your one-stop resource for everything related to starting a small business in colorado.

A GUIDE TO START-UP SUCCESS

The Colorado Business Resource Book is one of the most successful and comprehensive business books in the nation. This free publication is made possible by the Colorado Business Development Foundation and the Colorado Small Business Development Center Network.

Since its inception in 1998, more than 200,000 copies of the Colorado Business Resource Book have been distributed to entrepreneurs across Colorado and the nation. In 2019, a digital version of the book was made into this website that you are visiting now. Through the website, we are able to constantly update the ever-changing information entrepreneurs need to know.

There has never been a better time to join Colorado’s business community. Over the years, several national publications have ranked Colorado as one of the best places in the country to start, build and grow a small business. Nearly 98% of all firms in Colorado are considered small. Over 52% of all private sector workers are employed by small businesses.

Get involved and take advantage of the support, education and business information outlined in this website. The programs mentioned provide invaluable assistance, support and information as you progress through the various stages of your business’ growth. Please let us know how we can be of service. We are only a phone call or click away!

Starting a business is risky, but understanding the risks and reducing them through careful planning can improve the chances for success

There are typically three avenues available when going into business: starting a new venture, purchasing an existing business and purchasing a franchise.

Examine the characteristics of each legal structure along with the needs and desires you have for your business.

Ready about the general income tax laws that you will encounter when you own your own business. 

If you sell, rent or lease tangible personal property in Colorado, you must obtain a sales tax license.

The sale of goods through the Internet is treated the same as the sale of tangible personal property through traditional selling methods.

 Accurate books and records are essential for business planning and useful to management in making informed decisions.

The assistance Colorado organizations provide entrepreneurs is unlike any other state. 

Small businesses may need to hire external professional services to help work within their organization.

A well-written business plan is an important document for any business seeking financing. However, a thorough business plan is an essential tool for all businesses,

Your business should be driven by the customer. The marketing plan should fit your product development, pricing, promotion and distribution around the customers’ needs.

Financing for your business may be obtained from private investors, lenders and other financial institutions.

Before starting your business, you should be aware of the potential liabilities that may be incurred when operating a business.

Trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights and patents are all ways to protect your work.

Colorado is one of the hubs for emerging ventures in the country, including aerospace, bioscience and energy.