Helping small businesses grow and prosper

Southeast Colorado SBDC

Welcome to Southeast Colorado Small Business Development Center

The plentiful grasslands, historical sites, and growing economy in the Southeast region of Colorado allow businesses a wide spectrum of opportunity to flourish with economic success. Our community is proud to support, and maintain, business success within many different realms of the workforce. Such professions include:

farming, agriculture, manufacturing, recycling and waste removal, technology, engineering, construction, nursing, accounting, education, cosmetology, machinery, artistry, hospitality, real estate, and much, much more.

Welcome to Our Beautiful Home!

Photo Credit: Paul Arelleno

How Do We Help Businesses?

The Southeast Colorado Small Business Development Center offers business consulting and training that maximizes the economic potential of entrepreneurs within our region. Our mission is to help existing and new businesses grow and prosper. Our goal at the Small Business Development Center is to help emerging and existing entrepreneurs gain control of their business operations. We provide free guidance and counseling in all aspects of funding and developing small business. We strive to help grow and start businesses. While we cannot eliminate risk, we work to minimize it by helping clients write comprehensive business plans, conduct financial forecasts, strategize marketing tactics, apply for funding, and improve operations. Let us help maximize your business potential.


See the latest and greatest in small business news, tips, and tricks.

SBDC Calendar

Save the Date, our next venture is right around the corner.

SBDC Newsletter

Hear all about the buzz in business with our monthly newsletter.

No-cost, confidential one-on-one consulting

Meet with business consultants that understand your situation to devise a personalized action plan.


Maximize your knowledge about business practices by attending a hands-on educational workshop.

Grants and

Explore our diverse databases to learn about grants and funding opportunities near you.


Engage in FREE online training videos to help start and grow your business!


Explore our FREE interactive resource tools to help you learn everything you need to know to start and grow a business.

All Services Offered by the Southwest Colorado Small Business Development Center:

Additional Startup Resources That Could Help Your Business

Small Business Navigator

Statewide hotline for questions about starting your business. (303)-592-5920

Occupational License Database

Database containing state and federal regulations for businesses in the state.

Colorado Business Resource Book

The most comprehensive guide to starting a business in Colorado

Colorado SBDC TechSource

Direct Assistance to technology ventures and advancement


A program designed to help small businesses in the transportation industry.

Small Manufacturer's AdvantEDGE

Integrated support to small manufacturers across Colorado.

MyBiz Colorado

The official filing tool for the state of Colorado

Leading Edge

The Colorado SBDC Network's flagship strategic planning series

Get to know Southeast Colorado and Explore a County Near You!

Discover Southeast Colorado!

Romance is a risky business for tarantulas in Southeastern Colorado, but the great migration must happen! Youtuber, 9News explores one of Colorado’s greatest love stories- Colorado’s Great Tarantula Migration. Fall in love with Southeast Colorado as we give you a front row seat!

Fox31 Denver’s Ashley Michael briefly describes the natural beauties and wonders of La Junta, Colorado. From galloping antelope, world famous cantaloupes, and love sick night-crawlers- Southeast Colorado has it all! Experience the past with one of North America’s largest dinosaur track migrations, and make new memories for the future and attend Colorado’s yearly Great Tarantula Migration! Welcome home.

Youtuber, Tyler Lee, takes viewers through an intimate look at Lake Pueblo State Park, home to one of Southeast Colorado’s best boating, fishing, hiking, and fishing sites.

Pikes Peak Region Attraction presents: The Royal Gorge- a narrative description of America’s Highest suspension bridge, a legendary feat of engineering that is world renowned.

YouTuber, NPS Inventory and Monitoring, examines Bent’s Fort National Historic Site in, “Part 1 of a Series Examining the Connections Between Humans and Nature Along the Santé Fe Trail.”

YouTuber, Jeremy Weathers’, “Spotlight on Southeast Colorado,” was produced for Southeast Rural Philanthropy Days in Trinidad, Colorado, September 24th-26th, 2014.

“COLORADO: Lamar to La Junta, A Santa Fe Trail Itinerary” by YouTuber, TravelingJules: “Come explore the Canyons and Plains of Southeast Colorado near Lamar and La Junta with Travel Video Journalist, Juliana Broste, aka TravelingJules. On this action packed three-day road trip, we’ll see dinosaur footprints in Picket Wire Canyon (4:02), the largest dinosaur track site in North America (4:43)! We’ll visit Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site (0:33) — it’s like being in a living museum. This is where traders, trappers, travelers and Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes peacefully traded goods along the Santa Fe Trail. We’ll also visit the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site 2:26 and learn about an event that changed the Great Plains forever. We’ll also take a hike in Vogel Canyon (5:56) to see rock art and make friends with the wild tarantulas. All this, and more...only in Colorado!”a

The Southeast Colorado Power Association’s YouTube channel- Renewables and You! presents, “Southeastern Colorado renewable energy projects.”

Youtube Documenter, Moviesauce explores the history of what Coloradoans call “a modern day castle” and interviews both, it’s ecentric creator, and his closest family and friends. Bishop’s castle is a self-built castle located in Beulah, Colorado and was built by the notoriously outspoken, John Bishop. Along-side his branded zaniness, John’s awe inspiring creativity has cemented Bishop’s Castle as a must-see in Southeast Colorado.

