Colorado Tourism Office LEADING EDGE Scholarship Application

Collaboration between the Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) and the Colorado SBDC allow tourism businesses to apply for a scholarship to attend a LEADING EDGE training course. The goal of this collaboration is to reach small to medium Colorado for-profit and commercial entrepreneurs and businesses in rural areas that are active SBDC clients to provide targeted business training, resources, and funding to Colorado tourism businesses. Scholarship recipients will be reimbursed for 100% of their LEADING EDGE tuition fee.

CTO is Colorado’s state tourism agency and is a division of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade. The mission of the CTO is to drive traveler spending through promotion and development of compelling, sustainable travel experiences throughout our four-corner state. For more info on the CTO, visit www.industry.colorado.com.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must be a start-up entrepreneur or current business owner working within the tourism industry in Colorado. Call CTO staff at 303-892-3840 with questions regarding your tourism occupation eligibility.

Application Process:

Scholarship applicant will be notified of their application’s status within five business days of applying via email. Recipients of the scholarship will enroll in a LEADING EDGE program and pay the full tuition fee to the SBDC center. Upon meeting LEADING EDGE graduation requirements,* the recipient will receive a certificate of graduation from the center and receive a check from the Colorado Tourism Office reimbursing 100% of the original tuition fees paid upon graduating. Scholarship recipients who do not meet the graduation requirements of the LEADING EDGE program will not be reimbursed for their fees.

*Graduation requirements include having no more than two unexcused absences from the training series, completing at least 5 hours of one-on-one consulting throughout the program and turning in a completed business plan by the end of the course.

CTO Leading Edge Scholarship Application




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