Nominate an Outstanding Aurora Business

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Aurora Business Recognition Awards Program, which began in 2005, celebrates successful businesses that are leaders in the workplace and community. It recognizes not only the economic vitality that businesses of all sizes and types bring to Aurora, but also the influence that businesses have on where people live, work, shop and play.

The selection committee will be looking for proven longevity, significant business growth, the introduction of a unique product or service, exceptional customer service and proven contributions to the greater community.  The City of Aurora annual Business Recognition Awards program will be celebrated at a gathering in December, hosted by the Aurora Business Advisory Board.

To view a list of past award winners and complete a nomination form, visit For more information, contact Chad Argentar at (303) 739-7052 or

The Aurora-South Metro Small Business Development Center coordinates the awards program. The city of Aurora’s Business Advisory Board, which serves as the selection committee, was formed in 1990 to advise the Aurora City Council on the economic and business impact of city legislative and regulatory actions.

Nominations are accepted continuously and reviewed after August 31st of each year.  Go here for more information and the application form.

Customer Appreciation Day

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Ken's Auto Service is hosting a customer appreciation day on May 2,Wednesday,  from 11:00am to 3:00pm, in honor of their 16th year in business. They have teamed up with other great organization that share the same goal of building a great reputation as the #1 local automotive sources.

Door prizes, goody bags, burgers & fries ....  and much more!

See ya' There

Ken's Auto Service is located at 15293 E. Mississippi Ave. Aurora, CO 80012 

Maria Empanada's Gets Nat'l Attention

Thursday, October 12, 2017

SBA recognizes Latino entrepreneurs during Hispanic Heritage Month

The Aurora-South Metro SBDC is so proud of Maria Empanada's success and recognition by SBA Administrator Linda McMahon during her recent tour of Stanley Marketplace in Aurora. Congratulations again to Lorena Cantarovici, who was honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration as Colorado’s 2017 Small Business Person of the Year!  Read the SBA blog here...

Buy Local - Why a Business Plan is important

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Good Reads: SBDC Success Stories!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Aurora-South Metro SBDC's new Web site is taking on more character -- note the addition of our Success Stories under About Our Clients.  We trust that the stories will be inspirational and you, too, will become one of our success stories as you utilize the services of the SBDC to experience business growth.  Remember to peruse the pages of the new site -- there's always something educational and inspirational happening!

Petersen Custom Glass, LLC --

In October 2015, Petersen Glass moved out of the 1100 sq-ft garage into a brick and mortar retail space. Business expanded quickly as capacity grew to include showroom and workshop space.  "We feel that starting up slowly and receiving help from the SBDC along the way, we established a solid foundation from which to grow financially in the coming years."  With the consultants’ guidance and discussing the financial pros and cons of ‘taking the leap’, “we have been able to ‘crack the nut’ with an online presence and a new physical location”.  Read more...

Vintage Theatre Productions --

Starting out 15 years ago in a basement as a touring theatre group for small audiences, Vintage Theatre has grown from that “tiny” beginning to currently reaching over 20,000 patrons each production season.  “It has been amazing to see the growth,” beams Craig Bond, Founder.  Deborah Persoff, President of the Vintage Board of Directors...and Bond are participating in the City of Aurora’s and Aurora-South Metro Small Business Development Center’s “Nonprofit Capacity Building Series” designed for nonprofit leaders.  The Vintage Board is “laser-focused” on further growth.  Read more...