Colorado SBDC In the News

24-Apr-2018Boulder SBDC recognized as top center, nationally in Forbes

Boulder SBDC received recognition for national SBDC award in Forbes. Read more»

04-Apr-2018Boulder SBDC recognized as top center, nationally

 The Boulder Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has been selected to receive the 2018 SBDC Excellence and Innovation Award, making it one of the top centers in the United States. Read More»

27-Sep-2017Colorado gets $250K to promote small businesses overseas

The U.S. Small Business Administration has awarded the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade and the Colorado Department of Agriculture a $259,059 grant to promote new trade missions for small businesses. according to an SBA news release. Read More»

24-Aug-2017Craig Human Resources Event

Northwest Colorado SBDC will host the Five Keys to Outstanding Customer Experience on Tuesday, August 29th. Read More»

03-Aug-2017Couple bringing treat to West Main Street

Couple opens frozen yogurt shop in Sterling and site the East Colorado SBDC for helping them turn their dream into a reality. Read More»

01-Aug-2017SBDC Director established partnerships with tribes

Southwest Director, Liz Ross works to establish ties with tribes in Colorado. Read More»

31-Jul-2017SBDC Planned for LLC

Potential SBDC Office to be hosted out of Lamar Community College. Read More»

26-Jul-2017MOU between Proximity Space and SBDC

The Colorado SBDC and Proximity Space signed an MOU as part of the COSBDC's ongoing efforts to provide Proximity Space and its clients with the best possible solutions for small business. 

26-Jul-2017MOU Signing with BBB & SBDC

Better Business Bureau and the Colorado SBDC signed an MOU on July 12, 2017 in agreement to strengthen ties. Read More»

21-Jul-2017Colorado Springs artists offer advice

How artists offer advice to turn a paintbrush into a profitable business. Read more»

07-Jun-2017New location for the Pikes Peak SBDC

The Pikes Peak SBDC plans to move locations to Catalyst Campus. Read More

24-May-2017Certified Small Business Communities

Colorado SBDC launches program to help recruit and retain entrepreneurs. Read More

22-May-2017Tech firm financial help

Southern Colorado SBDC hosts the Innovation Business Road Trip on June 7. Read More

18-May-2017Southeast SBDC helping with the development of Lamar

The Southeast SBDC provides assistance to several small businesses in Lamar as interest in the city grows. Read more

15-May-2017East CO SBDC awarded grant

East CO SBDC Awarded grant from First National Bank. Read More

15-May-2017NW SBDC Event in Frisco

Elevate CoSpace hosted their first SBDC event. Read More

15-May-2017NW SBDC recognized during Small Business Week

Northwest SBDC receives recognition for it's work in the region. Read More

05-May-2017Colorado Springs Small Business Person of the Year

Colorado Springs names Peak Structural as Small Business Person of the Year. Read More

02-May-2017Boulder SBDC in Small Business Week

Boulder SBDC hosting several events throughout Small Business Week. Read More

02-May-2017Small Business Week Awards

The Southern Colorado SBDC will celebrate Small Business Week with a community luncheon that will honor the Consultant of the Year-Pam Simmons. Read More

01-May-2017SBDC in Craig

With SBDC office in Craig, Michelle Balleck is feeling change in in the air. Read More

27-Apr-2017Pikes Peak SBDC celebrates Small Business Week

Colorado Springs is celebrating Small Business Week in style. Check out all the cool events here

24-Apr-2017Small Business Week Website

The National Small Business Week has recently launched a website. Read more

19-Apr-2017Trading history of Otero County

The history of the Southeast Colorado SBDC is featured in La Voz. Read More

11-Apr-2017Southern Colorado Small Business Expo

The Southern Colorado SBDC will be participating in the Southern CO Small Business Expo this Saturday. Read More

06-Apr-2017Colorado SBDC Network Receives National Accreditation

Colorado SBDC was reviewed in the fall of 2016 and was granted full accreditation by America's Small Business Development Centers. Read More

03-Apr-2017Planting Economic Seeds in Craig and Moffat County

The Colorado SBDC continues to grow in Moffat Count. Read More

31-Mar-2017ICELab in the first month

West Central SBDC Director and ICELab Director, Gerrit Mcgowan discusses the future of ICELab. Read More

