Small Business Resource & Lenders Fair

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Did you miss the March Resource Expo?  No worries, Arapahoe Libraries is host to the Aurora-South Metro SBDC's Small Business Resource & Lenders Fair on Saturday, May 4th, 10AM - 12PM, at Smoky Hill Library in Centennial.

There is a wealth of business resources at your fingertips.  Learn about many nonprofit government and lending resources at the upcoming at this FREE event to learn about helpful local government and funding resources available to start or expand your business.  This is a  'kick off' to National #SmallBusinessWeek.

Join other entrepreneurs and visit over a dozen business resource partners who will each give a short introduction to their services. There will be speakers from the SBA Colorado District Office, and several other state and local agencies. Nonprofit lenders will be on hand to discuss their funding programs with attendees. Marcia McGilley, Executive Director of the Aurora-South Metro SBDC, will emcee the event, and there will be a brief presentation about Arapahoe Libraries' business resources and from a local small business owner who has received benefit from these same resources. The fair is a free event; just let us know you're coming.

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May Business Resource Fair

Monday, May 07, 2018

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!

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 about the many services available to help them grow and prosper!

Follow this link to the resource partners contact information.

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

Mayor Stephanie Piko welcomed the attendees and gave a proclamation for National Small Business Week.

Congressman Mike Coffman (front and center) smiles with the many resource partners who interacted with attendees throughout the morning.
Becky Takeda-Tinker, President of CSU Global, introduced the Congressman to the crowd (pictured here in the red top and light jacket).

Tom Thompson of the Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and Cindy Nowak, Regional Director for Manufacturer's Edge, greet attendees and discuss their services with business owners.




SBA Colorado Awards, May 2

Thursday, May 03, 2018

 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 Nordberg (far left), Region VIII Administrator, Carolyn Terrell and Joanna Sandoval, both of the SBA Business Opportunity Specialist office, and Frances Padilla (far right), District Director of the SBA Colorado District Office.

The SBA’s Colorado District Office inducted a new business on to its Wall of Fame:  SNOOZE: An AM Eatery that had just opened its 25th location!  The owners, Jon and Adam, opened their first location at Park Avenue West and Larimer on April 2, 2006, and now has SNOOZE in four states.

Sharon King, Executive Director of the Boulder SBDC won the National SBDC Excellence & Innovation Award (as well as for the District and the State).  She is shown here on the left (in red) with Wendy McDonough of the Colorado Minority Business Office, and Wendy Wojcik, Program Manager for the Colorado SBDC Network.

Mike O'Donnell, Executive Director of Colorado Lending Source, received one of the Lender Awards from SBA's Brian Devlin, as well as the Amy McDowell Service to Small Business award, presented by Rosy McDonough of the Colorado Minority Business Office.  The Amy McDowell Award was created by the Colorado SBDC Directors to honor those who, like Amy, dedicated their careers in support of the small business community.  Mike is shown here with Dan Nordberg, Rosy and Frances Padilla.

Marcia McGilley, Executive Director of the Aurora-South Metro SBDC, was, as host of the program at the Innovation Pavilion, was emcee of the awards program.  She is shown here with City of Centennial Council Member Kathy Turley, who handed to Marcia the City of Centennial Mayor's proclamation for National Small Business Week. 

The awards crowd in the Innovation Pavilion Event Center, Centennial, CO

The SBA's National Small Business Week awards table:

National Small Business Week

Monday, April 30, 2018

PRESS RELEASE:  National Small Business Week has officially kicked off in Colorado!

A full week of events and activities are scheduled to occur statewide, including many in the metro area.  Each year since 1963, the president has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week, set as the first week in May, and this year the dates are April 29 – May 5. 

The week’s main event is the annual Colorado Small Business Week award ceremony which will be held Wednesday, April 2 at the Innovation Pavilion Event Center in Centennial, CO.   At this event the Colorado Small Business Person of the Year winner will be presented their award, along with the other statewide, regional, and national winners from Colorado.  This event is already sold out, but is still open to the media (RSVPs are required for media).

Also at the Colorado Small Business Week award ceremony, the SBA’s Colorado District Office will induct a new business on to its Wall of Fame.  This year SNOOZE: An AM Eatery will be inducted onto the wall.  More than 100 well known Colorado companies have been inducted onto the Wall of Fame including American Furniture Warehouse, Comedy Works, New Belgium Brewery, Otter Box, Hammonds Candies, and The Fort Restaurant.

