Business Resources for Entrepreneurs

Checklist for New Businesses 

This concise, yet comprehensive checklist by the Secretary of State will help entrepreneurs avoid legal pitfalls, file necessary documents, structure their business, and figure out which regulatory agencies will impact their business.

Colorado Office of Economic Development

The Office of Economic Development has a wide variety of information for entrepreneurs interested in the East Central Plains region.  Prospective and current business owners can learn about communities, economic factors, demographics, funding, property, tax credits, and more.

Elbert County Demographics

Elbert County and the Elizabeth area are some of the fastest growing regions in Colorado and the United States.  Delve deep into demographic data and projections by clicking on the link above.  Click here for even more detailed information on economies, housing, community, and agriculture.

Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce

The Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce connects local businesses to communities and clientele.  The organization also hosts several events throughout the year.  Businesses and organizations receive various benefits per the different tiers of membership.

Mentoring for Entrepreneurs

Apply for free in-person or online mentoring with network of 10,000 volunteer “business experts” provided by a non-profit called SCORE.  The organization also provides workshops for prospective business owners. The local branch of SCORE is located in Colorado Springs.

Prairie Development Corporation (PDC)

The Prairie Development Corporations home page indicates, “The PDC is a non-profit economic development organization dedicated to promoting and serving communities and businesses in Cheyenne, Elbert, Lincoln and Kit Carson Counties — a place we call Colorado’s Central Plains.”  This organization’s website provides a snapshot of demographic and economic factors associated with business.  Most importantly, PDC oversees the Enterprise Zone Tax Credit initiative and various loan programs for the Central Plains.  The East-Central Council of Governments oversees the PDC.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Per their website: “The Colorado Small Business Development Center Network (CSBDC) is dedicated to helping existing and new businesses grow and prosper in Colorado by providing free and confidential consulting and no- or low-cost training programs.”  They offer free consultation, affordable training, HR help, alternative financing solutions, accounting resources, and more.  The agency’s Colorado Business Resource Book is a comprehensive guide to starting, growing, and sustaining a business in Colorado.  It has resulted in many successful ventures over the years.

Starting a Business in Colorado

Learn the ins and outs of filing your business and trade name with the State of Colorado by clicking on the link above.

MyBiz Colorado: helping you start your business

Per their website: “MyBizColorado is the fastest way to register and manage a business.  This is the official filing tool for the State of Colorado.”

Sizeup: Analyze Your Business

Per their website: “If you are a small business owner, you need to know how your business stacks up with the competition in order to succeed. SizeUp will help you manage and grow your business by benchmarking it against competitors, mapping your customers, competitors and suppliers, and locating the best places to advertise.”

Minority Business Office Colorado: better understanding of resources

Per their website: “The MBO team is dedicated to helping you understand the myriad of certifications available to you as a minority, veteran or woman-owned business. Already certified? Let our experts help you make the most of those certifications by learning how to best market yourself as a certified business.”

 

 

Enterprise Zone

Need a tax break? Consider donating to the Pines & Plains Libraries Foundation’s East Central Enterprise Zone program.  Details below: