SBDC collaborates with business resource provider
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When David Bernhardt, who is a service-disabled veteran, decided to try his hand at going into business in Colorado after being in business in California years ago, he contacted the SBA to find out if there were any local resources to help him get started. Jeanette DeHerrera told him all about a local resource called the Grand Junction Small Business Development Center, where he would find tools to help him write a business plan, learn about financing options and move into strategy development. David is a certified energy auditor and plans to expand into organic soil remediation and organic tree inoculations. Soil remediation in particular, seemed like a likely fit for possible government contracts, so after meeting with Grand Junction SBDC Director, Julie Morey, the next step was to meet with Procurement Technical Assistance Center specialist, Kathryn Lobdell to take advantage of PTAC’s bid match program. The Grand Junction SBDC also encouraged David to meet with Colorado Vocational Rehabilitation representatives, because they often pay for business training for qualified clients.
One challenge has been that the Grand Junction SBDC is 100 miles from David’s community, but SBDC counselor, Jim Olp has made himself available to David on a local basis.
“In less than one month, I have been very impressed with the enthusiasm and professional assistance & direction I am receiving from Julie Morey, Jim Olp and Kathryn Lobdell of PTAC. I am confident their input will be very instrumental in the success of my new business."
This is just one example of the wide array of services that can be offered to a client through collaboration among business service provides!