CNCC joins network to assist small businesses

Colorado Northwestern Community College is merging with other Rocky Mountain communities to continue providing small business development services to Craig.

CNCC announced Thursday that it would join the Central Rockies division of the Small Business Development Center under the new leadership of Kaye Jacobson.

The SBDC offers a variety of resources, services and training opportunities for community members who are interested in starting new businesses and running or expanding business.

Joining the regional SBDC district is a more efficient way for the college to assist small businesses, CNCC Vice President Dean Hollenbeck.

"What we hope will come of this is better services to businesses throughout Northwest Colorado," Hollenbeck said.

CNCC likely will contribute funds to the SBDC, but the amount is unclear, Hollenbeck said.

The college also likely will contribute office space when the organization places consultants in each of the communities it serves, Hollenbeck said.

When CNCC had its own SBDC office, it was funded with $40,000 from the local mill levy, $17,500 from CNCC and $38,000 from the state to serve the Northwest Colorado communities of Craig, Oak Creek, Hayden, Rangely and Meeker.

Jacobson's main office is in Glenwood Springs, though she said she often feels as if her car is her office. She hopes to host seminars throughout the region, which stretches from Moffat County east to Jackson County and south to Chaffee County.

She's looking into hosting a program about how to buy and sell items on the Internet auction house eBay and another program about doing business with the government.

Jacobson previously worked for the SBDC in Colorado Springs. Before that, she operated a Maaco Auto Painting and Body Works franchise.

She's looking for volunteers, such as accountants or attorneys, in Craig who could contribute a couple of hours a week to assist or run workshops or bookkeeping or marketing.

Congress created SBDC in 1980 to strengthen and contribute to the economic growth of the small business community.

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