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Manage your Small Business remotely with knowledge, tools and information from Google!

Discover Google tools that can help you work and manage your business during this time of uncertainty.

Learn how to update critical business information online, keep your customers informed, conduct virtual meetings, and access important files from anywhere.

Plus, get insights on more online and timely resources for small businesses.

Investment

  • Free 

Course Location

  • This is a virtual event.

Course Dates

  • February 8 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Go Global with Google

Take Your Business Global!

With the right tools and international marketing strategy, businesses are still expanding globally to meet new demand.

This workshop introduces Google’s Market Finder, a free tool that can help you identify new international business opportunities and plan for success.

By making finding new markets practical, affordable, and achievable, Market Finder makes the pathway to global expansion smoother.

Investment

  • Free 

Course Location

  • This is a virtual event.

Course Dates

  • February 10 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

2021 Tax Law Updates

2021 Tax Law Changes in Weld County

In this seminar, we will be discussing the upcoming tax year and how it may be affected by the changes that went into place in January.

What personal and business changes will most impact your tax returns and how can you maximize the deductions for them? 

It’s never too early to start thinking about taxes for your small business! Get prepared for April today during this workshop! 

Investment

  • Free 

Course Location

  • This is a virtual event.
 

Meet the Facilitators

  • TBD

Course Dates

  • February 17 | 3:00 – 4:00pm

East Colorado Boots to Business

Seminar for Entrepreneurial-Minded Veterans, Guard, Reserve or Transitioning Active-Duty Service Members & Spouses

This great opportunity for Colorado’s military community to learn everything needed to start or grow a small business! Presented by the East Colorado Small Business Development Center, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and SCORE.

Boots to Business: Reboot is a two-step training program that provides participants an overview of business ownership as a career vocation, an outline and knowledge on the components of a business plan, a practical exercise in opportunity recognition, and an introduction to available public and private sector resources.

Step One is this Introduction to Entrepreneurship course eligible to veterans of all eras, active-service members (including members of the National Guard and Reserve), and their spouses. This course is taught by the SBA and its partners, who are skilled business advisors.

Step Two is an online follow-up course taught by a consortium of professors and skilled business advisors from the SBA Network.

To pre-register for this exciting business development opportunityclick here!

For more information, please contact Eric Phillips at eric.phillips@sba.gov or (303) 844-6503.

All SBA programs and services are provided to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance

Investment

  • Free 

Course Location

  • This is a virtual event.
 

Meet the Facilitators

  • Eric Phillips, SBA Economic Development Specialist 

Course Dates

  • July 29th | 9:00am – 3:00pm

What is LEADING EDGE™ for Transportation?

Have you been looking for a way to get your foot in the door and become a money-making CDOT contractor? Do you want to successfully perform on all types of government transportation contracts? The Connect2DOT LEADING EDGE™ for Transportation course is a nine-week course tailored to business owners in the highway design and construction industry. The course builds on the award-winning LEADING EDGE curriculum and was customized by industry experts to help you determine the best growth strategy for your business to successfully perform on projects with CDOT and other USDOT-funded contracts.

By the end of the course, you will have an actionable business development plan in place and a solid understanding of course topics – including strategic planning, construction and managerial accounting, prime contractor marketing, estimating and bidding, and project management. You will also receive recognition by the Colorado Transportation Commission, CDOT Project Managers, and Prime Contractors!

What To Expect

  • Peer learning with a group of businesses in the transportation industry
  • One-on-one coaching from course facilitators and consultants
  • Nine 3-hour weekly workshops including small group exercises, guest speakers, roundtables, and graduation ceremony
  • Introduction to industry mentors and opportunities to connect with prime contractors, government agencies, and other resources
  • Insight and feedback on your business development plan, financials, 3-year cash flow projection, industry market analysis, competition and marketing approach
  • Free registration to workshops (excluding QuickBooks) at the Pikes Peak SBDC while enrolled, valued at over $400
  • To graduate, you must complete a minimum of five hours of free one-on-one consulting and submit a completed business plan and evaluation form
Program Tracks
  • Chart Your Course: Refocus your mission, vision, goals, and core values.
  • Show Me the Money: Understand your financial position and forecast cash flow projections for hiring, equipment acquisition, and expansion. 
  • Marketing Magnetism: Learn successful marketing strategies for small businesses.
  • Mastering Government Contracting: Navigate certifications, target customers, bid opportunities, and the small business sweet spot for winning more contracts. 
  • Bidding to Win: Understand how much to charge and which tools and tricks can help you create more accurate bids (split session for A&E and construction)
  • Operational Efficiency: Improve your systems and policies for HR, bonding, insurance, cybersecurity, and more. 
  • Meet the Primes: Get the inside scoop from CDOT, prime contractors, and local agencies on upcoming projects and how you can stand out from the crowd. 
  • Business Plan Reinvented: Summarize your business plan and receive 360-degree input from your coaches and peers to help refine your growth strategy. 
  • Graduation! Celebrate your success with family, friends, and peers and get recognized by program hosts including CDOT, CO SBDC Network, and more!

Preferred Eligibility (Others May Qualify)

  • Primary line of business in highway design, construction, or other transportation-related industries
  • In business 2+ years
  • May have employees or may be working alone but planning to hire
  • Minimum of $100,000 in annual sales
  • Able to provide a balance sheet, statement of cash flow, income statement, and quarterly profit and loss statements for at least the last 2 years
  • Eager to learn and committed to growing your business
  • Certified DBE/ESB/MWBE/SBE companies preferred but all small businesses are eligible

Investment

$495  $200

(Thanks to a CDOT Scholarship, registration is $200 if you register by March 10, 2020 and there is a 100% reimbursement upon graduation, so it could be totally FREE!

Course Location

This is a virtual event.

 

Meet the Facilitators

  • Cory Arcarese, SBDC Consultant for Connect2Dot, Minority Business Office, Disaster Relief, and Child Care Providers
  • Cathy Kramer, Connect2DOT Program Manager

Course Dates

April-June 2021  (5:30 – 8:30 PM)