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SOS - Bogus Solicitations

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
The Colorado Secretary of State’s office today is alerting small business owners about potentially misleading notices requesting an extra fee for a third party to file business documents. The Secretary of State’s office has received multiple reports of these potentially deceptive or misleading solicitations being sent to Colorado businesses. The Colorado Secretary of State maintains an easy to use online filing system for businesses. Use of a third party to complete filings with the Secretary of State is not required.

The solicitation may:

  *   Appear similar to a government form.
  *   Contain your business entity’s actual business ID number and date of formation, as reflected in the Secretary of State’s business records.
  *   Contain a “Customer ID Number” that does not match a number given to you by a State or Federal Agency.
  *   Contain a warning to make sure that the form’s instructions are followed exactly when completing the form.
  *   Contain a due date for your response.
  *   Mention a periodic report.

Click to see a sample of the misleading notice...  In the example, the company is charging a $75 “processing fee” for a $10 filing. The Secretary of State’s office does not mail out business filing forms and compliance with these notices is not required.

All business filings, including annual Periodic Reports, are filed online. The current fee for filing the Periodic Report is only $10. Business owners can find instructions to easily and directly file business forms on the Secretary of State’s website under the Business Organizations heading.

“We want to make sure Coloradans have the tools they need for their businesses to succeed. We have an easy-to-use and affordable business filing system. Business owners should be wary of third-party solicitations related to filing requirements,” said Secretary of State Jena Griswold

In order to receive advance notice of when Periodic Reports, Trademark renewals, or Trade Name renewals are due, business owners can sign up online for free Email Notifications. Additionally, business owners can visit the Secretary of State's site to verify their business status, file a form or obtain a free certification.


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...

Polis taking calls from Coloradans

Friday, November 30, 2018
Governor-Elect Polis taking calls from Coloradans
The seven transition committees have planned a series of telephone town halls over the next week or so to let people share their ideas with the Polis administration.

Sat., 12/1/18, 12PM-1PM on energy, natural resources and agriculture 
Mon., 12/3/18, 6PM-7PM on public safety, military and corrections 
Wed., 12/5, 12PM-1PM on education | 2PM-3PM on health and human services 
Sat., 12/8, 10AM-11AM on economic development and labor 
(past: Thurs., 11/29, 4PM-5PM on transportation, infrastructure and local affairs)
Learn more:
Original article from:  Polis Taking Calls from Coloradans
-- by Joey Bunch, Colorado Politics (Nov 26, 2018 Updated Nov 27, 2018)

How to Become a Contractor

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Grow Your Business!
How to Become a Contractor with Federal and Sate Governments
Tuesday, December 4th, 8:30 - 10:30 AM

Englewood Public Library | 1000 Englewood Pkwy., 1st Level | Englewood  80110
(extended free parking available in lot south of the building)

Sponsored by --
Englewood Chamber of Commerce
City of Englewood
Englewood Public Library
State of Colorado

with:  Carolyn Terrell, SBA's Supervisory Business Opportunity Specialist
and Barbara Musick, Supplier Diversity Liaison, Colorado State Purchasing & Contracts 

Reservations Required: 
https://myenglewoodchamber.com
admin@myenglewoodchamber.com  

or (303) 789-4473 by November 30
$10 with reservation; $12 at the door 
Includes continental breakfast 

(SBA does not charge.  Cost covers Greater Englewood Chamber expenses.)

Business Registration Compliance

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

An Attractive Offer for Business Compliance in Colorado

Greetings from the Division of Professions and Occupations:

Every business offering barbering, cosmetology, hairstyling, esthetician, or nail technician services must be registered in Colorado, in addition to individual licensure requirements required to work at these businesses. Towards that end, the Office of Barber and Cosmetology Licensure currently is offering a one-time opportunity to ensure compliance to unregistered businesses across the state.

From Oct. 1, 2018 through Nov. 30, 2018, any unregistered business currently providing barbering, cosmetology, hairstyling, esthetician, or nail technician services can register without penalty. Any accumulated penalties will be waived.  

This grace period applies only to business registrations and is available regardless of length of time or reason for not previously registering. It’s applicable to any unregistered businesses offering barbering, cosmetology, hairstyling, esthetician, and nail technician services.

The process to register your business is quick and easy

  • First, look up your registration to see if your place of business is registered
  • If the registration says ACTIVE with an expiration date of Nov. 30, 2019, no further action is necessary.
  • If no record is found online, or you never have held a registration, you must apply for a new registration by completing an original registration application through the online portal.
  • If the registration status is expired, you must complete a reinstatement application.
  • All applications require the name and physical address of the business, as well as the business owner’s Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN).

Permanent, temporary, mobile and home-based businesses all need to register with the Office of Barber and Cosmetology Licensure. Licensees providing services in a client’s residence or a client’s place of work do not require a registration.

Only one registration is required for places of business where multiple licensees are operating individual booths or other rented space under a single business entity. 

Operating without a registration normally results in discipline and fines from the Division. To avoid fines, unregistered businesses should take advantage of this short-term grace period. 

Please visit www.Colorado.gov/DORA/BarCosReg for full details, or reach us by phone at (303) 894.7800 or email at dora_dpo_licensing@state.co.us with any questions or concerns.  And thank you for your assistance in ensuring that our registry accurately reflects all the barber and beauty related businesses registered in the state.