Small Business Resources
Small Business Starts Here
Garnering support from mentors, higher education, the Chamber & EDC, and accelerators, Colorado Springs small businesses tap into a pro-business environment that stimulates growth. In fact, small businesses build a strong foundation for the city’s economy — from food trucks to professional services to homegrown unicorns like Quantum Metric.
Collaboration fuels small business owners throughout the region, who share a spirit built on shared success for all. With a team of business experts at its fingertips, the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center helps existing and new businesses by providing free, confidential consulting and no- or low-cost training programs.
Colorado Springs’ Small Business Advisory Council provides advocacy and support to small business Chamber & EDC members. The group meets monthly in a variety of ways, bringing together local business owners for roundtable discussions regarding education, policy, and best practices. Additionally, the council allows members to take part in task force teams that move the small business community forward, including researchers for requested business resources, business promoters, and relationship builders.
No matter your stage of development, Colorado Springs elevates small businesses to their peak potential.
Connect is a monthly lunch and learn (sponsored by The Picnic Basket) focusing on a small business topic that removes the big rocks in the way of business success. Explore 2022 topics here.
Breakfast & Business cards is a great way to connect with other business owners in an informal setting. Each month focuses on a different industry, hosted by members around town. Explore 2022 networking breakfasts here.
Small Business Advisory Council meetings gather representatives from different industries to learn more about what the Chamber & EDC are doing to help businesses innovate and grow. If you are considering SBAC membership, visit one of our meetings.
Putting the best foot forward
Members of the Colorado Springs Chamber can contribute to the small business community’s voice through the Small Business Advisory Council. This group pools resources to grow businesses within the community, while also forging connections between company leadership.
The Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center provides trainings and workshops with various tracts including financial, marketing, start-up and management/legal. Additionally, several annual events are held, including a cybersecurity summit and the state of small business event.
Business development events and initiatives keep Colorado Springs small businesses strong
Colorado Springs’ downtown stores and businesses are kept strong by numerous events and business development initiatives that take place throughout the year. In 2013, Colorado Springs initiated the City for Champions (C4C), a city-wide program focused on strengthening and diversifying the local economy. The enterprise was awarded $120.5 million over a 30-year period to finance economy-building projects like the U.S. Olympic Museum, the Gateway Visitor Center and several new stadiums and arenas. These investments have created a vibrant downtown with increased support that benefits local small businesses.
Additionally, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region hosts their annual Arts Month in October, giving local artists and small businesses an opportunity to showcase their offerings.
Guiding Your Business Every Step of the Way
COS Open For Biz is a step-by-step guide designed to help entrepreneurs move from great idea to grand opening. This Chamber & EDC resource, developed in partnership with the City of Colorado Springs and business partners, provides key points of contact, permitting details, and roadmaps for getting started.