27-Mar-2017National SBDC Day

The Pueblo Chieftain recognizes the National SBDC Day. Read More»

22-Mar-2017Couple returns to Pueblo to open a shooting range with the help of the SBDC

Pueblo couple opens shooting rage with the assistance from the Southern Colorado SBDC LEADING EDGE. Read More»

20-Mar-2017Chaos Ink Screen Printing

Craig Moffat Economic Development Partnerships annual report features Colorado SBDC client. Read More»

17-Mar-2017CO SBDC 30 years of Supporting Small Biz

Colorado SBDC honored for 30 years of supporting small business. Read more»

13-Mar-2017Second round of disaster assistance grants and loans available

A second round of disaster assistance grants and loans has been made available to small businesses impacted by the 2013 Royal Gorge Fire. Read More»


27-Feb-2017Vendor Registration Open for Small Business Expo

Registration is open for vendors for the Small Business Expo. Read More»

23-Feb-2017SBA grants offered to help businesses impacted by flood

SBA providing grants to those who were impacted by 2013 floods. Read more»

21-Feb-2017Hire a veteran conference in Colorado Springs

The Pikes Peak SBDC hosted the Why Hire a Veteran and Veteran Small Business Conference. Read More»

21-Feb-2017Southern SBDC LEADING EDGE Business Class

The Southern Colorado SBDC opens registration for Spring 2017 LEADING EDGE Classes. Read More»

06-Feb-2017LEADING EDGE Business Class

Southern Colorado SBDC opens registration for Spring 2017 LEADING EDGE class. Read More»

23-Jan-2017Government Grants: A Source of Funding to Move Forward with Your Technology

Funding for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR). Read More»

17-Jan-2017PCC announces 2016 Employees of the Year

Southern Colorado SBDC Director, Caroline Trani, recognized as Pueblo Community College's employee of the year. Read More»

05-Jan-2017Colorado SBDC Success Story Makes National Attention

The Southern-Ute Cultural Center and Museum boasts success with the help of the Southwest Colorado SBDC. Read More>>

05-Jan-2017Farmers State Bank building hosts holiday open house

Fort Morgan Area Chamber of Commerce and Colorado Small Business Development Center hosted their holiday open house on December 15. Read More>>

19-Dec-2016Commissioners approve $200K for microloan fund for small business

The Board of Weld County Commissioners has approved $200,000 to go to Weld County Microloan Fund to help provide cash to small businesses and start-ups in Weld. Read More>>

19-Dec-2016New Director of East Colorado SBDC

Lisa Hudson has been selected as the new director of the East Colorado SBDC. Read More>>

15-Dec-2016New Free SBDC Program provides HR assistance

SBDC HR program featured in La Voz. Read More>>

08-Dec-2016Leadership La Plata Builds Understanding

Community members in Durango participate in Leadership La Plata. Read more>>

24-Nov-2016Local holiday shopping guide for Small Business Saturday

Navigate where to shop on Small Business Saturday. Read More>>

21-Nov-201615 Awesome Ways to Take Advantage of Small Business Saturday

How to promote your business for Small Business Saturday. Read More>>

21-Nov-2016Governor Proclamation on 2016 Small Business Saturday
The State of Colorado Governor, John Hickenlooper, releases proclamation on Small Business Saturday. Read More>>

16-Nov-2016First National Bank doles out community development grants; thousands of dollars go to Greeley
In Greeley, East Colorado Small Business Development Center, which provides consulting to small and emerging businesses in eastern Colorado, received $5,000. Read More>>

15-Nov-2016Workshop for new overtime laws

The Boulder Small Business Development Center is hosting a special workshop to help small businesses better understand new federal overtime rules that take effect Dec. 1, 2016. Read Story>>

14-Nov-2016SBDC Inaugural Northern Colorado Women's Small Business Conference

The Colorado SBDC Network hit record attendance at the Northern Colorado Women's Small Business Conference in Loveland, CO on November 3, 2016. Read more >>>

14-Nov-2016United Way Annual Business Blitz Ongoing
Businesses that donate during the special campaign, now in its 11th year, receive publicity and advertising listings as well as chances to win free advertising and staffing services. Read More >>