The complete media release announcing Colorado's Small Business Winners is available HERE

Events in the metro area for National Small Business Week:

Monday, April 30

  • 5:30 am – 9 am – Metro North Chamber of Commerce kick off event with 9NEWS.  Event to be held at Zoe’s Coffee in Westminster.
  • 4 pm – 6 pm – Trout Tank Pitch Event for Social Impact Businesses.  Hosted by the Colorado Lending Source in Denver.  Open to the public.
  • 6 pm – 7:30 pm – Mi Casa Women’s Business Center and Yelp sponsor Small Biz 101 event. Hosted by Mi Casa Resource Center in Denver.

For more details on these Colorado Small Business Week events go HERE

Tuesday, May 1

  • 6 am – 7:30 am - Small Business Line 9 on 9NEWS.  Telephone call in show to answer small business questions.
  • 8:30 am – 10:30 am – Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce’s “Coffee with the SBA” meet-up event.  Training on business succession training.  Free to the public.
  • 9 am – 11 am – Pikes Peak SBDC’s Colorado Tops the Charts event.  Theme is “What are you doing to keep up?”  Panelist will discuss ways to stay on the cutting edge of business.  RSVP required.
  • All day – Chaffee County EDC and AARP to host rural outreach collaboration training on access to capital in small towns.  Several events scheduled during the day.  Free to the public.  Event to be held in Nathrop, CO.
  • 4 pm – 7 pm – The Commons on Champa Entrepreneurship Resource Fair.  Several business resource groups will be available to answer questions.  Free to the public.
  • 5 pm – 8 pm – City of Boulder & mayor’s office to make presentation of Small Business Week proclamation for Boulder.  Open to the public.

For more details on these Colorado Small Business Week events go HERE

Wednesday, May 2

  • 8:30 am – 12:30 pm – Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce’s “Start a smart small business workshop.”  This event will be held at the Colorado Health Foundation office in Denver.  Free to the public.
  • 10 am – noon – National Small Business Week Colorado Award Ceremony at the Innovation Pavilion Event Center in Centennial.  All SBA Colorado awards will be presented at this event.
  • 1 pm – 3 pm – Colorado Enterprise Fund Success Workshop in Denver.  “Designing Success: From Creative Idea to Creative Biz.”  Workshop will be held at the Commons on Champa and is free to the public

 For more details on these Colorado Small Business Week events go HERE

Thursday, May 3 

  • 6 am – 7:30 am – Small Business Line 9 on 9NEWS.  Ask questions on all small business topics.
  • 9 am – 11 am – City and County of Denver’ Business Certification Workshop.  Learn about how your business can be certified to contract with the City of Denver.  Event at the Commons on Champa building in Denver.
  • 11:30 am – 1 pm – Upgrade your global network panel discussion.  Event will be held in conjunction with the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce in Fort Collins.  Free to public.
  • 5:30 pm – 9 pm – Pikes Peak SBDC awards ceremony.  All Small Business Week winners from El Paso County till receive their awards at this event.    Event to be held at the Double Tree by Hilton hotel.  Must RSVP for event.  Open to the media.

For more details on these Colorado Small Business Week events go HERE

Friday, May 4 

  • Southern Colorado SBDC’s Women’s panel and Small Business Week Community Celebration Luncheon.  Hosted by the Pueblo SBDC.  Event to be held in Pueblo.   This event requires an RSVP and is open to the media.

For more details on these Colorado Small Business Week events go HERE

Saturday, May 5 

  • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm – Congressman Mike Coffman’s Small Business Resource and Lender’s Fair in Centennial.  This event is open to the public.

           Location:  Arapahoe/Douglas Works!  Arapahoe Room
           In cooperation with the Aurora-South Metro SBDC
           Cost:  FREE -- A great opportunity to meet your local small business resources and micro-lenders!

For more details on these Colorado Small Business Week events go HERE

For more information about National Small Business week visit Workshops, events and celebrations of Colorado’s entrepreneurs and small business owners will occur throughout the state during National Small Business Week.  Remember to follow us @sbarockymtn and @sba_colorado.

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Resource Fair to end Nat'l Small Biz Week

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Congressman Mike Coffman presents the
SBA Small Business Resource and Lenders Fair

Saturday, May 5th | 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM | FREE

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 visit all the resource tables.  Plenty of time for Q&A!

Participants will include:

• U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
• Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
• Colorado Minority Business Office
• Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
• Connect2DOT
• Arapahoe Libraries
• Mi Casa Resource Center
• Acción
• Colorado Enterprise Fund
• Colorado Lending Source
• Community Enterprise Development Services (CEDS)
• Rocky Mountain Micro-Finance Institute
• And more resources!

You won't want to miss this opportunity to learn about resources for your small business!

Pre-register here: (click on the ‘Browse’ icon)