Welcome to the Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center

The Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center is hosting the 8th Annual Community Business Plan Competition

To promote economic development and a strong entrepreneurial community in the Yampa Valley, YVEC will host a business plan competition for 2019.  Attached are two documents offering the rules and judging criteria for this competition.  Plans are due by September 30, 2019. Cash and in kind prizes are set forth under the judging criteria document.  Past winners have included:

  • Chill Angel, Merino wool based sleepwear
  • HearO Club, subscription based hearing aid battery provider
  • Excurzo, application based software for adventure travel
  • Grasssticks, bamboo ski pole manufacturer
  • Mountain Pine Mfg, beetle kill wood for soil runoff protection
  • Balance Rider, patented equine training device

  2019 Business Plan Competition Judging Criteria

  2019 Business Plan Competition Rules

Sponsors for the 2019 competition include:

Program sponsor
Startup Colorado
Entrepreneurial Champion Prize Sponsors
City of Steamboat Springs
Alpine Bank
Mountain Valley Bank
Vectra Bank
Yampa Valley Bank
Steamboat Pilot and Today

Upcoming Seminars:

SEO for Small Business Owners
11/6/19, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Workshop takes place in classroom SB 213 located on the second floor of the Academic Center, 1275 Crawford Avenue
Free seminar, RSVP requested at Kayleen@mtndogmedia.com

What is Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and how can you use it to increase website traffic and revenue?
In this FREE workshop, Mtn. Dog Media Founder Kayleen Cohen, shares tips and tricks for increasing website traffic with search engine optimization, keyword research, and content marketing.

Techstars Startup Weekend Steamboat Springs
11/15 - 11/17/19
Do you have an idea you’d like to pursue or a problem you’d like to solve but don’t know where to start or who to start with? Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, validate your business idea, present and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.
Techstars Startup Weekend is a 54 hour event where attendees learn how to build a company. Since 2007 this event has taken place in over 150 counties with over 200.000 alumni.

Event Schedule
11/15/19: 6:00 pm - 10:00pm, 11/16/19: 9:00 am - 10:00 pm, 11/17/19: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm.

Your ticket includes: 7 meals over the weekend, benefits and discounts from global partners, one-on-one time with amazing mentors, a network of developers, designers and entrepreneurs, and all the internet and coffee you can consume.

Participation fee is $49, student discount is available using discount CMC15.  Event takes place in the Allbright Auditorium located on the third floor of the Academic Center, Colorado Mountain College, Steamboat Springs campus.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit: steamboatsprings@startupweekend.org

Need Office Space?

The Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center offers office space with a one year agreement and reasonable cancellation options.  Enjoy a shared kitchenette, copier/printer, dining options and working with other entrepreneurs. Call for a tour and more information, 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:


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!