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Survey for Consulting Processes

Survey for Consulting Processes

We’ve been consulting in a 100% virtual mode for about 14 months. As in-person interactions open up, we want to understand your preferences about returning to some amount of  in-person consulting.
Our general belief at this time is that we’ll need to be flexible, and offer both in-person and virtual choices; we don’t envision staying at 100% virtual, nor going back to 100% in-person.
Your responses will help form how we approach our existing and potential new clients.
Please check the box that best reflects your preference:
Please check the box that best reflects your consulting effectiveness between virtual and in-person.
Our clients normally average over 4.0 consulting sessions per year. Last year, this dropped to 2.5 sessions. While some of this was due to one-time PPP loan / EIDL consults, we also want to make sure we’re adding value and giving clients solid reasons to regularly schedule appointments. What do you think we should do to improve the client / consultant relationship?
What do you feel are the 3 major strengths of our organization?
What do you feel are the 3 major weaknesses of our organization?
Thank you for your time to provide us your thoughts and observations! Your input is important!
Please send us your responses by Friday June 18th.
Regards, LSBDC team

Fake or Scam Mailings

Samantha Peaslee

Samantha Peaslee

Polaris Law Group

Fake or Scam Mailings

Starting a business puts you and your business into the public domain. Your address and information now live online (as a requirement), as do other pieces of information such as when you need to renew with the Colorado Secretary of State, whether you have employees, and whether you have a trademark.

As a result of this required information being public, unsavory companies will have access to your information. These companies send out notices to public companies that have obligations with these public entities. They attempt to have companies pay for services that are either free or low cost.

Take, for example, your periodic report.

Your actual periodic report needs to be filed with the Colorado Secretary of State via its website every year. You receive a notice for it about three months before its final due date. It costs $10.00 to file online. The e-notice comes from the Colorado Secretary of State (e-mail suffix @sos.state.co.us). It has a header that includes the Secretary of State’s name and the website (www.sos.state.co.us). It will inform you that this is an automatically generated email at the bottom, with a contact e-mail address with a suffix @sos.state.co.us.

A scam notice or instruction will be by mail, most often. It will be titled something along the lines of “DATE – Periodic Report Instruction Form”. It will include a processing fee along with the $10 fee. It will request for checks payable to a non-state address (for example, “Workplace Compliance Services”). It may have space for a credit card form. Sometimes, they will have scary wording as well, such as informing you that  you will be shut down.

If ever in doubt about a notice from the Secretary of State, Colorado Division of Labor, or United States Patent and Trademark Office, send it to your attorney or bring it to the SBDC. We can tell you if it is official or a scam.

[On Demand] What are You Signing? Reading & Understanding Contract Terms

[On Demand] What are You Signing? Reading & Understanding Contract Terms

Webinar Description

We all sign dozens of contracts in our daily life – and businesspeople sign even more. Yet sometimes there is a disconnect between what we think we are signing and what it means to our attorneys.

This class will focus on reading and understanding some common contract clauses that businesspeople often encounter. These are clauses common in many contracts, from employment agreements to purchase orders. They include termination clauses, choice of law clauses, dispute resolution clauses, indemnification clauses, and more.

Note: THIS IS NOT A DRAFTING CLASS.

By the end of this class, you will be more comfortable knowing what you are signing.

Samantha Peaslee
Polaris Law Group

Fee: $25

IMPORTANT! For On-Demand Registrants: After you register, you will be sent to a new page that will have a link to the video.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

[On Demand] Essential Steps to Starting Your Business

[On Demand] Essential Steps to Starting Your Business

Webinar Description

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

Fee: $20

IMPORTANT! For On-Demand Registrants: After you register, you will be sent to a new page that will have a link to the video.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!