Best Small Business Resources in the Fort Collins 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 Fort Collins 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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Larimer 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:

320 E Vine Dr., #303
Fort Collins, CO 80524
970-498-9295


Poudre River Public Library

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Business Planning
  • Research

Offers Free Service

Accepts Walks In

Description

At the public library, you can make an appointment with a librarian that specializes in research on starting a business. Learn to navigate databases and other library resources to aid in research for your new business. Poudre River Public Libraries have several different locations, so we provide contact information for the administrative building that oversees all of them. 

Restrictions

Library card required to access services.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

301 E Olive Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524
970-221-6740

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MON - THU: 9 am - 9 pm

FRI: 9 am - 6 pm

SAT: 9 am - 5 pm

SUN: 12 pm - 5 pm


Fort Collins 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.