Helping Existing and New Businesses Grow & Prosper


Free consulting and free or low-cost training



create a fully-realized business plan


meet with like-minded entrepreneurs


develop a plan that leads to growth


LEADING EDGE™ is Colorado’s premier business planning program that addresses the questions every entrepreneur must answer to reach their dreams of growing their business or launching a new business.  LEADING EDGE™ is now being offered as a series of webinars and includes at least two one-on-one virtual consultations to review the components of the course assignments, from marketing to financial projections.

Participants learn how to analyze economic opportunities and risk for their business and create an actionable strategic business plan based on proven market research and management techniques. LEADING EDGE™ courses are interactive, which ensures the flow of information not just from the instructor, but between participants as well.  If you’re in a rush and need a short flexible business plan right away, consider taking the LEADING EDGE™  series — for existing businesses, start-ups in English and Spanish, as well as series for home-based child care business training, also in English and Spanish.

“Thank you to the Aurora-South Metro SBDC for the wonderful Home-Based Childcare program.  I will start working in all the changes that I have to make to become a more successful business. I will definitely will set an appointment for help along the way.  Thank you again for this remarkable training.”  – Jessica Matheson, Adventures in Bethel, Inc., Parker

Learn More! Outcomes Of the Program

  • Develop a clear vision for your business
  • Learn from other entrepreneurs
  • Receive one-on-one virtual consulting support to help you complete a short flexible business plan
  • Discover tools and resources to help you launch and grow your business
  • Discuss funding options

Criteria for Certificates of Graduation

  1. Attend all webinars in the series
  2. Complete a short business plan that includes market research, marketing strategies and cash flow projections, OR, complete the business model canvas.

Scholarship Opportunities

Note that Englewood is offering a potential Small Business Training Scholarship to Englewood businesses. Please supply the scholarship application and a letter to Englewood stating how this grant will be of assistance to you, and Englewood’s Economic Development Manager will review the application. The scholarship is on a reimbursement basis from the City of Englewood:

Email the application and any questions directly to Englewood’s Community Development office at

Start-Up Essentials Series
in English and Spanish

For businesses one year or less in operation

1. Launching Essentials

2. Marketing Essentials

3. Cash Flow Essential

4. Business Plan Essentials

Sort by topic “Start-Up” at the link below (or by month)

• Identificar tipos de clientes y sus preferencias de compra 

• Identificar recursos, actividades comerciales y conexiones esenciales

• Identificar costos, fuentes de ingresos y ventas


Child Care Providers in English and Spanish

Entrenamiento para negocios de cuidado de niños basados en casa

Partes 1-6 - jueves:
1, 8, 15, 22, 29 de septiembre
y 6 de octubre
6:00 - 8:30 PM - FREE

En esta clase, usted aprenderá técnicas y estrategias para manejar las finanzas, el mercadeo y las operaciones de su negocio.

* Establecerá su modelo de Negocio 

* Aprenderá  a maximizar sus ingresos 

* Entenderá sus Costos y aprenderá a minimizar sus gastos 

* Entenderá como a utilizar los medios sociales para promocionar su negocio

In this class, you will learn techniques and strategies to better manage the finances, marketing and operations to run your child care center.

–  Evaluate where you can improve your business model 
–  Understand your financial documents for better decision making   
–  Improve your HR policies and procedures for hiring and retention 
–  Understand how to maximize website, marketing and social media to promote your business
–  Learn about grant funding, licensing resources, Insurance and legal matters that affect your business