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We are now located on the FRCC campus.

4616 S Shields St. (Blanca Peak Room 151)

Fort Collins, CO  80526

 

Events

Instagram for Small Business

How many of the 1 billion worldwide Instagram users are your customers? Chances are pretty good your people are there! Join us for this Instagram for Small Business class taught by Amy Alcorn of Aspen Grove Marketing on the power of leveraging Instagram for business. This course will cover what you need to know including Instagram basics, how to connect and engage with your fans, Instagram Stories and new features, IGTV, and growth hacks you may be missing out on!

Can you confidently say your business is leveraging Instagram to its full potential? If you didn’t answer this with a resounding yes, let’s take it to the next level! Instagram is constantly changing and it’s features are always on the move – this powerful platform has more than 1 billion worldwide users and chances are, some of the very customers you want to reach are on this platform.

If you aren’t already, it’s high time to make the most of your Instagram posting, promotions, and stories. Join Amy Alcorn of Aspen Grove Marketing to learn more about how you can use Instagram to support your business goals.

Amy Alcorn

Larimer SBDC Social Media Marketing Specialist
Amy Alcorn is the Marketing Director at Aspen Grove Marketing. She works to help local businesses connect with their customers through multiple digital marketing channels. One thing Amy loves about social media is it creates a new place for people and businesses to connect. Amy graduated from CSU with a degree in business administration with concentrations in marketing and finance, and she has been falling in love with Fort Collins ever since.

3 Ways Financial Information Can Make Your Business Thrive

3 Ways Financial Information Can Make Your Business Thrive Do you want to run your business better and smarter? If you know what to look for in your financial statements, you can do just that! This course will improve your capability to read financial statements (primarily Balance Sheet and Income Statement). It is intended for small business owners and their bookkeepers who want to gain new or additional insights into their business financial performance. The focus of the class includes:

  • Understanding the importance of cash flow management
  • Good cash flow practices
  • How to read your balance sheet
  • Variable versus fixed cost analysis, and the implications for your business
  • How to read your income statement, and use it to improve your business
  • The importance of gross margin percentage
  • Analyzing trends in your business
  • General introduction to financial ratios for your industry

Pavel Verbsky

Larimer SBDC Business Valuation Specialist
Pavel Verbsky was born abroad in the Czech Republic. In 2002, he graduated from the University of Economics in Prague with a master in finance and accounting. He has worked in accounting since 2003 when he moved to the USA. In 2005, he joined Rickards, Long & Rulon, LLP in Fort Collins. He enjoys working with business owners, helping them understand how to use accounting information efficiently. Pavel began volunteering for the Larimer SBDC in 2009. His focus is business valuations – helping potential buyers or sellers assess the value of a business.

Financials and Bookkeeping – From Input to Understanding

This class will help you understand what bookkeeping can tell you about your business and how it can help you manage your business including:

  • What data you need to keep track of
  • Avoiding common mistakes
  • A summary understanding of what financials and proper bookkeeping can tell you about your business
  • General understanding your financial statements – income (profit and loss) statement and balance sheet
  • What’s accrual accounting mean? The importance of matching expenses with revenues
  • When to engage with an accountant and/or bookkeeper

Don’t let your financial statements overwhelm you! Once you understand what they can do for your business, you’ll wonder why they were ever such a mystery to begin with.

Nancy Rumfelt

President, Beyond Accounting

As a seasoned controller with three plus decades of experience, Nancy’s skills include financial statements, process analysis, KPI development, budgeting and implementation of accounting systems. Nancy has also developed a knack for understanding manufacturing operations, processes, cost accounting and has become adept at assessing what the issues are and developing solutions.
She has helped companies implement new software such as Sage 100 and Microsoft Navision, restructure cost accounting procedures, develop and implement inventory management processes, and has also taught classes for Quickbooks and Sage 50. Her experience has included both small and large companies in industries such as food manufacturing, retail and injection molding.
Nancy has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting & Finance and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Regis University. She also served in the United States Navy from 1979-1984 as an Aviation Storekeeper with the final rank of E-5.

Essential Steps to Starting Your Business

Taking the first step to starting your business can be difficult! There are many questions that must be answered as a business owner when opening a new business and you want to be sure you are following ALL rules and regulations. This workshop will be a realistic starting point for all budding entrepreneurs. The two-hour workshop will be PACKED and FAST PACED. We will investigate many questions and cover best practices for topics, such as:

  • What are the organizational and licensing requirements?
  • What resources should I explore?
  • Who should I market to and who is my competition?
  • Do I have the right amount of capital to start this business?

At the end, you will have a good feel for the level of effort and commitment it will take to make your business successful. If you’re serious about starting a business, you don’t want to miss this workshop!

Mike O'Connell

Larimer SBDC Senior 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 Cabelas, 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.

Are You Charging Enough?

Prices of products and services are 100 percent under the business owners’ control, and yet most businesses do not charge enough, contributing to cash-flow pinch and lost financial opportunity. This workshop will help you:

  • Understand how to strategically think about your pricing;
  • Think about the prerequisites that need to be in place to boost the impact of your pricing;
  • Learn about the red flags indicating probable pricing issues;
  • Get valuable insights into setting market-sensitive prices that maximize your bottom line!

This class will be informative for the entrepreneur considering starting business, or an owner of an existing business.

Mike O'Connell

Larimer SBDC Senior 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 Cabelas, 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.