LEADING EDGE™ Business Planning Course


                        

Starting a business is not for the fainthearted. Most of us were never taught to be business owners; we were taught to be employees. LEADING EDGE™, formerly known as NxLeveL for Entrepreneurs, is an 11-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, you will participate in interactive learning exercises, hear from experts and receive online resources to help you start or run a business. By the end of the course, you will understand the aspects of running a business, have a written business plan or strategy and test your model for financial viability.
 

WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • Peer learning with a group of like-minded entrepreneurs
  • Minimum of five hours of one-on-one consulting assistance
  • Access to an online resource library with videos, white papers, financial spreadsheets and templates to help you build your plan of action
  • Ten three-hour weekly classroom sessions including interactive group work and guest speakers; plus reading assignments, online presentations, group discussion forums, and homework assignments
  • Introduction to potential lenders at a funding options panel
  • Feedback on your business plan or strategy three times during the course
  • Free registration to workshops (excluding Intro to QuickBooks) at the Denver Metro SBDC while enrolled, valued at over $500
  • Entry into a business plan competition for a chance to win prizes and have your business plan reviewed by a banker and an accountant 
  • Optional participation in Trout Tank, a pitch event held one month after graduation where you will pitch your idea to lenders and receive feedback from a panel

 

INVESTMENT:

  • $645 Regular Course Fee 
  • $375 Additional employee(s)
  • $275 Retake Fee

 

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:

 
Click on the scholarship titles below to learn more. 


 

IMPORTANT DATES:

 
This course is held three times per year, in the spring, summer and fall. Upcoming course dates are shown below. 


                    Info Sessions Dec. 18, 2014 | 5:30 - 7 p.m. | RSVP
Jan. 15, 2015 | 5:30 - 7 p.m.  | RSVP
 
  Registration Deadline       Jan. 27, 2015
 
  Course Sessions Jan. 29 - Apr. 2, 2015 
Thursday evenings | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
 
  Graduation Apr. 30, 2015 | 5:30 - 7 p.m.

The summer 2015 course will be held May 14 - Jul. 23, 2015 every Thursday night from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.


 

LOCATION & PARKING:

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

The Denver Metro SBDC offers discounted valet parking for $6 through P.F. Changs valet service.

 
 

MEET THE INSTRUCTORS:

 

  • Nancy Barnett

    Nancy Barnett

    Business Consultant

    Start-up, Business Planning

  • Alea Kilgore

    Alea Kilgore

    Manager

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