jason Jacksack, a Business Advisor with Colorado Enterprise Fund.  Register here...

Don't delay; register today!

LEADING EDGE for Transportation Businesses

Wednesday, January 02, 2019


It's the final week to register for the award-winning LEADING EDGE for Transportation business planning program in Colorado Springs. Don't miss your chance to join the next cohort of successful contractors for a nine-week course customized for growing businesses in A&E and construction. You’ll get hands-on training from industry experts, large contractors and peers to help develop your management skills, build capacity and win more contracts.

January 10 – March 7, 2019
Thursday evenings, 5:30 - 8:30pm
FREE!  $200 deposit with full refund upon graduation

Location:  Pikes Peak SBDC @ Catalyst Campus
559 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite 101 | Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Attend an Information Session on Thursday, January 3rd from 6PM - 7PM to learn more about the course and meet some of the instructors. 

Registration deadline is Monday, January 7th.  Register here...

Need a Business Plan in a Hurry?

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

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 to financial projections.

If you're in a rush and need a rough draft business plan right away, consider taking the LEADING EDGE "Business Plan in a Day" course -- tackling the process in 10 manageable steps.

Learn more! Outcomes of the program:

* Develop a clear vision for your business
* Network with and learn from other entrepreneurs
* Receive one-on-one consulting to help you complete your business plan
* Discover tools and resources to help you launch and grow your business
* Meet potential lenders at a resource expo who will discuss funding options
* Compete in a business plan competition with prizes.
Register here: or call for more information (303) 326-8686.

Note a Business Resource Expo will be held March 15th, 8AM, at no charge in Englewood where you can meet the lenders!


Recap: Small Business Resource and Lenders Fair

Friday, June 02, 2017
Twelve small business resource providers and micro-lenders were on hand May 20th to give information and answer questions at the recent fair that was held to culminate the Aurora-South Metro SBDC's LEADING EDGE(TM) Strategic Planning Series.  Becky Takeda-Tinker, Ph.D., of CSU Global Campus introduced Congressman Mike Coffman, who addressed the crowd at the Aurora Central Library. Pictured at right with the Congressman is Josh Vigil, Deputy Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration Colorado District, and Eric Phillips, SBA's Economic Development Specialist.

Executive Director Marcia McGilley, as emcee of the event, thanked the 12 business resource partners and micro-lenders.  "We appreciate the time community members took on a Saturday to share expertise with our clients and citizens. Special thanks to the team from the Congressman's office for hosting this event."  A few photos of the event are below.


Above:  Aurora's Central Library Community Room held a nice crowd; Aaron Witzke of the Rocky Mountain
MicroFinance Institute answered a question from the audience.

Below:  One of Aurora-South Metro SBDC LEADING EDGE(TM) participants praised the Strategic Planning
Series; Alicia Cartwright discussed her role as business librarian with Arapahoe Libraries.

Below:  The lenders fair is at its best as guests talk one-on-one with the resource providers.




At left is Elena Vasconez talking with Congressman Coffman. 
Elena and the Mi Casa Resource Center,
Denver Women's Business Center, was honored with the
U.S. Small Business Administration national award for
Women's Business Center of Excellence and Innovation,
received recently in Washington, D.C.

Small Business Resource and Lenders Fair

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Congressman Mike Coffman hosts:
The Small Business Resource and Lenders Fair

   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 a panel discussion and resource tables.
   Plenty of time for Q&A!

   Saturday, May 20, 2017 | 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
   Aurora Central Library | Community Room
   14949 E. Alameda Pkwy. | Aurora, CO  80012

   FREE -- Register here...
   Download the announcement here...

Panel of lending experts will include:
• U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
• The Aurora-South Metro SBDC
• Acción
• Colorado Enterprise Fund
• Colorado Lending Source
• Colorado Minority Business Office
• Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
• Connect2DOT
• Mi Casa Resource Center
• Rocky Mountain Micro-Finance Institute
• Local banks and more resources
• Special guest speakers

Don’t miss this opportunity to get the information you need for your small business!

Questions?  Call (303) 326-8686