Find out what you will learn in our LEADING EDGE program!  Whether you’ve already started your business, or are in the planning stage, this 1.5 hour informational session is FREE, and allows you to ask questions of the instructor.


LEADING EDGE™ For Entrepreneurs

Please check back in spring 2023 for details on our next course!

About This Course:

LEADING EDGE™ For Entrepreneurs is a 9-session business development course for both current business owners and for startups. This is a remote course which includes interactive learning exercises and conversations with your instructors, classmates, and business experts. In this course you will write the majority of your strategic business plan, learn best practices and money-saving tips, and network with fellow entrepreneurs in the North Metro Denver area.

Teaching the course is instructor Nancy Barnett, a Lead Business Consultant who has helped dozens if not hundreds of businesses start and grow. Her expertise, combined with that of numerous guest speakers, will help you achieve your goals faster as they share what has worked for them. In developing your business plan, you will grow your idea into a presentation you can use to pitch to lenders, investors, partners, and potential clients. You will develop tools to attract customers, gain exposure, and become financially efficient. At the end of the course, you will have the foundations of a business plan, marketing kit, operations plan, sales strategy, customer acquisition plan, and financial analysis.

This is a fast-paced course for ambitious business owners who want to reach their goals.


September 20, 2022


Tuesdays, 5-8 pm


Virtual (Online)


9 Weeks



The free info session will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, August 30th from 12:00 – 12:30. Find more details about the info session here.


Your county or city may be offering partial or full scholarships for this course. We are proud to work with our partners to offer this course at a substantial discount (50% off!) for a total of only $199 tuition. This is an incredible benefit, and we are grateful for the sponsorships listed below:

Who Is It For?

LEADING EDGE is for business owners and future business owners who desire focused education, accountability, networking, and the tools to build a strategic business plan.

What To Expect:

  • Nine 3-hour class sessions, including interactive group work, guest speakers, and discussions with subject matter experts
  • Confidential one-on-one consulting with certified SBDC consultants
  • Direct connections with local and statewide lenders, key business leaders, and industry experts
  • Continuous feedback on your business plan and strategy during the course, including a personalized review at the course conclusion
  • Graduate with a completed business plan, multiple mentors, and a key network of resources, champions, and friends!

Course Outline:

Session 1
What is a Business Plan?
Telling Your Story
Session 2
Determining the Need
SWOT Analysis
Company Description
Mission Statement
Session 3
Customer Acquisition
Market Research & Planning
Session 4
Intro to Financial Fundamentals
Session 5
Financial Planning
ProfitCents Projections
Session 6
Working Session
Financial Planning
Session 7
Lending/Funding Options Panel
Business Plan Compilation & Review
Session 8
Local Partner Session
Session 9
Pitch Night


  • We find the best results when our participants commit to attending all nine sessions
  • Extra reading and homework assignments will be provided each week
  • We strongly encourage participants to use our  free, confidential, one-on-one consulting throughout the course


Tuition for this program is $399.

Subsidized tuition offered by our partners is $199 (50% discount!)

(Please see the Local Scholarship Programs links above to find out if your city/zip qualifies. Address verification and local business license requirements may apply. Payment is required upon registration.)

The free info session will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, August 30th from 12:00 – 12:30. Find more details about the info session here.


Meet Your Instructor:

Nancy Barnett

Nancy has 25 years of experience in corporate training, human resources, and vocational business training. Nancy’s passion is helping business owners start or improve their businesses by understanding all the components to build a strong business foundation. She takes great pleasure in helping owners with strategic planning and business plan development. She spent ten years at national Education College in California, as a teacher, Business Department Chairperson and Director of Education, as well as 14 years with AAA Colorado as Director of Corporate Training before joining Suzy to create Apis Business Solutions.

Besides working side-by-side with Suzy to build Apis Business Solutions, she is a trainer and consultant at the SBDC (Small Business Development Center) Metro Denver focusing on small business development as start-ups. She also designs and manages business training delivered through Apis. She and her husband, David have four grown children and eight grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys genealogy, bead embroidery and collecting antiques.

Nancy’s areas of expertise are:

  • Business Plans
  • Start-up questions-how to file documents to get your business up and running
  • Defining Overall Marketing Strategy
  • Using Quick Books data in your business

Leading Edge is a comprehensive business program designed to give you the training and resources you need to Start & Grow your business. Leading Edge is a blend of learning and building, using a three tiered approach; one-on-one consulting, the EL3 learning platform and our Leading Edge business workshop & other workshops. Our goal is to get you to your grand opening and grow your business.


Leading Edge Business Workshop
Ten-week workshop designed to teach you how to own and operate a business. You will participate in an interactive environment working with your business model, hearing from experts on how to market and operate your business.

All North Metro Denver SBDC workshops free for one year.

The EL3 Learning Platform
The foundation to a successful business starts with the owner. The EL3 Learning Platform is your educational resource. A virtual classroom built on the Schoology platform, packed with the resources you will need to start your business. EL3 is a 10 unit online training covering marketing, operations and finance, the three pillars your business will be built on.

One-on-One Consulting
This is where we meet your needs on an individual basis. Our consultants will help you build your business plan, understand your business model and get you to your grand opening.

Week 10 Leading Edge Live!

Date: Tuesday, April 14th 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Each Leading Edge Business Workshop participant will be given time to “pitch” their business to a panel of judges. Leading Edge Live is a fun and interactive night to practice your business idea.


Course Registration Deadline
February 4, 2020
Click Here to Register!

Weekly Course Sessions
February 4 – April 14, 2020
Tuesday evenings | 6:00 pm – 9:00 p.m.
*will not meet on 3/24/2020

10-week course
$395 Regular Course Fee
Additional Guest – Please call 303-460-1032 for discount information

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