Welcome to the Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center

Yampa Valley SCORE Business Plan Competition Winners Announced!

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

Congratulation to all of the participants in the 2016 Community Business Plan Competition.
10 entrepreneurs submitted plans, 7 were invited to present their plans in person and the winners are:

1st Place:  Excurso.  An application software company creating a social media tools for outdoor adventurers.  This application software tool will be launched very soon after a multi year development effort.  Bryon Carney was the presenter.

2nd Place:  Hive 180.  A full service marketing company offering support for other businesses in the form of advertising, social media, web sites, photography in both digital and print formats.  Leslie Murphy was the presenter.

In a couple months, contingent upon sponsor support, we will be begin the process to hold this competition for 2017, including seminars, counseling and a fall deadline for plan submission.  Details will be in this newsletter and in the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

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


Upcoming Events

How to Start a Business

Wednesday, February 15, 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?  870-4491

Success Steps Seminar: Marketing on  a Budget

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
6:00 – 7:30 PM
Colorado Mountain College
1275 Crawford Avenue, Academic Center, Classroom SB 213

Marketing and advertising for your business creates a lot of questions.  How do you decide where to most effectively invest in your company’s brand?  Join us for a seminar that will discuss the many options and potential solutions for Marketing on a Budget. Topics covered include:

  • Branding and your Target Market
  • Website Development and Control
  • Photography and Video in a Digital Age
  • Changes for 2016 that affect small business
  • Maximizing Social Media Outlets
  • Client Relationship Marketing

Leslie Murphy, Co-owner of Hive 180, will present this program.  She has decades of industry experience marketing small businesses.

Please arrive on time.  To register, please contact Randy Rudasics:

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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