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Key People to Add to Your Business Team

  By Kat Rico    You’re in business for yourself, yes, but you should never be in business by yourself. In order to be productive, you need a team of people behind you! Here are some key people we recommend that you have on your side for better and for worse while you’re in business (in no particular order). Accountant – You don’t have time to learn all of the tax and bookkeeping ins and …

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7 Steps to Start a Business

  By Kat Rico    Ok, so it can end up being more complicated than 7 steps, but we’ll do our best to keep it concise for you. Do yourself a favor and hold off on the business cards until you’ve completed these steps. *Full legal disclaimer: Depending on your industry, where your business is located, and the type of business you are operating, this may not be a complete list. As a business owner, …

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New Resources Abound at the Loveland Business Development Center (LBDC)

  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 …

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SBDC Regional Event – Google’s New Rules

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Location: The Summit Is your Google listing not what it used to be? Are you frustrated because you’ve noticed a drop in your website’s ranking on Google over the last year? Has your traffic slowed to a trickle? Well, you’re not alone. Late last year, Google released one of their largest changes to their ranking criteria since 2011. Many sites that had been at the top …

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Restaurant & Food Products – Competitive Advantage

Restaurant & Food Industry – “Competitive Advantage” Tuesday, March 8, 2016 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Panel Event A quick search of Larimer County restaurants yields nearly 2,000 results, not including food products. With so many food based businesses, how do you set yourself apart? For our March “Small Business After Hours Event,” we’re bringing together a panel of experts to discuss Competitive Advantage in the food industry. Some of the points we’ll be discussing …

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Top 5 Business Real Estate Tips

by Kat Rico Our first 2016 “Small Business After Hours” event drew another great crowd! Presenter Andy Smith of Chrisland Real Estate Companies gave us some valuable information on expectations for leasing real estate for a retail business. In case you missed it, we wanted to give you a recap of what was discussed! Andy gave us definitions for nearly 30 common real estate terms, a few worth noting are: Baseline rent – This is …

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2015 Economic Impact Results

The Larimer Small Business Development Center (SBDC) released its 2015 economic impact results, and related business education metrics.  “Our clients enjoyed sales increases of a record $9.0M, up 70% from 2014, “ said Mike O’Connell, Larimer SBDC Director. “It was an excellent and exciting year,” he added. Through its relationships with commercial banks, micro-lenders, and other resource partners, the SBDC also helped match client funding needs with financial providers.  “We helped clients harness  $6.7M of …

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Real Estate for Retailers

Real Estate for Retailers Tuesday, February 9, 2016 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Speaker: Andy Smith, Chrisland Commercial Real Estate Our first 2016 Small Business After Hours is on the way!  In his fast-paced and interactive presentation, Andy Smith will help new and experienced retailers better understand critical factors that are often minimized (or even ignored) when retailers seek property for their ventures.  Andy’s goal is to equip the small-business owner with knowledge that helps …

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Larimer SBDC Success Story – We’re a Little Bit Cheesy

Story: Kat Rico Photography: LifeStorm Photography What do cheese and art have in common? Both excite the pallet and have rich stories, according to The Fox and the Crow owner Tina Mooney, a cheesemonger and art history major. The Fox and the Crow brings artisan cheeses and meats to mid-town Fort Collins. They understand that the world of artisan cheese can be intimidating and have crafted their shop to welcome people who may stumble in …

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Funnel Vision Wrap Up

On Tuesday, November 10th, we held our final “Small Business After Hours” event for 2015! First off, we want to say thank you to all of you who chose to attend. Your feedback helped us build these events into a regular part of our programming for 2015 and based on your responses, we will be carrying them forward into 2016! Secondly, we want to thank all of the people who participated as panelists and instructors. …

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