Thanks to strong, positive response from the local communities and increasing demand for services, Region 10 has obtained official permission to expand into a full satellite office of the West Central Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and is now serving San Miguel County as well. The West Central SBDC is hosted and supported by Western State Colorado University.
“We have been building this program slowly over the past year or so, and we have managed to hit the right target audience,” said Vince Fandel of Region 10’s Small Business Resource Center, who oversees the part-time satellite SBDC office presently. “Our programs in Montrose and Delta are robust, and have met expectations. So when San Miguel County reached out to us, we began a dialogue with the State SBDC Director Kelly Manning and with the regional branch at Western State Colorado University.”
“Western State continues to be excited about the outreach possible through hosting an SBDC regional office. The opportunity to expand that reach is wonderful as we seek to serve the wonderful communities of the Western Slope,” said Dr. Kevin Nelson, Associate Dean of the School of Business.
Part of the formalized SBDC satellite office includes outreach into Telluride, where Thea Chase of the Telluride Venture Accelerator has been instrumental to the process, Fandel said. We will be sharing space in Telluride and Region 10 has already begun to interview potential consultants with the qualifications to meet the needs of the business community, he said. Though plans for a grand opening have not been finalized, there will be a ribbon cutting celebration.