If you have a viable Castle Rock-based or nearby in Douglas County company and want to take it to the next level, the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce …
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If you have a viable Castle Rock-based or nearby in Douglas
County company and want to take it to the next level, the Castle
Rock Chamber of Commerce can help. "It's called the ‘Boot Camp' for
a reason;" according to Pam Ridler, President/CEO of the Chamber.
"The high impact training sessions are three hours long, one night
per month for seven months. Homework is the norm and in the past
two years, those who stuck with it came away with a clear plan and
the skills to grow their business. The graduates of this program
are recognized as Douglas County's emerging business leaders."
The Business Boot Camp is for companies that have been in
business three years or more, have at least four employees
(including contractors). Ridler expects significant interest this
year but will limit the class size to fifteen people in order to
provide personalized attention. "Those companies that have a clear
commitment to add staff will get first ‘dibs' on the slots."
"As a prosecutor for over eight years, I had no relevant,
"real-world business experience" when I opened my law firm in 2007.
I did fine for those first few years not really knowing how much I
didn't know. Fortunately, in 2010 I enrolled in and completed the
CREG business boot camp and now my firm is much more effectively
managed and efficiently run. Thanks to the boot camp, I now know
how much I didn't know about running a business." Stated Kevin
Ellmann of Ellmann & Ellmann, PC
Many small business owners fail to realize that business
planning and strategy must evolve as the company grows. Boot Camp
instructor Mike Tafoya of Estrada Strategies explains, "Getting a
business off the ground is a huge accomplishment, but the business
plan that got you to that point can only take you so far. And
startup skills are not always the same as the skills needed run a
midsize company. Getting to the ‘next level' means breaking new
ground in building a team, identifying capital sources, and
broadening your marketing strategy. These are the things that can
make or break a company."
Michael Likens, President of gopixel design studios, a Castle
Rock website design company is a 2009 Boot Camp graduate. "The
instructor and mentors guided us through areas like finance and
human resource development that many of us tend to avoid, which
would be a huge mistake."
For more information and to apply for the program, go to
www.castlerockeg.com and click on the Business Boot Camp link or
call Pam Ridler, President of the Castle Rock Chamber at
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