December 4, 2013
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Larimer County Small Business Development Center and Larimer County Workforce Center Collaborate to Assist Small Businesses

Operating or thinking of starting a business? You need a couple of partners on your side.

The Larimer County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Larimer County Workforce Center (LCWC) have formalized a partnership to collaborate strategically to help start-up ventures, small businesses, independent contractors, freelancers, and job seekers.

Specifically, the SBDC will provide small-businesses with individualized confidential free business consultation and advice on operations, marketing, finances, capital formation, legal and technical requirements and a variety of assistance customized to their needs. Connect with Larimer SBDC services at www.larimersbdc.org.

lcwclogoThe LCWC will assist job seekers in determining whether self-employment is an appropriate path, provide support to independent contractors, and assist hiring businesses with a variety of services that support recruitment, training, transition, and workforce planning activities.  Assistance will be offered through workshops and group activities. Connect with LCWC business development services at www.larimerworkforce.org/business.

The agencies formalized their strategy with a memorandum of understanding signed this month.

“By coordinating our services, we can provide a full array of professional development, training, and advisory services to support small businesses and self-employment ventures,” said Adam Crowe, business development manager at the workforce center.

“The goal of our collaboration is to make sure we’re efficient in providing resources and tools for entrepreneurs to pursue their chosen path and strengthen their chances for success,” said Mike O’Connell, director of the Larimer SBDC.


Larimer County color_400pixAbout the Larimer County Workforce Center: The Workforce Center, a Larimer County department with offices in Fort Collins and Loveland, provides access to a wide array of employment and training services. The Fort Collins location is 200 W. Oak St., Suite 5000. The Loveland location is 418 E. Fourth St.

About the Larimer Small Business Development Center: The SBDC offers business consulting and training that maximizes the economic potential of Colorado entrepreneurs. Funded by Front Range Community College and administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Larimer SBDC is located at 125 S. Howes, Suite 150, Fort Collins.


Contacts

Adam Crowe

Larimer County Workforce Center

(970) 498-6641

acrowe@larimer.org

Mike O’Connell

Larimer Small Business Development Center

(970) 498-8918

mike@larimersbdc.org

About the author:

John Feeley is director of public relations at Front Range Community College. He’s a retired soccer referee and newspaper editor whose subscription ran out.