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.
  • Boulder SBDC Tech Venture Series
    Boulder | August 26-December 16, 2016
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  • Denver Metro SBDC: LEADING EDGE for Entrepreneurs
    Denver | Sep 8 - Nov 10, 2016
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  • Aurora-South Metro SBDC: LEADING EDGE Strategic Planning Series 
    Englewood Civic Center | First day of series: September 9, 2016 | 8AM-5PM
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  • Boulder SBDC: LEADING EDGE Series for Startups
    Longmont | September 13 - November 15, 2016
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  • Aurora-South Metro SBDC: Leading EDGE Business Plan in a Day 
    Aurora office | September 16, 2016 | 9AM-5PM
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  • North Metro Denver SBDC: Leading Edge Strategic Planning Series 
    North Metro office | September 27, 2016-December 6, 2016 | 6PM-9PM

  • Aurora-South Metro SBDC: Leading EDGE Business Plan in a Day 
    Aurora Office | November 18, 2016 | 9AM-5PM
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