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LEADING EDGE™ for Entrepreneurs

Thinking of starting your own business?

LEADING EDGE™ for Entrepreneurs is a 10-week course designed to teach you how to start and grow a successful business based on an actionable business plan. Through a blended-learning format, combining an online learning platform with classroom sessions, interactive learning exercises and expert guest speakers, you will be given the resources to help you start or run your own business. 

The course is designed to give you a practical concept that you can apply to your current business or concept for years to come. By the end of the course, you will understand the aspects of running a business, a sound financial vision, and have a written business plan or strategy in place.

Questions? Contact Rob Rose by email or phone at 303.620.8045. 


  • Ten three-hour sessions including interactive group work and guest speakers
  • Access to an online learning platform with weekly reading and presentations, group discussion forums, homework, financial spreadsheets and templates to build your plan of action
  • One-on-one consulting available
  • Feedback on your business plan or strategy during the course
  • Introduction to potential lenders at a Funding Options Panel
  • Free registration to workshops (excluding QuickBooks I) at the Denver Metro SBDC while enrolled
  • Entry into a class business plan competition for a chance to win prizes and have your business plan reviewed by consultants and banker or an accountant
  • Entry into an annual statewide business plan competition with cash prizes
  • Eligibility for the Funding Request Preview program, putting you on the fast track to funding if needed
  • Discounted participation in Trout Tank, a program training you to pitch at an event to lenders and investors

Leading Edge for Entrepreneurs is held 3 times per year, in the spring, summer, and fall.

Registration Opens
Opens February 2019

Info Session
May 31, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Webinar
Register Here

Course Sessions
June 6 - August 15, 2019 | Thursdays | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

August 29 | 5:30-7:00 pm

Statewide Graduation at Governors Mansion
January 2020
Payment in not required at registration, but is due before first day of class.

Standard Course Fee

Early Bird Special (Register and pay by June 3; code EarlyBird)

Each Additional Employee

Leading Edge Retake Fee


Week 1
Get to know your neighbor
Goal Setting
Week 2
Finding the right market
Intro to Business Model Canvas 
 Week 3
Start your financials
Getting to know your customers
Week 4
Market Research
Week 5
Developing a Marketing Strategy
Week 6
Discovering your Funding Options
Week 7
Marketing Panel
(Hear from a variety of marketing experts)
Week 8
Understanding your financials
(Guest speaker, group activities, individual exercises)

Week 9
Professional Advisories Panel
(Ask legal, insurance, HR, Accounting, and Real Estate questions to professionals)
Week 10
Speed Pitching
Planning beyond Leading Edge 

Drop and Transfer Regulations:
Drops: Any drop must be done within the first week. You will receive almost a full reimbursement - $50 will stay with the SBDC to cover hard costs. 
Transfer: Anyone wishing to transfer must do so within the first three weeks. The transfer must be to the next upcoming class.


  • Alea Kilgore

    Alea Kilgore

    Leading Edge Facilitator

    Startup, Sales and Marketing

  • Greg Durocher

    Greg Durocher

    Leading Edge Facilitator

    Start-up, business planning


    Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
    1445 Market St., 5th floor
    Denver, CO 80202


    Standard Fee
     Early Bird (before Jan. 19, code EarlyBird)

    $395  Each additional employee
    $395 Retake Fee
     Standard Fee
     Early Bird (before Jan. 19, code EarlyBird)

    $395           Each additional employee
      $395           Retake Fee
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