Winners, Graduates of Fall 2011 NxLeveL™ for Start-Ups Business Plan Course Announced
CONTACT: Marcia McGilley, Executive Director, South Metro Denver Small Business Development Center, 303-795-0142, Ext. 236, or email@example.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
South Metro Denver SBDC Announces Winners and Graduates of Fall 2011 Colorado Leading Edge: NxLeveL™ for Start-Ups Business Plan Course
CENTENNIAL, CO (December 23, 2011) – The South Metro Denver Small Business Development Center (SBDC) graduated its most recent Colorado Leading Edge: NxLeveL™ for Start-Ups participants on December 12th.
The graduation ceremony was held at the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, where participants have been spending one evening a week for the past twelve weeks gaining instruction on how to write a comprehensive business plan.
In attendance were John Brackney, President/CEO of the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, Darrell Schulte, President of the Colorado Business Bank Littleton Branch, and Marcia McGilley, Executive Director of the South Metro Denver SBDC.
Sixteen students completed the course and were awarded with certificates recognizing their accomplishment. At the end of the class, students were invited to submit their business plans into a class competition, and four winners were chosen and announced at the graduation ceremony. Lynnea Louison of Sushimee, a candy sushi company, won first place and was awarded $300; Heather Kreider of AfterLife Celebrations, won second place and was awarded $200; and David Hutton of Anonymous Stickers and Jason McDonald of AJ’s Firehouse Restaurant and Brewery tied for third place and were each awarded $100.
“Assisting sixteen participants write a start-up business plan for the past 12 weeks has been both intense and exhilarating for the participants and the Lead Instructor, Stefanie Dalgar of Dalgar Communications, LLC. Our Colorado Leading Edge/NxLeveL™ participants dedicate a tremendous amount of time in the classroom, in one-on-one consulting sessions with SBDC experts, performing market research and doing homework assignments in order to complete their business plans. We could not offer this premier program if we did not receive grant assistance from the State of Colorado and matching dollars from Colorado Business Bank,” said Marcia McGilley, Executive Director of the South Metro Denver Small Business Development Center.
To learn more about the Colorado Leading Edge: NxLeveL™ programs, visit http://www.smallbusinessdenver.com/colorado-leading-edge.cfm.