• US Small Business Administration (SBA) – website
  • SBA Business Start Up Guide – website 
  • Virginia Small Business Development Center – website
  • Colorado Small Business Development Center – website 
  • Leadville/Lake County Economic Development Corporation – website



Financing Issues for Small Business ~~ Read Article (pdf)

Most small business failures occur because the company lacked working capital, not because it didn’t have a good product or service. Unfortunately, this problem is currently magnified for many small businesses dealing with tough economic times. They still need to hire new people and buy inventory in order to grow. More…


Commercial Leases ~~ Read Article (pdf)

With the surplus of office space many areas, it is a renters’ market and many small businesses are lured in by tales of the good deals that can be had for commercial space, such as free parking, landlord funded renovations, and the like. There is, however, an area that small businesses often neglect when it comes to leasing space – the failure to fully understand the terms of the lease they are signing. If you are aware of the common pitfalls in commercial leases, you can help protect your business from unexpected liabilities by negotiating better terms. More…


Small Business Resources ~~ Read Article

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses, since its inception in 1953.  SBA provides assistance primarily through its four programmatic functions: Access to Capital, Entrepreneurial Development, Government Contracting, and Advocacy. More…


Avoiding Contract Pitfalls, Part 1 ~~ Read Article (pdf)

This is the first installment in a three-part series on Avoiding Contract Pitfalls.  It is my hope that this is useful for you and your business. More…


Avoiding Contract Pitfalls, Part 2 ~~ Read Article (pdf)

It is not uncommon for otherwise very careful people to glance over a contract and just sign it without really knowing what it obligates them or the other party to do.  This is the second installment in a three-part series on Avoiding Contract Pitfalls. More…


Avoiding Contract Pitfalls, Part 3 ~~ Read Article (pdf)

Most business people enter into contracts on a regular basis.  They sign real property agreements, vehicle and equipment leases, advertising agreements, web site development and maintenance agreements, banking documents and numerous other contracts in the usual course of business.  Part 3 covers Contract Termination, Deadlines, Warranties and other Contract Pitfalls. This is the final installment in a three-part series on Avoiding Contract Pitfalls. More…