The Estes Park EDC is proud to partner with the Larimer SBDC by providing free and confidential business consulting. The Estes Park has four certified consultants that are ready to work with you.

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Adam Shake is the Vice President of the Estes Park Economic Development Corporation.

Prior to arriving in Estes Park, Shake served as the Department of Homeland Security Transportation Security Agency Program Manager.

Since his arrival in Estes Park, Shake has served on the boards of Visit Estes Park, Estes Valley Partners for Commerce, Rocky Mountain Performing Arts Center and Flinch Forward as well as volunteering for many other community initiatives.  

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Jason has been working as an entrepreneur and with entrepreneurs for over 15 years. First, he was a business coach in the early 2000’s, and later became an internal coach at a Fortune 500 financial services company. It was this assignment where Jason became quite passionate about new entrepreneurs.

Owens received a BS degree in electrical engineering from Ohio University, and he holds an MBA from Thomas More College. Jason has worked on a doctoral degree where researched ways to improve the success rate of new business start-ups.

Jason is a published author and has delivered 40+ workshops throughout the Southeast.

Jason and his wife of 23 years, Karen, recently relocated to Estes Park, Colorado.

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Rich began his career in sales for large corporations transitioning to business development for multiple high tech startups before eventually building his own businesses. Most recently, he helped his business partners grow their aviation manufacturing business from $1M to over $5M in annual sales becoming the industry leader in their space.

After raising their three children, Rich and his wife moved to Estes Park where they now own and operate a very successful lodging business.

Rich holds a BBA in Marketing from the University of Texas and loves helping fellow business owners create, stimulate and grow opportunities for their businesses.

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Kent is a Colorado native who grew up in Englewood, attended Colorado State College and the University of Northern Colorado. His degrees are in history, historical research, economics and geography. After teaching for a few years in the 60’s he returned to the family sign business and has operated Smith Sign Studio full time since 1972. As a specialist in gold leaf signs, he wrote the textbook, Gold Leaf Techniques for sign painters which is now in its 4th edition.

After 40 plus years in Greeley he moved his family and business to Estes Park. With an interest in civic involvement, he has been the Vice President of Estes Valley Partners for Commerce and their representative to the Estes Park Economic Development Corp. board. He chairs the Entrepreneur Center committee and serves on the Strategic Planning committee for the EDC. Smith Sign Studio is a Give Back Business Partner with Estes Park Non-Profit Resource Center. 

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Since 1989, the Larimer Small Business Development Center Network (SBDC) has been dedicated to helping existing and new businesses grow and prosper in Larimer County by providing free and confidential consulting and no- or low-cost training programs. In the last 10 years, we have helped 226 businesses start, created 930 jobs, retained 421 employees and increase sales over 14.5 million.

The main Larimer SBDC is located in Fort Collins, offering both consulting and training, additional services are held in Berthoud as well as Estes Park. All locations provide free, confidential one-on-one business consulting and low-cost training. Let the SBDC help you create and retain jobs, secure loans, increase sales, win government contracts, develop strategic business/marketing plans and more.

The SBDC combines information and resources from federal, state and local governments with those of the education system and private sector to meet the specialized and complex needs of the small business community. Consulting experts work in partnership to provide entrepreneurs with crucial information that can mean the difference between success and failure. Our vision is to be the premier, trusted choice of Colorado businesses for consulting, training and resources.

Over the last ten years, the Larimer County SBDC has helped its clients start 226 businesses, create and retain over 1,600 jobs and increase sales by $14.6 million. Let us help you be a part of that economic impact and take advantage of our services today. Schedule an appointment with one of our certified business consultants, or sign up for a training class.