DENVER — It’s National Small Business Week, and the U.S. Small Business Administration Region VIII — which covers Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming — is planning several events in the area, hosted by the Boulder Small Business Development Center, to celebrate and empower small businesses.
On May 2, the SBA is hosting a breakfast in Longmont on the financing landscape for small businesses. The event will have a panel focusing on equity and debt options for small-business owners.
The following day, the Boulder SBDC will host an event on the pros and cons of investing in a franchise, held at the Boulder Public Library.
On May 4, the SBDC is hosting another event at the Boulder Public Library, called “50 Ways to Market Your Small Business.”
And the week wraps up with a Boulder event on opportunities in getting Small Business Innovative Research grants.
The SBA Region VIII is also featuring events in other states within its region, as well as several webinars on doing business with different government agencies, including the military, local government and transportation departments.
National Small Business Week kicked off Monday with the announcement of the top small-business owners by state and category. Colorado was represented by two winners.
Lorena P. Cantarovici, owner of Maria Empanada in Denver, is the Colorado Small Business Person of the Year. Elena Vasconez, director of MiCasa Career Resource Center for Women Inc., also in Denver, won the Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award.