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Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Free Summer Series Workshops 

 The Larimer Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is pleased to announce a series of 10 free business workshops to be held this summer on Fridays, June 13-August 22 from noon to 1:30 p.m.


These workshops are designed to provide information business owners, managers, and employees can immediately apply to their businesses.  

 

 
June 13
3 Steps to Awesome Collaborations
Ariana Friedlander, Rosabella Consulting, LLC

What if you could put the uncertainty aside and confidently pursue transformational, win-win collaborations?  Leveraging collaborative partnerships is a great way to build your business, by harnessing the diverse talents of other professionals and organizations to work collectively towards a shared goal.  You will walk away with a personalized game-plan for creating successful collaborations.   
 
June 20  
Will My Idea Make Money?
Nelia Harper, Business Consultant

  

Entrepreneurs go into business to make money on their business idea.  But the reality is: most businesses fail.  In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to overcome the most common mistakes business owners make, understand how turn your idea into a business model, and have a process that will help you decide if you should pivot, proceed, or pack it in.

 
June 27
Rolestorming: A New Approach to Creativity and Problem Solving

Rick Griggs, Griggs Achievement


When ideas dry up and the old brainstorming tool no longer works try what MindTools calls one of the top creativity methods in the world. Use it to solve complex problems, with a partner to see the other side of an issue, or to move your team forward on a project or endeavor.
 
July 11
Community Building: Build an Engaged Online Audience Around Your Brand 
Mackenzie Fogelson, MackWeb Solutions
Community building is not about social media. It's about people. It's about truly becoming a valuable brand and then building an engaged audience around it, both on and offline. Learn about three of the biggest building blocks of growing your online community.

 
July 18
Hiring Processes that "Fit" Your Business 
Carrie Pinsky, Pink Sky Career Counseling

When it comes to successful hiring practices, one size does not fit all. This workshop is designed for small business owners who are ready to make their first new hire or to support those who are in need of reorganizing or transitioning existing staff in a positive manner.
 

July 25
Growing Your Business with the Power of Video 
David Priest & Brenda Rundbeck
Shadow Play Films, Inc.


People love watching videos. Plain and simple, videos can tell more of a story quicker than printed words. And, entertainment and emotion reach people. Forecasts across the board show a continual growth in internet video consumption which translates to your potential audience growing by leaps and bounds.  In this seminar, we will provide 10 great ways of how to use video to help you gain exposure and increase your traffic

 
 
August 1
Foodies Rule the Fort!
Panel Discussion on Bringing Food to Market

Henry Mouton, Rio Grande Restaurants
Chris Feuille, White Buffalo Kitchen 
Michael Baute, Spring Kite Farm 
Scott Hapner, Chef Happy's Gourmet

Whether you want to start a restaurant, farm, or create a food product to sell in stores, this panel discussion will provide insight into world of Foodies. Hear their stories and ask your questions of these successful foodies.

Learn from the successes and failures of those who have gone before you in creating a culture and business around food.


 
August 8
Raise Money, Build Community: Keys to Successful Crowdfunding Campaigns 
Kristin Golliher - Wild Rock Marketing
McCabe Callahan - Community Funded
 
Fundraising and collaboration has transformed. Crowdfunding harnesses all of these ideas, giving companies, nonprofits, individuals and startups a way to personally ask for a helping hand and, in turn, give supporters an opportunity to back to what they're most passionate about. Learn the what, why and how behind successful crowdfunding campaigns.
 
August 15
Converting Clicks to Customers 
Reu Smith,rfi Marketing
 
Let's face it, as a business owner there seems to be a disconnect between clicks on your website and customers engaging on your website. Learn the secrets of how to read your website analytics, understand critical design placement for your website, and be empowered to make intelligent decisions to increase your customer engagement on your website. 
 
