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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 Free Seminar in Competency-Based Hiring


Presented cooperatively by Skillful Colorado and Larimer County Workforce Center Business Services

When: December 21, 2018; 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Where: Estes Valley Library

Cost: FREE

Instructor: Mike Kohler, Elevate Training


In an increasingly competitive employment marketplace marked by full employment, underemployment and skills gaps, employers need all the tools they can find to identify, attract and keep superior talent.

If you’re not finding the right talent, you may not be looking at the right people. This series makes it easier to find, retain and develop the right employees with the right skills.

Participants in this workshop series will achieve these outcomes:

Job Posting – Learn how to replace the “same old, same old” language and requirements with postings that attract the best

Screening and Interviewing – Freshen your approach with techniques to ensure the best qualified candidates advance in your process

Click HERE to register for this free event.