Colorado SBDC and Kimco offer business startup help in Denver area, Springs

By: Steve Tuesday May 28, 2013 0 comments Tags: Aurora, Colorado Springs, Denver, Englewood, KEYS, Kimco, Lakewood, Leading Edge

Colorado SBDC logoDENVER - The Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network and Kimco Realty Corp. are partnering to provide business training scholarships for first-time business owners in the Denver area and Colorado Springs.

Kimco recently launched the Kimco's Entrepreneurs Year Start (KEYS) program, an incubator program for entrepreneurs seeking to start their first retail venture, service operation or restaurant.

Participants are placed into Kimco shopping centers with one year of free rent and additional benefits. To be eligible, businesses must present a completed business plan and a graduation certificate from SBDC's Leading Edge program, a 12-to-15-week business planning course.

Interested participants can apply for a 75 percent tuition reimbursement on their Leading Edge fees by applying for a KEYS scholarship. Participants must also be willing to open their business venture in Aurora, Englewood, Lakewood or Colorado Springs where Kimco currently has available shopping center space.

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