Special Programs

The South Metro Small Business Development Center offers a number of programs to assist our clients with developing and growing their small businesses. Click on the program for more information.

Leading Edge Strategic Planning Series

The Leading Edge™ Strategic Planning Series is the Colorado SBDC Network’s flagship business planning course.  This program delivers comprehensive training to small businesses by providing entrepreneurs with a better understanding of starting and operating a small business. The program has courses geared to help both start-up and existing businesses in the areas of finance, marketing, management and more.  At the South Metro SBDC, the Leading Edge™ is a 10- 12 week intensive business planning courses designed for those seeking knowledge and practical skills for starting, managing, and/or growing their business. This program is aimed at helping business owners who are starting or currently operating a business. Each participant receives 5 one-on-one consulting sessions outside of class time. Participants graduate with a fully executed business plan!

Success Tracks

Success Tracks is a six-month certification program designed to help existing business owners develop a strategic vision and create a one-page strategic implementation plan. The program is based on the Rockefeller Habits and includes: application, assessment, two coaching sessions per month, weekly action steps and a certificate upon graduation. The ideal candidate must be in business a minimum of 2 years, have at least one employee (other than spouse or family members), minimum gross annual sales of $200,000 and be willing to commit to 8 – 10 hours/month from September-March.

Cleantech Open

The mission of the Cleantech Open is to find, fund, and foster the big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental, and economic challenges. The Cleantech Open is the world’s leading clean technology business competition. It offers world class entrepreneurial training, mentoring, press coverage, and access to both capital and potential customers.

Small Business Leadership Awards

The Small Business Leadership Awards is an annual event co-sponsored by the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce and the South Metro SBDC. This event is designed to recognize Chamber investors, their successes and contributions to our communities. Four awards are given out at the event: Small Business of the Year, Emerging Business of the Year, the Brian Vogt Community Leader of the Year, and the SBDC Business of the Year. Companies and individuals are nominated for these awards by Chamber investors and employees, or they are self nominated.  Finalists and winners are determined by the Small Business Leadership Awards Committee comprised of eight expert volunteers who specialize in a different areas of small business. The newly-created SBDC Small Business of the Year Award will be awarded by SBDC staff to an SBDC client who has experienced significant success as a result of their experience with SBDC workshops and consultants.

Biz Tune-up Program

The Biz Tune-up is a new South Metro SBDC program that performs a holistic, structured assessment of your existing business and offers insightful ways to improve. This program is offered at no cost and is especially recommended for South Metro Denver Chamber investors to maximize their Chamber investment while developing and growing their business. 

Connect for Health Colorado

The South Metro Denver Metro SBDC has been chosen as an assistance site for Connect for Health Colorado™, the new online marketplace where individuals and small employers in Colorado can shop, compare, and purchase health insurance plans, and apply for financial help to reduce costs.

Connect 2 Dot

Connect2DOT is a statewide program designed to help small businesses in the transportation industry become more competitive and successful in bidding and contracting with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). 

Export-Import Consulting

The South Metro SBDC is proud to announce a new Export/Import Consulting Program as part of our free, one-on-one consulting.

This program includes:

  • A structured assessment of your company’s export or import-readiness
  • Assistance creating an export/import business plan
  • Qualified referrals to specialized export/import resources