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Douglas County Business Resource & Lenders Fair

Friday, September 21, 2018

The Douglas County Small Business Resource & Lenders Fair is being held in the South Metro corridor!

Friday, October 19th | 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Parker Library | Event Hall | 20105 E. Mainstreet | Parker, CO 80138
(east of Parker Rd. at Mainstreet & Pine Dr., just north of Parker Town Hall)


The Aurora-South Metro Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is organizing this fair in collaboration with the Town of Parker, Parker-Area Chamber of Commerce and the south metro area economic development specialists.  Businesses are invited to attend at no charge.

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 presentations and an opportunity to visit all the resource tables. Plenty of time for Q&A!

Resources will include: SBA, SBDC, Connect2DOT, Minority Business Office, Manufacturers EDGE, Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), Arapahoe/Douglas Works!, Better Business Bureau, Colorado Enterprise Fund, Preferred Lending Partners, Colorado Lending Source, Accion and more!

It's free, but please register and receive updates: http://bit.ly/2NZIyKf

Download the announcement here...

Sponsors:

                  

Cyber CYA!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Aurora-South Metro Small Business Development Center, the
City of Aurora's IT Department and the Aurora Chamber present:
Cyber CYA!  (Cover Your Assets)

WHAT: The Colorado SBDC TechSource and Cyber Security program features topics to assist small- and medium-sized businesses with their technology needs.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 31st | 12:45-5:45 PM | FREE (registration required)

WHERE: Aurora Municipal Center | 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy. | Aurora Conference Room (1st floor)

Session 1: Cyber Security Simplified: What Your Small Business Needs to Know
Rodney Gullate Jr., Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified IT Professional, Owner of Firma IT Solutions and Services (bio)

You may think cyber-attacks only happen to the corporate giants. But as a small business owner, you are actually more at risk than all of them!  Understand how your small business may be at risk and what you can do to protect your customers and your assets.

Session 2: Protecting Your Business and Customers
Jennifer Kurtz, Owner of Conundrum Consulting; Author, “Hacking Wireless Access Points:  Cracking, Tracking and Signal Jacking”, and Cyber Program Director for Manufacurer's Edge (bio)

The good news is that protecting your data does not have to be complicated or expensive. Learn how to protect your customers, your business and employee data inexpensively.

Session 3: Speed Consulting with presenters (refreshments will be served)

There is no charge, but pre-registration is required.  Register here...

Download the announcement as a PDF here...

         

Disaster Recovery Booklet

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

     

The drought in Elbert County that began this April prompted the SBA to offer eligible small nonfarm businesses in Arapahoe, Douglas, El Paso, Elbert and Lincoln counties low interest federal disaster loans.  See previous blog.

Prepare, Respond, RecoverObtain a "Disaster Recovery and Continuity Guide for Colorado Businesses" produced by the Colorado SBDC under the Disaster Relief Program.  It includes helpful assessment, action and financial projection worksheets.  Just call or drop by the Aurora-South Metro SBDC (Aurora office -- 303-326-8686).

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:

Is Certification Right For You?

Monday, March 26, 2018

Is Certification Right for Your Business?
Friday, March 30, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, FREE

Are the Small/Minority Business Certification Programs Right for Your Business?

The government is a huge, diverse market with many buying offices. If you are interested in selling to the government, you should first answer some basic questions and gain a general understanding of how the government buys. Does the government buy your products/services?  If yes, how do they buy?

o Does the government buy my products/services?
o Is the local government your target market
o Are you a good candidate for DBE/MWBE/SBE certification
o Do you meet the requirements for DBE/MWBE/SBE certification
o The procurement function in Colorado
o Understanding the different certification programs

Registration link.

= = =  One-on-one consulting may be available to your business as follow-up to this workshop! = = =

Coming up in April:

Your Capability Statement for Government Contracts
Friday, April 20, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, FREE

Why It's Important to Have A Capability Statement and What is the Purpose of a Capability Statement?

Due to the heightened competitive market place in the construction/transportation industry, Capability Statements are no longer common in the public sector procurement and are not exclusive to government contracting. They are now effective in the private sector. In order to be competitive and stay successful in your markets, a capability statement is a critical tool no matter what size company you represent.

o   Introduction
o   Preparation and Planning
o   Basic Capability Statement
o   Writing for Your Audience

Registration link.

See announcement here.