August 22
Building Your Business on a Deeper Purpose
 

Carl Dierschow, Small Fish

You've been building up your business, delivering great products for your customers with great service. But what happened to those dreams you had when you first started out? We'll focus on how to bring out your deeper values through a well-designed business.

  

While the workshops are free, pre-registration is still required.  To register and for additional information and speaker biographies go to http://www.larimersbdc.org/training/workshops.  

 

Remember, additional parking is located behind the wooden fence just east of our building.

 

Light snacks and beverages will be provided and you are welcome to bring a lunch as well. 

 

We look forward to seeing you this summer!

 

Larimer SBDC  

VOTE FOR US - FT COLLINS CALL TO ACTION

Friday, May 23, 2014


CALL TO ACTION:
Help us Help You!
The City of Fort Collins has started its 2015/2016 budget process, and is generously and appropriately proposing a $40K per year "offer" for Larimer SBDC support. Our SBDC offer will compete with many other offers for final funding.
WE ARE ASKING YOU TO GO TO THE CITY'S WEBSITE BY WEDNESDAY MAY 28th TO REGISTER YOUR SUPPORT FOR OUR SBDC, so we can continue and grow our free confidential consulting and wide range of business classes to support your local small business. It's quick and easy, and here are the 5 steps needed...

Step 1Like us on Facebook
Step 2
CLICK ON THE "ECONOMIC HEALTH" TAB (after you do this, you should be in the "enhancements" section, not the "ongoing" section).

Step 3
Page down to Offer #46.7, Support Larimer SBDC, and CLICK ON THE GREEN DOT.

Step 4
INPUT YOUR NAME AND EMAIL ADDRESS (required), and add any comments if you desire (optional).

Step 5
HIT THE GREEN "SUBMIT YOUR 
INPUT" BUTTON.


That's it! Two minutes of your time by Wednesday May 28th will help us immensely! Thank you so much for your help and support of your SBDC !!

Thank you for your help!

Mike O'Connell                                          Terri Donovan-Keirns
Larimer SBDC Director                              Larimer SBDC Coordinator
mike@larimersbdc.org                              terri@larimersbdc.org
970-215-2300                                            970-498-9295

 
 
 
 

Crash Course: Business Builder Intensive to Begin June 3rd

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Larimer Small Business Development Center (SBDC) announces the next Crash Course: Business Builder Intensive, a 6 week hands-on intensive workshop for existing and aspiring entrepreneurs.

The Crash Course: Business Builder Intensive is designed for entrepreneurs who are challenged to create sustainable growth, sound marketing strategies and manage resources.  Based on the work by Steve Blank, Professor of Entrepreneurship at Stanford University, and Lean LaunchPad principles, The Crash Course: Business Builder Intensive helps business owners find viable product market fit that’s both scalable and profitable.

The course includes classroom presentations, customer development, and expert counseling sessions to help break through challenges to growth, identify market opportunities and determine financial profitability.

The Crash Course takes a hands-on, practical and immediately useful approach to business planning and execution, equally beneficial to new entrepreneurs and seasoned business owners.  Initially piloted in fall of 2013 with 10 local entrepreneurs, participants gave the course five stars.  Said one participant, “This class was incredible for me in the sense that I was lacking this kind of business savvy and it gave me a big burst of understanding and confidence…I would highly recommend a course like this to other entrepreneurs.”

 Taught by entrepreneur and master facilitator Ariana Friedlander of Rosabella Consulting, this interactive workshop is designed to help get you “unstuck” and outfitted with the tools essential for a thriving business in the 21st century.

 For more information about whether this class is right for you, attend a free informational session Tuesday, May 6 (4-5pm) or Tuesday May 20 (12-1:00) at the Larimer County Small Business Development Center, 320 East Vine Drive, Conference Room, Fort Collins.

The workshop begins June 3 and runs each Tuesday afternoon through July 15.  The cost for participating is $250 per team.

Larimer SBDC to Hold Grand Opening

Thursday, May 08, 2014

The Larimer SBDC will hold it's Grand Opening Thursday, May 15 from 4:00-6:00 pm at it's new Innosphere location at 320 E. Vine Drive in Fort Collins.

Clients, community partners, consultants, and Innosphere tenants are all welcome to meet the Larimer SBDC staff, instructors and consultants and tour the new office space.

The event is sponsored by Community Enterprise Fund and Pateros Creek Brewery.

Overflow parking is available behind the wooden fence.  There is no parking along Vine Drive.

Larimer SBDC Office to Move to Innosphere Building in Fort Collins

Thursday, April 03, 2014

The Larimer Small Business Development Center (SBDC), sponsored locally by Front Range Community College, will move its offices to the Rocky Mountain Innosphere in mid-April as part of a new partnership between Innosphere and SBDC.

The Innosphere building is at 320 E. Vine Drive, Fort Collins.

“It’s exciting to see that so many business assistance programs will be under one roof when the Larimer Small Business Development Center moves to the Innosphere building,” said SeonAh Kendall, City of Fort Collins economic policy and project manager. “Innosphere has always been a place for entrepreneurship, and SBDC will continue to provide quality resources to the local business community.”

Innosphere logo“The partnership between SBDC and Innosphere is beneficial because the SBDC offers business consulting and training that maximizes the economic potential of Colorado entrepreneurs,” said Mike Freeman, Innosphere CEO. “The SBDC has an experienced team of counselors and advisors that can give the small business owner the tools to manage business challenges, which offers a complementary service to existing Innosphere programs such as the SAGE advisor network, which matches experienced business talent with early stage companies.”

Larimer-County-SBDC“We are thrilled to welcome our existing and new clients into this impressive facility, with its energizing organizational culture and reputation. Further communication to our clients will be provided in the weeks ahead.” said Mike O’Connell, SBDC director. The building provides modern effective training facilities and conference space for local entrepreneurs, while the Innosphere incubator program offers its client companies access to a broad network of specialized resources and creates long-term regional economic impact through efficient, personalized growth strategies for entrepreneurs.

SBDC services such as providing low-cost trainings and confidential free one-on-one consulting will remain the same, while the opportunity to collaborate with Innosphere will likely increase service offerings. “Being able to work with the Innosphere on joint programs like Lean Launch Pad and Lunch and Learns will enhance the SBDC’s already successful 90+ training classes per year,” said Erin Fink Smith, director of Corporate Solutions at FRCC. “The SBDC has always served the Larimer County small business world well and we’re excited that its services will now provide a brighter vision for our community.”

- See more at: http://blog.frontrange.edu/2014/02/20/larimer-sbdc-will-move-offices-to-innosphere-building-in-fort-collins/#sthash.IARwhtrJ.dpuf
The Larimer Small Business Development Center (SBDC), sponsored locally by Front Range Community College, will move its offices to the Rocky Mountain Innosphere in mid-April as part of a new partnership between Innosphere and SBDC.

The Innosphere building is at 320 E. Vine Drive, Fort Collins.

“It’s exciting to see that so many business assistance programs will be under one roof when the Larimer Small Business Development Center moves to the Innosphere building,” said SeonAh Kendall, City of Fort Collins economic policy and project manager. “Innosphere has always been a place for entrepreneurship, and SBDC will continue to provide quality resources to the local business community.”

“The partnership between SBDC and Innosphere is beneficial because the SBDC offers business consulting and training that maximizes the economic potential of Colorado entrepreneurs,” said Mike Freeman, Innosphere CEO. “The SBDC has an experienced team of counselors and advisors that can give the small business owner the tools to manage business challenges, which offers a complementary service to existing Innosphere programs such as the SAGE advisor network, which matches experienced business talent with early stage companies.”

Larimer-County-SBDC“We are thrilled to welcome our existing and new clients into this impressive facility, with its energizing organizational culture and reputation. Further communication to our clients will be provided in the weeks ahead.” said Mike O’Connell, SBDC director. The building provides modern effective training facilities and conference space for local entrepreneurs, while the Innosphere incubator program offers its client companies access to a broad network of specialized resources and creates long-term regional economic impact through efficient, personalized growth strategies for entrepreneurs.

SBDC services such as providing low-cost trainings and confidential free one-on-one consulting will remain the same, while the opportunity to collaborate with Innosphere will likely increase service offerings. “Being able to work with the Innosphere on joint programs like Lean Launch Pad and Lunch and Learns will enhance the SBDC’s already successful 90+ training classes per year,” said Erin Fink Smith, director of Corporate Solutions at FRCC. “The SBDC has always served the Larimer County small business world well and we’re excited that its services will now provide a brighter vision for our community.”

About Rocky Mountain Innosphere

Innosphere is a 501c3 nonprofit technology incubator formed to accelerate the development and success of high-impact scientific and technology start-up companies. By leveraging deep stakeholder relationships, Innosphere offers their clients access to a broad network of specialized resources creating a streamlined path to success. Innosphere currently provides support to over 3 dozen start-up companies with resources such as assistance with raising capital, help in assembling solid management teams, strategic corporate partner development, relationships with test and demonstration facilities, discounted professional service providers, and educational and networking opportunities.

Innosphere has two physical locations: headquarters in Fort Collins, Colo., and the “Innosphere at CREED” office located at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., which serves to expand Innosphere’s cleantech program throughout all of Colorado by supporting start-ups who will provide the next generation of clean, renewable, and efficient energy technologies

About Larimer SBDC

America’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network is a partnership of federal, state, higher education, and private resources. There are more than 900 SBDC centers throughout the U.S., with the mission of offering training and consulting for small businesses.

The Larimer SBDC ran more than 90 low-cost training classes in 2013 covering a wide range of business issues, and conducted more than 1,700 hours of confidential free one-on-one consulting for both existing businesses and start-ups. Learn more about the Larimer SBDC at www.larimersbdc.org, or call (970) 498-9295. The Larimer SBDC is partially funded by the Small Business Administration (SBA) through Colorado’s Office of Economic Development (OEDIT), with matching funds by Front Range Community College.

- See more at: http://blog.frontrange.edu/2014/02/20/larimer-sbdc-will-move-offices-to-innosphere-building-in-fort-collins/#sthash.IARwhtrJ.dpuf
About Rocky Mountain Innosphere
Innosphere is a 501c3 nonprofit technology incubator formed to accelerate the development and success of high-impact scientific and technology start-up companies. By leveraging deep stakeholder relationships, Innosphere offers their clients access to a broad network of specialized resources creating a streamlined path to success. Innosphere currently provides support to over 3 dozen start-up companies with resources such as assistance with raising capital, help in assembling solid management teams, strategic corporate partner development, relationships with test and demonstration facilities, discounted professional service providers, and educational and networking opportunities.

Innosphere has two physical locations: headquarters in Fort Collins, Colo., and the “Innosphere at CREED” office located at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., which serves to expand Innosphere’s cleantech program throughout all of Colorado by supporting start-ups who will provide the next generation of clean, renewable, and efficient energy technologies

About Larimer SBDC
America’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network is a partnership of federal, state, higher education, and private resources. There are more than 900 SBDC centers throughout the U.S., with the mission of offering training and consulting for small businesses.

The Larimer SBDC ran more than 90 low-cost training classes in 2013 covering a wide range of business issues, and conducted more than 1,700 hours of confidential free one-on-one consulting for both existing businesses and start-ups. Learn more about the Larimer SBDC at www.larimersbdc.org, or call (970) 498-9295. The Larimer SBDC is partially funded by the Small Business Administration (SBA) through Colorado’s Office of Economic Development (OEDIT), with matching funds by Front Range Community College.