It's Time for the Expo in Englewood!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

3rd Annual Englewood Business Resource & Lenders Expo

Did you realize there is a wealth of business resources at your fingertips?

* Learn about Opportunity Zones.
* Learn how to expand your business by getting certified for potential government contracts.
* Learn how you may receive help streamlining your manufacturing business.
* Learn about how the library can help with business marketing research.
* Hear from the area's nonprofit lenders and what they can do for your business.
* Hear from the Small Business Administration and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
* Visit directly with all of the above--and MORE!

The third annual Englewood Business Resource & Lenders Expo is being held Friday, March 22nd, 8:00 – 9:30 AM, at the Englewood Civic Center, 2nd floor Community Room.  Twenty business resource partners will each give a short introduction to their services. Marcia McGilley of the Aurora-South Metro SBDC will emcee the event, and the City of Englewood will give an update from the Economic Development Office.  A continental breakfast will be served, AND it's all FREE.  Get all the details for this free event here.

Parker Area Chamber - Photo of the Day

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Marcia McGilley, Executive Director of the Aurora-South Metro SBDC, spoke today for the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce Lunch-N-Learn on the topic "The Mind of the Entrepreneur."  She gave the top 10 myths and facts about what makes an entrepreneur who they are.  It looks like Mrs. Parker was there, too.  Beautiful!

US Small Business Administrator Visits Stanley Marketplace

Friday, September 29, 2017

September 28, 2017 --

The U.S. Small Business Administrator, Linda McMahon, visited Stanley Marketplace in Aurora and spent time with a number of SBDC clients yesterday.    She began with a tour of the facility by the developer, Mark Shaker, owner of Flightline Ventures and co-owner of the Stanley Beer Hall.  She visited clients’ sites, held a business roundtable and gave media interviews. “We were honored to have the Administrator visit the City of Aurora and our SBDC clients located at Stanley Marketplace. 

SBDC clients involved in the Administrator’s visit included:
Mark Shaker, developer of Stanley Marketplace – gave tour of Stanley 
Annette Scratch to Table (restaurant) | Caroline Glover, Chef and Owner
Trunk Nouveau (gift boutique selling goods from local Colorado artists) | Stephanie Shearer, Owner
The Hangar at Stanley (event space) | Mark Shaker and Tim White, owners
Maria Empanada (restaurant) | Lorena Cantarovici, owner and 2017 SBA Colorado Small Business Person of the Year
Stanley Beer Hall (restaurant and bar) | Mark Shaker (on tour) and Tim White, owners

“Having a member of the cabinet, such as Administrator McMahon, was an honor for the City of Aurora and the Aurora-South Metro SBDC.  We appreciate her interest in small businesses in our area and their concerns in operating a small business,” said Marcia McGilley, executive director of the Aurora-South Metro SBDC.

A note about Stanley Marketplace:

Stanley Marketplace is a community of 50+ independently owned local Colorado businesses at 2501 Dallas Street in Aurora.  The original business, Stanley Aviation, sat by the site of  Denver airport's main runway. The doors of Stanley's event center, The Hangar at Stanley, open onto what used to be a smaller runway just for Bob Stanley and Stanley test planes.  Flightline Ventures developed the unused aviation building into what is an outstanding place to eat, drink, shop, exercise, play, work and more.  It all began with a couple of neighbors who wanted to open a small beer hall.  Their idea grew into something much larger for the community--under one fantastic roof.  As stated in the Stanifesto, "We're here for good."
A video is worth a thousand words: 

Women's Small Business Conference - Nov. 3

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Join the Colorado Small Business Development Center Network for the Women's Small Business Conference next weekend.  Enjoy educational seminars, one-on-one consulting, valuable networking opportunities and exciting keynote speakers -- including Aurora-South Metro SBDC's Executive Director Marcia McGilley.

This marks the first year the Northern Colorado SBDC will host the Women's Small Business Conference, so don't miss out on this exciting opportunity!

Thursday, November 3rd | 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Embassy Suites | 4705 Clydesdale Pkwy. | Loveland, CO  80538

Funding and Finance | Certifications | Government Contracting | Marketing, Social Media, Websites | Business Planning & Operations | and more

Includes breakfast, lunch and networking reception.

Exec Director at Roxborough!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
The Roxborough Business Association is holding their Annual Membership Dinner this evening. The program features South Metro SBDC’s own, Marcia McGilley!

Special Guest and Speaker Marcia McGilley will present :“The Mind of the Entrepreneur.”

Marcia McGilley serves as the Executive Director of the South Metro Denver and Aurora Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC). These two Centers serve over 2,000 entrepreneurs in South Jefferson, Douglas and Arapahoe Counties each year. Marcia has personally jump started over 1000 companies, and reads approximately 100 business plans per year.

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