09-Nov-2016Colorado SBDC Network Partners with Manufacturer's Edge to Offer Small Manufacturer's AdvantEDGE
The Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network announced today they are partnering with Manufacturer's Edge along with the Denver World Trade Center and the Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) to make the pilot program Small Manufacturer's AdvantEDGE official with the goal of strengthening and growing Colorado's manufacturing industry. >>Read the full article

23-Nov-2015Local company wins regional

Pueblo-based Amphibian Skin took first place in the judging at the regional InnovateHER business plan contest Thursday night at Pueblo Community College, according to the Southern Colorado Small Business Development Center, the event’s sponsor. »Read the Pueblo Chieftain article

10-Nov-2015Tribune opinion: SBDC offers more than a helping hand to startup businesses

Small businesses have it pretty rough sometimes. With government regulations and requirements and the inherent challenges presented with separating people and their money, starting up a small business can lead to pitfalls and traps of which even the most business-savvy types may not be aware. Enter the Small Business Development Center. »Read the Greeley Tribune article.

03-Nov-2015Small Business Development Center in Greeley helps local businesses thrive

When Mary Roberts decided to open a small boutique selling unique kitchen tools, she knew exactly where to turn for help - the East Colorado Small Business Development Center. The SBDC, a federal agency charged with helping boost the local business community, helped Roberts open her first store, Lincoln Park Emporium, 822 8th St., in 2009 and she knew they’d help her again. »Read the Greeley Tribune article. 

26-Oct-2015InnovateHER competition seeks local applicants

The West Central Minnesota Small Business Development Center here is hosting a local InnovateHer Competition. National finalists will pitch their products and ideas to a panel of expert judges and compete for $70,000 in prize money provided by Microsoft. The Small Business Administration is seeking products or services that have a measurable impact on women and their families, fill a need in the marketplace, and have the potential for commercialization. »Read the Inforum article

26-Oct-2015Trout Tank gives local food and restaurant entrepreneurs a shot at funding dollars

ABC's hit TV show Shark Tank pits inventors and small-business hopefuls against one another to battle for investment dollars in front of a panel of ruthless judges. Here in Colorado, the concept has been translated into something a little less, well, cutthroat. The Metro Denver Small Business Development Center is calling its version Trout Tank, and it is putting on the event  four times a year to give local entrepreneurs a shot at funding for their clever ideas. This fall the organization, a branch of the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, is teaming with Mission Yogurt to host Trout Tank: Food Frenzy, the first industry-specific edition, which will give food and restaurant aspirants a chance to "move their business from a dream to a reality,” according to SBDC director Abram Sloss. »Read the Westword article here.

15-Oct-2015Pueblo to host InnovateHER Contest
The federal government’s InnovateHER entrepreneur contest will include a stop in Pueblo. The Southern Colorado Small Business Development Center in Pueblo has been selected to host the Colorado round of the two-year-old national business competition, the Small Business Administration announced. »Read the Pueblo Chieftain Article

15-Oct-2015SBA our to assist women-owned firms

Federal agencies are now authorized to award sole-source contracts to eligible women-owned small businesses under a new rule issued by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The rule is designed to level the playing field for women-owned businesses competing for federal contracts. »Read the Business Times article

16-Sep-2015'Trout Tank' Returns for Entrepreneurs to Pitch Ideas

DENVER - The Denver Metro SBDC and Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce are bringing back the Trout Tank, sponsored by First National Denver. This is a free event where Colorado entrepreneurs pitch their businesses to a School of 30 lenders and investors. >> See the 9 News video here

12-Aug-2015Is your business ready to take the next step?

Entrepreneurship is one of the backbones of the Grand County economy and is a driving force in our community. As a county we are fortunate enough to have an abundance of leaders in small business but even those frontrunners strive for tools and resources to take their organization to the next level. This past May, Grand County Economic Development partnered with the Colorado Small Business Development Center to expose these businesses to those resources. »Read the Sky-Hi News article here

07-Jul-2015Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation Receives $25,000 'JOBS' Grant

The Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation (PS CDC) received approval on June 24 for $25,000 in federal grant funding to create a micro-loan program and to train new business advisors for Archuleta County. The Joint Opportunities for Building Success (JOBS) grant, provided by the FHLBank Topeka’s Economic Development Grant Program, provides the cornerstone funding to seed a micro-loan program and business advisor program for Archuleta County. »Read the Pagosa Daily Post article.

