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Develop a Business Plan with Purpose and Durability – 2-part session

Develop a Business Plan with Purpose and Durability – 2-part session

A quick look around will show you that there are 1,001 ways to write a business plan, but how do we write the right plan? And how do we write a business plan that won’t just gather dust on the shelf? Whether you’re writing a plan for investors, banks, or your internal team, this course will help get you on the right track. This 2-session business-planning workshop will prepare you to create a written plan ranging from a planned startup or existing business enterprise, and give you a reason to re-engage with your plan as conditions and seasons change.

In this comprehensive 2-session course, we will focus on:

Session 1
   •   Value Proposition, Mission, Vision, Values, Purpose Exercises
   •   Business Model Canvas – Business Plan on a Page
   •   Know Thyself and Know Thy Needs – Personality Exercises, SWOT Analysis, Capital Needs Discussion

Session 2
   •   Financing Plan & Projections – Market Research & Assumptions
   •   Marketing & Operational Plan – Role Definitions / Process    Development
   •   Business Plan In Action – Activation, Check-in’s & Accountability

Curt Bear

Founder, LoCo Think Tank - Value-Driven Peer Advisory

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

New Workshops at the SBDC!

We are excited to announce two new workshops being held at the Larimer SBDC!
 
Improve Your Local SEO – a 6-Step Blueprint to Boost Your Local Search Rankings 
~ Sept 26th & Nov 14th, 2019
 

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a topic many small business owners know about but few truly utilize. But here’s the thing, showing up on page one of Google can be the difference between your business booming or just getting by. And, when it comes to getting your business to rank locally, utilizing Local SEO is a powerful strategy if done right. Fortunately, there are some basic (and pretty painless) steps you can take that will help your business rank locally.
This workshop will cover local search – what it is and how it will help your business. We’ll also go through six key steps to help your business win at local SEO:

     1. How to create (and optimize) your Google My Business (GMB) listing.
     2. How to build citations (and get listed on local directories).
     3. How to manage your reputation and grow online reviews with a review funnel.
     4. How to write location-based content to help your website rank well.
     5. How to implement on-page local SEO basics.
     6. What local link building is and why you need it to compete locally.

Winning Against Your Competition 
~ Nov 7th, 2019
 

You have a high quality product or service, but your competition is right there, winning the business.  In this hands-on tactical course, you’ll learn how to wind more deals by outsmarting your competition with skill.

Topics include:

  • Understanding who your REAL competition is
  • How to prepare to sell against your competition
  • Identifying your competitive advantages
  • Learning when to “cut bait”
  • Asking for the order before they do

Advance Colorado Procurement Expo

The Advance Colorado Procurement Expo, now in its 10th year, is Colorado’s premier buyers and sellers marketplace! Every year, businesses are invited to participate in this day-long event, which focuses on state and local government procurement. Businesses (sellers) exhibit throughout the day to showcase their goods and services to local and state government agencies (buyers). Exhibitors are able to meet with procurement professionals from those agencies to learn how to best sell their goods and services to them. All businesses, including those owned by women, minorities and veterans, are encouraged to participate. In addition to the expo hall, training sessions are held in the afternoon on the topics of government procurement. There is also a keynote speaker during lunch, as well as engaging one-on-one sessions between buyers and sellers (by appointment only). There is no cost for government agencies (buyers) to participate. Businesses may purchase an exhibitor table or a general admission ticket. Spaces are limited and early registration is encouraged, as this event does sell out!
To view a list of buyers participating, please visit www.coprocurementexpo.com.
This event is proudly brought to you by the Minority Business Office of Colorado, State Purchasing & Contracts Office, Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado Business Development Foundation.

Small Business After Hours – Show me the Money!

Thursday, October 25, 2018
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Larimer SBDC – Rocky Mountain Innosphere
320 E. Vine Drive;
Fort Collins, CO 80524 (Map It!)

Are you seeking funding for your small business but are unsure of where to begin? With all the options available for small businesses today, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed! The Larimer SBDC is bringing together several types of funding sources for you to ask questions and get answers.    

In this unique event, we will have representatives from each of the categories above do a short introduction of their funding source. After this short introduction, there will be a speed-dating style format so you can determine the right source for you. Come prepared with your questions and get answers directly from the funding experts!

