Take business to next level with boot camp

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Posted 9/1/11

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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Take business to next level with boot camp

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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 303-688-4597.

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