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Consultant Spotlight – Nikki Larchar

This month, we turn the Consultant Spotlight on Nikki Larchar, Co-founder of simplyHR. Nikki specializes in all things human resources and employee-related challenges.  Nikki brings a unique blend of work experience, ranging from managing employees at both small and large establishments to consulting business owners with all of their human resource needs. With over five years of work experience in human resources and over ten years of her career dedicated to managing teams, Nikki has …

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IRS Small Business Taxes: The Virtual Workshop

As the 2018 filing season gets underway, small business and self-employed individuals can find helpful tax-related information through the IRS Video Portal. The portal contains videos and webinars of small-business tax topics, including the popular Small Business Taxes: the Virtual Workshop. IRS Small Business – Video Portal

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Avid Product Development

It takes a little help from our friends –For this Loveland business, partnership liberated growth and made work fun again Owners, Ryan Billson and Doug Collins Consulting businesses are often lonely endeavors, constrained by the experience, capacity, and moxie of the owner. When opportunity knocks – in the guise of new technologies, more customers, or economic expansion – many consultants choke, not willing to do what’s necessary to grow. When Doug Collins, owner of Loveland’s Avid …

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Techstars Startup Week Ft. Collins 2018

Are you hungry for more information to make your business aspirations come true?  Be part of Techstars Startup Week Fort Collins, a free, five-day celebration of our community that builds momentum and opportunity around entrepreneurship.  Startup Week returns to Fort Collins February 23rd – March 2nd with over 130+ business sessions, discussion panels, professional development and start up workshops being offered throughout Downtown Fort Collins.   The week will offer opportunities for one-on-one consulting with Larimer …

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2018 Employee Tax Reform Information

With the new tax reform, comes new tax tables for employees. Employers should begin using the new tax withholdings as soon as possible, but no later than February 15, 2018. Although you are not required to have employees fill out a new W-4, you should consider letting the employee know that their taxes might change and therefore their paycheck may be affected. If they would like to change their withholding information, have them fill out …

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Consultant Spotlight – Sari Kimbell

Each month we will be featuring one of our consultants in the Consultant Spotlight. This will be an opportunity for you to get to know a little more about our consultants and how special they are to the Larimer SBDC, our clients and the community. Along with a short background bio on each consultant, we will also ask each of them our 5 Questions that give insight to their particular industry, experience or personal interests.  This …

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Peggy Lyle – 2017 Consultant of the Year

Peggy Lyle receives the Consultant of the Year Award from Mike O’Connell, Larimer SBDC Director Peggy Lyle was presented with the award for 2017 Consultant of the Year for the Larimer SBDC at an Innosphere event held in December.  She is the director of Downtown Fort Collins Creative District and is heavily involved with ArtUpWeek, which is a part of 2018 StartUpWeek Fort Collins.  Peggy started as an SBDC consultant about 1½ years ago as …

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The Cooking Studio

Owner, Trish O’Neill Unleash Your Inner Chef! Story & Photos courtesy Sharon Long and Trish O’Neill Fifteen years ago, Trish O’Neill took her first cooking class and she was hooked! She began cooking inspired meals from scratch and it soon became her passion. Over the next 15 years she traveled for her career, all the while taking cooking classes as a hobby while on her travels. This cultivated the idea that would eventually bring Trish …

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Supporting Ft. Collins Small Business at Jessup Farm

Larimer SBDC director, Mike O’Connell, along with Ft. Collins Mayor, Wade Troxell and Frances Padilla, SBA Colorado District Director, paid a visit to a few local businesses as a show of support for Small Business Saturday.  His visit included stops at Bindle Coffee, HeyDey and Knapsack located in the Jessup Farm Artisan Village development in Southeast Ft. Collins. More information on these local businesses, as well as the many others in the Jessup Farm development, …

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Colorado Enterprise Fund Launches Veteran Loan Program – VALOR

CEF Launches Small Business Loan Program for Veterans – VALOR The Loveland Business Development Center (LBDC) has received notification that the Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF) is launching a new small business loan program for veterans. The loan program, created to support U.S. military veterans and Gold Star Families (surviving spouses and children of veterans) in Colorado, will officially launch on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2017. Veteran Access Loan Opportunity Resource (VALOR) will provide discounted loan rates and …

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