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How to Access Capital

It seems like you have all the makings for a great business: ingenuity, passion, strategy, determination… but do you have the money to make it all happen? Funding a start-up business is the biggest barrier to entry and can feel completely overwhelming. Don’t throw in the towel just yet though. Karen Patel, lead SBDC financial consultant has some great advice for you about what your capital resources are and the good news is you have options!

10 consejos para responder a reseñas negativas online

Es un viernes por la noche, ya has salido de trabajar, estás cansado y tienes hambre. También estás cansado de que, casi siempre, comes en los mismos sitios. Entonces, tomas tu celular y buscas en Google “restaurantes mexicanos cerca de mí”. Echas un vistazo a los primeros 3-5 resultados y luego vas a las “Reseñas” o Reviews para ver qué es lo que está diciendo la gente de ese lugar. Luego, vas al sitio web para ver el menú u otra información adicional.

Let’s Talk Hiring

The Great Resignation, The Great Reassessment, The Great Reshuffle, there are many names for the unique movement in the labor market right now. Whatever you want to call it, it is safe to say it is presenting serious challenges to employers and especially small business owners who depend on their employees to keep operations afloat. Courtney Berg, HR consultant with the SBDC and owner of Courtside Consulting, recently presented a webinar session on helpful trends in the world of hiring.
Employees resigning can leave business owners feeling powerless and defeated. While you cannot control an employee’s decision to leave, it is important to remember what aspects are still within your control. Courtney’s presentation focuses on maintaining that mindset. Improving the aspects of your business that you do have control over will not only provide the best experience possible for your current employees, but will also foster a welcoming and enticing environment for new employees. Read on for Courtney’s top tips on creating a healthy work environment in this new era of workforce.

Dawna’s Design Threads

There is a story behind every quilt and few know this better than Dawna Sanders, owner of Dawna’s Design Threads, who has quilted more than 3,100 quilts during her time in business. Dawna’s own story is moving quickly as she is in the final stages of closing on the purchase of The Quilt Store, a major leap for her business.

How to Write a Business Plan

January is a convenient time to officially start your business for bookkeeping and tax considerations, but before you get too ahead of yourself you’ll want to make sure you have a solid business plan. Writing a business plan can feel daunting and overwhelming, but the SBDC is here to provide you with resources and support to help you through the process step by step.

Boulder Furniture Arts

Boulder Furniture Arts is a Boulder based company that has been in existence since 1985. Lee and Hannah purchased the company in 2005.The true craftsmanship of their furniture products is the main driver of the company.

Melaxation Box

After a record year for stress and anxiety we could all use some relaxation. A silver lining of the collective trauma experienced throughout the pandemic is the importance of self-care that has been illuminated. Makalah Emanuel, CEO and Founder of Melaxation Boxes, is on a mission to continue amplifying the message of self-care through her business which sells boxes filled with hand-made gifts, thoughtful activities, and products from Black-Indigenous-People of Color-(BIPOC) owned businesses. “After a crazy year a gift of self-care felt like the most appropriate gift to give family members and friends,” Makalah says.

Old School Heros

Tom Concannon, owner of Old School Heros, had the business plans set, loans lined up, and was even doing walk throughs to lease a space for his brick and mortar sandwich shop in Thornton, a dream that had been in the making for more than 25 years and one he had been actively pursuing for the past four years. But suddenly all those plans fell away. Sound familiar? As restaurants shuttered across the country, grappling …

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