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.
Please see below for an overview of the competition and the rules.
Understanding Your Customers
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
6:00 to 7:30 pm
Colorado Mountain College
1275 Crawford Avenue
Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center, Conference Room 127
Demographics and Market Research
Are you guessing about how many potential clients are in your target market? Learn to use census and local data to estimate your sales potential. Market knowledge is key to success. Case studies will be presented on how to estimate market potential and how local and visitor populations spend their money.
Scott Ford of Pinnacle Economic Research will take the mystery out of market data. A serial entrepreneur, SCORE volunteer and Steamboat Springs Council member, Scott understands the economy.
This seminar is free, register by calling 970-870-4491
Hosted by the CMC Entrepreneurship Center with support from Routt County, the Chamber Resort Association and Yampa Valley SCORE.
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:
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
- Accountants and Bookkeepers
- Design and Web Development professionals
- Social Media and Marketing professionals
Information on regional lending options
- Small Business Administration loans
- USDA lending programs
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:
Why should you start your business here?Eight contemporary private offices
Built in whiteboards
Approximately 80 square feet
High-speed internet through Zirkel Wireless
Shared office equipment
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: