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AgriTourism Bennett – Advance Your Community Tourism IQ!

Is Agritourism right for you?

Tourism has become one of the largest and fastest-growing economic sectors in the world over the past decade and agritourism plays a huge roll within this industry. Agritourism is where agriculture and tourism meet to provide you with an amazing educational experience, whether it be a tour of a farm or ranch, a festival or cheese-making class. Farmers, ranchers and wineries are turning their land into a destination and opening their doors to the public in order to teach more about what they do and increase revenues.

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Join Jill Corbin, Director of Destination Development with the Colorado Tourism Office, as she will discuss a broad look at all aspects of tourism in rural communities and provide you with 2019/2020 Destination Development and Grant Opportunities provided by the Colorado Tourism Office to help you get started!

Presented By:

Jill Corbin – Colorado Tourism Office, Director of Destination Development



Jill Corbin is the Director of Destination Development at the Colorado Tourism Office. In her work at the CTO, she strives to support tourism development and economic growth in rural Colorado. Prior to the CTO, Jill worked for five years as Vice President of the Vail Valley Partnership, a community development organization located in Eagle County. Jill has a diverse background in rural community development ranging from her work as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador to the United Nations Development Program in Chile. Jill also has experience as a small business owner in the creative industry. 

Jill received her BA in Global Studies with Honors from the University of Iowa and received a Masters of Crosscultural Communication from the University of Sydney.  

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Hudson: Grants Available to Small Businesses

Grants can come from a variety of different sources including state and federal agencies, private corporations, and foundations. It can be difficult to understand how to access and apply for these grants. It’s also important to know the deadlines that these entities have for their grant applications, and how often they are available. 

Join Jesse Esparza as he provides information on how to discover the opportunities available for small business grants, resources for accessing them, and who can be eligible for these grants!

Presented by

Jesse Esparza, East Colorado SBDC

Jesse Esparza is a certified bilingual (Spanish & English) counselor to the Latino Chamber, and business adviser to the East Colorado, Boulder, and North Metro Small Business Development Centers, providing one-on-one services to individuals as well as group classes in business planning and startup seminars. He has counseled and provided needed services to over 400 new, potential, and existing entrepreneurs. 

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Evans: Accounting Doesn’t Need to be a Nightmare!

Don’t get spooked by your business’s books! 

For most small business owners, accounting can be downright scary! Just the mention of reconciling the bank accounts or reading profit and loss statements is enough to instill fear in many entrepreneurs. Decoding the chart of accounts can be spooky and keep you up at night. But it doesn’t need to be that way! Learn how the Xero accounting platform can make keeping your books easier and simplify the accounting for your business with CPA Cynthia L. Finkenbinder, of Alpha Omega Accounting, LLC, and take the terror out of accounting for your business. 

Join us for this free workshop at the Riverside Library & Cultural Center!

Presented by

Cynthia L. Finkenbinder, CPA

Cynthia L. Finkenbinder is the owner and operator of Alpha Omega Accounting. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Psychology along with an Associate’s degree in Business Administration. She’s been serving both individual and business clients practicing in general accounting and tax preparation. Having worked with professional football players early in her career, Cynthia started out by specializing in the preparation of multi-state tax returns. Now, twenty years later, Cynthia has clients throughout Colorado and 28 different states, as well as six different countries. In addition to working with local businesses, Cynthia specializes in working with entrepreneurs who enjoy traveling extensively, and who work while they’re traveling. She applies her extensive knowledge and expertise to help real estate investors and cash-intensive business owners as well as other entrepreneurs to maximize their profits and minimize their taxes. 

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Erie: Business Planning Basics

A business plan is not only a tool for seeking finance – but it’s also a blueprint for your small business! This session explores the steps to take to complete your business plan, resources available to support this process, and how to use your business plan. 

You’ll learn…

  • The importance of creating a business plan, and the impact that it has on your business
  • The components of a business plan and what they mean
  • Steps to registering your new business
  • Insurance and how to properly protect your business 
  • Resources to help you and your business thrive

Join us on November 5th for this free workshop at the Erie Community Library! 

Presented by

Jesse Esparza, East Colorado SBDC

Jesse Esparza is a certified bilingual (Spanish & English) counselor to the Latino Chamber, and business adviser to the East Colorado, Boulder, and North Metro Small Business Development Centers, providing one-on-one services to individuals as well as group classes in business planning and startup seminars. He has counseled and provided needed services to over 400 new, potential, and existing entrepreneurs. 

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Doing Business with CDOT

Are you interested in contracting with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT)? This workshop is a great introduction for firms just getting started and wanting to learn how to do business with CDOT. You’ll find out what they buy, how they put out solicitations for goods and services and where to find contract opportunities. It includes a discussion about CDOT’s small business programs (DBE and ESB certification) and how they can help you become more competitive in bidding and teaming on CDOT projects.

Get an inside look at how CDOT operates and what they buy Learn the different contracting methods CDOT uses and how you can participate Discover where to find contracting opportunities that fit your business Develop a strategy for becoming a CDOT contractor, consultant or supplier.

Presented by:

Jesse Esparza – East Colorado SBDC Business Consultant

Jesse Esparza, Business Consultant

As the CEO of Morning Sun Enterprises LLC, Jesse has provided guidance and supported a variety of individuals, organizations and companies. At the present he is a certified bilingual(Spanish & English) counselor to the Latino Chamber, a certified bilingual counselor and business advisor to the East Colorado, the Boulder and North Metro Small Business Development Centers, providing one on one services to individuals as well as group classes in business planning and start-up seminars.

He has counseled and provided needed services and resources to over 400 new potential and existing entrepreneurs. He has participated as a Board member of the Carbon Valley Chamber in Firestone, Colorado and the President of the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Boulder County. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Boulder County Work Force. His professional career has included 31 years as an educator 21 of those years as a principal. His leadership skills include helping individuals improve their performance, cross-cultural education, improving organizations, business development, and tapping potential and appropriate resources. He was the Colorado Small Business Development Center volunteer of the year in 2007 and the Small Business Development Center Counselor of the Year in 2009.

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Windsor: Instagram for Small Business

How many of the 1 billion worldwide Instagram users are your customers? Chances are pretty good that your people are out there! During Instagram for Small Business, Amy Alcorn of Aspen Grove Marketing will teach about the power and potential of leveraging Instagram for business.

This course will cover Instagram basics, how to connect and engage with your fans, and growth hacks you may be missing out on!

Bring your lunch and join us for this free seminar at the Windsor-Severance Library!

Presented by

Amy Alcorn is the Marketing Director at Aspen Grove Marketing. She works to help local businesses connect with their customers through a variety of digital marketing channels including social media, web development, and website content. Amy graduated from CSU with a degree in business administration with concentrations in marketing and finance, and she has been falling in love with Fort Collins ever since.

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Erie: Ready to Start a Business

Business Startup Orientation

Ready to start a business in Colorado? This comprehensive Business Startup Orientation has been designed as a starting place for anyone who is considering jumping into business for the first or seventh time. This seminar will provide you with a Colorado Startup Guide, free library resources to support your business, web resources, as well as a general overview of things to consider when starting a small business.

During this workshop, you will learn about…

  • Business licensing requirements
  • Business-required taxes
  • Legal forms or organizations
  • Components of a business plan
  • Essentials for marketing
  • Financial planning
  • Means to fund a business

Presented by

Jesse Esparza, East Colorado SBDC

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