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

How to Start a Business

Thursday, April 20, 2017
6:00 to 8:15 pm
Colorado Mountain College
1275 Crawford Avenue
Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center, Conference Room 127

Learn the key elements you need to know to start a small business.

  • Is your idea feasible?
  • Do you understand the target market?
  • Does your product/service provide value to customers?
  • Do you have projections that articulate potential sales and expenses?
  • What will be required to secure a loan and where are lending options for entrepreneurs?

This seminar is free, no registration required

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

Questions?  970-870-4491

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

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Logo - SCORE

logo - Alpine Bank