Larimer Small Business

Development Center


Happy Hour Handshakes with the SBDC

Happy Hour Handshakes

with the SBDC

Whether you are a new start up or an up and running business networking is essential in building business relationships. For some, networking does not come natural, it may take some practice. For others it just comes naturally. Which ever category you fall under remember that networking is an essential part of expanding your business.

Networking can be but is not limited to:

    • Generating referrals which increase business
    • Help you master your business pitch
    • Widen your circle of influence
    • Help you build confidence and character
    • Provide opportunities and make connections
    • Create lasting friendships

Please bring your business cards and join us at:

Horse & Dragon Brewing Company, Craft Brewery
124 Racquette Dr
Fort Collins, CO 80524

The event is free, but we do ask that your pre-register.  Also, I you are planning on having a drink please bring your I.D.

Restaurant Start Up Workshop

Restaurant Start Up

This workshop is a 90 minute restaurant industry specific workshop designed to guide you through launching your business with ease and success. Our 6 step process will lay the foundation for a more organized restaurant opening by gearing up for “need to knows” and gain insight on expectations.

If you’re interested in opening a food or beverage business, this is a roadmap on steps to getting started.

Lauren Storeby & Tiffany Helton


Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Email: A critical tool for managing and building relationships

Email: A critical tool for managing and building relationships

Email is part of our daily work lives, but it’s also integral for building relationships with leads and maintaining relationships with customers, partners, and employees.

In this class, you will learn how to write messages with the audience in mind. You will learn relevant concepts through examples and then practice applying such strategies to a sample message. Specifically, we’ll look at how to start, end, and format your message; provide relevant context; ask questions; and sound “nice” so your messages are easy for others to read and establish your credibility.

Jenny Morse

Appendance, Inc
Jenny helps professionals develop their confidence and credibility as business writers through her company Appendance, Inc, which offers corporate seminars and online courses. She was a finalist in the 2020 PitchNoCo competition for her Better Business Writing Pro course, which won the 2021 Excellence in Communication Consulting award from the Association for Business Communication. Always focused on achieving big goals, she’s designed her own personal marathon; ghostwritten for CEOs; published poems, articles, and a monthly blog; and successfully managed to feed an orchid two ice cubes a week since 2020. Jenny loves that she is living her childhood dream of getting paid to read since she gets to help others understand the rules and reasons of language in whatever context might be needed. Her career in writing and teaching has led her through three degrees, all fifty states, and five continents–and she looks forward to seeing where it might take her next.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

[Webinar] Make Your Website Work For You

[Webinar] Make Your Website Work For You

Are you ready for the new year?

Learn how to create a search-friendly website that drives user action and supports your goals.

In this webinar we’ll cover:

   •   What type of design works best for your organization
  •   How to create a website that drives toward your business goals
  •   How to make your website more search-friendly on Google.

We’ll also introduce you to free Google tools that can all help you improve the likelihood that your ideal customer will find your website on Google.

Led by Pamela Starr, a professional trainer for Grow with Google, this is a presentation anyone who uses a website to grow their organization should attend.

Pamela Starr

Professional Trainer, Grow with Google

Thank you to our Sponsors!

SBAH – Show me the Money!

Small Business After Hours - Show me the Money!

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!

Robert Anderson

Colorado Enterprise Fund

Debbie Davis

Independent Financial

Todd Karl

Ent Credit Union

Kathleen Minogue

Crowdfund Better

Mike O'Donnell

Prairie Rose Development Corp

Thank you to our Sponsors!