Resource fair helps businesses succeed

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Through a coordinated effort among 12 communities, businesses in Adams County will have a chance to learn what resources are available to them.

The second Adams County Business Resource Fair will be Thursday, July 11, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Thornton.

The 12 communities involved in planning this event are ACED, Arvada, Aurora, Bennett, Brighton, Commerce City, Federal Heights, Lochbouie, Northglenn, REAP, Thornton and Westminster.

Mike O’Donnell, executive director of Colorado Lending Source, is a sponsor and resource partner with the fair. He pointed out that Adams County was the fifth-largest county in Colorado, out of 64, with about a half a million people living here.

“You have by association, the fifth-largest concentration of small businesses,” he said, adding that the fair was important because small businesses could interact with each other and learn about what resources are available to them.

“We consider anything that can make businesses, especially small businesses, stronger and add employment as a great opportunity,” he said.

Erin Beckstein, director of business and marketing with Adams County Economic Development (ACED), said many businesses are unaware of what different economic-development agencies provide.

“The event is successful because of the collaboration and cooperation with all of Adams County’s economic developers, our sponsors and resource partners,” Beckstein said. “Businesses that attend will have plenty of opportunity to learn more about accessing resources beneficial to their success.” 

The event is by invitation only; people can get more information by contacting Beckstein at EBeckstein@adamscountyed.com.

Bonnie Babcock, school director for SAGE Truck Driving Schools in Henderson, said she may have been the first person to RSVP to the fair. She went to last year’s event and said the resource leads she got were incredible.

“The fair is unique because there are so many businesses that attend — they bring people together that I wouldn’t have thought to reach out to,” she said.

The resource partners that will be at the event include Adams County Workforce & Business Center, Adams County Education Consortium, Colorado Procurement and Technical Assistance Center, Small Business Transportation Resource Center, Small Business Administration, North Metro Small Business Development Center, US Export Assistance Center, US Department of Agriculture, Colorado Association of Manufacturing and Technology, Rocky Mountain Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, Colorado Enterprise Fund, Colorado Lending Source, Rocky Mountain Microfinance Institute, Unite Power, Xcel Energy and Kaiser Permanente.