The Loveland Business Development Center is extremely proud of the businesses that grow and thrive through the assistance they receive from our center. We love to share the stories of their success.
The resources provided through the Loveland branch of the SBDC, and those offered by the Larimer SBDC in general, are really quite staggering. Not staggering in the same way that trying to start my own business is staggering; every day I come up with questions that I didn’t expect, and don’t know how to answer. My one on one appointment with Franklin Taggart covered topics I was asked to specify on a pre-meeting questionnaire. During the meeting itself I was given plenty of time to cover what I believed were the most important factors/questions for my future endeavor. Franklin directly addressed my biggest uncertainties, and provided clear answers where they were available (around subjects like copyright, the best business form for my company, etc.). If those invaluable (and completely free answers…) weren’t payoff enough, Franklin helped me narrow in on essential next steps, and shocked me by offering not just one follow up opportunity, but as many as I’d like. As I begin to consider the number of expenditures I will have to make in the near future, the value of these services (advisory/informational sessions, workshops, networking opportunities, etc.) are at least a star beyond the 5/5 I can give here. Before I’ve even fully exploited the advice and follow up opportunities I spoke about with Franklin and Mary Ann, I’ve already received an unbelievable return on my only investments: time + gas. Thank you SBDC!
Korey Streich, August, 2018
Never in my life did I imagine that I would get the best advice in business and marketing myself than at the LBDC and from a woman named Lee Porter. The advice I’ve been given has helped me start and run a successful CRM filled with hundreds of leads that we can communicate with weekly by email and churn out new clients every so often. Additionally I’m now advertising and spending my marketing dollars in the right places to reach my ideal audience and I owe it all to Lee Porter and the amazing staff at Loveland Business Development Center. Thank you all so much!
Marshall C. Adler, Founder of Sky High Media
The Loveland Business Development Center is a MBA combined with a library of resources that gives small business owners the tools, confidence and knowledge they need to launch and build their business. That help has propelled my startup, Shell’s Ink Services, toward what I believe will be eventual success through the guidance and support of the consultants. I have learned from the LBDC how to plan, market, sell and structure my business, streamlining what I need to learn into a few sessions. I love that I can call on the consultants for advice, support and encouragement, and when I feel insecure or overwhelmed, I get the cheerleading I need. I feel so, so lucky to have access to this service and lucky to work with my consultants. What a gift and an honor!
Shelley Widhalm, Owner of Shell’s Ink Services
Our company, Summit Extraction Systems, has received tremendous value from the personalized mentorship, classes, and networking events organized by the Loveland Business Development Center (LBDC). From revisions to business plans, financial projection preparation, to empowering us with new sales & marketing tools, the LBDC has been instrumental in helping us achieve our objectives. The LBDC has helped to focus our efforts on delivering value to our customers and building lasting relationships with investors, vendors, and strategic partners. Businesses ranging from startups to established medium-sized businesses can benefit from the expertise found at the LDBC.
Corey Chavez, CEO & Co-Founder, Summit Extraction Systems
Reaching our 17th year of business, we entered that territory where the old way of doing things became utterly insufficient. Working one-on- one with Robert Coffey, a master of dissecting & visually detailing the bits of your business (small or large), we managed to dial in a comprehensive financial budget covering every department top to bottom. We are on track this year in increasing our profitability by over 400% year over year (that’s not a typo). It’s hard to imagine what things would have looked like without Robert’s help; his time, energy, and experience reach far beyond our expectations.
Thom Kingston, Co-Founder & CEO, Spidertrax Inc.
I have worked with the LBDC for over three years regarding the start of my business Fresh Plate Catering. The consulting I have received ranges from developing a business plan, determining if the concept is doable and profitable, compiling financials for loan application, commercial kitchen design to being introduced to experts in different industries. I met with these industry specialists regarding web design, web content, commercial real estate location stats and traffic patterns, industry research locally and nationally, marketing plan, legal advice. Every suggestion, class attended and one-on- one consulting has been golden. It is singularly the best investment of my time I have made.
In addition to that, contacts I have made, either through LBDC events or leads provided to me, are some of the best I have.
I can not fully express the benefit of my involvement with the LBDC.
Tracie Reeves Hartman, Owner of Fresh Plate Catering