November at the Colorado District Office

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November 2012

Colorado District Office November Newsletter


Brought to you by the U.S. Small Business Administration


Graduation of our e200 class!


The Colorado District Office participates in the SBA program, Emerging Leaders (e200) Initiative. It is the only federal training initiative that specifically focuses on executives of established businesses, currently poised for growth, from communities across the country and provides them the organizational framework, resource network, and motivation required to build a sustainable business of size and scale. 


This educational program comprises approximately 100+ hours over a seven month period; the businesses met bi-weekly in a classroom environment and had outside assignments and projects. The training is focused on topics as organizational management, financial management, growth strategies and management, market development, and strategic planning.


On October 23rd, we celebrated our graduates at the Aurora Municipal Center. Mayor  of the city of Aurora, Steve Hogan addressed the graduates along with Greg Lopez, District Director of the SBA – Colorado District Office and e200 instructor Susan Roberts.


The e200 Initiative incorporates a proven curriculum that is research-based and nationally scalable (expanding from 10 to 27 communities since 2008) which enables the participating businesses to engage in focused development and expansion strategies for their business, including options for accessing new capital and securing government contracts.


           e200 Class of 2012 

Vern Abila                                     Abila Security & Investigation 

Pat Broxton                                  Broxton Design & Development, Inc.

Denise Christopher                    CKB Enterprise, Inc.

Kevin Delange                             Dry Dock Brewing Company

Jake Gilmore                                Gilmore Construction Corporation

Maria Gonzalez                            Gonzalez Insurance Group, LLC

Timothy Jackson                          Jackson Enterprises Corporation

Jeanette Dindinger-Martinez     Star Telecommunication Inc.

Adriane Sanford                           The Sanford Group, LLC

Nidhi Saxena                                 Dataman USA, LLC

Gail Sutton                                     Better Business Cleaning

Chris Tolar                                     Stonebridge Builders

Victoria Aguilar                              The AR Group


If you are interested in participating in the e200 project manager, Joanna Burciaga by email or by phone 303-844-2607 ext. 222.

Owner of Dry Dock Brewing Co. - SBA Success Story & e200 Graduate

What began as a home-brew hobby has turned into a thriving brewery business for Kevin DeLange and his wife Michelle.  Kevin is the President of Dry Dock Brewing Co, an Aurora base craft brewery that began in 2005.  Dry Dock Brewing began winning awards for its beer as early as 2006, winning the World Beer Cup Gold H.M.S Victory ESB in the Special or Best Bitter category.  Since then, Dry Dock has won 3 additional World Beer Cup awards and 11 Great American Beer Festival medals including Small Brewing Company of the Year in 2009. 

Kevin and Michelle began their relationship with the U.S. Small Business Administration by utilizing SBA’s 7(a) loan program. In 2009 and again in 2011 they used the 7(a) loan program to finance tenant improvements and to purchase an additional bottling machine, fermenters and kegs. They recently were approved for an SBA 504 loan to finance a 30,000 square foot building in Aurora Colorado. The new facility will house a 4-vessel, 40 barrel brew-house that will eventually be capable of producing more than 60,000 barrels of beer per year (one barrel is 31 U.S. gallons).  Their goal is to brew 12,000 barrels in the first year.  In addition to utilizing SBA’s loan guaranty programs, Kevin is a participant in the 2012 SBA Emerging 200 Initiative – a 7-month curriculum that enables participants to engage in focused development and expansion strategies for their business.  

Since opening, Dry Dock Brewing has never been able to keep up with the demand for their award-winning beer. Kevin and Michelle’s approach to growth has been incremental and slow – all part of their plan to grow from a small brewery to a medium-sized brewery. Their production has grown from 300 barrels in 2006 to 3,200 barrels projected for 2012.  On a typical Friday night, the brewery will pour 15 barrels or 4,200 glasses of beer.  Pretty impressive for a guy from Iowa whose business started as a hobby!

Where will SBA be this month?

Mi Casa Resource Fair

November 1st, 5:30pm-7:30pm

360 Acoma St. Denver, CO 80223

Click here to register

8a & PTAC Event

November 8th, 8am-12pm

14305 E. Alameda Ave. Ste. 300 Aurora, CO 80012

This class covers the 8(a), HubZone, and Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) federal contracting certifications. Topics include the eligibility, requirements and benefits of each certification program.

Click here to register

8a Certification Workshop

November 13th, 9am-11:30am

721 19th St. Suite 426 Denver, Co 80202

This class covers the 8(a), HubZone, and Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) federal contracting certifications. Topics include the eligibility, requirements and benefits of each certification program.

Register now

Veteran Start Up Event

November 14th, 10:30pm-1pm

South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, 2154 E. Commons Avenue, #342 Centennial, CO 80122

In honor of Veterans day the Colorado District Office wants to help those that served our country with their new business venture. The event features a Veteran owned small business owner, SBA resource partners, Q&A, and networking.

Register now

2nd Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day

November 14th, 1:00pm-2:30pm

South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, 2154 E. Commons Avenue, #342 Centennial, CO 80122

Are you 50+ and interested in starting a business? Join the SBA and AARP for Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day! The event features inspirational stories and Q&A from our guest speaker, business counseling and networking with us and our resource partners.

RSVP now!


2012 CGFOA/CMCA Annual Conference

November 13-16th, SBA will be doing a work shop on November 15th from 2:30-3:30pm

Estes Park, CO

Help for YOUR Community’s Small Business Owners: A healthy business community generates sales tax that supports the services provided by local government. This session will introduce participants to FREE business development educational offerings, the names of lending institutions that offer loans to qualifying small businesses, the locations of business centers offering business counseling, an overview of professional volunteers who mentor small businesses and how small business owners can find them, make appointments, and receive the benefit of their experience without even leaving their place of business, and much more.

Pueblo Resource Fair

November 29th, 9:00am-4:00pm

Pueblo Convention Center, 320 Central Main St. Pueblo, CO 81003

This one day conference will include a Business Resources Exhibit Hall featuring business federal, state, and local resource vendors that will be available to speak with business attendees, a series of seminars on some of the most popular business topics including a legislative roundtable, access to capital roundtable and a continental breakfast kick-off program that you won’t want to miss. 


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Colorado District Office - Recent SBA Lending Activity


FY 2012:

1293 loans totaling $558,601,600