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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...

Business Planning & Financing

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Need a business plan?  Need financing for your business? 
Two January workshops are not to be missed! 

LEADING EDGE:  Business Plan in a Day, Friday, January 25th, 9AM - 4PM, $150/person
This all-day workshop was developed for busy entrepreneurs who need to complete a critical business plan quickly to expand or start a business. Participants will create a business plan in one day by breaking the process into 10 manageable steps.  Cost includes materials and five hours of course-specific one-on-one business consulting.  Register here...

Financing Your Business, Thursday, January 31st, 9AM - 11AM, $15/person
Learn about the requirements for obtaining business financing, including SBA loan programs, non-traditional financing sources and the components of a comprehensive loan package. Presented by Jason Jacksack, a Business Advisor with Colorado Enterprise Fund.  Register here...

Don't delay; register today!

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...