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Colorado Small Business Week Highlights: Shared Website, Boulder SBDC Events

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
The Colorado Small Business Development Center (COSBDC) Network along with several statewide small businesses, community organizations and financial institutions, launched a website in honor of National Small Business Week in Colorado. is where Coloradans can find all the events and celebrations in honor of small businesses in specific communities across the State. Celebrated during the first week of May, this year the US Small Business Administration's National Small Business Week occurs during April 30 - May 6, 2017. 

"Small Business Week highlights the impact of entrepreneurs and small business owners across communities and the Colorado economy," said Stephanie Copeland, Executive Director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. "With over 560,000 small businesses in Colorado and half of our workforce employed by small businesses, this week will celebrate their critical contributions with workshops, events and festivities to celebrate Colorado's entrepreneurial spirit."

The website features a calendar of the events, workshops, webinars and celebrations that will take place throughout Colorado during small business week. Events will continue to be added by participating organizations leading up to National Small Business Week. Additionally, Coloradans can submit their own small business training events and celebrations to the website.

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has declared a National Small Business Week to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs and small business owners across the nation.

Join the national conversation with the hashtag #SmallBizWeek. 

The Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network is dedicated to helping existing and new businesses grow and prosper in Colorado by providing free and confidential consulting and no-or low-cost training programs. The SBDC strives to be the premier, trusted choice of Colorado businesses for consulting, training and resources. The SBDC Network combines the resources of federal, state and local organizations with those of the educational system and private sector to meet the specialized and complex needs of the small business community.

The Boulder SBDC is hosting a variety of events in during Colorado Small Business Week as well. From marketing your small business to discovering grant opportunities, the Boulder SBDC will be hosting events for business owners at all stages of development. For a complete description or to register, click on the event name.
  • CEV Breakfast (May 2)Are you in need of financing for your business but unsure of the best course to take? This workshop features a panel of representatives from various funding categories that will explain typical criteria a business needs to meet to qualify and how it works so that you, as a business owner, can understand where you may fit in the financing landscape and reasonable avenues to pursue.
  • Should You Invest in a Franchise? (May 3): A presentation on the ins and outs of buying and owning a franchise. Learn about the process of due diligence, the steps in the award process, the fees you will incur, the unique language - and what those terms mean. We'll also cover the why's and where's of locating your bricks and mortar location and how to find the money! Participants will be able to take a free business assessment tool used by franchisors that can help shed some light on what kinds of businesses would be a good fit for them. 
  • 50 Ways to Market Your Small Business (May 4): Most companies only need 3 or 4 really good marketing tactics to propel their businesses. The hard part is figuring out which ones will be most effective for your business, your style, your brand and within your budget!This workshop is designed for new and seasoned small business owners, home-based businesses, professional service businesses, consumer product companies and anyone who wants to refresh the way you market. You will experience a fast-paced and interactive review of 50 ways to market your business with descriptions of what each tactic is and what each is meant to achieve. You will leave with some good ideas of what you can implement the next day.
  • Innovative Business Road Trip - SBIR Grant Opportunities (May 5): Colorado SBDC TechSource is presenting this program to help your small to mid-sized business improve award success on Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grants. Additionally, we will have a special guest from the RoadX program of CDOT, Peter Kozinski, talk about a new opportunity for innovative companies to get involved with CDOT.
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