|by Mary Ann Huffines
The Warehouse Business Accelerator was awarded the contract for small-business development services through the Loveland Chamber of Commerce at the beginning of 2016. The program that was in place prior to the new contract was the LCBD. The new program is the Loveland Business Development Center (LBDC). This was an intentional act to keep the name similar. The LCBD program began in 1991; Kelly Jones-Peters was a Director for the LCBD from February 2000 to May 2006. The Executive Director for the new LBDC program is Kelly Jones-Peters. Kelly has an in depth knowledge of how the center functions and brings a fresh approach to the center with her years of experience in economic development in Northern Colorado.
The mission of the LBDC is to provide Loveland citizens and existing businesses with free one on one consulting services, sophisticated training seminars and street smart advisors in order to create a stronger more vibrant economy.
The City of Loveland has funded the contract for small business development for 26 years. The name of the program has changed a few times…LCBD changed to Loveland SBDC, reverted back to the LCBD and is now the LBDC. The core offerings of the program have remained stable over the years. What is new and exciting about the LBDC program is the abundance of resources that are now offered to Loveland businesses. This could only happen through a strong alignment with the Larimer SBDC program, the Loveland Chamber of Commerce and the Warehouse Business Accelerator. Loveland businesses can receive free counseling with business specialists or general counselors for routine business assistance. You can check out the talented consultants at: http://www.larimersbdc.org/about-us/consultants.
To receive free counseling services, register at: www.LarimerSBDC.org. If you have any questions, please call (970) 667-4106.