Small Business Week

Small Business Resource & Lenders Fair

Did you miss the March Resource Expo?  No worries, Arapahoe Libraries is host to the Aurora-South Metro SBDC’s Small Business Resource & Lenders Fair on Saturday, May 4th, 10AM – 12PM, at Smoky Hill Library in Centennial.

There is a wealth of business resources at your fingertips.  Learn about many nonprofit government and lending resources at the upcoming at this FREE event to learn about helpful local government and funding resources available to start or expand your business.  This is a  ‘kick off’ to National #SmallBusinessWeek.

Join other entrepreneurs and visit over a dozen business resource partners who will each give a short introduction to their services. There will be speakers from the SBA Colorado District Office, and several other state and local agencies. Nonprofit lenders will be on hand to discuss their funding programs with attendees. Marcia McGilley, Executive Director of the Aurora-South Metro SBDC, will emcee the event, and there will be a brief presentation about Arapahoe Libraries’ business resources and from a local small business owner who has received benefit from these same resources. The fair is a free event; just let us know you’re coming.

Register here…

         

May Business Resource Fair

The May 5th Business Resource Fair at Arapahoe/Douglas Works was a grand conclusion to National Small Business Week.
Many thanks to Congressman Coffman and his staff for presenting this annual fair!

Above, emcee for the morning, Marcia McGilley, Executive Director of the Aurora-South Metro SBDC, talks with SCORE representative, Ken Heller.

Below are some photos of the many community partners who came out on a lovely Saturday morning to make the event possible and to inform small businesses about the many services available to help them grow and prosper!

Follow this link to the resource partners contact information.

Mayor Stephanie Piko welcomed the attendees and gave a proclamation for National Small Business Week.
Congressman Mike Coffman (front and center) smiles with the many resource partners who interacted with attendees throughout the morning.
Becky Takeda-Tinker, President of CSU Global, introduced the Congressman to the crowd (pictured here in the red top and light jacket).
Tom Thompson of the Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and Cindy Nowak, Regional Director for Manufacturer’s Edge, greet attendees and discuss their services with business owners.

SBA Colorado Awards, May 2

 National Small Business Week — SBA Colorado District Awards

The week’s main event was outstanding with capacity crowd — the annual Colorado Small Business Week award ceremony, held Wednesday, May 2nd at the Innovation Pavilion Event Center in Centennial, CO.   The Colorado Small Business Persons of the Year winner, Margot Langstaff & Elisa Hamill, Managing partners/Owners of LifeHealth, were presented with their award (pictured below with other award winners).  Both women are shown here (second and third from left) with Daniel Nordberg (far left), Region VIII Administrator, Carolyn Terrell and Joanna Sandoval, both of the SBA Business Opportunity Specialist office, and Frances Padilla (far right), District Director of the SBA Colorado District Office.

The SBA’s Colorado District Office inducted a new business on to its Wall of Fame:  SNOOZE: An AM Eatery that had just opened its 25th location!  The owners, Jon and Adam, opened their first location at Park Avenue West and Larimer on April 2, 2006, and now has SNOOZE in four states.

Sharon King, Executive Director of the Boulder SBDC won the National SBDC Excellence & Innovation Award (as well as for the District and the State).  She is shown here on the left (in red) with Wendy McDonough of the Colorado Minority Business Office, and Wendy Wojcik, Program Manager for the Colorado SBDC Network.

Mike O’Donnell, Executive Director of Colorado Lending Source, received one of the Lender Awards from SBA’s Brian Devlin, as well as the Amy McDowell Service to Small Business award, presented by Rosy McDonough of the Colorado Minority Business Office.  The Amy McDowell Award was created by the Colorado SBDC Directors to honor those who, like Amy, dedicated their careers in support of the small business community.  Mike is shown here with Dan Nordberg, Rosy and Frances Padilla.

Marcia McGilley, Executive Director of the Aurora-South Metro SBDC, was, as host of the program at the Innovation Pavilion, was emcee of the awards program.  She is shown here with City of Centennial Council Member Kathy Turley, who handed to Marcia the City of Centennial Mayor’s proclamation for National Small Business Week. 

The awards crowd in the Innovation Pavilion Event Center, Centennial, CO

The SBA’s National Small Business Week awards table:

Resource Fair to end Nat’l Small Biz Week

Congressman Mike Coffman presents the
SBA Small Business Resource and Lenders Fair

Saturday, May 5th | 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM | FREE

Location:
Arapahoe/Douglas Works!
Arapahoe Room at the DMV Building
6964 So. Lima St. (at Arapahoe Road)
Centennial, CO  80112

Find out about SBA programs, loan and micro-loan programs available for small businesses through lending institutions, government contracting resources, State of Colorado and expanded SBDC services. There will be short presentation and opportunity to visit all the resource tables.  Plenty of time for Q&A!

Participants will include:

• U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
• Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
• Colorado Minority Business Office
• Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
• Connect2DOT
• Arapahoe Libraries
• Mi Casa Resource Center
• Acción
• CHFA
• Colorado Enterprise Fund
• Colorado Lending Source
• Community Enterprise Development Services (CEDS)
• Rocky Mountain Micro-Finance Institute
• And more resources!

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn about resources for your small business!

Pre-register here:  www.Aurora-SouthMetroSBDC.com/training (click on the ‘Browse’ icon)