The Colorado SBDC Network's flagship strategic planning series, LEADING EDGE™, delivers comprehensive training to small businesses by providing entrepreneurs with a better understanding of starting and operating a small business. The program has courses geared to help both start-up and existing businesses in the areas of finance, marketing, management and more.

The program is offered statewide and over 3,000 businesses have participated in this intensive, specialized training series since the program's inception in 1989. While a typical LEADING EDGE™ series meets once a week over 10-15 weeks, the series may differ in format from center to center, such as a five-day intensive bootcamp or a 9-month extended coaching program. All LEADING EDGE™ courses involve approximately 36 hours of intensive training facilitated by state-certified instructors. Curriculum may vary from center to center; current curriculums used include:
 
All Leading Edge courses are highly interactive, which ensures the flow of information not just from the instructor, but between participants as well.

LEADING EDGE™ participants will graduate from the program with a completed business plan in hand. Graduates are invited to a statewide ceremony at the Governor's Mansion each spring, where prizes are awarded to the top plans in the state. 

» Scholarships may be available to qualified individuals. Click here for more information. Individual centers may also have scholarships available; contact the center nearest you for more information.

Upcoming LEADING EDGE™ Series:

Click on a link for class details, or find the SBDC center nearest you for more information.
  • Aurora-South Metro SDBC: LEADING EDGE Strategic Planning Series 
    Aurora Municipal Center | First day of series: March 9, 2017 | 5:30-8:30 PM 
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    Free Info Session: Thurs., Feb. 2nd, 5:30-7:00 PM 
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    Free Info Session: Thurs., Feb. 23rd, 5:30-7:00 PM 
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  • Aurora-South Metro SBDC: LEADING EDGE Business Plan in a Day
    Englewood Civic Center | Friday, April 7, 2017 | 9AM-5PM
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  • Aurora-South Metro SBDC: LEADING EDGE Business Plan in a Day 
    Englewood Civic Center | Friday, August 25, 2017 | 9AM-5PM 
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  • Aurora-South Metro SBDC: LEADING EDGE Business Plan in a Day 
    Englewood Civic Center | October, 20, 2017 | 9AM-5PM 
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  • Denver SBDC: LEADING EDGE for Entrepreneurs 
    Denver Metro SBDC | First day of series: January, 26, 2017 | 5:30-8:30 PM 
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    Free Info Session: Thurs., Jan. 12, 5:30-7:30 PM 
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  • Southern SBDC: LEADING EDGE  for Entrepreneurs 
    PCC-SBDC Downtown Studio Classroom | First day of series: February, 22, 2017 | 3PM-6PM 
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  • North Metro SBDC: LEADING EDGE Business Planning
    North Metro SBDC | First day of series: February, 21, 2017 | 6PM-9PM
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    Free Info Session: Tues., Jan 31, 6PM-9PM 
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    Free Info Session: Tues., Feb 7, 2017, 6PM-7:30PM
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  • Boulder SBDC: LEADING EDGE Entrepreneurship Series for Startups
    Longmont Satellite | First day of series: September, 12, 2017 | 6PM-9PM
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  • Pikes Peak SBDC: LEADING EDGE Strategic Planning Series for Existing Businesses 
    Pikes Peak SBDC | First day of series: March, 15, 2017 | 6PM-8:30PM 
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  • Grand Junction SBDC: LEADING EDGE for Entrepreneurs 
    Business Incubator | First day of series: February, 14, 2017 | 6PM-9PM 
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  • Southeast SBDC: LEADING EDGE for Entrepreneurs 
    SCORE Center Otero Junior College | First day of series: February, 21, 2017 | 3PM-6PM
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  • Southwest SBDC: LEADING EDGE Business Planning
    First National Bank of Cortez | First day of series: January, 17, 2017 | 5:30PM-8:30PM
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