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Summit County biz development center expands

CAITLIN ROW
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DILLON – Tailored business advice for Summit County locals will soon be available in numerous other locations in the state. Colorado Mountain College’s small business development center is expanding its services in 2010. It will provide free counseling for businesses in Summit, Pitkin, Eagle, Garfield, Routt, Moffat and Grand counties, and put on inexpensive business seminars across Colorado.

The business center currently aids Summit County businesses with free counseling at its Dillon-CMC location.

“We hope to expand our services to all the counties CMC serves,” said director Jack Taylor. “The small business development center is part of CMC’s overall strategy to support local businesses.”

In its first year, the CMC center has helped 42 businesses so far – 27 since mid-August. Clients of the center can learn about things like loans – where they can get them, for starters – and overall business management practices. Taylor’s business counseling is free.

“We’re helping businesses with loan applications and business plans,” he said. “Most of them are up and running. That’s the focus for the small business development center. We’re still working with startups, but focusing on existing businesses, especially in this business climate. People are really looking for some help, and we’re providing access to resources that they weren’t necessarily knowledgeable about.”

Though local businesses have been hit hard this year by the national recession as indicated by a drop in sales tax revenues, he said he thinks 2010 revenue collection won’t see as dramatic a drop as experienced from 2008 to 2009.

Low-cost seminars and workshops about business finances and development will also start in January.

“They’ll be held throughout the region,” Taylor said, adding that his 2010 plans include lots of “time behind the windshield.” The first workshop in the area will be held at the Breckenridge CMC campus on Jan. 20. It will cover topics relating to buying and selling businesses.

Interested businesses in CMC locations should contact Taylor for specific workshop dates and locations.

To find out more about small business development centers in Colorado, visit http://www.coloradosbdc.org.

To contact Taylor or to make an appointment, call (970) 468-5989 ext. 2802, or e-mail JMTaylor@coloradomtn.edu.


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