The Boulder Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has been selected to receive the 2018 SBDC Excellence and Innovation Award, making it one of the top centers in the United States.
The award will be presented in Washington D.C. by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) during National Small Business Week at the end of April.
“Boulder SBDC has provided invaluable advice and assistance to businesses and entrepreneurs in the region,” said Kelly Manning, director of the Colorado SBDC. “Their work to enhance the economy and be a top resources for small business owners in Boulder County is truly helping to drive the Colorado economy forward.”
Boulder SBDC is one of about 1,000 SBDCs in the United States and one of 14 full time centers in Colorado. Over the last 20 years, Boulder SBDC has worked with over 5,000 businesses in Boulder County.
“We’re truly humbled by this award. To be a part of a network that on a daily basis, helps small businesses thrive, is an incredible honor,” said Boulder SBDC Executive Director Sharon King. “We believe excellence comes from working together toward a common goal and look forward to continuing on our pursuit to catalyze innovation and economic growth.”
In just the past two years, the Center produced 130 workshops and events with over 2,000 attendees. The team provided over 3,100 hours of one-on-one business consulting to 1,100 businesses and entrepreneurs. Those businesses created and retained over 850 jobs, infused over $15 million of capital and reported sales increases of $10 million and contract awards over $11 million.
“It is my pleasure and honor to present these awards during National Small Business Week to these organizations who demonstrate what is possible,” said SBA Administrator Linda McMahon. “We want more entrepreneurs to think of the SBA as the go-to resource for access to capital, valuable resources, business know-how, and the right expertise for each stage of their business lifecycle. That’s how we can continue to help power the engine of our economy.”
Boulder SBDC supports the growth and resiliency of small businesses in Boulder County by providing free business consulting, practical workshops & events and connection to resources, including financing. The SBDC helps all types of small businesses – from startups through second stage businesses, from “Main Street” through highly scalable technology ventures.