Estes Park EDC Offers Free, Confidential and Tailored Business Consulting

Supporting local businesses has long been a pillar of economic development. According to a study commissioned by the Lowe Foundation, 71% of economic growth in the United States from 1990 to present came from existing and expanding companies.  Since its inception, the Estes Park EDC has been committed to supporting local businesses.

As part of our continued strategic plan, the Estes Park EDC Board of Directors agreed to initiate a Business Expansion and Retention Program called the BEAR Program. The goal of this program is to directly work with and help our existing businesses grow. To do this, we reach out to as broad a representation of businesses in our community as possible, utilizing site surveys, business consulting and conducting group business projects. 

One of our key allies in this program is the Larimer Small Business Development Center (Larimer SBDC.) The Larimer SBDC combines information and resources from federal, state and local governments with those of the education system and private sector to meet the specialized and complex needs of the small business community. Certified Larimer SBDC Consultants work in partnership to provide businesses and entrepreneurs with crucial information that can mean the difference between success and failure. Estes Park EDC Vice President Adam Shake, Smith Sign Studios owner Kent Smith, Windcliff Homes Owner/Operator Rich Chiappe and Entrepreneur and Business Coach Jason Owens have all received training and certification as consultants through Larimer SBDC. Consulting is free, confidential and tailored to businesses and these consultants can advise business on a wide range of business opportunities and challenges to include:

Starting Your Business

·         Business Planning

·         Demographic and Industry Data

·         Licensing and Registration

Sustaining Your Business

·         Disaster Preparedness

·         Strategic Planning

·         Lean Manufacturing

·         Capital Formation

Growing Your Business

·         Financial Analysis

·         Marketing, Advertising and Sales

·         Social Media and Websites

·         Pricing Products and Services

Helping You Prosper

·         Expanding Locations and Products

·         Business Valuations

·         Rebranding and retooling

·         Exit Strategies

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