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Small Business Week in Review

From the Pikes Peak SBDC Crew

With over 500 participants, the 2016 Pikes Peak Region Small Business Week was a HUGE success. Thank you to all of you who participated! Together we celebrated the tremendous impact of small businesses in the region starting with the wildly popular Food Truck Cook-Off, followed by three informative workshop and networking events, and finishing the week with the Small Business Awards Celebration.


 
We look forward to building on the best week ever and working with the thriving small business community in the Pikes Peak region to make next year's events even better!  Check out these highlights from your 2016 Small Business Week!

Congrats to the 2015 Small Business Award Winners!
  • Family-Owned Business of the Year: John and Beth Hughes, O'Briens Carpet One
  • Veteran-Owned Business of the Year: David Hollenbach, DSoft Technology Co
     
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Clay Guillory, Titan Robotics
     
  • Small Business Champion of the Year:  Dave Van Ness, Old Colorado City Associates
     
  • Small Business Person of the Year: Mike Tipton, Integrity Communications Solutions
     
  • Small Business Development Center Volunteer of the Year: Darrell Fleck
  • Best Food Truck of the Year:  Mira Sol



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A Colorado Lending Source Success Story

Special Times Limousine is Hudson, Colorado’s only locally owned and operated limousine and luxury sedan service. When owner Kevin Labonte realized South Weld County and Northeast Adams County were renting limousine and luxury sedan services from the Northern Suburbs and Denver, he knew he was entering a sizable market. As the company continues to grow, they now serve the Denver-metro areas as far south as Castle Rock, Colorado. Mr. Labonte offers affordable pricing on general local transportation for those “special times” using only the most dependable trained staff of chauffeurs with high-class customer service.

With help from Jesse Esparza from the Denver Metro Small Business Development Center, Special Times Limousine received financing under Colorado Lending Source’s direct-micro loan, the Colorado Main Street Loan Program. The funds assisted with start-up costs, and the purchase/renovation of a custom limousine. They currently have 4 vehicles and employ a staff of 9. With the capital provided, the company has expanded into new markets and has formed viable partnerships with other industries and several chambers.

For more information about Colorado Lending Source loans, you can contact Nicole Christianson at Nicole@clsloan.org, or call 303.657.4813.