Colorado business resources; training, workshops, and events

Ten steps to get your business started
Offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration.  If you’ve thought about owning your own business, getting started can be an exciting yet daunting process. Whether you’re planning on selling products or offering services, these ten steps can help you build your business from the ground up. Learn about conducting market research, how to fund the venture, get information on business taxes, and more to transform your dream into a fully functioning operation. Here are the 10 steps – click HERE for more details on each:
  1. Conduct market research
  2. Write your business plan
  3. Fund your business
  4. Pick your business location
  5. Choose a business structure
  6. Choose your business name
  7. Register your business
  8. Get Federal & State tax IDs
  9. Apply for licenses and permits
  10. Open a business bank account
The Summit: Investing, Startups, and Real Estate in Mountain Towns
Wed. October 16 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center
Come and learn about investing, entrepreneurship, and economic development in Summit County and on the West Slope of Colorado. The mission of this free event, offered by Four Points Funding, is to showcase resources available to investors and entrepreneurs and provide a “state of the union” on activity across our region. We want to activate those resources at a regional level for the good of the communities we cherish and to set the model for community connectivity and networking at a much broader scale. Register here.
Drive, Lead, Succeed Conference – Economic Development Council of Colorado
October 9 – 11 at Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs CO –
This annual conference aims to provide the knowledge, tools, and connections that are vital to foster a growing Colorado economy:  Gather the industry’s top influencers and thought leaders together to share knowledge and answer questions that no one else can; offer new and vital tools and solutions to pressing economic issues facing Colorado’s professional economic development community; Facilitate quality collaboration and opportunity to exchange fresh, new ideas among Colorado’s leading Economic Development professionals, business and non-profit leaders, government officials and more.
Employment Law Update
Friday, Nov. 8 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the Summit County Community Center
Join the Colorado Workforce Center, Northwest Colorado Council of Governments, and the Summit Chamber for this FREE educational event. Learn about important updates to employment law including changes to the state’s equal pay provisions, criminal background checks, paid family leave, and more. Register HERE. More info: call 970.880.4.92.
Housing  Colorado Now Annual Conference
Oct. 8 – 11 – Keystone, CO
In 2019, the Housing Colorado Now Annual Conference will celebrate 31 years as Housing Colorado’s signature event, which gathers affordable housing professionals for creative, inspiring, and thought-provoking education. We will continue to build from our past successes to shape Colorado’s future-a future of more affordable options and excellent, safe housing for all. The time for solutions and collaboration is now! Come join us as we tackle the big issues together and find ways to develop and preserve our state’s housing.
Sustainable Tourism Training Program
October 28-29 in Vail, Colorado
Offered by Walking Mountains Sustainability and Actively Green.
Gain practical insights and effective steps to improve your sustainability practices Learn best practices and standards for sustainability in tourism and hospitality Earn a certificate in Sustainable Tourism. Register at:
State Demography Summit
November 1st at Arapaho Community College

Save the date for the 37th Annual State Demography Summit.

This one-day summit will present updates to SDO population estimates and forecasts, and provide up-to-date information for county and municipal planners, data analysts, economic development professionals, and others.  This year’s summit will offer continuing education credits for real estate appraisers, real estate brokers and members of the American Institute for City Planners (AICP).  Register here. 
Land Use Law Annual Conference
December 5 & 6 in Denver
Now in its 25th year, Tom Ragonetti’s Annual Conference on land use law takes place Dec. 5-6, in Denver. This conference gathers the top experts and land use professionals from across the state to discuss the most important topics in land use law. In just two days, this conference gives new and veteran practitioners the opportunity to discuss critical current issues presented from a wide range of perspectives. To register, visit