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Colorado Celebrates 30 Years of SBDC Services

Thursday, March 23, 2017

On March 22, the Colorado Small Business Development Center Network was honored for 30 years of service. Since 1987, Colorado’s SBDC network has helped aspiring and emerging small business owners achieve the American dream of entrepreneurship. The SBDC network in Colorado is the only statewide program of its kind with nearly 70 locations across the state.

In 2016, Colorado’s SBDCs provided 12,000 hours of consulting to 6,236 client businesses, resulting in 3,770 jobs created, $95 million in sales growth, $122 million in capital investments, and 451 new businesses started.

Boulder’s SBDC provided almost 3,000 hours of consulting to 621 client businesses, produced 85 workshops for 1,046 attendees, and helped start 31 businesses, create 259 jobs, and retain another 463 jobs. With the help of the Boulder SBDC, local businesses infused almost $44 million of capital, increased sales by over $6.5 million, and were awarded over $3.3 million in contracts.

Colorado participated in the first National SBDC Day on March 22 to celebrate the collective impact and success the SBDC has had across the state. SBDC Day is a national movement to help share small business success stories and notable impact SBDCs have fostered in communities across the country.

"For the past 30 years, the SBDC has worked to make Colorado a nationwide leader in job creation and small business growth," said director of the Colorado SDBC Network, Kelly Manning. "We are very proud of the work we have accomplished. Small business is the backbone of Colorado's economy."

Colorado's SBDC is the only SBDC program in the nation housed within the Governor's office and is one of only a handful of programs nationally accredited in technology development. It provides free, confidential consulting and no- or low-cost training programs and workshops.

"We are continually helping businesses bring new ideas and technologies to market and further escalating Colorado's innovative spirit," Manning said. "Our SBDC Network team of more than 250 staff and certified business consultants work in partnership to provide entrepreneurs with crucial information that can mean the difference between success and failure. "

Over 560,000 small businesses employ over 1 million people in Colorado.

"Our experts assist small businesses in every county throughout Colorado to create and retain jobs, increase sales, secure contracts and infuse capital into the economy," Manning added.

"We are thrilled to see SBDCs around the country working together to celebrate their clients and showcase the work they do for America's small businesses," said Charles "Tee" Rowe, America's SBDC President & CEO. "SBDC clients see an average job growth of 15.5 percent versus the national job growth average of just 1.9 percent. There is no denying the impact SBDCs have on the success of the small businesses in their communities and their local economies."

To learn more about Colorado's SBDC network visit


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