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The Business Basics of Running Your Child Care Center

“This was the ‘bootcamp’ I needed in the early stages of my business.”

Navigating The Business of Childcare

This seven-week course is designed to be a hands-on workshop assisting both owners and staff of Child Care Centers improve and strengthen their business practices to both better serve their customers and enhance their business sustainability with increased revenues and develop business acumen. This course is designed for those with or without prior business training, all levels of development are welcome! The course meets virtually via Zoom meetings, and participants are also invited to meet online one-on-one with an SBDC business consultant during and after the course for specific and continued training and support.

Training and consultation are available at no cost at the Denver Metro SBDC located at 1445 Market Street, Denver, 80202 through our partnership between the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) and the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) who have assisted in offering this complimentary course to you.

Child Care providers can earn professional development hours through the Professional Development Information System (PDIS) by attending all training sessions. Please note, a recorded option and follow up with the trainer is available if you have to miss a live class.

Questions? Contact Rob Rose by email at rob.rose@denverchamber.org or phone at 303.620.8045.

What To Expect

  • 7 two-hour sessions including interactive group work 
  • One-on-one consulting is available throughout the course and beyond…
  • Introduction to potential lenders 
  • Free registration to workshops at the Denver Metro SBDC while enrolled
  •  Participation will earn you professional development hours in the PDIS system

Registration Opens
Early 2022

Course Sessions
 Wednesdays | 5:30 – 7:30 PM
All sessions will be on Zoom meeting platform



This course is complementary to all attendees thanks to our generous partnership with the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) and the state office of the Colorado SBDC network.

However, the course will be limited to the first 30 who complete their registration.

LEADING EDGE For Child Care Businesses Curriculum

Week 1
This session is focused on orientation and objective setting

Week 2
This session is focused on an entrepreneurial mindset

Week 3
This week’s session is focused on market research and pricing

Week 4
This session is focused on the financials of your business

Week 5
This session is focused on taxes, business structure, and business liability insurance

Week 6
This session is focused on marketing and licensing

Week 7
We will have each participant share a short presentation of their business + celebrations

Meet the Facilitators


Greg Durocher is Co-founder and CEO at Safe Ride 4 Kids, LLC. Greg first came to the SBDC as a client in 2014. He was looking for ways to expand his business and knew that he needed a formal business plan to present when seeking funding, whether that be a loan or investors. He found in the SBDC class offering, including Leading Edge, exactly what he needed to compliment the consulting he received.

Before entering the world of entrepreneurs Greg was a career firefighter/paramedic for thirteen years and a volunteer for five years prior to that. For more than 15 years he has also been a student of human behavior and change. He has trained under and learned from the very best in the world: Tony Robbins, Steve Linder, Cloe Madanes, John Gray, Deborah Battersby and many others. His training includes: Human Needs Psychology, Strategic Intervention, Neurostrategies, NLP, Hypnotherapy and EmMatrix. With this diverse background he can help business owners on many levels in their entrepreneurial journey.


Dora Esparza, Business Services Manager

Joining the Council in 2017, Dora has worked in Early Childhood Education for the last 15 years. Her previous position was at Warren Village for nine years, where she worked as a Community and Funding Specialist. Dora has a long history of CCAP work and has chaired the Denver CCAP Collaboration (formerly known as the Child Care Task Force) in the Denver community for seven years.

Dora has a passion for diversity and working with people from all backgrounds and walks of life. She has graduate degrees in Psychology, Marketing, Human Resources and Nonprofit Management. In her role at the Council she helps child care providers in developing strong business practices that work for them. She has a passion for advocacy and elevating the early childhood field as well as creating community partnerships that benefit early childhood providers.


Rob Rose is the Director of Programs and Engagement for the Denver Metro SBDC at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. He manages personal and professional development programming for both members and nonmember’s alike. The programs range from basic leads group pipeline feeding opportunities to working with emerging leaders as well as programming specifically for business owners of all sizes.

Rob has served the community as a board member of the Autism, A Precious Child as well as a Development Group for Goodwill Industries of Denver. Rob is passionate about giving back to the Denver business and nonprofit community that has given him so much in return.


Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

1445 Market St., 5th floor
Denver, CO 80202

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