Small Manufacturer’s Advantage (SMA) is a partnership program providing integrated support to small manufacturers across Colorado by leveraging the coordination of key strategic organizations such as Manufacturer’s Edge, the Colorado Small Business Development Center Network (SBDC), the State of Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), and the World Trade Center (WTC). The result is a unique and powerful synthesis of expertise and resources designed to help Colorado manufacturers succeed across all stages of the organizational life cycle.
Funding is provided in three parts; Manufacturer’s Edge, the State of Colorado through the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), and a small cash contribution from the participating manufacturer served by the program. SMA leverages state and federal funds to bring industry experts to provide coaching, consultation, and/or training based on the challenges each company is facing. This expertise could be in business finance, marketing, operational excellence, growth services, export assistance, and beyond.
Does My Business Qualify?
Your business qualifies if you can answer “Yes” to the following questions:
- Are you a manufacturer?
- Is your company located in Colorado?
- Do you have fewer than 20 full-time employees?
- Can you demonstrate support and commitment to implementing recommendations in order to maximize results and improve your business?
- Are you willing and able to report impact data to Manufacturer’s Edge and SBDC?
How Do I Get Started?
If you meet the above requirements, the next step is to apply below. Once the application is received, you will meet with staff members from Manufacturer’s Edge and SBDC to discuss your participation in this 3-year statewide initiative to impact the Colorado small manufacturing community.
Sumer Sorensen-Bain, Chief of Programs and Operations
Aurora-South Metro SBDC
Marcia McGilley, Executive Director
For more information about Manufacturer’s Edge and Small Manufacturer’s AdvatEDGE, visit the official website at www.manufacturersedge.com/manufacturers-advantedge.