Small Business Development Center to aid fire-affected companies

Small businesses in the Pikes Peak region suffering from reduced sales or customer traffic because of the Waldo Canyon Fire can receive assistance from the Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center hosted by the College of Business.

The Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center, in conjunction with the Springs Alliance and the Regional Entrepreneurial Alliance, will offer in-person assistance at the El Paso County Disaster Relief Center, 105 N. Spruce, Colorado Springs, or by appointment at the SBDC offices on campus.

“We are here now and will remain long after the ashes have settled,” Aikta Marcoulier, director, Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center, said. “The SBDC will assist businesses for as long as it takes. Our mission is to help small business recover and advance from this disaster.”

The SBDC is part of the Pikes Peak Region Business Recovery Team which is working to identify federal, state, local and private resources to assist small businesses in the wake of the June/July 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire, the worst in Colorado history.

The SBDC is sponsored by the UCCS College of Business and the U.S. Small Business Administration. It offers business consulting and training that assists small businesses in El Paso and Teller counties. For more information about the SBDC and services it offers, visit www.cssbdc.org or call (719) 255-3844. Businesses interested in receiving assistance may begin by completing a form available at http://cssbdc.org/site/images/pdf/intake%20form%207-2-12.pdf

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