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Small Business Development Center’s Excellence and Innovation Award

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

North Metro Denver SBDC won State of Colorado
and Region VIII awards

The North Metro Denver SBDC, hosted by Front Range Community College in Westminster since 1989, received its award based on the center’s efforts to effectively assist small business owners, and its innovative approach to serving small manufacturers throughout Colorado. Since becoming senior director in 2011, Glenn Plagens has grown consulting over 500% during his tenure. The center has satellite offices in Brighton, Broomfield and Commerce City. Last year, the center provided over 2,600 hours of consulting for over 560 clients, $9,184,276.00 of capital formation, 25 business starts and 126 jobs created. Currently the center has over 30 consultants and trainers working with clients to provide the best possible experience. In an effort to better serve the state’s small manufacturing clients, Plagens created a “Beta Manufacturing” program, working intensively with four small businesses of a 2.5 year period, which led to the creation of 23 jobs, $5,200,000 in capital formation and $4,002,000 increased sales.


Wesminster Office Move

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Our main office, located on the Front Range Community College Westminster campus, has recently moved. We are very excited for this move because it has all at once expanded the amount of space we have and brought our team closer together. We have two dedicated consulting offices, along with a multi-function room where we will be able to hold smaller, focused training classes. 

Our new location is just off of Entrance 5 (see map below), with the closest parking lot being the Lowell parking lot. 

Along with this great new space that we are settling in to, our walls are getting a ‘face lift’ as well. As you enter and wait for an appointment or class to start, stop by and read our consultant biographies. These are also available on our website, but as you can see from in this picture, it’s pretty impressive when we get all 20+ of them gathered in one space. You may find a consultant that specializes in exactly the type of assistance you need!


Also in our consulting offices along with the multi-function room, we have posters featuring some of our “Success Story” clients. Their stories serve as inspiration for other entrepreneurs as well as showcase the impact that we’ve had on our client businesses. As we continue the “Success Story” series, we will begin to swap out the stories so that anyone who visits our office can see what we’re up to.

In the near future, our consulting offices will only get more functional as we add whiteboards and more materials to help make the meetings more productive. Our multi-function room will also get a whiteboard, along with a television so we can demonstrate the techniques we’re teaching in a more interactive manner.

Please watch for changes around our Westminster office as we strive to bring you high quality consulting and training in support of local small businesses.

B2B Golf Connection

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Golf, an adventure through greens, fairways, bunkers, and other hazards, remains one of the greatest ways to build and maintain solid business relationships. 

Golf teaches you about a person's reactions in adversity—how they deal competitively with situations… I'm not worried about their skills as a player, but rather how they conduct themselves, as golf, like business and life, will test you in a multitude of ways. 
 - David Rynecki, former golf and business journalist and author

The way a person plays golf speaks volumes about the way they approach their business as professionals. Reasons business leaders use to conduct business: 
  • - Anyone of any age can play
  • - The handicap system used in scoring anyone of any capability can play with other more experienced golfers
  • - During a 2-4 hour game there is plenty of time to talk
  • - Build relationships and learn a person’s character
  • - In golf the culture is one of rigorous honesty
Savvy business people understand the strategic potential of golf; they plan and execute their playing as carefully as they do any other aspect of their business. 

Register today for the 1st Annual Golf Connection and learn what savvy business people understand about the doing business on the golf course.  This event is structured to connect experienced business leaders with emerging business owners (i.e. Prime contractors with subs, Business leaders with small business, etc.). 

The event opens with appetizers and networking during  registration. Golf Pro Danny Hughes will give a keynote on success lessons for golf, business and life. Following the brief keynote address, participants will be connected with a business leader who will share secrets of business success during a nine hole round of golf.  Participants will be paired off in teams of four and the emerging leaders will switch places mid-point, giving each participant time to share with two business leaders during the course of play. To complete the event all participants will meet again in the club house for a buffet dinner and more networking and discussion on lessons learned.

Image Credit: Heritage Todd Creek Golf CourseEvent Date: August 25, 2015
Location: Heritage Todd Creek Golf Course
Fees: $80.00
Schedule of Events
Networking and check-in: 3:00-3:30 p.m.
Shot gun start: 4:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:30 p.m.

Hosted by:


For Assistance or questions:

     Teri Sanchez
     Program Management Coordinator
     Brighton Economic Development/North Metro Denver SBDC

     Joseph Serna
     Program Director
     USDOT Small Business Transportation Resource Center West Central Region
     303-290-6611 ext. 29 

     LeRoy Romero
     State Director Minority Business and Women's Office
     Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade

Deltech, Inc.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Deltech, Inc.
Owner: Mary Stevenson

Story written by: Chris McCloskey
Photography: Chris McCloskey and courtesy of Deltech, Inc.

Deltech Inc. designs and builds furnaces for the production of scientific products, from laboratory implements to semi-conductor components.

Deltech is a small, family-run company with a large impact. It began in 1968 as an engineering services company for the mining industry. The co-founders, Calvin L. Stevenson and Donald J. Drinkwater, were mining engineers. Deltech built its first furnace for Coors Tek, then known as Coors Porcelain. Their second customer was Los Alamos National Laboratories. 

Mary Stevenson, Calvin Stevenson’s wife, is the current president of Deltech and their son, a master’s-level mechanical engineer, is Deltech’s engineering manager.  Stevenson explains the company’s focus, “We listened to what the ceramist wanted to accomplish and what his processes involved, and then set out to design and build the furnace to help him do the job.” 

In the 1990’s, Deltech supplied lab furnaces for use in processing semiconductors and fuel-cell, biomedical, and fiber-optics components. In 2000, the company built its largest furnace for use in the manufacture of a composite mirror for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s F.I.R.S.T. project. Stevenson describes the most interesting product Deltech designed and built as a positive-pressure furnace for the National High Magnetics Lab at Florida State University.  Stevenson adds, “Deltech was the only bidder for this job, which is not uncommon.” Today, Deltech furnaces can be found at universities and laboratories worldwide.  Stevenson said, “The company’s best advertisement has always been the referrals received from its customers.”

As Deltech celebrates its 47th anniversary, Stevenson looks back on an exciting track record for leading industrial scientific manufacturing and learning how to translate their expertise into business success.

In 2007, the company’s accountant pointed out that Deltech’s high-end production and position in the competitive market were not reflected in the company’s profits. At that point, Stevenson attended a meeting of the Adams County Economic Development Council where she heard about the services of the Small Business Development Center.  

The North Metro Denver SBDC matched Stevenson with a manufacturing consultant who began working with her from the first meeting, providing specific ideas for a business plan to align the sides of engineering and accounting. The consultant was able to translate his years of experience working in manufacturing into innovative solutions for Deltech’s financial stability.  After fully utilizing this consultant’s production expertise, Stevenson was referred to a consultant who specializes in marketing. This consultant joined the effort to provide Deltech with insight on effective advertising, competition research, and market analysis.

Today, Stevenson describes the high point of the company’s progress as providing the next generation the ability to take over the business in terms of engineering education and experience, combined with a solid grasp of business finances and marketing. 

Deltech’s trademark, “We Build the Furnace to Fit Your Need” is stronger than ever.