Lean Manufacturing for Small Enterprises

Friday, March 31, 2017
Colorado Emerging Ventures
"Building For Growth" Breakfast Series
Getting Started with Lean Manufacturing for Small Enterprises
Tuesday, April 4th | 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

What you will learn during this workshop:

  • The basic principles and terminology of Lean
  • How to differentiate between value-added and non-value-added activities
  • Tools and techniques such as Hoshin Strategy Deployment, Plan-Do-Check-Act and Kata
  • How to begin a Lean initiative

Lean principles and techniques, when applied in your organization with dedication and determination, have the possibility of:

  • Improved customer service
  • Reduced re-work and scrap, and better quality
  • Improved bottom line
  • Empowered and involved employees
  • Reduced wastes of materials, information, space, and people
  • An aligned organization focused on appropriate goals

Location:  Guaranty Bank and Trust Company, 401 Main Street, Longmont, CO 80501   

Cost:  No cost for qualified businesses thanks to generous sponsorship from Guaranty Bank and Trust Company.

Preregistration required.  Register here...
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Colorado Emerging Ventures (CEV) programs are specifically developed to support businesses with high market potential and high growth goals – including bioscience, IT, aerospace, cleantech, outdoor and natural products, and other key industries.

Innovation Pavilion 5th Anniversary Celebration

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Innovation Pavilion 5th Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, January 19, 2017, 5PM-9PM
9200 E. Mineral Ave. | Centennial, CO  80112

    The Aurora-South Metro SBDC has moved its South Metro office location to the Innovation Pavilion in Centennial. The timing is perfect!  The Innovation Pavilion is celebrating its 5th anniversary this month, and you are invited to join the festivities.  Come see our exciting new location.  Please read below for all the details, and remember to RSVP.

Innovation Pavilion is an ecosystem of entrepreneurs, where productive collisions lead to creative solutions. Located in the heart of Denver South, Innovation Pavilion provides an innovation hub that allows entrepreneurs--from emerging start-ups to established companies--to develop creative solutions in a collaborative environment -

    We look forward to serving our South Metro area clients at either the Innovation Pavilion or the Englewood Civic Center, and the Aurora office is always open to serve you. Make your appointment today through our Administrative Assistant, Steven Valdez, (303) 326-8686.

Diversity & Inclusion Resource Summit Oct 13

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Chamber invites you to attend the

Diversity & Inclusion Resource Summit -- TODAY
Thursday, Oct. 13th | 4:00 - 7:30 PM

Location:  Aurora Public School - Professional Learning & Conference Center
15771 E. 1st Ave. | Aurora, CO  80011

Time:  4:00 - 5:30 PM -- Resource Fair
            5:45 - 6:45 PM -- Resource talks *
            6:45 - 7:30 PM -- Networking & the Gale Leali Jazz Bank

Cost:  $10/person

* The Importance of Marketing to Diverse Populations -- Out Front Magazine
* Creating a welcoming and inclusive work environment that impacts the bottom line -- Children's Hospital
* What you don't know can hurt you -- understanding diversity and inclusive HR policies and protecting your business --
   Mountain States Employer Council

Sponsors:   Children's Hospital Colorado
                    Fitzsimons, a Partnership Credit Union
                    Kaiser Permanente
                    Out Front
                    Wells Fargo
                    Westerra Credit Union


The Aurora-South Metro SBDC will be there!

Cyber Security Workshop

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Don’t be afraid of cyber crimes. Find out more on Friday the 13th!

In today’s society, cyber security breaches affect organizations every day. At the University of Phoenix® College of Information Systems & Technology free cyber security conference, you will be provided the tools to keep your company safe against cyber crimes and remain productive in a cyber-secure work environment. Conference speakers will include:

  • Keynote speaker: Trace Ridpath, ITILv.3, CHSS, CISSP — Director IT Governance and Security, Office of Information Security, Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology
  • Ike Barnes — Special Agent for the Secret Service, Colorado Electronic Crimes Task Force
  • David Tadlock and Danielle Fitzgerald — Grace Tech Systems, White Hat Hacking
  • Dennis Bonilla — Executive Dean, University of Phoenix College of Information Systems and Technology

  • 1:00–1:15 pm: Welcome
  • 1:15–2:00 pm: Keynote speaker
  • 2:00–2:30 pm: Workshop 1: National trends in cyber crime, steps companies can take to protect themselves and the role of the Colorado Electronic Crimes Task Force
  • 2:30–3:00 pm: Workshop 2: White hat hackers — Who are the ethical cyber hackers? What do they do and how do they do it?
  • 3:00–3:45 pm: Panel Q&A
  • 3:45–4:00 pm: Wrap-up
  • 4:00–5:00 pm: Networking event –Cranelli’s Restaurant located across the street from the University of Phoenix Colorado Campus.

When: Friday, November 13, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm
Where: Colorado Campus
10004 Park Meadows Dr. Lone Tree, CO 80124

RSVP for the conference:
If you need additional information, contact Korri Stainbrook at or 303.600.1940.

Women in Business Convention

Thursday, August 20, 2015
2nd Annual Women in Business Convention

Sponsored by the University of Phoenix, Colorado Campus

Learn how to develop a business plan, fund your ideas, develop a marketing strategy, and hear from a panel of women entrepreneurs who made the LEAP!

Friday August 21, 2015
1:00 – 5:00 pm
Lone Tree Campus | 10004 Park Meadows Dr. | Lone Tree, CO 80124

Event Schedule:
  • 12:30-1:00 pm — Registration
  • 1:00 pm — Welcome
  • 1: 05 – 1:45 pm — Session #1 – Business Planning….It is Just Not That Difficult!
    Presented by Marcia McGilley- Executive Director South Metro Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
  • 1:50 – 2:30 pm — Session #2– Funding Your Business: Lending Options
    Presented by Megan Sheehan, Loan officer Colorado Enterprise Fund.
  • 2:35-3:15 pm — Session #3- Moving Your Business Forward
    Presented by Dr. Julianna Sanchez-Stone, President Career Life Academy
  • 3:20-4:00 pm — Panel Discussion – Women Entrepreneurs Sharing Insights and Inspiration
    Lasinda Crane – Cranelli’s Italian Restaurant
    Dr. Julianna Sanchez Stone – President Career Life Academy
    Korri Stainbrook – Community Relations Specialist
    Rachelle Disbennett-Lee – Coaching/Consulting Business
  • Networking 4:15-5:15 pm at Cranelli’s Italian Restaurant (across the street from the campus) — Happy Hour prices!

To register for this event or learn about additional workshops at the Colorado Campus go to: