MONTROSE – With the launching of its Small Business Resource Center earlier this month, the Region 10 League for Economic Assistance and Planning now offers even more resources and educational opportunities to help small business owners in Region 10’s six-county service area.
Launched on April 3, the Small Business Resource Center offers small business owners technical assistance and educational programming in starting a new business, using QuickBooks and Microsoft Excel, and developing a professional business plan. With over 41 years of experience in offering programs, the Small Business Resource Center is ready to help take a new business from inception to implementation.
“This program is designed to assist small businesses with educational needs,” Small Business Resource Center Director Vince Fandel says. “We will have classes on using QuickBooks, starting a new business as well as extensive classes on how to write a business plan. We will have different things available as they evolve over time. Our intent is to provide some of the small business classes that our local people can’t always get.”
Because attending a class for small business owners can often conflict with their work schedule, the organization will offer most classes in both Delta and Montrose locations, and offer both day and evening classes. So far, he says, the QuickBooks classes are the most popular. “A lot of small businesses currently use QuickBooks,” he says, “but might need a better understanding of the program.”
The Small Business Resource Center is a collaborative effort among numerous local partner organizations including Region 10, Colorado Mesa University, Dalby Wendland & Company, City of Montrose, U.S. Bank, Montrose Bank, Colorado Workforce, Wells Fargo Bank, and Timberline Bank.
“This has been such a positive community partnership; from local banks to the Chamber to the City, the local support has been overwhelming,” Fandel says. “Our community needs a professionally developed, driven and conducted technical assistance educational program for our small business owners, with qualified instructors and counselors who can help the small business community expand.”
In addition to offering support services and classes through the new resource center in both Montrose and Delta locations, Region 10 will become a satellite office of the Small Business Development Center in May, with SBDC counselor Susan Bony available for consultation.
Anyone interested in attending a Small Business Resource Center Class or for more information on the programs offerings can call Region 10’s Claudette Nicolas at 970/249-2436 or visit the Region 10 website at region10.net. The nonprofit organization service six counties, including Montrose, Delta, Ouray San Miguel, Gunnison and Hinsdale counties.