LEADING EDGE™ Business Planning Course

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Formerly known as NxLeveL, LEADING EDGE™ is an 11-week course designed to help you develop a business strategy and/or business plan through a discovery process that starts with a business concept, moves to designing a viable business structure and results in an executable plan of action. Through a blended-learning format using EL3's Plan Forward curriculum that combines 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. Depending on individual needs, you will complete either a formal written business plan or a written working strategy that outlines actionable steps with measurable outcomes and time-bound deadlines. By the end of the course, you will discover and test their business concept, understand the aspects of running a business, have a written business plan or strategy and test your model for financial viability.


  • Peer learning with a group of like-minded entrepreneurs
  • Minimum of five hours of one-on-one consulting assistance
  • Access to a digital workbook and 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 seminars* 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
*Excludes Intro to QuickBooks and Accounting Boot Camp


During the course your time investment will include 10 three-hour classroom sessions, reading assignments, online presentations, group discussion forums, and homework assignments. Pricing options are shown below.
  • $645 Regular Course Fee 
  • $375 Additional employee(s)
  • $275 Retake Fee


Creatives Scholarship

Create Denver is proud to partner with Denver Metro SBDC in supporting the growth and development of the creative sector - including artists and enterprises such as film, music, fine art, galleries, art districts, fashion and design - by offering five scholarships to creative businesses, organizations and individuals in the City and County of Denver. Scholarship recipients will receive 50% off their LEADING EDGE™ tuition fee. Application opens November 2014.

Kimco Realty Tuition Reimbursement
Kimco Realty, the nation's largest owner and operator of neighborhood and community shopping centers, is offering LEADING EDGE™ scholarships to first-time business owners in Colorado! Scholarship recipients will be reimbursed for 75% of their Leading Edge tuition fee. Submit your application anytime and your scholarship will be applied at graduation of the next course. 

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Colorado Lending Source Scholarship

Colorado Lending Source is offering scholarships to LEADING EDGE™ participants who also enroll in their Ice House Entrepreneurship Program. Submit your application anytime and your scholarship will be applied to the next course.



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

Registration Opens Nov. 3, 2014
Info Sessions

Dec. 11, 2014 | 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Jan. 15, 2015 | 5:30 - 7 p.m.

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.


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


  • Nancy Barnett

    Nancy Barnett

    Business Consultant

    Start-up, Business Planning





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