Starting Your Business

WHERE DO I BEGIN?

You’ve got a concept. You’re ready to take the business world by storm. But where do you begin? If you have dreamed of starting a business but still have a lot of questions about how to get going, you’ve come to the right place. At the Grand Junction SBDC, we have spent years perfecting our start-up process and we’re ready to walk you through it. 
 


ATTEND A START-UP BASICS WORKSHOP

If you’re a first time Colorado business owner, the "Pumping Up the Dream: Starting a Business in Western Colorado" class is a must. Learn about legal structures, licensing, tax requirements, financing and more. We offer this class twice a month for $50.

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MEET WITH A COACH

After attending "Pumping Up the Dream: Starting a Business in Western Colorado," you’ll be ready to sit down for an initial consultation with an SBDC business coach at no cost. At your first appointment, the consultant will talk to you about your business idea and determine the best course of action. Bring a list of questions or topics you'd like to discuss. Our consultants can help you:

  • Conduct a market analysis and test the feasibility of your concept
  • Develop a business plan
  • Determine legal structure, choose a business name, register your business and obtain licensing
  • Develop a financial plan, including profit and loss projections, cash flow analysis and capital requirements
  • Determine potential funding sources
  • Set up an accounting system
     

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GET STARTED
Once you've met with a business coach and are confident in moving forward with your business concept, you'll need additional resources to get off the ground. The SBDC has a number of training, programs and partners that will keep you on the right track. 
 

TRACK YOUR PROGRESS

We expect growth from our clients. We have an advanced online system that allows you to track your progress. On an annual basis, we report aggregated client data to show the strength of our small business community so we can continue to provide you with affordable and no-cost services. To update your business statistics along the way, sign in to your client dashboard.

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