By Yemi Mobolade
Vice president, business retention and expansion
Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC
Starting a small business is both exciting and challenging, but there are also unique nuances, such as local government regulatory guidelines and expectations, that require specific resources and approaches.
To help clear business entry pathways in Colorado Springs, City Agencies for Small Business Advancement was formed by the City of Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado Springs Utilities, and business advocates, including the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC and Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center.
CASBA is working to proactively assist and provide solutions to entrepreneurs and small business owners — shaping how businesses navigate the various regulatory processes. In short, a step-by-step road map to establishing small business and making sure the energy and effort put in by entrepreneurs is focused and spent in the right areas for success. This streamlining also means a more efficient startup process and as a side effect, increases collaboration among city and business advocacy agencies.
Work is just beginning, but we need your help. As we develop the process, we’re looking for input on the best way to build resources and communicate with new business owners. It only works if it works for those who need it most.
Between now and mid-October, you’re invited to offer ideas and feedback on the effort via the Speak Up! COS website.
As the nation’s fourth-friendliest city for small business, (Thumbtack.com) Colorado Springs has a tremendous opportunity to continue growing small business and offer support of new business owners. With planning and collaboration, CASBA is helping fuel a critical engine of our economy that contributes to job growth and economic vitality in the Pikes Peak region.