BBB and Small Business Development Center to host Small Business Week

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado and the Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center are hosting the 2014 Small Business Week, beginning June 16. This week-long initiative is designed to celebrate the awareness, education and recognition of small businesses and entrepreneurs in the Pikes Peak Region.

The mission of the event is to bring together small business from across the Pikes Peak Region so they may learn to further support one another and their community, become better educated as leaders and business owners and be recognized through awards for their business success and commitment to the community.

The schedule for the week and registration information is as follows:

  • June 16 | The Mining Exchange 5:30-7:30 pm
    Solving a Social Need – Even When It’s Controversial .Cost: No fee thanks to Pikes Peak National Bank, click here to register
  • June 17 | PPLD 21st Century Library 5:30 pm -7:30 pm
    I Did It EVEN Though…Overcoming Tragedy and Adversity and Achieving Success in Business
    Cost: No fee thanks to our sponsors, click here to register
  • June 18 | Sky Sox Stadium Banquet Hall 5:30-7:30 pm
    Firing Can Be A Good Thing – Terminating Relationships With Family Members, Customers and/or Vendors. Cost: No fee thanks to our sponsors, click here to register
  • June 19 | The Pinery at the Hill 5:30-7:30 pm
    From the Battlefield to Business – Creating a Bulletproof Veteran-Owned Business Community
    Cost: No fee thanks to Colorado Technical University, click here to register
  • Friday, June 20 | UCCS Berger Hall 11:30 am -1:30 pm
    Small Business Week Awards Luncheon
    Guest Speaker: Shari Harley, Author of “How to Say Anything to Anyone”
    Topic: Where Did My Customers Go? Get More Customers. Keep More Customers.
    Visit: Cost: $45 click here to register

“Small Business Week is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our region’s small businesses and the resources offered, to help them succeed and grow. Small businesses generate a large percentage of new jobs and innovations across the Front Range,” said Matt Barrett, CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado “The BBB and SBDC have created Small Business Week to serve the diverse business community in the Pikes Peak Region with educational workshops and to recognize and champion the success stories from  entrepreneurs and business owners. We are proud to host this week with the BBB and are very grateful for the support received from our many wonderful sponsors.”

This year’s Small Business Week sponsors are: Century Link Business, the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, Pike Peak Regional Development Corporation, Platinum Relations, US Bank, the Colorado Springs Business Journal and News Channel 13.

“With support from community partners such as these, this year’s small business week is bound to be one of the most successful on record,” Barrett added.

About The Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center:

The Colorado Springs SBDC is the recipient of the SBA 2014 Region VIII Excellence and Innovation Award. The Colorado Springs SBDC’s mission is to help existing and new business grow and prosper. Its vision is to be the premier, trusted choice of Colorado businesses for consulting, training, and resources. Contact the Colorado Springs SBDC for free and unlimited business consulting and no or low cost business training workshops.

About BBB of Southern Colorado:

Since August 1980, Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado has helped consumers find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. It serves 25 counties throughout Southern Colorado.  In 2012, 776,779 local BBB businesses were investigated by consumers in the geographic area.  BBB of Southern Colorado houses more than 26,000 reviews on companies in the region.  In 2013, alone, it processed and closed 2,719 complaints. All company and charity reports are available for free online.  The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for 113 local, independent BBBs across the United States and Canada, as well as home to its national programs on dispute resolution and industry self-regulation.

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Correction: The Business Journal incorrectly reported the Small Business Development Center was partnering with the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance as host of Small Business Week in an earlier posting. The SBDC is hosting the event with the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado.