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Is your business ready to take the next step?

DiAnn Butler
Grand County Office of Economic Development

Entrepreneurship is one of the backbones of the Grand County economy and is a driving force in our community. As a county we are fortunate enough to have an abundance of leaders in small business but even those frontrunners strive for tools and resources to take their organization to the next level.

This past May, Grand County Economic Development partnered with the Colorado Small Business Development Center to expose these businesses to those resources.

Lindsey Stapay and her team at Northwest Colorado SBDC provided an extensive 36-hour training program for Grand County businesses to produce a comprehensive business plan that would guide business expansion decisions and activities. The course utilized a practical, hands-on approach with expert guest speakers, collaboration and personalized business counseling.

Businesses were required to attend weekly class sessions and weekly meetings with a business mentor. As a result these businesses learned how to learn from their failures, effectively funnel their energy and resources, and turn their ideas into a viable business plan that they were required to pitch at their graduation. While this intensive business certification required a lot of time and energy it provided these businesses with a real world roadmap for a smarter, faster and more profitable business plan.

On Thursday, July 23, six Grand County businesses were rewarded for their completion of this Next Level Leading Edge course. Congratulations are in order to the following businesses for all of their hard work: Wylie’s Paint Store, Avalanche Car Rentals, Alpine Sun Ski & Sport, Cowgirl Concierge, Cabin Works and Joyous Skin Care. The efforts of these businesses had a lasting impact not only in their own organizations but a major impact on our community as a whole!

If your business is ready to take the next step, contact DiAnn Butler (970) 531-1343 for the next course or visit us online at to show interest in future programs!

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