Happy New Year, Colorado Small Business Community!

With every new year come opportunities to not only look back at the blessings we received last year, but also to look forward to fresh starts and new challenges. Looking back, in the SBA Colorado District Office we had a wonderful and successful FY 2016, having exceeded all expectations in our SBA loan and contracting activities. We applaud all of the outstanding mentoring, counseling and training conducted by our SBA Resource and Strategic Partners.

There have been some changes to our team, and we will be introducing you to new members in future issues. But for today, I want to especially thank three very critical members of the SBA Family that have or will be departing: Betsy Markey, Region VIII Administrator; John Hart, Region VIII Advocate; and Edward Cadena, District Director.

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Thank you Region VIII Betsy Markey for your service, overseeing the delivery of the SBA’s small business programs and services in Colorado, North Dakota, Montana, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

Edward Cadena

Congratulations to former District Director Edward J. Cadena on your retirement, and thank you for your support of Colorado entrepreneurs and small businesses.

By almost all accounts and many economic indicators, it was truly a great year to be a small business in Colorado. Looking forward, in 2017 we will continue to strive to be the SBA, that is always Smart, Bold and Accessible. The SBA Colorado District Office doors are always open to you, and we look forward to seeing or hearing from you in the coming year.

Sincerely,

Frances Padilla

During this section, we’ll highlight a few of the workshops, training and other events hosted by the SBA Colorado District Office and our resource partners such as the Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, the Colorado SCORE chapters and the Women’s Business Center at Mi Casa Resource Center. You will soon be able to find a more complete listing of events on our website calendar at www.sba.gov/co. Also, don’t forget about the no-cost, one-on-one counseling available by all SBA resource partners. To find the one nearest to you, please visit www.sba.gov/tools/local-assistance.

Starting Your Business

Jan. 5 – Colorado Springs SCORE: SmartSTART Workshop #1 “Startup Basics”; Attend this Startup Basics workshops and then see if the series of 5 advanced workshops are right for you. Cost is $ 15.

Jan. 12 – Denver Metro SBDC: Information Session on Leading Edge for Entrepreneurs; Free information session to learn more about their 10-week course designed to teach you how to start and grow a business.

Feb. 1 – Denver WBC: Business Success; Register now to attend the orientation session and start of this 14-week class open to all entrepreneurs who are ready to start a successful small business. Total cost of program is $ 250 and $ 50 application fee. Scholarships available based on income level and dependents.

Managing & Growing Your Business

Jan. 10 – SBA Region VIII & Boulder SBDC: Discussion on State of Small Business in Boulder and what lies ahead for 2017. Free. Limited availability and registration required.

Jan. 12 – Larimer County SBDC: Strategic & Business Planning – 3 part series; in this comprehensive 3 session course, we will provide you all the tools, templates and resources you need to formulate your strategic plan. Fee is $ 120 for series.

Financing Your Business

Jan. 12- Southwest Colorado SBDC – Introduction to QuickBooks; This all-day seminar will introduce you to QuickBooks, the most popular small business accounting software, and show you how it can help you manage your business. $ 70 fee.

Jan. 20 – SBA + East Colorado SBDC: SBA Guarantee Loan Programs Webinar; This free webinar will provide an overview of the available programs to help your small business grow and succeed. Free. RSVP.

Deadline for National Small Business Week Awards is 3:30 pm ET on January 10, 2017

There is still time to highlight the accomplishments of your favorite Colorado small business! Please take the time to visit the National Small Business Week Awards website for guidelines and a list of possible awards. Contact sarah.hughes@sba.gov at the SBA Colorado District Office as soon as possible to ensure  a complete nomination or self-nomination package is submitted by January 10, 2017 at 1pmMT!

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