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The Central Mountain Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is offering a thorough number of in-person and online supportive workshops in May for local entrepreneurs.

Among upcoming offerings are The Power of WE (Women Entrepreneurs) Conference, May 16, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Salida SteamPlant Events Center, with workshops addressing resources and funding opportunities available to women-owned businesses and the tools to access them.

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The featured presenter is entrepreneur and author, Holly Woods, PhD, who helps budding entrepreneurs use a purpose-driven philosophy to develop businesses with sustainability and meaning.  Meals and a swag bag are included and participants can register on the Central SBDC website.

Email Miranda Grant, Programs Coordinator for the Central Mountain SBDC for further details.

The Business Foundations Technical Assistance Program provides information on how to get a business started from the ground up and they are also offering $1,200 grants. Registration is available for this program at the Colorado Office of Economic Development.

Additionally, microloans are offered by the state from $5,000-$50,000 helping start-ups and small businesses that are underserved by traditional debt markets. Preference is given to businesses in rural areas. These loans have terms up to eight years and a maximum interest rate is the prime rate plus 2 percent.  Applications are available at the Colorado Office of Economic Development.

The Central Mountain SBDC, with its partners, provides consulting and training services to foster innovation and catalyze the economic potential of Chaffee, Lake, and Park counties. They offer ongoing help with all aspects of starting and sustaining a business. Online workshops on subjects such as leadership, cash flow, and internet marketing optimization are held weekly, most for just $10/session with free one-on-one consultation available as well. Learn more on their website.