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Business Expo, roundtables arm business people with tools for success

WINTER PARK — Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is teaming up with a long list of regional and local business-related organizations to bring business resources under one roof.

The event, on Thursday, Oct. 24, at Winter Park Station, includes roundtable discussions limited to 35 businesses in the community and culminates with a community-wide business expo open to the public.

“This is a great opportunity for business to have access to international, state and local resources all under one roof and network with other business before we gear into the busy winter months.” said Lindsey Stapay, director of the NW Business Development Centers.

Immediately following the roundtable discussions is the 9th Annual Business Expo, from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. The Business Expo is open to the community and will have 75 exhibitors from around the area representing private businesses and other organizations. Exhibitors are asked to stay at the Business Expo so that general public can learn more about their organizations.

The Fraser & Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, Grand County Economic Development, Colorado Mountain College Professional Services, NW Colorado Council of Governments Economic Development Programs, Revolving Loan Fund and Health Care Network, Small Business Administration (SBA), Grand County Enterprise Initiative’s Patrick Brower, the Colorado Workforce Employee Grant, and Liquid Capitol Small Business Loan will provide discussions on business resources throughout the day.

The workshops, or roundtables, for registered attendees are poised to include action-packed discussions about business resources in Grand County and across the nation. Key business resources have been invited to meet one-on-one with business owners about resources in the community.

Everything from confidential, free business consulting, discovering new financial strategies and developing goals to build wealth. Those present will engage in brief conversations about great resources and meet awesome business community leaders.

The Small Business Development Center will discuss opportunities to help start-up and existing small businesses achieve success. Services provided include: entrepreneurial and start-up training, individual business counseling, technology training, and networking opportunities.

Attendees will discover how to acquire a SBA loan that are low-interest, long-term, and meet a variety of needs existing small businesses. Out of the $500 billion spent by the Federal government, 23 percent of Federal prime contract dollars are awarded to small businesses. Also learn about the disaster, exporting, advocacy, and online training programs available.

Co-Sponsored by Northwest Colorado Council of Governments Revolving Loan Fund, a representative will be on hand to discuss how a business owner can create a new job while applying for more credit toward the business. Work Force plans to explain the latest grant up to $3,000 to hire a new employee.

The roundtable discussions during the day have limited seating for all types of business that service Grand County and abroad. Those interested should RSVP at: http://winterparksmallbusinessresourc.splashthat.com/ There is no charge to attend.


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