Kent Smith Certified as a Larimer County Business Consultant for the Estes Park EDC

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Local businessman Kent Smith with Smith Sign Studios joins Jon Nicholas and Adam Shake as a Certified Business Consultant for the Estes Park EDC through the Larimer Small Business Development Center (Larimer SBDC). Kent was eager to fill another needed business consultant role here in Estes Park and has just completed his certification as a Generalist Consultant.

Kent is a Colorado native who grew up in Englewood, attended Colorado State College and the University of Northern Colorado. His degrees are in history, historical research, economics and geography. After teaching for a few years in the 60’s he returned to the family sign business and has operated Smith Sign Studio full time since 1972. As a specialist in gold leaf signs, he wrote the textbook, Gold Leaf Techniques for sign painters which is now in its 4th edition. After 40 plus years in Greeley he moved his family and business to Estes Park. Smith Sign Studio is a Give Back Business Partner with Estes Park Non-Profit Resource Center. 

With an interest in civic involvement, he has been the Vice President of Estes Valley Partners for Commerce and their representative to the Estes Park EDC board. He chairs the Estes Park EDC Entrepreneur Center committee and also serves on the Strategic Planning Committee.

Consulting is free, confidential and tailored to your business. If you would like to meet with Kent Smith, Adam Shake or Jon Nicholas to consult about your business, please feel free to call our office at 970-577-1031 or email Adam Shake at


Estes Park EDC President / CEO Contract Extended


Following the completion of a performance review, the Estes Park Economic Development Corporation (Estes Park EDC) Board of Directors voted unanimously at its February, 2018 Board Meeting to offer Jon Nicholas a two-year extension of his present contract as President / CEO. Nicholas began his tenure with Estes Park EDC with its formation in August of 2013. Prior to that time, he served as the Business Resources Coordinator for the Estes Valley Library District, forming regional connections to resources for local businesses. Nicholas holds a B.B.A. from Washburn University of Topeka, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago.

Estes Park EDC also recently elected Jim Pickering, Chair; Christina Kraft, Vice Chair; Scott Pope, Treasurer; Bill Van Horn, Secretary; and Bob Holcomb, Member at Large, as Executive Committee officers for 2018. Estes Park EDC meets on the third Thursday of each month from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Timberline Room of the Estes Park Medical Center. 

The mission of Estes Park EDC is to build a broadly based economy and stronger tax base in the Estes Valley by facilitating local businesses to reach their full potential and by attracting new businesses that create jobs and new employment opportunities. Estes Park EDC does this in ways that are compatible with those values and qualities that make Estes Park a unique mountain community. 

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