Welcome to the Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center

Business Plan Competition Launches for 2017

Hosted by Colorado Mountain College
Sponsored by the City of Steamboat Springs

The Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center is hosting the 6th annual community business plan competition for 2017.  This program promotes effective planning for new business startups.  With a well written plan, entrepreneurs have a better chance of finding funding, recruiting talented employees, addressing the needs of customers and solving operational challenges.

Past winners have included, Excurzo, an application software company, Grasssticks, a bamboo ski pole manufacturer, Balance Rider, a patented equine training device, Nelson Colorado, an outdoor wear company and Mountain Pine Manufacturing.  The incentive to complete a plan by a set deadline has encouraged a number of entrepreneurs to submit plans and further their business goals regardless of whether they won the competition.

As part of this competition, a business plan-writing workshop will be offered on April 20th, May 31st and June 28th.  Topics covered in these free workshops include, identifying your target market, defining your product or service as a customer value, financial forecasts, operations, marketing and sales strategies.  To register for one of these workshops, please call 870-4491.

The competition, sponsored by the City of Steamboat Springs, Alpine Bank and Colorado Mountain College offers a 1st prize of $10,000 and a 2nd prize of $5,000 plus other benefits.  Plans are due by September 18, 2017.  Finalists will present their business concept to a panel of judges from Yampa Valley SCORE in October.  For guidelines and rules, please check out the following web page: www.coloradomtn.edu/yvec.

Questions? Please contact Randy Rudasics, Manager of the CMC Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center at 970-870-4491 or email rrudasics@coloradomtn.edu

Please see below for an overview of the competition and the rules.

Yampa Valley SCORE Business Plan Competition 2017 (pdf)

SCORE Business Plan Competition Rules 2017 (pdf)

Upcoming Events

Small Business Start Up

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
6:00 to 8:15 pm
Colorado Mountain College
1275 Crawford Avenue
Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center, Conference Room 127

Assess your own strengths and weaknesses as a business owner. Learn how to analyze the potential for your business. Where do you find good data?  This program is designed for people who have not yet started a business.

You will learn how to answer these questions:

  • Who are my customers, why do they want/need my product/service and how many are out there?
  • How do I build a revenue/sales forecast?
  • How much money will you need to start your business and how to build a monthly expense budget? What is the forecast for profit/loss my first two years?
  • What are the sources for funding your business and what do they require?
  • What resources are available to help you with the planning process?

If you have questions about this seminar, please call Randy Rudasics, Manager of the Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center at CMC at 870-4491.

Hosted by the CMC Entrepreneurship Center with support from Routt County, the Chamber Resort Association and Yampa Valley SCORE.

Success Steps: Sales Seminar Series, Business to Business Sales

Friday, December 8, 2017
12:00 to 1:30 pm
Includes lunch buffet at 11:30 am
Cost: $20.00
Colorado Mountain College
1275 Crawford Avenue
Academic Center, 3rd floor, Eagle’s Nest Conference Room

Define your day to day process.
Topics include:
Define and manage your sales territory
Importance of relationships with customers
Manage your top accounts
Better sales calls, effective and efficient
Sell solutions, not product (consultative selling)

Sales consultant Andy Blackstone is the presenter of this seminar, he has 30 years of experience in field sales and sales leadership and is author of the book, “Small Changes”.
For questions and to register, please call Randy Rudasics, Manager of the Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center at CMC at 870-4491 or email rrudasics@coloradomtn.edu


Learn . Start . Grow

Supporting entrepreneurship through education, counseling, incubation and support to improve economic development in the community.
For more information regarding the programs listed below please contact:

Randy Rudasics


Associates Degrees and Certificates in Entrepreneurship

Seminars and workshops:

  • How to Start a Business
  • Business Plan Development
  • Small Business Information Sessions (Success Steps)
  • Next Steps Small Business Workshop

Extensive entrepreneurial library

Business simulation lab and business plan software


Mentoring and counseling with Yampa Valley SCORE counselors

  • SCORE, highly experienced SBA volunteers
  • Free, confidential and individualized
  • Online resource tools through SCORE

Business Incubator tailored to office-based start-ups

Referrals to business support professionals

  • Attorneys
  • Accountants and Bookkeepers
  • Design and Web Development professionals
  • Social Media and Marketing professionals

Information on regional lending options

  • Banks
  • Micro-lenders
  • Small Business Administration loans
  • USDA lending programs


Networking assistance

Marketing and financial counseling

Human Resource program development counseling

Periodic business plan reviews

For information regarding economic development resources in Steamboat Springs and the surrounding area please check out the following:


Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center office.

Why should you start your business here?

Eight contemporary private offices
Partially furnished
Built in whiteboards
Approximately 80 square feet
High-speed internet through Zirkel Wireless
Shared office equipment
Convenient kitchenette
Private meeting room
Flexible, low risk rental arrangements
Mentoring with SCORE business counselors
Use of training/seminar room
Adjacent academic resources including CMC library
Coffee shop and dining center on premises
Assistance with community networking
Collaborative culture of entrepreneurship

Thank you to our sponsors:

Wells Fargo

Routt County Logo

Logo - SCORE

logo - Alpine Bank