Tuesday November 24, 2015 0 comments
LOVELAND -- The Loveland Chamber of Commerce has selected the Warehouse to provide small business development services in support of the City of Loveland’s approved Economic Development Strategic Plan.
The contract is effective Jan. 1, 2016.
Earlier this year, the Chamber opened up an RFP process for small business development services. In addition to inviting the Loveland Center for Business Development (LCBD), the Warehouse and the Larimer Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to apply, the Chamber posted the RFP publicly on its website for review by any other interested organizations.
As awardee of the contract, the Warehouse, along with its partner, the Larimer SBDC, will provide a one-stop-shop for all Loveland business owners and startups looking for assistance. Loveland businesses will benefit from broader, more-specialized consulting, a robust advisor network, and the addition of industry-specific services and events through the Warehouse.
The Larimer SBDC will initiate and manage all workshops and classes. At least 12 courses from their current offerings will be conducted in Loveland in 2016.
"The Chamber is excited to bring additional resources to entrepreneurs looking to start a business and those who are looking to expand their business,” said Pete Gazlay, Loveland Chamber board chair. “We're looking forward to our partnership with the Warehouse and know they will leverage additional relationships and resources to bring relevant and necessary services to help our businesses excel. Through the competitive process, we are proud to be taking business startup and retention services to a new level."
The Warehouse is a 501c3 organization founded in September 2013 and headed by Executive Director Kelly Peters, who brings more than 16 years of economic development experience in Northern Colorado. Peters’ experience with leadership or foundation roles includes former executive director of the LCBD, national consultant for Economic Gardening, City of Greeley’s first Economic Development director, a founder of the Innosphere, director of the Bioscience and GIS industry clusters, director of corporate solutions at Front Range Community College and vice president of the former Northern Colorado Economic Development Corporation. She has held board seats on more than 40 regional entities.
“Loveland businesses of all sizes and stages will have the support of the Warehouse alongside Larimer SBDC,” Peters said. “This new merger of agencies will act as a clearinghouse of entrepreneurship support. It is exciting to be part of a strategic move to improve the Loveland economy and support the small businesses that are at the heart of it.”
“Through the Warehouse’s philosophy of open innovation, this will provide many more resources, connections and networks to our Loveland community,” said Jay Dokter, Warehouse founder.
The Warehouse will add two offices within the Chamber, located at 5400 Stone Creek Circle in Loveland. The Warehouse will continue to maintain its location at 1215 S. Grant Ave. in Loveland.
For more information, visit warehouseinnovation.com or call Peters at 970-593-2328.