Small Business Saturday at Stanley Marketplace

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

SBA and Mayors to tour Stanley Marketplace for Small Business Saturday
Padilla, Hogan and Hancock to join other community and business leaders to celebrate region’s small biz

Saturday, November 25th
VIP Tour:  9:30 - 10:30 AM
Shopping:  All Day
Stanley Marketplace
2501 Dallas St., Aurora  80010

Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock will join Frances Padilla, Director of the Small Business Administration's Denver Office, other elected officials, and small business and chamber of commerce officials to tour small businesses at Stanley Marketplace in Aurora later this month for Small Business Saturday November 25th.

Consumers agree that small businesses are critical to the overall economic health of the U.S.  According to Reference USA, there are currently 29.6 million small businesses in the U.S., and these businesses are responsible for three-fifths of net new jobs over the past 20 years.  According to Reference USA, there are currently 15,088 verified businesses in Aurora, and 94% of the businesses in Aurora are small businesses with less than 250 employees.

Founded by American Express, Small Business Saturday is an annual shopping tradition dedicated to supporting small businesses and celebrating communities across the country. The stores will open early and stay open late to accommodate your shopping needs.

See Press Release here...

See announcement here...

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...

US Small Business Administrator Visits Stanley Marketplace

Friday, September 29, 2017

September 28, 2017 --

The U.S. Small Business Administrator, Linda McMahon, visited Stanley Marketplace in Aurora and spent time with a number of SBDC clients yesterday.    She began with a tour of the facility by the developer, Mark Shaker, owner of Flightline Ventures and co-owner of the Stanley Beer Hall.  She visited clients’ sites, held a business roundtable and gave media interviews. “We were honored to have the Administrator visit the City of Aurora and our SBDC clients located at Stanley Marketplace. 

SBDC clients involved in the Administrator’s visit included:
Mark Shaker, developer of Stanley Marketplace – gave tour of Stanley 
Annette Scratch to Table (restaurant) | Caroline Glover, Chef and Owner
Trunk Nouveau (gift boutique selling goods from local Colorado artists) | Stephanie Shearer, Owner
The Hangar at Stanley (event space) | Mark Shaker and Tim White, owners
Maria Empanada (restaurant) | Lorena Cantarovici, owner and 2017 SBA Colorado Small Business Person of the Year
Stanley Beer Hall (restaurant and bar) | Mark Shaker (on tour) and Tim White, owners

“Having a member of the cabinet, such as Administrator McMahon, was an honor for the City of Aurora and the Aurora-South Metro SBDC.  We appreciate her interest in small businesses in our area and their concerns in operating a small business,” said Marcia McGilley, executive director of the Aurora-South Metro SBDC.

A note about Stanley Marketplace:

Stanley Marketplace is a community of 50+ independently owned local Colorado businesses at 2501 Dallas Street in Aurora.  The original business, Stanley Aviation, sat by the site of  Denver airport's main runway. The doors of Stanley's event center, The Hangar at Stanley, open onto what used to be a smaller runway just for Bob Stanley and Stanley test planes.  Flightline Ventures developed the unused aviation building into what is an outstanding place to eat, drink, shop, exercise, play, work and more.  It all began with a couple of neighbors who wanted to open a small beer hall.  Their idea grew into something much larger for the community--under one fantastic roof.  As stated in the Stanifesto, "We're here for good."
A video is worth a thousand words: 

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Colorado Businesses Affected by Hailstorm

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Disaster Loan Outreach
Recent Press Release - Update here...

– Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Colorado businesses and residents affected by the hailstorm that occurred May 8, 2017, U.S. Small Business Administration’s Administrator Linda McMahon announced today. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. John Hickenlooper on June 28, 2017.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Gilpin, Jefferson, Park and Teller counties.

“SBA is strongly committed to providing Colorado with the most effective and customer-focused response possible, and we will be there to provide access to federal disaster loans to help finance recovery for businesses and residents affected by the disaster,” said McMahon. “Getting our businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

“Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters whose property was damaged or destroyed by this disaster,” said SBA’s Colorado District Director Frances Padilla. SBA representatives will be on hand at the following Disaster Loan Outreach Center to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their application. The center will be open on the days and times indicated below until further notice. No appointment is necessary.

Disaster Loan Outreach Center
Jefferson County Courts and Administration Building
100 Jefferson County Parkway
Golden, CO  80419
Mondays - Fridays 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Application Filing Deadlines:
Physical Damage: August 29, 2017 | Economic Injury: March 30, 2018

Read the full Press Release here...

Download the Fact Sheet here...

Recap: Small Business Resource and Lenders Fair

Friday, June 02, 2017
Twelve small business resource providers and micro-lenders were on hand May 20th to give information and answer questions at the recent fair that was held to culminate the Aurora-South Metro SBDC's LEADING EDGE(TM) Strategic Planning Series.  Becky Takeda-Tinker, Ph.D., of CSU Global Campus introduced Congressman Mike Coffman, who addressed the crowd at the Aurora Central Library. Pictured at right with the Congressman is Josh Vigil, Deputy Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration Colorado District, and Eric Phillips, SBA's Economic Development Specialist.

Executive Director Marcia McGilley, as emcee of the event, thanked the 12 business resource partners and micro-lenders.  "We appreciate the time community members took on a Saturday to share expertise with our clients and citizens. Special thanks to the team from the Congressman's office for hosting this event."  A few photos of the event are below.


Above:  Aurora's Central Library Community Room held a nice crowd; Aaron Witzke of the Rocky Mountain
MicroFinance Institute answered a question from the audience.

Below:  One of Aurora-South Metro SBDC LEADING EDGE(TM) participants praised the Strategic Planning
Series; Alicia Cartwright discussed her role as business librarian with Arapahoe Libraries.

Below:  The lenders fair is at its best as guests talk one-on-one with the resource providers.




At left is Elena Vasconez talking with Congressman Coffman. 
Elena and the Mi Casa Resource Center,
Denver Women's Business Center, was honored with the
U.S. Small Business Administration national award for
Women's Business Center of Excellence and Innovation,
received recently in Washington, D.C.