The LEADING EDGE™ Course: Strategic Planning for Entrepreneurs is an 8-week business development course for current business owners (or startups who are moving from idea stage to implementation). The program is a combination of in-classroom sessions, interactive learning exercises and conversations with subject experts. Not only will you write the majority of your strategic business plan, you will also learn best practices and money-saving tips from your fellow entrepreneurs. Leading the course is facilitator Mark Bittle, who has built seven-figure businesses in the real estate and financial industries. His expertise, combined with that of the weekly guest speakers, will help you get to your goals faster as they share what has worked for them. As you develop your business plan, you will also prepare a presentation to pitch to lenders, investors and/or potential clients. You will develop tools to attract customers, gain exposure and become financially efficient. At the end of the course, you will have the foundation of a business plan, media kit, operations plan, sales strategy, customer acquisition plan, and financial analysis. This is a fast-paced course for the ambitious business owner who wants to get to their goals faster.
Business Resource Center
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.
The Treasury Department has released fact sheets for small business lenders and small business borrowers interested in accessing the $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that was enacted last week as part of the $2.3 trillion economic stimulus bill.
Disaster Press Releases
CO 16367-01 – SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Colorado Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at:
Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email email@example.com. (link sends e-mail) for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
Small Business Resources at Your Fingertips
From online to in-person guidance, SBA offers various counseling and training options for the busy business owner and entrepreneurs.
SBA’s Boots to Business Program:
Boots to Business (B2B) is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of the Department of Defense Transition Assistance Program (TAP). The course provides an overview of entrepreneurship and applicable business ownership fundamentals. Active Duty Service members (including National Guard and Reserve), Veterans of all eras, and spouses are eligible to participate. Click here:
Is Your Business Eligible for Enterprise Zone Tax Credits?
The Colorado Enterprise Zone (EZ) Program is designed to promote a business-friendly environment in economically distressed areas by offering state income tax credits that incentivize businesses to locate and develop in, and non-profit organizations to assist with the needs of these communities.
Private-sector business activity encouraged by these income tax incentives brings job opportunities and capital investment to economically distressed areas. The private investment results in tax revenue for school districts, cities, counties and the state, outweighing the costs of the tax credits granted.
Is my business in an Enterprise Zone?
Coming up at the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center:
This workshop will cover functions of record keeping: cash versus accrual systems, recording transactions, revenue, expenses, and depreciation, and accounts payable and receivable.
During this workshop, we will begin the task of putting together a very basic strategic plan that will act as a roadmap to building your business plan.
THE NEXT COURSE WILL BEGIN MARCH 2020!
REGISTRATION WILL OPEN JAN 2020