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English Early Child-Care Business Training Program - Live Remote


February 1, 2024


Thursday's 6:00PM - 7:00PM


Live Remote


6 Weeks Cohort Series



Are you interested in starting a child-care business? Or, have you already started but want more guidance on how to run your program?

This free training is a six-week program designed to help new or existing Colorado-based child-care providers with improving their business practices. Both to better serve their customers and to promote their business sustainability with increased revenues. No prior business training is required, all are welcome!

The class will meet online via Zoom.

Participants are also invited to meet online one-on-one with an SBDC business consultant during and after the training for business-specific and continued training and support.

Child-care providers can earn professional development hours through the Colorado Shines Professional Development Information System (PDIS) by attending all training sessions.

Speaker(s): The lead instructor for this course is Chelsea Denny and is supported by several subject matter expert guest speakers.

Co-Sponsor(s): Training and consultation are available at no cost through partnership between the Colorado Department of Early Childhood (CDEC) and the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), and funding from the Colorado Shines Brighter – Preschool Development Grant.

LEADING EDGE™ For Entrepreneurs


Tuesday, July 09, 2024


Tuesdays & Thursdays –

 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM


Larimer SBDC /Virtual


4 week intensive cohort series



Who Is It For?

LEADING EDGE is for business owners and entrepreneurs positioning for growth stage, that desire focused education and planning, accountability, networking, and the tools to build a strategic business plan to take their company to the next level.

What To Expect

  • Eight 2-hour sessions held on Tuesdays and Thursdays (The first session and graduation must be in person, all sessions in between can be either in person or streamed.
  • Discussions, guest speakers, and LivePlan working sessions with subject matter experts
  • Continuous feedback on your business plan and strategy during the course
  • Free subscription to LivePlan that continues 3 months after the program
  • Free registration to workshops at the Larimer SBDC while enrolled
  • 5 minutes to present your strategy to your peers on Graduation Day. You will walk away with a completed business plan, multiple mentors, and a key network of resources, champions and friends!

Speaker(s): Lead Facilitator: Bill Welter

Guest Speakers: Amada Simental, Franklin Taggart, & Mike Bennett

*Partial scholarships available

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested in advance

Graduation Requirements

  • No more than two unexcused absences from the training series
  • Completing at least 3 hours of one-on-one consulting throughout the course
  • Turning in a completed business plan by the end of the course


The LEADING EDGE™ Entrepreneurship Series is a hands-on, step-by-step strategic business planning program for early-stage businesses across any industry. Through this 4-weeks Cohort Series—with expert help all along the way—you can test the feasibility of positioning your company for growth, solidify your business model and build a road map in LivePlan. You can finish the series with an actionable, strategic business plan to access potential financing or to use as a blueprint to manage your business.

The LEADING EDGE Entrepreneurship Series makes you an active participant in a program designed for (and with) entrepreneurs just like you. Facilitators and guest presenters are knowledgeable entrepreneurs and specialists who are attuned to the issues you will face every day. Thoughtful, insightful—and above, all practical—the series covers all aspects of successful business planning for growth.

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Next in Food – Online Restaurant Academy

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Next in Food – Online Restaurant Academy


August 27, 2024
Enrollment closes
on August 20, 2024


10:00AM – 11:00AM
+ Self Study


Attendee Review &
Weekly Zoom Meetings


6 Weeks Cohort Series



In collaboration with The Online Restaurant Academy, this 6 week online digital program will guide you through all aspects of opening a restaurant in Larimer County, from concept to scaling your business. 
The course is structured for the client to review digital and audio content, completing implementation work, setting goals and being held accountable alongside weekly Zoom group calls with other program participants.
ORA was founded by Lauren Storeby and Tiffany Helton, two female restaurateurs that currently own and operate their restaurants in Fort Collins. With a combined 25+ years of restaurant ownership experience, they know the ins and outs of the restaurant industry and have created strategies and processes in their businesses to not only survive, but thrive.
If you’re interested in opening a restaurant with little to no ownership experience this program will be a great resource to teach you the tricks of the trade and to set you up for success with real industry knowledge, experience and having a better understanding of what to expect as a restaurant owner.
ORA’s Next in Food program has been created specially for the SBDC and will get you from where you’re at today, to opening a restaurant in your future.
     1. Ownership Mindset
     2. Creating an Effective Restaurant Roadmap
     3. Restaurant Profitability 101
     4. Strategic Menu Management
     5. Effective Restaurant Marketing
     6. Cultivating Company Culture
     7. Executing Exceptional Guest Experience
     8. Scaling Your Business

Instructors: Lauren Storeby & Tiffany Helton
Online Restaurant Academy

Lauren Storeby & Tiffany Helton

Online Restaurant Academy

Register Here

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