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Doing Business with the Government

Doing Business with the Government Tuesday, October 20, 2015 9:00 am  – 11:00 am Larimer County Building Have you ever thought about government contracting but didn’t know where to start? Join us for an interactive workshop about what government agencies buy, how you can market your products and services to federal and state agencies, and where to find opportunities.  You’ll also learn about the small business certification programs that can help you get your foot …

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10+ Retail Holiday Boot Camp Takeaways

Our Small Business After Hours series is proving to be a hit! Nearly 30 people representing a wide variety of retail shops throughout Fort Collins attended our September 22nd event. Alyson MacMullan of Peak Retail Group gave us some great takeaways for retailers to remember as they enter their holiday planning period. 1. Lay all your key dates from November through January (yes, January) on a physical calendar • Sometimes you may see correlations on paper …

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Restaurant & Food Industry Workforce Issues Panel

Restaurant & Food Industry Workforce Issues Panel Tuesday, October 20, 2015 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm No matter what business you’re in, attracting and retaining top talent is always an issue. How do you retain and reward good employees? How do you successfully recruit qualified employees? What workforce issues are you dealing with now? What works? What doesn’t? Just for our restaurant and food businesses, we’ve assembled a great panel of professionals to address these …

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Sharing the Blessings of Success

Ragamuffin Organizing & Cleaning Success Story Owner: Kami Bowker Story: Kat Rico Photography: Courtesy of Ragamuffin Organizing & Cleaning Not all entrepreneurs start with goals of grandiose riches; in the case of Kami Bowker, owner of Ragamuffin Organizing & Cleaning, she just wanted to be able to make her $300 per month car payment. Just three years later, her cleaning business has grown so rapidly, she has chosen to invest the unexpected growth in her …

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10 Signs You Need Better a Better Understanding of Your Business Finances

      by Brian Cathcart, CPA, MS Larimer SBDC Consultant The Financial Lab You are probably really good at providing the products and/or services of your business. But you might not feel so competent or confident about the accounting and financial analysis part of your business. Maybe you need to change your mindset regarding your financial reporting as something to get excited about.  Don’t you get excited about things that make you money?  Financial reporting and …

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Retail Holiday Boot Camp

Retail Holiday Boot Camp Tuesday, September 22, 2015 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Speaker: Alyson MacMullan, Peak Retail Group You’ve done your merchandise buying. The calendar is ticking away. You know the biggest retail season is just around the corner. Once you get all that amazing merchandise, what’s your plan for it? Display it and hope for the best? That’s where our Retail Holiday Boot Camp is here to help. Join us on for another “Small Business …

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QuickBooks Online – What’s the Big Deal?

For the first time, the Larimer SBDC will be offering “QuickBooks Online: 3 Part Series” beginning on September 9 and running through September 23.  While the functionality of QuickBooks Online is very similar to what is offered through their traditional desktop software, they are visually very different. QuickBooks Online also has the advantage of integrating with mobile applications that can be used on both a smartphone and tablet. Are you confused about whether to use …

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Five Technology Solutions That can Help You Grow and Protect Your Business in 2015

  Friday, August 21, 2015 12:00 – 1:30 PM Five key technologies that you should be using in 2015 to take your business to the next level: 1) Network Security & Data Backup –  Is your network and data really secure? 2) Customer Relationship Management (CRM)  – Are you nurturing your existing clients and bringing on new ones? 3) Social Media & Search Engine Optimization (SEO) – Can potential customers find you on the web?  …

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Health & Wellness Business Panel Follow-Up

Last week, we held our fourth “Small Business After Hours” event that was targeted at our Health and Wellness businesses. We were excited to host the five person panel event, which was moderated by SBDC Consultant and InnovatioNews publisher, Lee Porter. Our panelists provided valuable information to approximately 30 attendees. In case you missed the event, a main topic of conversation was money. As Lee put it, that’s a big challenge to tackle! The varying …

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Customer Experience – The Umbrella to "Customer Service"

Friday, August 7, 2015 12:00 – 1:30 PM “Business is a concept, people are the business.”  This is true for all business and when we really begin to appreciate that, the want for a positive experience can outweigh the need for the service. People gravitate toward what they enjoy and enjoyment is a simple concept. In this seminar I will offer you some very simple, cost-effective tips to create a positive experience that your customers …

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