July 28, 2020 – Today, the Board of El Paso County Commissioners recognized July 27th- July 31st as Small Business Week for the Pikes Peak Region with a Proclamation.

Small Business Week is a week meant to highlight the importance of entrepreneurs and small business owners throughout El Paso County. During this week, small business supporters are encouraged to shop small at local businesses to bolster the local economy.

“Small Businesses is the lifeblood of our local economy, said Commissioner Stan VanderWerf. “Our lives are richer with the innovative goods and services small businesses bring. These businesses put food on the table for the owners, their families, and employees. As we commemorate Small Business Week with local events and workshops, and the Awards Celebration, we recognize all our entrepreneurs and small business owners in El Paso County. Let’s all do our part to support small businesses…Buy Local!”

The award-winning Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado will give small business owners an opportunity to learn more about successful practices and ways to help their business thrive.

“Small Business Week is an excellent opportunity for small business owners to take part in educational workshops, to stay resilient through pandemic recovery,” said Aikta Marcoulier, Pikes Peak SBDC Executive Director. “Small Business Week is also an excellent opportunity to celebrate our small businesses by viewing our free virtual awards celebration, honoring the top businesses in our region. This is the biggest small business week of education and celebration for all small businesses in the state of Colorado.”

How YOU can support:
Due to the impact of COVID-19, the popular Food Truck Cook-Off is now A License to Eat, your guide to the

vibrant food truck community of the Pikes Peak Region.

• For $25, you can support local small businesses and get a listing of 24 participating food trucks operating in our area along with special offers.

Events for Small Business Owners Include:

  • Olympic City USA | Eye on the Prize- Take a look behind the scenes of the new museum and learn about the economic impact that this one-of-a-kind building & universal brand will have on our local economy.
  • Avoiding Burnout in Turbulent Times- Find out how health can be a business strategy and how you canavoid burnout.
  • Office Hours with a Banker- Leading Banking professionals will present on COVID-19 relief programs

available to small businesses & answer questions from the audience.

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• Supporting Minority-Owned Business- Find out how you as a consumer can support and contribute to minority-owned businesses.

All events can be attended virtually.

With your support now and into the future, we can foster our local economy, keep money close to home and create meaningful jobs.

For information, registration or to purchase a ‘License to Eat Food Truck Guide’ visit www.pikespeaksbdc.org or you can send a text to Aikta Marcoulier, Pikes Peak SBDC Executive Director (719) 466-0774

Additional Information on Pikes Peak SBDC | BBB of Southern Colorado:

The Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center offers business consulting and training to assist existing and new small businesses in El Paso, Park and Teller counties.

Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado helps consumers find businesses, brands, and charities they can trust. It serves 25 counties throughout Southern Colorado. For more information visit BBB of Southern Colorado.