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  • Small Business Development Center
  • SBDC Resources

    The Colorado SBDC Network combines local, state and federal resources to help your business succeed. Whether you want to browse through a copy of the Colorado Business Resource Book or pick up the phone to ask the Small Business Navigator which permits are required for your start-up venture, we've got you covered.


    Colorado Business Resource Book
    The Colorado Business Resource Book is one of the most successful and comprehensive business start-up guides in the nation. It is made possible by a collaborative effort between federal and state business assistance agencies and the private sector. As federal and state agency budgets are reduced, this public-private partnership has become the most cost-effective way to produce this tremendous guide.

    Colorado Resource Gateway

    The Colorado Resource Gateway connects Colorado business owners to relevant resources and business development organizations.  The Business Resource Gateway filters resources based on Business Life Cycle stage, type of assistance sought, and geographic area.

    Small Business Navigator

    The Small Business Navigator is the first point of contact for new and existing business owners with questions about federal, state and local licensing requirements. The navigator also provides referrals to a variety of state and federal assistance programs and local small business training. In addition, the navigator maintains a comprehensive database of federal, state and local regulatory and permitting requirements.

    Occupational License Database
    Through the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, the Colorado SBDC maintains a database containing state and federal regulations for businesses in the state. Additional city regulations may exist, so be sure to check with your local city or county clerk licensing department.  Contact the Southern CO SBDC for additional assistance on local requirements.

    Minority Business Database

    The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade hosts the Minority & Women-Owned Business Office (MBO), which provides information and services to help members of minority groups start his or her own business. 

    Starting a Business FAQs

    Check out the top 10 frequently asked questions regarding starting a new business in the state of Colorado.