The South Metro Denver SBDC is part of the Colorado SBDC network, a statewide network of 14 Small Business Development Centers. A cooperative venture between the state of Colorado, the United States Small Business Administration and local communities, the Program has a significant impact on the state’s economy and is responsible for generating $30 million in capital formation each year.
Last year the South Metro Denver SBDC served more than 500 entrepreneurs with over 1,000 hours of consulting, resulting in the following:
2009 Impact Goal Actual % of goal Attained
Jobs Created 50 226 452
Jobs Retained 50 116 232
Business Starts 45 79 176
Capital Formation 2 million 7.5 million 378
The SBDC has far surpassed both the SBA’s and its own goals of creating more jobs and boosting the local and state economy. Through workshops featuring expert speakers, no cost one-on-one consulting, and other outreach and training efforts, the SBDC is dedicated to assisting small businesses throughout the south metro Denver in achieving their goals of growth, management improvement, and financial success.
In less than three years at its helm, Marcia McGilley, South Metro Denver area SBDC Director, has taken a successful SBDC and made it extraordinary. She is a champion for small business and the local economy. Under her leadership, this SBDC has expanded capital formation from $1 million and now created and retained over 500 jobs and helped businesses raise nearly $11 million in capital formation.
Under Marcia’s supervision, the South Metro Denver SBDC has added in-depth programs such as the Colorado Leading Edge business planning program using the NXleveL for Entrepreneurs curriculum and the Cleantech Open pilot project. Her team also developed new programs aimed at taking existing businesses to the next level such as Success Tracks, a 6 months coaching program designed around the Rockefeller Habits.
Marcia has also taken the leadership role in the Chamber’s Annual Small Business of the Year Leadership Awards. She has a passion for small business and is continually seeking innovative programs or developing new programs within the SBDC to help its businesses grow and become more successful. Though her passion for small businesses, she has sparked a fire in consultants, sponsors and the community!
The South Metro Denver Small Business Development Center and Director Marcia Mcgilley exemplify and personify the small business development Center Service Excellence and Innovation Award. This SBDC is a true champion for small businesses. It has not only surpassed milestones, and become known as an advocate for small business, they have been innovative in creating programs and taking SBDCs into new territory.