Small Business Starts Here
The Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC is the proud host of the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center.
The Pikes Peak SBDC is one of 14 statewide SBDC centers focused on helping Colorado’s small businesses achieve their goals by providing free, confidential consulting and low or no-cost training programs. Host institutions provide these statewide centers with brick and mortar locations from which program staff can serve businesses, as well as other opportunities to build relationships, develop strategic partnerships within communities and secure the match funding required for the Small Business Administration Grant that funds SBDC centers.
The SBDC’s office is located at Catalyst Campus.
- Small Business Calendar
- Small Business Advocacy and Training
- Downtown Colorado Springs
- COS Open for Biz
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.