Solutions

Kiva Crowdsourced Loans

Kiva is a non-profit that expands access to capital for entrepreneurs around the world. More than 2.5 million people have raised over $1 billion on Kiva. Could you be next?

* Up to $15,000 at 0% interest, no fees
* Free marketing and new customers
* A great resource for start-ups AND existing, sophisticated businesses.
   Especially during the time of COVID-19, businesses are using Kiva as emergency financing. 

Enjoy learning about Kiva over lunch on Monday, December 7th, 12PM.
Register here for all the details.

Learn about the process from Rachael Sall, Kiva Hub Capital Access Manager with Colorado Lending Source:   Hailing from a small business lending background, Rachael found her passion working with underserved communities in the area.  Rachael works directly with diverse small business clients and tackles barriers to capital.  She helps entrepreneurs prepare for the lending process and manages Colorado’s first Kiva Hub in partnership with Colorado Lending Source

Business Conversations

Pivoting and Reopening Your Business for Success  
Recommended:   Take each of the one-hour “Business Conversations” webinars for a complete look at how to pivot your business and reopen during the pandemic.  Bring your best practices and questions.  There will be plenty of time for discussion.  Titles include:

  • Are You Financially Prepared for Best and Worst Case Pandemic Scenarios?
  • What Should I Avoid in Digital Marketing?
  • How Do I Transition to a Virtual Workplace?
  • Is My Blog Bringing Me Paying Customers?
  • Beyond Increasing Sales, How Can I Save My Business?
  • How Do I Get Over My Fear of Video Marketing?
  • How Do I Lead and Manage During a Pandemic?

 

En Español:
Conversaciones de Negocios:
 — Estas vendiendo COMO tus clientes están comprando?
 — 
Estás preparado para los mejores y peores escenarios financieros
 — Qué debes evitar cuando haces Mercadeo Digital?

Resiliency Series:  Marketing Strategies
1) Creating Your Marketing Message
2) Marketing Tactics and Tools
Two webinars to give you a more complete marketing plan — followed by virtual consulting!
 
Who Should Attend: Those in business one year or more

Register today:  https://bit.ly/2HmPaDJ 

Virtual Coffee with the SBDC Director

Join the SBDC Executive Director, Marcia McGilley, for a cup of “Virtual Coffee” at 9AM (specific dates at the link below). Bring your business questions and small business assistance needs during this challenging time. Discussion topics will be announced. Instructions for the online connection will be sent in advance of the call.
Please pre-register for all webinars at www.Aurora-SouthMetroSBDC.com/training.
Remember that the SBDC offers virtual webinars and consulting, too.

“Cares Act and Alternative Funding Sources” – April 30th webinar
Presenters: David Benavides with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Colorado District, Mike O’Donnell, Executive Director with Colorado Lending Source, and Marcia McGilley, Executive Director with the Aurora-South Metro SBDC.
Link to the recording here.

Watch the these video from Virtual Coffee with the SBDC Director: April 3rd video | April 6th video
Webinar with Colorado Lending Source and the Colorado SBDC Network: April 6th ‘deep dive’ in to the PPP.

As new webinars become available in other areas of the Colorado SBDC Network, they will be posted at www.coloradosbdc.org/training.

SBIR Road Tour

Seeding America’s Future Innovations (TM)
Friday, August 16th, 7:15 AM – 3:45 PM

Attention:  Small Technology Firms, Technology Entrepreneurs, Innovators, Researchers
The SBA SBIR Road Tour is coming to Colorado for the first time this year, and is stopping in Boulder.

The SBIR Road Tour is a national outreach to provide technology funding opportunity through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.  Together these programs represent $2.5 billion in early-stage funding.
This is an exciting opportunity for attendees to gain an in-depth understanding of agency technology funding priorities, listen in on engaging panel sessions, meet one-on-one with program managers from 25 federal agencies and connect with local assistance; e.g.,  DHS, DOE, NASA,NIH, NOAA, USDA, USPTO and more.

Click here for agenda highlights, location, contact information and registration ($69/person):  http://bit.ly/2SDFLct.

             

SOS – Bogus Solicitations

The Colorado Secretary of State’s office today is alerting small business owners about potentially misleading notices requesting an extra fee for a third party to file business documents. The Secretary of State’s office has received multiple reports of these potentially deceptive or misleading solicitations being sent to Colorado businesses. The Colorado Secretary of State maintains an easy to use online filing system for businesses. Use of a third party to complete filings with the Secretary of State is not required.

The solicitation may:

  *   Appear similar to a government form.
  *   Contain your business entity’s actual business ID number and date of formation, as reflected in the Secretary of State’s business records.
  *   Contain a “Customer ID Number” that does not match a number given to you by a State or Federal Agency.
  *   Contain a warning to make sure that the form’s instructions are followed exactly when completing the form.
  *   Contain a due date for your response.
  *   Mention a periodic report.

Click to see a sample of the misleading notice…  In the example, the company is charging a $75 “processing fee” for a $10 filing. The Secretary of State’s office does not mail out business filing forms and compliance with these notices is not required.

All business filings, including annual Periodic Reports, are filed online. The current fee for filing the Periodic Report is only $10. Business owners can find instructions to easily and directly file business forms on the Secretary of State’s website under the Business Organizations heading.

“We want to make sure Coloradans have the tools they need for their businesses to succeed. We have an easy-to-use and affordable business filing system. Business owners should be wary of third-party solicitations related to filing requirements,” said Secretary of State Jena Griswold

In order to receive advance notice of when Periodic Reports, Trademark renewals, or Trade Name renewals are due, business owners can sign up online for free Email Notifications. Additionally, business owners can visit the Secretary of State’s site to verify their business status, file a form or obtain a free certification.