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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.

       

National Small Business Week - Celebrate with Brighton!

Thursday, March 30, 2017


Last year, Small Business Partners hosted 900 events around the country for National Small Business Week. Are you ready to join the Brighton Economic Development Corporation to make the party even bigger this year? Mark your calendars: Plan to Celebrate Small Business in Brighton with activities happening each day from May 1- May 5th.

On Thursday May 4th  from noon till 3:00, the Brighton Economic Development Corporation will host “Access to Capital” day.  Brighton EDC partners including North Metro Denver SBDC, the Small Business Administration, Colorado Enterprise Fund, Accion, Colorado Lending Source and private banks will be on hand to discuss your lending needs.  There will be a lenders panel with Q&A with the banks and nonprofits lenders answering group questions.  Additionally, Colorado Enterprise Fund will conduct their “Business Acceleration” presentation for those in attendance.

On Friday May 5th North Metro Denver SBDC at Brighton with our partners Brighton Economic Development Corporation and Front Range Community College will host the Business Development and Resource Day at Front Range Community College Brighton Campus with a variety of workshops, business resources and one-on-one consulting for business owners.

Colorado Creates Grant Guidelines and Application Now Available

Monday, March 13, 2017
DENVER - March 1, 2017 - Guidelines are now available for Colorado Creative Industries' Colorado Creates grant program. The purpose of Colorado Creates, CCI's largest grant program, is to provide critical financial support that helps nonprofit cultural organizations and communities produce and present arts and cultural activities, bringing jobs to their communities and enhancing the quality of life. 
 
"These grants support the arts organizations and artists who are critical to Colorado's economy," said Margaret Hunt, Director of Colorado Creative Industries. "By investing in this sector's vitality, the state builds its reputation as a premier creative hub and reaps significant economic returns."
 
For the current fiscal year, a total of 180 grants were awarded in 47 counties across the state totaling $1.3M, an increase from the 162 grants awarded the prior year. The agency's grants benefit both small and large communities, and 47% of grant funds were awarded in towns and cities located outside the Denver metro area.
 
Colorado Creates has a two-year grant funding period for successful applicants. Organizations awarded in last year's cycle are eligible to submit a Mid-Cycle Report instead of a full application. Those reports are due by 4p.m. on Thurs., April 20, 2017. View a list of organizations eligible for the second year funding here.


All other applicants will complete the full Colorado Creates application, which is due by 4p.m. on Thurs., June 1, 2017 for programs and activities occurring during the two-year period between Oct. 1, 2017 and Sept. 30, 2019. Eligible applicants can review the guidelines and application instructions for the Colorado Creates full application here.


ELIGIBILITY

Grant applicants for Colorado Creates must be Colorado 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organizations or independent components of Colorado public colleges or universities, or government agencies. Applicants must have been providing public arts or cultural heritage programs in Colorado for at least three years by the application deadline and have a minimum cash operating budget of $25,000.  

GRANT AMOUNTS & REVIEW CRITERIA

Colorado Creates awards range from $4,000 to $10,000 and are awarded annually on a competitive basis. Proposals are reviewed by panels based on three review criteria:• Artistic excellence and merit of proposed activities
Community involvement and benefit from proposed activities
Implementation capacity, such as effective planning, management, and budgeting of the organization and the project.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applicants seeking assistance are advised to contact Creative Industries Division counselors well in advance of the application deadline. Prior to contacting a grant counselor, applicants should read the guidelines thoroughly. Both returning and first-time grant applicants will be using an online grant system, and must be registered and approved for eligibility prior to starting the application process. Staff may be contacted at 303.892.3840 or at OEDIT_CreativeIndustries@state.co.us. 

APPLICATION TOOLS

Creative Industries staff has developed a resource handbook to assist with the application process. Online tutorials and staff assistance will also be available. Updates will be posted on www.coloradocreativeindustries.org.  
About Colorado Creative Industries
Colorado Creative Industries, Colorado's state arts agency, is a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT). Established to capitalize on the immense potential for our creative sector to enhance economic growth in Colorado, the mission of Colorado Creative Industries is to promote, support and expand the creative industries to drive Colorado's economy, grow jobs and enhance our quality of life.