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2016 North Metro Denver Annual Report

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Glenn Plagens

North Metro Denver SBDC Director      
2016 was a great year for the North Metro Denver SBDC. Together our team continued to set new records for client impact and launch new programs targeted to the growing population of Adams and Broomfield counties. It was a super busy year and has set the stage for us to continue to grow and serve our small business community. 

The North Metro Denver SBDC teamed up with the Adams County Commissioners, Adams County Economic Development (ACED) and Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF) to launch the Adams County Microloan Fund. The Fund was launched with $1 million, the largest fund launched in the state so far. We also worked with Manufacturer's Edge to launch the Small Manufacturer's AdvantEdge (SMA) program. This took our "test" manufacturing program to a statewide initiative and created a formal partnership between the Colorado SBDC Network and Manufacturer's Edge, the first formal program in the states. In the fall the North Metro Denver SBDC produced the first annual Adams County Small Business Conference at Front Range Community College (FRCC). The conference was a day of training, workshops and resources for the small business community. More details for all these programs can be found in this report. 

I would like to give a special thanks to the overwhelming community support our program receives. Our host FRCC, Adams County, Broomfield City & County, Arvada, Brighton, Commerce City, Federal Heights, Northglenn, Thornton, Westminster, the Minority Business Office, the Governor's Office of Economic Development and International trade and of course the Small Business Administration; all working in partnership to make this program a reality. 

I have the pleasure of serving a great team of consultants, trainers and staff. I cannot say enough about their dedication and ability and would like to thank them for their service. And saving the best for last, I would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the small business owners we serve. As you know you are the backbone of our economy and it is our pleasure to serve you. I know what it is like to walk a million miles in your shoes, thank you for all you do and know you are appreciated - Great Job! 

2017 here we come ... 

Glenn Plagens 
North Metro Denver SBDC Senior Director 

Read the Full North Metro Denver SBDC 2016 Annual Report

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