LEADING EDGE Business Planning Series


create a fully-realized business plan


connect with like-minded entrepreneurs


develop a plan that leads to business growth

LEADING EDGE is a hands-on, highly-interactive series designed to help future and current entrepreneurs discover and test the viability of their business. Participants learn to identify opportunities for profitable and sustainable business growth while creating a business plan based on market research, financial objectives and professional management skills. Created as a virtual learning environment, attendees benefit from online learning, virtual presentations from guest speakers and individual consulting sessions using video conferencing.

During this program, participants:

  • Develop an effective marketing plan
  • Create financial projections
  • Understand legal and organizational issues
  • Use research for competitive advantage
  • Understand financing options to grow their business
This comprehensive series includes:
  • Business specialists as virtual guest speakers
  • Entrepreneur panelists sharing their start-up and growth experiences
  • A facilitator to help keep you on track and match you to resources
  • Five hours of consulting with a wide variety of business specialists
  • Support and encouragement to assist you in reaching your goals

Participants graduate from the 10-week virtual course with a completed business plan in hand. Graduates from the program are invited to participate in a statewide celebration in the spring, where prizes are awarded to the top business plans in the state.

Series Dates

The next series will held:

  • Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 pm
  • September 17-November 19

Business plans must be submitted by December 3.


The cost to participate is $495 per attendee.

Thanks to a sponsorship from the City of Longmont, businesses and residents of Longmont can attend at a special discounted rate of $125 per attendee. If you are an existing Longmont business, you must have a current City of Longmont Sales & Use Tax License to qualify for the special scholarship rate. Longmont residents interested in starting a business in Longmont may also qualify for the scholarship rate. To confirm eligibility and receive your coupon code, contact Suzi Bahnsen

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