Welcome to the Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center

Community Business Plan Competition Announcement

Congratulations to the winner of the 2017 Community Business Plan competition, Chill Angel.  Chill Angel, founded by Betsy Seabert provides merino wool based sleepwear for women. Merino wool has temperature moderating qualities that provide relief for extreme swings in body temperature.

The 2nd place winner is GamLokR. Founded by Mike and Gillian Morris and Adam Spector, GamLokR manufactures and sells grip covers for gaming devices such as X Box, Playstation and Nintendo.  The covers will fit over the plastic surfaces of these gaming devices for better grip and protection.

Congratulations to all 10 contestants for 2017.  The plans were well developed and each business has potential for success.  For 2018, the city prize money has not been budgeted as of November 2017.  We will seek private sponsors and hope to continue on for the seventh year of the competition.  Stay tuned.

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:


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!