Market Research

Look Before You Lease

Do you plan to sign a lease without doing some research?  Not a good idea.  A common question at the SBDC:  I signed a lease, but I need to get out of the lease.  Can you help me?  The lease is a binding legal document.   So, we implore the new business owner, “Look Before You Lease!”  People tend to act on impulse, but YOU are a savvy business owner.  This workshop may be your ticket to finding the right location for YOUR business.

Learn about the tools available to determine the most appropriate location for the needs of the business, as well as the commercial and legal issues a business owner faces in leasing commercial property.  Hear from two commercial brokers, a business-real estate attorney, a retail specialist and a zoning expert.

You won’t want to miss this informative workshop:
Thurs., Aug. 29th, 9AM – 12PM for just $25/person

Fee-based workshops are payable in advance via PayPal; see your registration confirmation for the link.
If paying at the door, bring exact cash or check payable to the SBDC host “City of Aurora”.

Last Chance to Sign Up for LEADING EDGE

The Aurora-South Metro SBDC is offering the LEADING EDGE Strategic Planning Series to help entrepreneurs write a business plan.  This premier business planning program begins April 5th and will be held every other Friday from 9AM to 4PM, April through May, at the Englewood Civic Center.  It is a hands-on program that includes guest speakers, a business planning book and five hours one-on-one consulting.  The SBDC is offering a reduced rate of just $295.  Interested entrepreneurs may register here.
 
This program will help the entrepreneur take a close look at feasibility, understand the value of knowing who the business customers really are, complete a competitive analysis, draft realistic financial projections and help complete the business plan.
 
Benefits of the workshop:

• Exchange ideas with other entrepreneurs
• Receive feedback from class participants
• Engage with the instructor one-on-one
• Hear from industry–specific professionals
• Motivate the entrepreneurs in the classroom toward success
• Create a fully-realized business plan for the business

Download the syllabus here (see page 2).

Dates:  April 5, 19, May 3, 17 & 31, 2019 | 9AM – 4PM | Englewood Civic Center
Questions?  Call (303) 326-8686 or
learn more and register here

It’s Time for the Expo in Englewood!

3rd Annual Englewood Business Resource & Lenders Expo

Did you realize there is a wealth of business resources at your fingertips?

* Learn about Opportunity Zones.
* Learn how to expand your business by getting certified for potential government contracts.
* Learn how you may receive help streamlining your manufacturing business.
* Learn about how the library can help with business marketing research.
* Hear from the area’s nonprofit lenders and what they can do for your business.
* Hear from the Small Business Administration and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
* Visit directly with all of the above–and MORE!

The third annual Englewood Business Resource & Lenders Expo is being held Friday, March 22nd, 8:00 – 9:30 AM, at the Englewood Civic Center, 2nd floor Community Room.  Twenty business resource partners will each give a short introduction to their services. Marcia McGilley of the Aurora-South Metro SBDC will emcee the event, and the City of Englewood will give an update from the Economic Development Office.  A continental breakfast will be served, AND it’s all FREE.  Get all the details for this free event here.