Our Moderator:

Mike O’Connell
SBDC Director

Mike earned a business degree from Pursue University, and worked in a variety of executive sales, marketing, and business-unit management positions. He purchased Mountain Woods Furniture (MWF), a leading national manufacturer of rustic hand-crafted furniture, and operated that business until its’ sale in December 2011. MWF’s products were sold through Cabela’s, national furniture e-tailers, furniture stores, and to resorts and lodges. He provided over 6,000 paychecks to American manufacturing workers during his ownership of MWF.

Our Panelists:

Brittany Brown
1st National Bank
As a Sr. Advisor in Business Banking, Brittany has experience managing and advising a range of businesses. She has a focus for start-up companies and companies with 50 employees or less. She has a demonstrated history of working in the banking industry and believes in providing valuable customer service and being an accessible resource for her clients. She is skilled in portfolio management with emphasis on business and financial analysis. Brittany moved to Colorado in 2009 and enjoys horseback riding and spending time with her family outdoors in the beautiful Northern Colorado communities.
 John Berkhausen
Cache Bank & Trust
John Berkhausen has been a banker since 2007 and has been with Cache Bank & Trust since 2013.  He has served in multiple roles with Cache Bank & Trust and is currently Regional President overseeing all facets of the Larimer County Market including loans and deposits, cash management, credit, the market’s P&L, operations, human resources, and building management.  Within Cache Bank & Trust, John is a member of the Bank’s Executive Committee and Loan Committee.John grew up in Southern California, attended Boston College for his undergraduate studies, and graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, with his Juris Doctorate and Masters of Business Administration.  John is an active member of the community sitting on the St. Joseph Catholic Church Finance Council, participating in the United Way of Larimer County Business Cares program, and working with the Next Generation of Bank Leaders Board of Directors for the Independent Bankers of Colorado.  He was a 2013 Coloradoan Featured Young Professional, a 2014 recipient of the BizWest 40 Under Forty Award, a past member of the United Way of Larimer County Board of Directors, and loves being outdoors in his spare time. Most importantly, John is the father of four daughters (yes, you read that right) and has been married to his wife Cristin for 13 years.

Lewis Hagler
Colorado Enterprise Fund

As Director of Credit Quality, Lewis monitors portfolio and credit quality. He also manages our Northern Colorado lending activity including consulting with potential applicants about their business plans, performing credit analysis and loan underwriting, and providing ongoing business advisory services to borrowers. Prior to joining CEF in 1994, Lewis was the Director of the Small Business Development Center in Boulder. He is an entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience owning and operating a variety of successful business ventures with special knowledge of the restaurant and food service industry.

 Gwen Bonilla
Accion
Gwendolyn Bonilla is a Regional Loan Officer for Accion in Colorado. She is a Colorado Native and for over seven years with Accion, has helped entrepreneurs across the state access loans to finance their existing and start-up businesses. Gwen graduated as a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder and has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado – Denver. She is fluent in English and Spanish. When not at the office, you may find her and her husband taking advantage of Colorado’s awesome recreation centers and splash parks with their two young children, Makayla and Nathan, and chasing their yellow Labrador-mix puppies.
Paul Watkins
Guaranty Bank
Paul Watkins joined Guaranty Bank and Trust in 2015 with over 15 years of experience in the area of commercial lending.  As a commercial lender, Paul works with Colorado business owners, non-profits, municipalities and high net worth individuals to help them continue their path of financial success. Paul’s primary role at Guaranty Bank and Trust is to learn about his customer’s goals, understand the most in-depth details about their business and assist them in securing commercial loans. Additionally, he educates his customers on Guaranty Bank and Trust’s services that will help them meet both their short-term and long-term objectives through increased efficiencies, improved cash flow, and reduced risk.  Paul has a deep passion for Northern Colorado, as a 5th generation Colorado native and graduate of UNC’s Monfort College of Business.
Ben Mozer
The Lyric Cinema
Ben Mozer was born and raised in Fort Collins.  He started The Lyric Cinema in 2007 and helped his wife, Elizabeth, start LoCo Food Distribution in 2011.  Ben will be survived by two sons, Bailey and Jack. In 2017 Ben ran a successful Kickstarter campaign.  This helped The Lyric Cinema purchase (digital) projectors which were instrumental in keeping the doors open.
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