Welcome to the Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center

Upcoming Events:

Success Steps: Business Loans for Small Business.  Preparation, Application and Process
May 5th, 11:30 – 1:00 PM, Colorado Mountain College Academic Center, Room SB 216

Learn about the options that are best for you and how to improve your chances for approval.  Topics include: the art of business lending, mitigating risk, the 5 C’s of credit, bank loans/SBA loans/combinations, the business application, loan terms, and the Northwest Loan Fund.  Time will be provided for Q & A.

This program will be presented by Anita Cameron, Director of Business Lending for the Northwest Loan Fund.  This business lender supports Northwest Colorado.  For more information on the loan fund please check out: www.northwestloanfund.org.

$10 charge includes lunch.  Please register by calling 970-870-4491

Business Plans: Smart Planning for a Start Up
May 25th, 6:00 – 8:30 PM, Colorado Mountain College Academic Center, Conference Room SB 127

Thinking about going into business? Spend one evening learning to organize and write a well articulated vision of your business for yourself, investors, customers and key partners.  Topics include:  customer demographics and psychographics, required sections of a business plan, content guidelines for each section, building financial forecasts, web tools, local resources and understanding the rules and judging criteria for the business plan competition.

Free workshop. For questions or to register, please call Randy Rudasics, Manager of the CMC Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center at 970-870-4491

The City of Steamboat Springs, Colorado Mountain College, and Alpine Bank are sponsoring the business plan competition for 2015.
Enter to win cash prizes and other good stuff.


Yampa Valley SCORE Business Plan Competition

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

The objective of this program is to encourage aspiring entrepreneurs to create a well written business plan and to present their plan to experienced business professionals for evaluation.


The winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000, 3 months free rent in the new Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center, an introduction and visit with a venture capital funding company and recognition for their new business in the community.  It is assumed this prize is taxable income for recipient.  The second place competitor will receive a cash prize of $5,000.  Prize money will come from the City of Steamboat Springs in support of economic development in the community.

Submission Date:

Written business plans will be due by September 19, 2016.  Oral presentation will occur within several weeks.   There will be a pre-submission agreement and waiver for applicants to complete.

For more information:
Yampa Valley SCORE Business Plan Competition 2016
SCORE Business Plan Competition rules 2016

Questions?  Please contact Randy Rudasics, Manager of the CMC Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center at 970-870-4491 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: