Our goal at Region 10’s Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) is to support, develop, and grow successful businesses. Whether it is a startup or an existing business, we’ve developed a road map that we believe will support and develop successful businesses throughout the area.
While the SBRC continues to offer free or low-cost workshops, training, and consulting services, we have refined our delivery process in order to serve more clients more efficiently and utilize our consultants and budget more effectively.
For “Starting a Business” Clients
For clients who are looking to start a business, the SBRC offers the Colorado Business Resource Guide. The guide is an incredible resource for any business, referencing most city, state, and federal forms needed to establish a business in the state, as well as in-depth information about legal structure and registration, income and property tax, Colorado state tax, employer responsibilities, bookkeeping, sources of assistance, business planning, marketing, financing options, liabilities and insurance, and trademarks, copyrights, and patents.
After our client receives the Colorado Business Resource Guide, their contact information is entered into our email database and they begin receiving information about upcoming training and workshops. These classes include “10 Thing You Need to Know before Starting a Business”, informs new business hopefuls about the common pitfalls of starting a business so they don’t make the same mistakes; “Starting a Business in Colorado”; provides the steps to register a business, test market viability, identify a target market, and develop a cash flow spreadsheet; and “Lean Business Planning”, a step-by-step business planning tool that helps clients identify their goals and outlines how to achieve them.
For “Existing Business” Clients
We believe that planning is the key to success for any business. In fact, existing businesses with business plans grow 30 percent faster than businesses without a plan. And because most existing businesses that request consulting from the SBRC are looking to increase revenue, we think it is important for them to have a business plan, a marketing plan, or both. If a business seeks assistance from the SBRC—either for funding and/or consulting—we generally require them to develop a business plan first.
The Plan Unlocks the Door
Once the client has submitted their business plan, the doors magically open to all of the SBRC’s resources. Clients gain access to the Loan Fund and free consulting by our functional and industry experts, as well as special Small Business Development Center (SBDC) programs, including:
- SBDC Advanced, an economic gardening program focused on helping Colorado companies grow by providing custom-fit market research and corporate-level tools that might otherwise be out of reach for small to mid-sized businesses;
- Connect2DOT, a certification process that prepares qualifying businesses to bid on various CDOT state and municipal projects; and
- Small Manufacturer’s AdvantEDGE (SMA), which provides coaching, consultation, and/or training by industry experts to small manufacturers based on the challenges manufacturers face.
Startups and existing businesses alike always have access to the variety of workshops we have available in functional areas, including bookkeeping, marketing, management, and operations. Please check our calendar of events for dates and times.
If you have questions, comments, ideas for workshops and trainings, or know of anyone who would benefit from our SBRC offerings, please contact us:
Nancy Murphy Dan Scinto
Small Business Development Loan Fund