The LEADING EDGE Strategic Planning Series is an intensive and hands-on course designed to help entrepreneurs with comprehensive training on starting and operating a small business. The course will help both start-up and existing businesses. 

The program includes:
  • 36 hours of workshop sessions and special bonus events
  • 5 hours of one-on-one consulting
  • Scheduled milestone and planning assignments
In-depth topics include:
  • Organizational: Legal Entity, Management and Personnel
  • Operational: Recordkeeping, Controls and Risk Management
  • Marketing: Market Research, Strategies, Tactics and Implementation
  • Financial: Sales Forecast, Cash Flow Projections and Financial Statements        
LEADING EDGE participants that graduate from the program with a completed business plan will be invited to a statewide ceremony at the Governor's Mansion each spring, where prizes are awarded for the top business plans in the state.

LEADING EDGE sessions are held in the spring and fall each year. The Southwest Colorado SBDC is one of several centers offering an online version of the training. We host free informational briefings prior to the start of each session. Scholarships may be available to qualified individuals. Come learn about how the class can assist you and your business, see the course materials, and meet the instructors. If you would like to register for the course or attend a briefing to learn more about LEADING EDGE, please contact us.

More information about the classes below can be found by browsing our workshop offerings here.

Dove Creek Leading Edge Class 2019
Begins: Dates TBD.

8:30am-4:30pm. Dolores County Public Service Center, Dove Creek.

Facilitators: Cindy Dvergsten

Cost: $300

Cortez Leading Edge Class 2019

Begins: Dates TBD.

5:30-8:30pm. Southwest Colorado Community College, Mancos

Facilitators: Cindy Dvergsten

Cost: $300

Durango Leading Edge Class 2019

Begins: March 13, 2019. Classes meet March 13, March 27, April 10, April 24, and May 8. Final Presentations/Graduation is May 22.

6:00-8:30pm. Fort Lewis College, Durango

Facilitators: Jasper Welch and Terryl Peterson

Cost: $300

Pagosa Springs Leading Edge Class Fall 2019

Begins: Summer 2019. Dates TBD.

Facilitators: Rich Lindblad

Cost: $300

Contact Mary Shepherd at shepherd_m@fortlewis.edu for more information and scholarship applications.