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Navigating CDOT Systems

Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Do you want to know more about how to do business with the Colorado Department of Transportation?  Here's your chance.  There's a free webinar TOMORROW, July 17th, 11AM - 12PM -- Navigating CDOT Systems, presented by the Program Manager for the Connect2DOT program, Cathy Kramer.

You will receive an email from GoToMeeting with a link to join the webinar upon registration today. Otherwise, call in tomorrow morning, 303-326-8686, and the SBDC staff will forward the link. This workshop will cover the various systems and online resources for doing business with CDOT. It includes the various ways to find and bid on engineering, construction, and goods and services contracts. If you want to maximize your time online and learn CDOT's various contracting systems, join this webinar for a hands-on look at where to go and how to navigate:  Highway & Bridge Construction | Highway & Bridge Design | Goods & Services. Suggested audience: Small business contractors interested in doing business with CDOT. Full description and Registration here

Construction Estimating & Bidding NEW DATE

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
   Construction Estimating & Bidding
   Have you been submitting quotes for construction projects but not
   getting the work? Do you need help figuring out the right cost for
   your bids? Do you want to start winning more subcontracts?
   If so, this workshop is a great opportunity to improve your
   estimating skills.  It will help you refine your estimating process
   and create more accurate bids for construction jobs.
 
The workshop will cover:  Estimating set up, details and software | Errors to avoid |
| Bidding | Bid follow up
Suggested Audience: Construction subcontractors, DBE certified firms, contractors interested in working on CDOT and other government construction projects, and any staff responsible for estimating construction jobs.
Thursday, May 30th | 1PM - 3PM | $15 |
Location: Aurora Municipal Center  | Register here...
   The instructor:  Bob Smith has 23 years of construction management
   experience, and 10 years as consultant to subcontractors with SBDC.
   Bob is the owner of Eaton Cole Construction services and is currently
   performing construction management services.
For a list of other upcoming Government Contracting Workshops, click here.

Last Chance to Sign Up for LEADING EDGE

Thursday, March 28, 2019

The Aurora-South Metro SBDC is offering the LEADING EDGE Strategic Planning Series to help entrepreneurs write a business plan.  This premier business planning program begins April 5th and will be held every other Friday from 9AM to 4PM, April through May, at the Englewood Civic Center.  It is a hands-on program that includes guest speakers, a business planning book and five hours one-on-one consulting.  The SBDC is offering a reduced rate of just $295.  Interested entrepreneurs may register here.
 
This program will help the entrepreneur take a close look at feasibility, understand the value of knowing who the business customers really are, complete a competitive analysis, draft realistic financial projections and help complete the business plan.
 
Benefits of the workshop:

• Exchange ideas with other entrepreneurs
• Receive feedback from class participants
• Engage with the instructor one-on-one
• Hear from industry–specific professionals
• Motivate the entrepreneurs in the classroom toward success
• Create a fully-realized business plan for the business

Download the syllabus here (see page 2).

Dates:  April 5, 19, May 3, 17 & 31, 2019 | 9AM - 4PM | Englewood Civic Center
Questions?  Call (303) 326-8686 or
learn more and register here...

Certification Workshops

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Do you want to expand your business opportunities by selling to the government?  Do you know if the government buys your products and services?

The Aurora-South Metro SBDC is collaborating with Connect2DOT and the Colorado Minority Business Office to offer a series of certification workshops in 2019--all taught by certification, estimating and transportation experts.  The first in the series is this Friday, and a second companion and essential workshop is April 26th.  Plan to attend both workshops in order to take advantage of free and confidential one-on-one consulting with a certification expert.

Is Certification Right For Your Business?  Friday, March 8th, 1PM - 3PM, $15, Learn more and register here...

Your Capability Statement -- Friday, April 26th, 1PM - 3PM, $15, Learn more and register here...

For the full slate of government contracting workshops, at the Aurora-South Metro SBDC, click here.

 

    

 

 

SBA Emerging Leaders

Friday, March 01, 2019

SBA's Emerging Leaders Initiative to Help Growing Entrepreneurs Opens for 2019 Recruitment

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the launch of the 2019 Emerging Leaders Initiative for executives of small businesses poised for growth in emerging markets. Local area recruitment for the 2019 training cycle is currently ongoing at designated SBA District Offices. Interested small business owners can learn more regarding eligibility, how to apply, class schedules, and locations at www.sba.gov/emergingleaders, or by contacting their local SBA District Office. 

“I am proud of the success the Emerging Leaders and the impact the training has made in helping to take small businesses to the next level,” said Allen Gutierrez, Associate Administrator of the SBA’s Office of Entrepreneurial Development. “Since its inception in 2008, Emerging Leaders has trained more than 5,000 small business owners, creating over 6,500 jobs, generating over $300 million in new financing, and securing over $3 billion in government contracts.”

The SBA’s Emerging Leaders provides free entrepreneurship education and training for executives of small businesses that are potential job creators. This intensive executive entrepreneurship series includes nearly 100 hours of classroom time. Participants are provided with the opportunity to work with a network of experienced coaches and mentors, attend specialized workshops, and develop connections with their peers, city leaders, and the financial community in order to build sustainable businesses that promote economic development within their communities.# # #

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.

NOTE:  The Colorado District Office is holding Emerging Leaders in Englewood, May through November -- over 40 hours of training -- suited for Colorado small businesses that have been in operation for at least three years, have an annual revenue of at least $250,000, and have at least one additional employee other than the owner. 
Learn more here...