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Health & Wellness Business – Funnel Vision

Health & Wellness Business – Funnel Vision Tuesday, November 10, 2015 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Speaker: Reu Smith, Customer Acquisition Expert Do you have all the pieces for a great marketing plan but don’t know how to start putting them together?  Funnel Vision will help you understand the right piece to use as your starting point, and how to put your marketing pieces into action to complete the entire marketing puzzle picture. We will …

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Hiring, Connecting With, and Keeping Employees

On October 20th, the Larimer SBDC held our second Small Business After Hours event targeted at the restaurant and food product industry. We pulled together a great panel covering a variety of restaurants and a food manufacturer to specifically address workforce issues faced in these industries.         Carolyn Reed Silver Mine Subs Franchises Ryan Houdek The Melting Pot, Rodizio Grill, Social Mark Havens Cafe Vino Josh Skow Canyon Bakehouse Restaurants and food …

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Grant Opportunity for Creative Businesses!

Colorado Creative Industries Grant As part of the Larimer SBDC’s mission to connect local businesses to helpful resources, we are pleased to inform local “Creative” businesses about a $2500 Career Advancement Award grant opportunity from Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), the state organization responsible for supporting and growing our Colorado artistic community! The Opportunity: • This grant helps support Colorado creative entrepreneurs and artists by stimulating their commercial creative business, thus producing improved revenue, new audiences, …

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Call For Instructors!

Do you have valuable knowledge or a particular set of skills you’d like to share with small business owners? The Larimer SBDC is seeking instructors to develop and teach new classes for the Larimer SBDC beginning in January 2016. We are entering our planning stages now, so please submit your ideas and contact information to: Terri Donovan-Keirns terri@larimersbdc.org Program Coordinator| Larimer SBDC We’re looking for classes that will be unique and challenging for our entrepreneurs. …

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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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