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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.


Happy National SBDC Day

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

To celebrate the collective impact and success the SBDC has had across the state and in local communities each year, Colorado is participating in the first national SBDC Day on March 22. SBDC Day is a national movement to help share the small business success stories and notable impact SBDCs have fostered in communities nationwide.

The day will include a Governor's Proclamation proclaiming March 22, 2017 as Small Business Development Day. The Proclamation will be read by Stephanie Copeland, executive director of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), on the steps of the Capitol.

Business has changed dramatically over the last 30 years, and the Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network has been there throughout. Since 1987, Colorado's SBDC- the only statewide program of its kind -has helped aspiring and emerging small business owners achieve the American dream of entrepreneurship. Help share in the excitement by using #COSBDC #SBDCDay today!

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

EPA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announces the release of its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I Solicitation ( to support the development and commercialization of innovative environmental technologies. The solicitation is posted on FedConnect, and all applications must be submitted through this electronic system.

EPA is one of 11 federal agencies that participates in the SBIR Program as a result of the Small Business Innovation Development Act of 1982. EPA is calling for small businesses to apply for Phase I awards up to $100,000 to demonstrate proof of concept in the following topic areas: air and climate, manufacturing, toxic chemicals, water, water and homeland security, and greener buildings. See the full solicitation for specific subtopics under each topic area and for details on how to apply. Successful Phase I companies are eligible to apply for Phase II funding, up to $300,000 for two years with a commercialization option of up to $100,000, to further develop and commercialize their technologies.

For general information on how to apply, visit

Missed the June 14, 2016, webinar on how to apply for the 2016 EPA SBIR Phase I Solicitation? Learn more:

The EPA SBIR Program is part of EPA's Sustainable and Healthy (SHC) research program.