25-Jun-20156th Annual Women’s Small Business Conference Set for July

The Colorado Small Business Development Center Network will host the 6th Annual Women’s Small Business Conference on Wednesday, July 29 in Durango, Colorado. Female entrepreneurs are invited to attend this conference to receive hands-on business training seminars, free one-on-one consulting, exhibitor tables with regional resources, breakout sessions, and plenty of networking opportunities. The wide array of themes makes it easy for attendees from all industries to learn the necessary skills to further their business. »Read the Pagosa Daily Post article. 

14-Sep-2014BodeTree and the Denver Metro Small Business Development Center Partner for Small Business Success

BodeTree, an online service that helps small business owners better understand their finances, today announced it has partnered with the Denver Metro Small Business Development Center (SBDC), an affiliate of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, to provide an online platform specifically built for greater small business success. » Read Thailand Business Leader article

07-May-2014Small Business Development Center session on funding for damaged businesses
STERLING — Recovery continues from the September 2013 flooding along the South Platte, with some affected businesses and non-profit organizations still feeling the economic impacts.  Those that suffered a substantial, verifiable economic loss due to the flood may want to attend an information session on flood recovery grants and loans, hosted by the Small Business Development Center and Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at the Logan County Courthouse. » Read the Journal Advocate article. 

19-Apr-2014Longmont is seeking designation as a Certified Creative District
Downtown Longmont is seeking to join some fairly exclusive company.  The Longmont Downtown Development Authority has asked for — and received — permission to apply for the designation of Certified Creative District from the state's Office of Economic Development and International Trade. » Read the Longmont Daily Times article.

10-Feb-2014New Small Business Development Center to Open in Kremmling
Press Contacts:

Mark Campbell, Town of Kremmling, 970-724-3249
Christine Mahorney, Kremmling Area Chamber of Commerce, 970-724-3472
Lindsey Stapay, NW SBDC, 970-453-5700

The town of Kremmling, Kremmling Area Chamber of Commerce, Northwest Council of Governments and Northwest Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) are pleased to announce a joint partnership that will bring the SBDC’s experience and resources to Kremmling. 

The Northwest SBDC team is opening a satellite office in the Kremmling Visitor’s Center. The Kremmling Chamber’s executive director, Christine Mahorney, is becoming a certified business consultant, and will serve as a co-host of the program and as an onsite resource.

“This is an exciting opportunity for both current and prospective business owners in West Grand county,” Mahorney said. “We hope business owners will take advantage of the deep resources that will be available through the SBDC.”

The SBDC helps businesses achieve their goals by providing free, confidential counseling and various training programs.

“We are just getting started but already we have created strong partnerships with business throughout Grand County. We can’t wait to meet more,” said Lindsey Stapay, NW SBDC director.

The SBDC combines information and resources from federal, state and local governments with those of the educational system and the private sector to meet the specialized and complex needs of the small business community. Regulatory, management, financial and marketing experts work in partnership to provide entrepreneurs with crucial information that can mean the difference between success and failure.

10-Feb-2014SBDC Program honors Leading Edge program graduates
DENVER - Mon., Feb. 10, 2014 - The Colorado Small Business Development Center Network (SBDC) held their graduation and business plan awards ceremony on Thurs. Feb. 6, 2014 at the Governor's Mansion. Over 25 graduates were recognized, and prizes were award to graduates with the top business plans.

The Leading Edge program 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. All participants graduate from the program with a completed business plan in hand.

