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The Top Two Partnerships Your Business Needs

Owning a business can feel like a lonely experience, especially in the beginning. As a start-up entrepreneur you are usually the one responsible for everything and it is common to second guess yourself or lack confidence in your business decisions. Starting and operating a business is not for the faint of heart, but there are a few key partnerships that can help lighten the load. Keep reading for the top two relationships you need to develop to help you through the rollercoaster of business ownership.

JCS Cleaning Services

A strong online presence is crucial to a business’s success, especially in our ever-increasing digital world reliant on technology. For many business owners, the skills needed to create and manage a professional website are daunting and ultimately a barrier to their business’s growth. To address the gap in digital skills, especially among minority business owners, the North Metro SBDC started a website program led by Diego Leyes, Bilingual Digital Marketing Specialist and Spanish Programs Outreach Consultant. The selected client for the first round of the website program was Jorge Torres, owner of JCS Cleaning Services.

Access to capital for your small business

Two New Funding Programs For Your Small Business

A major barrier to entry for startup businesses is funding. While it is important to work through long-term, sustainable, funding strategies with a business consultant, there are some new grant and loan programs from the Office of Economic Development and International Trade to help startups become established. Read on to learn about two funding programs to see if they are the right fit for your business.

Why You Shouldn’t Just Fire All Your Employees

As a small business owner, you know how expensive employee turnover can be. Factor in the cost of marketing open positions along with your time spent creating job descriptions, recruiting, interviewing, hiring, onboarding new employees, etc. and you quickly see the price rising. But if employee performance issues are not dealt with, they can become all-consuming for you and for the rest of your employees as well. So, is it best to fire problematic employees or try to work though the issues? Keep reading for takeaways from Courtney Berg’s recent webinar, “Can’t I Just Fire Them” Best Practices for Managing Employee Performance.

Best Practices when Collecting Customer Data

Chances are that as a business owner, you are collecting some kind of information about your customers. Maybe it is their payment information when they make purchases on your website, maybe it is their address to deliver your product to, or maybe it is just their email address to add to your newsletter. Whatever it may be, as a business owner you need to be aware of the laws surrounding data collection and how they impact your business. What are the best practices to keep your business safe? Keep reading for information from Samantha Peaslee’s recent webinar session, Dealing with Data.

Meno

Meno is positioned as a meeting place of meaningful sustainability and appealing design. Jerri describes her motivation saying, “My goal is to not only do things differently but to actually show the industry a fresh business model and approach that can be profitable, all while being transparent for the customers.”

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.

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