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LEADING EDGE™ for Child Care Businesses

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

Navigating Teaching During COVID-19

The Denver Metro Small Business Development Center, at the Denver Metro Chamber has launched a new program and coursework to help licensed child care providers strengthen their business practices to better cope with the challenges of Covid-19 and the ever changing business landscape of the Colorado workforce. In partnership with Denver’s Early Childhood Council, the Denver Metro SBDC will be launching this 6-week course with the goal of creating your business plan through the use of LivePlan, a business planning software tool with performance tracking as well as on outline of success over 6-weeks for your business plan development.  

This program is funded through a collaborative grant between the State of Colorado’s Office of Early Childhood and the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) and local SBDC’s. One of the primary objectives of this project is to strengthen the child care provider business model and enhance business owner skills so that these critically important services can continue to support our local economies.

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

What To Expect

  • Six three-hour sessions including interactive group work 
  • Access to an online platform (LivePlan) with weekly reading and presentations, group discussion forums, homework, financial spreadsheets and templates to build your plan of action
  • One-on-one consulting available throughout the course and beyond…
  • Feedback on your business plan or strategy during the course
  • Introduction to potential lenders 
  • Free registration to workshops at the Denver Metro SBDC while enrolled
  • Entry into a class business plan competition for a chance to have your business plan reviewed by other SBDC consultants and a banker
  • Assistance getting a funding ask together
  •  Participation will earn you professional development hours in the PDIS system


Registration Opens
October 5, 2020

Info Sessions
October 28, 2020 | 5:30-6:30 PM | Register

Course Sessions
November 4 – December 16, 2020 | Wednesdays | 5:30 – 8:30 PM
All sessions will be on Zoom meeting platform

December 16, 2020 | 5:30 – 6:30 PM


Payment is required at registration.

Standard Course Fee

No Fee for all licensed child care providers
(start-up or existing)*
*Registration Required

LEADING EDGE For Child Care Businesses Curriculum

Week 1
Introduction – Business Model Canvas, Mission and Vision

Week 2
Market Research – Getting to know your customers

Week 3
Marketing – Developing a strategy

Week 4
Financials – Discovering options and what the numbers mean

Week 5
Marketing and Customer Service

Week 6
Final Presentations, Graduation

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.


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

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