Graduates Recognized:
  • Jenny Allen, Denver Metro
  • Greg Hoffman, Boulder
  • Emily Bauer, Boulder
  • Cheryl Hornbaker, Denver Metro
  • Ken Beck, Southwest Colorado
  • Debi Krayna, Boulder
  • Vinnie Bhushan, Boulder
  • Jake LaFlamme, San Luis Valley
  • Sean Buchan, Denver Metro
  • Julie Melville, South Metro Denver
  • Janann Eldredge, Denver Metro
  • Greg Milczuk, Boulder
  • Tamie Etchison, South Metro Denver
  • Kate Mynatt, Denver Metro
  • Jon Ewoniuk, South Metro Denver
  • Dorian O'Connell, Boulder
  • Ryan Gaterman, Larimer County
  • Jeff Owsley, San Luis Valley
  • Breanne Goldman, Denver Metro
  • Josh Pearson, Denver Metro
  • Natalie Harden, South Metro
  • Rebel Saffold, Denver Metro
  • Lori Henderson, Boulder
  • Jennifer Schroeder, Colorado Springs
  • Matt Henderson, Boulder
  • Cindy Weist, South Metro Denver
  • Tonya Henderson, Colorado Springs 
Awards for the best business plans were given to the following:
  • First Place: Intermountain Equine Sports Medicine (Ken Beck, Southwest Colorado SBDC)
  • Second Place: Cerebral Brewing Company (Sean Buchan, Denver Metro)
  • Third Place: Blue Skies Massage & Wellness (Emily Bauer, Boulder)
Additionally, the Leading Edge program honored the following:
  • Volunteer of the Year: Jeff Parker, Grand Junction SBDC
  • Consultant of the Year: Cindy Dvergsten, Southwest Colorado SBDC
  • Sponsor of the Year: City of Longmont, Boulder SBDC
  • Legislator of the Year: Representative Max Tyler
For more information on the Leading Edge program, please visit


ulie Morey, director of the Small Business Development Center, will give an overview of everything you need to know for starting a business during a workshop at the Central Library. It’s located at Fifth Street and Grand Avenue, on Tuesday, Jan. 7, from 9-11:30 a.m. » Read Post Independent article

29-Oct-2013Alliance forms another alliance
Things just haven't been very great for the Chamber of Commerce over the past few years.

As recently as 2011, the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce stood on its own two feet nurturing existing businesses in the region. Then in early 2012, it merged with the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp., whose job was to attract new business to the region. The new entity was called the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC. » Read Colorado Springs Independent article

24-Oct-2013CDOT helps state businesses in rebuilding roads

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has launched a website and a division that will help small businesses connect with contractors who are rebuilding state roads and bridges after this year’s flooding. » Read The Colorado Springs Business Journal article

07-Oct-2013CDOT, SBDC Open New Contractors Kiosk in Durango

The Southwest Colorado Small Business Development Center, the Durango Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Department of Transportation are partnering to provide a new service to LaPlata County and Southwest Colorado’s surrounding communities. » Read Pagosa Daily Post article

07-Oct-2013Owsley is the new San Luis Valley SBDC director

There is a new, yet familiar, face at the San Luis Valley Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Longtime resident Jeff Owsley is the new director. » Read Alamosa News article

05-Oct-2013Owsley is the new San Luis Valley SBDC director

There is a new, yet familiar, face at the San Luis Valley Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Longtime resident Jeff Owsley is the new director. » Read Alamosa News article

26-Sep-2013Agencies fill courthouse with resources, personnel

The Logan County Courthouse echoed Wednesday night with voices of those needing help, and those offering it. The Disaster Assistance Center occupied three floors of the building, with information tables set up around the rotunda and in separate offices. » Read Journal Advocate article

25-Sep-2013Business Recovery Centers open to help in wake of flooding

Business owners affected by the recent flooding can seek help from the Business Recovery Center, opened Thursday in Greeley by the U. S. Small Business Administration and the Colorado Small Business Development Center. » Read Greeley Tribune article

29-Jul-2013Kelly Manning on Chamber Chat

SBDC State Director Kelly Manning discusses thee 4th Annual Southwest Colorado Women's Small Business Conference with Jack Llewellyn, Executive Director of the Durango Chamber of Commerce and host of "Chamber Chat." » Listen to Chamber Chat interview

13-Jun-2013SBDC reaching out to small businesses in fire area

The Small Business Development Center will provide assistance to the small businesses in Black Forest that are being harmed by the Black Forest fire. » Read the Colorado Spring Business Journal article

10-Jun-2013Big event aims to help small businesses in Pikes Peak region

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado and the Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center are holding a series of educational events geared toward small businesses from June 17 to 21. » Read The Gazette article

01-Apr-2013KRCN Interview

Colorado SBDC State Director Kelly Manning was interviewed on the KRCN radio show, "Repaving Main Street," about how to start your business in 2013. » Listen to KRCN interview clip