Colorado Black Chamber's "Business Smart" Workshop with the SBA

Thursday, August 11, 2016

"Business Smart"
a workshop with the SBA

in collaboration with the Colorado Black Chamber

Date:  Wed., August 24, 2016
Time:  9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Place:  Aurora Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora, CO  80012

Register here...
Event Description:
The CBCC and the SBA are partnering to present the "Business Smart" Workshop.  This series is part of SBA’s FREE education program for people who want to start a business, new business owners (in business less than two years) and established business owners (two years or more in business). 

Discover Franching Options for the 50-plus

Friday, August 05, 2016

Do you want to be your own boss, but not willing to take on the risk of starting your own business from scratch? Franchising, the business model that involves one business owner licensing trademarks and methods to an independent entrepreneur, can be a great alternative, especially for those 50+.
AARP, SBA's District Offices of Region VIII and franchise consultants and SCORE mentors from both FranNet and FranChoice are here to help.

Please join us for a free, hour-long webinar,
Want to be your own boss? Discover franchising options for the 50 plus:
August 10, 2016 at 10AM MT that will cover and answer your questions about the following:

•    The different types of franchise options;
•    How to find the right franchise for you;
•    Financial implications and assistance associated with buying a franchise; and
•    The benefits and responsibilities of owning a franchise.

New to Webinars? All you need is a computer with Internet access and audio capacity.

Can't make it to the live event? No problem. Just register and we will send you a link to listen to the event later at your convenience.

Register now.

Aurora Business Recognition Awards

Thursday, July 30, 2015
The City of Aurora's Business Recognition Awards Program was established in 2005 to acknowledge businesses in Aurora that contribute to the city's economic vitality. The selection committee also considers an Aurora business that demonstrates a commitment to sustainability, energy efficiency, renewable energy, waste diversion, water conservation, and/or social responsibility. Award-winning businesses will be honored at a celebratory event hosted by the City in December.

Pictured are members of the SBA Colorado District Office, including Ed Cadena, District Director (center) with 2014 award winner Beverly Hanstrom, President, Colorado Medical Waste.

Nominate an Aurora business today!
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SBDC Hosts Small Business Week Event

Wednesday, May 06, 2015
The Aurora - South Metro SBDC was pleased to host to the May 6th Small Business Week Luncheon and Awards Ceremony, with 225 honored guests, the U.S. Small Business Administration Colorado District Office staff, respected sponsors and lending institutions, and the area business community. The luncheon and awards program was held at the Summit Conference & Event Center in Aurora, and the Keynote was given by Robert Hill, Associate Administrator with the Office of Field Operations at the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Congressman Mike Coffman greeted the crowd and praised the backbone of our economy -- small businesses.

Emcee Marcia McGilley, Executive Director of the Aurora - South Metro SBDC, presented the first Colorado SBDC Network Award: the Amy McDowell Service to Small Business Award. Amy McDowell was a kind and compassionate civil servant at the U.S. Small Business Administration Colorado District Office. She passed away suddenly last year and left a gaping hole because of her dedicated service to the small business community. The recipient of the award was Andrea Amonick, Development Services Manager for the City of Aurora. Amonick made it possible to merge the Aurora SBDC with the South Metro SBDC, convincing the City of Aurora to serve as host to the SBDC, which can now provide more resources to the Aurora small business community. Andrea also oversees several Urban Renewal projects, including the expansion of the Aurora Cultural Arts District and the development of the Gardens On Havana (formerly Buckingham Square) -- to name just two of many successful projects.  Congratulations, Andrea! Well deserved!

Andrea Amonick is shown above (in red) with Edward Cadena, Director, SBA Colorado District Office, on the left and Keynote Robert Hill and Marcia McGilley.


Colorado SBDC Network Award: Amy McDowell Service to Small Business Award: Andrea S. Amonick, Development Services Manager, City of Aurora

7(a) Large Lender of the Year: US Bank

7(a) Small Lender of the Year: Colorado Business (COBIZ) Bank

504 Large Certified Development Company of the Year: Colorado Lending Source

504 Small Certified Development Company of the Year: Preferred Lending Partners/Denver Urban Economic Development Co.

Community/Rural Lender of the Year: Colorado Enterprise Fund

Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award: Southwest Colorado Small Business Development Center |Joe Keck, Director, Durango, CO

Region VIII Subcontractor of the Year: George “Mike” Byrd | President/CEO, Allegiance Consulting, Inc., Denver, CO

Small Business Exporter of the Year (Region VIII Winner): 
Sheila Jaszlics | Pathfinder Systems, Inc., Arvada, CO

Small Business Person of the Year: Teresa Porter | ISYS Technologies, Littleton, CO