The Aurora-South Metro Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has recently been honored with the prestigious ‘SBDC Excellence and Innovation Award’ during the 2023 National Small Business Week (NSBW) held at the Waldorf Astoria in Washington, D.C. This award, conferred by the US Small Business Administration (SBA) and presented by Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, recognizes the SBDC for its exceptional dedication to supporting local entrepreneurship and its innovative approach to small business consulting and training.

The Aurora-South Metro SBDC, part of the Colorado SBDC Network, has made a mark on the community by fostering substantial economic growth and nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit within the region. The center has contributed immensely to the business landscape in Colorado, helping to generate over $30 million in capital formation each year. Additionally, their programs attract more than 11,000 attendees who participate in various training sessions and annually assist over 4,500 individuals and business owners with expert consulting services.

This center’s significant impact is evident in its role as a leader within the statewide network of 15 SBDCs. Funded by a cooperative venture involving the State of Colorado, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and local communities, the Colorado SBDC Network is a vital resource for starting and growing businesses, providing them with essential tools, access to expertise, and a pathway to funding.

Under the leadership of Executive Director Marcia McGilley, the Aurora-South Metro SBDC has adopted inventive strategies to propel small business success. Their unique advising programmes and training methodologies are tailored to meet the diverse needs of the local business community they serve. Charles “Tee” Rowe, President & CEO of America’s SBDC, underlined the center’s proactive and enthusiastic approach which has set a benchmark for excellence and innovation in the realm of small business development.

National Small Business Week is an annual event organized by the SBA to celebrate the achievements of entrepreneurs and small business owners across the United States. The award received by the Aurora-South Metro SBDC is not just a testament to their outstanding contributions but also shines a spotlight on the essential role that SBDCs play in fostering economic vitality through empowerment and support of business ventures.

The recognition of the Aurora-South Metro SBDC and other distinguished awardees can be explored further on America’s SBDC’s website, showcasing the pervasive influence and accomplishments of small businesses across the nation.

As the largest partnership program of the SBA, the SBDC network continues to be pivotal in bolstering the nation’s economic framework by aiding Americans in starting, running, and expanding their businesses. Through providing comprehensive management and technical assistance, SBDCs like Aurora-South Metro serve as cornerstone institutions in nurturing the entrepreneurial landscape of America. Their work and achievements are vital in shaping a robust economy rich with opportunity and innovation.