Business training, events & resources

Northwest Colorado Workforce Centers: Find/Keep Summit
April 2, 2020 at the Silverthorne Pavilion
Join us for a community conversation on attracting and retaining a workforce in Colorado’s mountain and resort communities.  Save the date, more information coming soon.
NWCCOG/EDCC Regional Economic Summit
May 7, 2020 at the Silverthorne Pavilion 
NWCCOG is partnering with the Economic Development Council of Colorado (EDCC) in 2020 on our 3rd annual event. Save the date and stay tuned for more information!
Vail Valley Works in 2020
The Vail Valley Partnership presents Vail Valley Works in 2020 as the premier local program for developing, training, and supporting a network of aware and knowledgeable business leaders ready to take on the challenges of an ever-changing community.

In 2020, Vail Valley Partnership will offer three Signature Courses- Community Leadership Academy (Jan. – July), Community Issues Bootcamp (May-Oct.) and NEXT Emerging Leaders (Jan. – June)- with the intended goal of deeper community engagement, a better understanding of the issues facing Eagle County and personal leadership development. For more information visit   or contact Erik Williams at
Downtown Colorado Inc. Annual Meeting 2020 – Colorado Challenge Accelerator Program
Conference wll be held April 14 – 17, 2020 in Colorado Springs
DCI is proud to announce the application process is open to participate in the 2020 Colorado Challenge Accelerator Program! DCI has worked with over 24 communities to transform a challenge into an opportunity.  Does your community have challenges you’d like to turn into opportunities?  We can help! We’ve assisted with a variety of issues from branding to housing to downtown design and financing. Applications due Nov. 15 – apply here.
America’s New Business Plan
America’s entrepreneurs don’t ask for much. They embrace the future by building it themselves, working toward goals with the spirit and drive to overcome every hurdle in their paths. America’s New Business Plan puts the ambitions and can-do spirit of everyday Americans first through a four-part entrepreneurship plan that ensures anyone with an idea has access to the opportunity, funding, knowledge, and support to turn it into a reality.Read more here!
Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Building 101: Lessons from Northwestern Missouri
An interesting initiative is underway in Northwestern Missouri. This part of America’s heartland is bounded by the Missouri River to the west, the Iowa border to the north, roughly U.S. 63 to the east and I-70 to the south. This is a physically large and predominately rural region with about 30 counties and hundreds of communities. Northwest Missouri is connected to the growing Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area with nearly 2.3 million residents. But everything else is rural and “small town” America. The Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri, partnering with the Malcolm Baldrige Communities of Excellence 2026 initiative, is working with partner communities to stimulate and support community and economic renewal. Read more here.