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New Resources Abound at the Loveland Business Development Center (LBDC)

Thursday, March 17, 2016

 
by Mary Ann Huffines   
   

The Warehouse Business Accelerator was awarded the contract for small-business development services through the Loveland Chamber of Commerce at the beginning of 2016. The program that was in place prior to the new contract was the LCBD. The new program is the Loveland Business Development Center (LBDC). This was an intentional act to keep the name similar. The LCBD program began in 1991; Kelly Jones-Peters was a Director for the LCBD from February 2000 to May 2006. The Executive Director for the new LBDC program is Kelly Jones-Peters. Kelly has an in depth knowledge of how the center functions and brings a fresh approach to the center with her years of experience in economic development in Northern Colorado. 

The mission of the LBDC is to provide Loveland citizens and existing businesses with free one on one consulting services, sophisticated training seminars and street smart advisors in order to create a stronger more vibrant economy. 

The City of Loveland has funded the contract for small business development for 26 years. The name of the program has changed a few times…LCBD changed to Loveland SBDC, reverted back to the LCBD and is now the LBDC. The core offerings of the program have remained stable over the years. What is new and exciting about the LBDC program is the abundance of resources that are now offered to Loveland businesses.  This could only happen through a strong alignment with the Larimer SBDC program, the Loveland Chamber of Commerce and the Warehouse Business Accelerator. Loveland businesses can receive free counseling with business specialists or general counselors for routine business assistance. You can check out the talented consultants at: http://www.larimersbdc.org/about-us/consultants

To receive free counseling services, register at: www.LarimerSBDC.org. If you have any questions, please call (970) 667-4106.


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.