If I want to open a business in tourism in Southeast Colorado- who do I contact?

Otero County:

Pamela Denahy, Director of Tourism/Events Coordinator
City of La Junta, Colorado 81050
P: (719) 384-5991
F: (719) 384-7231

Las Animas County:

Trinidad Tourism Board
309 Nevada Ave.
Trinidad, Colorado 81082
P: (719) 846-9512

Bent County:

Bent County Development Foundation
322 Amb Thompson Boulevard
Las Animas, Colorado 81053
(719) 456-0452

Kiowa County:

Economic Development Foundation
1311 Maine St # 11
Eads, Colorado 81036

Baca County:

Office of Economic Development
29400 US Highway 287
Springfield, Colorado 81073
P.O. Box 95
P: (719) 335-2244

Crowley County:

Crowley County Chamber of Commerce
631 Main Street / PO BOX 332
Ordway, Colorado 81063
(719) 276-5225

Prowers County:

Prowers County Development, Inc.
1301 North Main Street, Suite 103
Lamar, Colorado 81052
(719) 336-2384

Southeastern Colorado:

Southern CO Economic Development District
1104 North Main Street
Pueblo, Colorado 81003
(719) 545-8680

Discover all the natural beauties and tourist attractions Southeast Colorado has to offer:

Say "Hello" to Southeast Colorado's Prowers Economic Prosperity (PEP)!

Prowers County, Colorado!

Prowers County represents rural life at its finest. The wholesome vitality of our friendly, attractive communities reflects the diversity of our agricultural and cultural heritage coupled with the opportunities of modern technology, and exportation of renewable energy.

The City of Lamar, the county seat of Prowers County, serves as the industrial and retail center for Southeastern Colorado. Located in the fertile Arkansas River Valley, the surrounding agricultural landscape features wide-open spaces with panoramic views of irrigated corn and alfalfa fields, as well as dryland wheat fields. This semi-arid climate is favorable to livestock production and offers an average or 340 days of sunshine annually. Communities within Prowers County are known for their hometown friendliness and character, and offer many incentives for those relocating businesses and homes.

Visitors and guests can find a variety of recreational activities, historically significant sites and western traditions to visit or attend year-round in Prowers County. Many fine restaurants and places to stay afford comfort and convenience.
Colorado Green (Shell Wind Energy) Wind Farm is located south of Lamar in Prowers County. Xcel Energy purchases the energy created from Colorado Green and Prairie Wind Energy and converts it at the AC/DC Electricity Converter Station in northern Prowers County. This is one of seven such transfer stations located along the nation’s heartland.

The entire region of Prowers County and Southeastern Colorado is connected with high-speed, redundant fiber optic networks providing T-1, DS-3 and OC-3+ speeds. Come see why Prowers County makes a great home for you and your business.

Our team, here at the Southeast Colorado SBDC is dedicated in community development, and partnering with like-minded entities helps us serve our business community better!

The Southeast Colorado SBDC is proud to be partners with:

Towns are built around natural resources, commerce, and families.
Small towns are an important but often neglected element of rural landscapes and food systems.

The Small Town Project was created in the small town of Rocky Ford, a quaint town in Colorado’s Otero County. Founded in 1887, Rocky Ford once thrived as an agricultural and manufacturing town before changes in economic and social infrastructure led to a loss of jobs and population.

Our once booming town now battles the blight of vacant houses, schools and storefronts and the nationwide epidemic of drug use. Our goal is to revitalize the community through ongoing beautification projects and establish programs that will enhance the local economy and sense of community.

Our Mission

The Small Town Project’s mission is to enhance economic and social vitality in Rocky Ford and improve the quality of life for residents of our community.

Get Involved

Our mission is only possible with the support of people who care. The time and care our volunteers give are a vital resource and continue to give life to our mission.


Your financial support helps The Small Town Project achieve our missions through our programs, and will have an impact on thousands of residents in our community.

All Services Offered by The Small Town Project:

Social Activity
Economic Development
Community Care
Future Leaders Project
The Small Town Blog
Digital Equity Project
Rocky Ford Snow Removal Project
Community Events
Street Clean Up Project
Neglected Parks Re-landscape Project

The Small Town Project
304 S. 11th Street,
Rocky Ford, Colorado, 81067

Aspiring youth entrepreneurs across Southeast Colorado are encouraged to develop business ideas for businesses or services of any kind or type that the student feels could work in the rural areas and small towns across Southeast Colorado.

These ideas are then generated into full-blown businesses! And, these businesses are owned and operated by the students! Help our future business leaders of tomorrow find success early, and learn what it means to be a successful entrepreneur in the great USA.

If you would like to enter the E-Fair (Youth Entrepreneurship Fair) or would like more information about the Southeast Colorado Youth Entrepreneurship Project, please contact: 

Julie Worley
La Junta, Colorado 81050
(719) 468-9297 (Call Only)

Grow With Google helps ensure that the opportunities created by technology are available to everyone. Through free tools and training, Grow With Google helps people get the right skills to find jobs they want, advance their careers, and grow their businesses.

The SE CO SBDC encourages everyone to Grow With Google and advance their business practices!

Grow With Google is proud to provide services to:

Small Businesses
Job Seekers
Veterans and Military Families
Start Ups

All entities attached to and supported by The Southeast Colorado SBDC:

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