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Delivered by expert practitioners, these lively workshops will give you practical tips and resources to help you start, grow, and thrive in your business and career.
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Business Foundations

Ready to take your business idea from concept to reality but not sure how to get started? This workshop series is designed for entrepreneurs who want a quick way to understand the fundamentals of starting a business. Delivered by expert practitioners, these lively workshops will give you practical tips and resources to help you get off the ground. At the end of the series, you will walk away with a better understanding of where to start and a host of resources in your back pocket to help you grow. You’ll also be fully prepared for consulting and our LEADING EDGE Business Planning Course.

Sign up for the entire track to receive a class for free!

$150 Standard Fee (Sign up for the track and receive a class free)

$75 Bronze Denver Metro Chamber Members*

$0 Gold/Silver Denver Metro Chamber Members**

$100 $75 Already attended Startup Basics*

$75 College Student 

Complete the entire January track to be eligible for the Business Foundations grant.

Business Foundations: Business Plan

January 12

A solid business plan will help prevent unexpected problems and provide you with a road map to success. In this workshop, learn why you need a business plan, what goes in it and what lenders look for.

Business Foundations: Marketing

January 19

In this interactive workshop, learn what you need to create your own marketing plan. You'll focus your efforts so you avoid wasting time and money on marketing that doesn't work.

Business Foundations: Finance

January 26

In this course, you will learn how to project and manage business cash flows, enabling you to better manage your business finances and/or prepare you for borrowing money in your business.

Business Foundations: Startup

February 2

Do you understand the nitty gritty of what it takes to start your business? This helpful overview workshop covers the necessary steps to successfully launch your new business venture.

Business Foundations: Legal

February 9

Business Foundations: Taxes

February 16

Business Foundations: Human Resources

February 23

You must hire employees to help serve your customers while following the HR regulations, but you don’t want to be too “corporate-like” when it comes to policies and procedures. This seminar will provide you with a basic framework to hire, fire, and manage employees in your small business without turning it into a bureaucratic nightmare.

*If you have already taken one or more of the above classes, the cost of those classes will be deducted from your total. For special pricing requests, please email Rob Rose at rob.rose@collegegardenstatues.com

** Discount taken after signing in to registration platform.

Cancellations or transfers must be made at least 24 hours in advance. In respect of the speakers’ and other attendees’ time, please e-mail us or call (303) 620-8076 at least 24 hours in advance should you need to cancel your registration.

Business Foundations Grant

Every business that completes the January 2022 Business Foundations Track is eligible to receive a $1,200 grant from the Office of Economic Development and International Trade. You can learn more HERE. We encourage all Colorado small businesses to apply. 

To apply:

Complete the Denver SBDC Business Foundations January 2022 Track

Submit the OEDIT grant application

Provide the documents listed below:

Secretary of State registration certificate

Employee ID Number (EIN) certificate

State Tax ID Number, if applicable

Other states business licenses, if applicable

Colorado Self Service System registration

your business budget sheet

your business cash flow sheet

your business balance sheet

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