Entrepreneurs: Not Afraid of a Challenge

“An entrepreneur is someone who jumps off a cliff and builds a plane on the way down.” — Reid Hoffman On #NationalEntreprenuersDay we want to celebrate those who have paved the way for innovative ideas and exciting companies by taking that leap. Entrepreneurs are passionate risk-takers who make an impact on our economy, and they‘ve made … Read Post

Denver: Empowering Entrepreneurs

“Moving to Denver set me on a trajectory that changed the course of my life.” For Ristole CEO Jackie Adams, a woman whose life has already taken many turns, that’s saying something. Starting her career in computer programming, she quickly found the hours behind a computer screen tedious.  She then applied for and was accepted … Read Post

Finding Your Business’s Recipe

Poised to open in the Stanley Marketplace, CREATE Cooking School chef-owners Erasmo Casiano and Diego Coconati say they’re ready thanks to the Denver Metro Small Business Development Center, where they’ve been actively engaged for two years, taking advantage of LEADING EDGE for Entrepreneurs, Trout Tank, financial classes and multiple consultants within the Denver Metro SBDC … Read Post

Marketing in a Digital World

We’re all a little tech crazy, so if you want to get your business in front of a new audience, digital marketing seems like a no brainer. Easier said than done. How do business owners without a marketing background or a digital native millennial on call take advantage of the everchanging digital market? Though social media consumption is at an all-time high, social platforms are actually making it … Read Post

Trout Tank: Teaching Entrepreneurs the Art of a Business Pitch

When it comes to starting up or growing a small business, pitch competitions are growing increasingly common. But what differentiates them, and how are they serving the entrepreneurial community? The Denver Metro Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Denver Metro Chamber’s Trout Tank Pitch Accelerator strives to not just educate or integrate participants into the … Read Post

Three tips to knock your business’s pitch out of the park

For entrepreneurs looking for funding to grow their business, pitching is crucial… As a part of the Denver Metro Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) Trout Tank Pitch Accelerator program, entrepreneurs can learn how to hone their pitch and grab the attention of lenders and investors. Are you ready to pitch? Here’s three quick tips to … Read Post

SBDC, CDOT Create Connections for Small Businesses

Just two years into business, Sky Blue Builders was close to shutting its doors. It was 2009 and the custom home builder was feeling the squeeze of the sinking housing market. Founder and CEO Mowa Haile knew his company needed to pivot, so he turned to the Denver Metro Small Business Development Center (Denver Metro SBDC). Haile took advantage of transportation-focused programming and consulting in order to change … Read Post