Partner Toolkit

Sharable information and resources about the Northwest SBDC

Thank you for partnering with the Northwest Small Business Development Center. This toolkit provides information and resources that you can share with your members, partners, customers, stakeholders, or constituents.

What We Do

The Northwest Colorado Small Business Development Center exists to serve dedicated entrepreneurs and business owners who want to strengthen their path to success by utilizing the powerful partnerships of the Colorado Small Business Development Center Network.

NWSBDC Mission


The Northwest SBDC aims to deliver equal access to guided consultancy and educational resources in order to develop and strengthen small businesses at any stage from concept to conclusion.

NWSBDC Audience


We serve entrepreneurs and small businesses in the ten rural counties of Clear Creek, Eagle, Garfield, Gilpin, Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Pitkin, Routt, and Summit.

View the Colorado SBDC Service Map

NWSBDC Services


Our core services:
• No-cost, on-on-one, confidential consulting
• Live webinar presentations and workshops
• On-demand webinars and eLearning videos
• Helpful resource links and documents

Contact the Northwest SBDC


General email:
General phone: (970) 328-3414


Erin McCuskey, Director

Ashley Pynes, Program Manager

Danise Cardona, Program Coordinator/Marketing

Learn more about our staff and consultants on the Team page.

Frequently asked questions

The Northwest SBDC serves the counties of Clear Creek, Eagle, Garfield, Gilpin, Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Pitkin, Routt, and Summit. If you aren’t in the Northwest region, view the Colorado SBDC service map to find the Center which is assigned to your location. 

The Colorado SBDC Network consists of 15 full-time centers and more than 70 part-time satellite centers. Most centers require prescheduled appointments for consulting sessions, as well as preregistration for events and trainings.

The first step to connect with a Northwest SBDC consultant is to register. You’ll receive a response within 3 business days.

The quick answer is: business owners want it! Feedback has shown that remote consulting and virtual training are more convenient for busy entrepreneurs; providing maximum flexibility when engaging with the Northwest SBDC. Additionally, focusing on virtual services allows our Center to more effectively and efficiently allocate our funds and resources. 

While the Northwest SBDC doesn’t facilitate live events, all in-person training events offered through any Center in the Colorado SBDC Network are open to anyone, regardless of their “home” Center. Current offerings can be found at the Event/Workshop Database. In-person events are indicated by red map icons. Another good resource for in-person trainings and events is your local Chamber of Commerce or similar organization.

The Northwest SBDC does not host networking events. Because our region is so geographically diverse – at over 17,000 square miles – this type of event organizing is best left to local entities within counties and towns. Regional Chambers of Commerce are good starting points to learn about networking opportunities near you.

Unfortunately, the Northwest SBDC doesn’t have the resources to send staff to the many requests for presentations we receive. However; we are working to create media that you can present at your meeting or event which will explain the services and tools available through the Northwest SBDC.

The Northwest SBDC does not directly award grants or loans, rather we guide businesses in preparing documents required for funding applications and connect them to both general and specialized funding opportunities.

Northwest SBDC Host

Eagle County Government became the host of Northwest SBDC in 2019 as a part of its strategic plan to promote a diverse and resilient economy. Recognizing the importance of supporting small business owners in rural Colorado, Eagle County generously stepped up as the top funding partner in order to support the continued presence of the Northwest SBDC.

History of the SBDC

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program is the federal government’s largest and most successful management and technical assistance program for small businesses. It is a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and America’s Small Business Development Center Network (ASBDC), which boasts approximately 1,000 full-time service centers operating on an overall budget of roughly $230 million, with more than half of that budget resulting from cash and in-kind dollars from the program’s many funding partners, including state and local governments, institutions of higher learning, private enterprise and local nonprofit economic development programs. The ASBDC provides services to more clients annually than all other SBA programs combined.

As early as the 1940s, legislation was introduced in Congress to establish university-based extension services. By 1953, Congress had created the SBA. This action reflected awareness at the federal level of the importance of small business to the nation’s economy and the need for federal government involvement in fostering a climate in which small businesses could flourish.

The first SBDC programs were funded in the 1970s. The Colorado SBDC came into existence in 1987 and was hosted by the Community Colleges of Colorado until 1989. In 1989, the Governor’s Office of Business Development (now the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade) took over the program and is still the current host. The Colorado SBDC Network now consists of 15 full-time centers and more than 50 part-time satellite offices across the state.

Digital Media

Please contact Program Coordinator, Danise Cardona, for print-quality .eps files. The files below may be used in digital media.

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