Best Small Business Resources in the Colorado Springs Area

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Starting a business is a life-changing experience. Colorado has dozens of great resources to help entrepreneurs get started. Our team researched and vetted organizations in the Colorado Springs area and compiled our list of recommended resources in this article.

You can also read our guide to starting a business in Colorado.

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Southwest Colorado Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Fundraising

Description

SCAPE’s main resource is a six-month-long accelerator program during which you can learn about everything from product development to business financial strategies. During and after this program, you can also apply for funding.

Restrictions

Small businesses in the 5 counties comprising the Region 9 EDD.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

900 Main Avenue #10
Durango, CO 81301
970-317-0880
emarsh@goscape.org


Colorado Springs SCORE

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) is a leading, nation-wide organization that has assisted millions of entrepreneurs over its 50+ years of operation. SCORE is a resource partner of the SBA that offers access to a network of experienced business leaders who donate time to mentor entrepreneurs and small business owners. They also host free or inexpensive workshops online and at 300 local chapters around the United States. Mentoring can be conducted either in person or remotely and is always free and confidential, no matter how often you take advantage of this service.


Peak Startup

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

Peak Startup offers educational and networking opportunities. Through this organization, you can pitch ideas to other entrepreneurs, find coworkers and workspaces, and attend community events for small business owners. For a small fee, you can also book a series of mentoring sessions. Peak Startup prioritizes the creation of a “startup ecosystem” in which entrepreneurs have a wide support system; if they do not provide any additional service you need, they can put you in touch with other organizations.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

415 N Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
719-425-9370
michelle@peakstartup.org


Pikes Peak SBDC

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Financial

Offers Free Service

Description

The greatest strength of the SBDC is their free, confidential, 1-on-1 business mentoring for anyone who seeks it. Sometimes in order to be considered for mentoring from one of their professional business advisors, you may have to attend a class/workshop or at least present your business plan. SBDC's are located all throughout the state and you should use the SBDC closest to your location if possible, but you can often transfer to a different location if they do not fit your needs.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1675 W Garden of the Gods Rd., El Paso County Citizen's Center
Colorado Springs, CO 80907


Rocky Mountain Innovation Partners

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Product Development
  • Sales & Marketing

Description

This organization is a business accelerator that assists entrepreneurs in developing detailed, quality business plans. These plans include financial planning, legal help, market strategies, and funding. A crucial part of the business accelerator is the help of an executive mentor, who RMIP connects entrepreneurs with.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1227 Lake Plaza Drive, Suite B
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
719-685-7877