Classes will meet at the Enterprise Center, above, and at the Delta Chamber of Commerce. Mirror file photo.

Special To The Mirror

(Montrose CO 4-9-13) With 41 years of experience serving local communities with programs and services that make the most of available dollars by leveraging resources, Region 10 was a natural fit when it came to developing a new satellite office to serve the Montrose-Delta communities.  The Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) is a collaborative effort among numerous local partner organizations. The SBRC will offer technical assistance and educational programming that benefits local business owners—providing classes on such topics as starting a business, using QuickBooks, using Excel, developing a professional business plan and much more.   Here at Region 10, we have the knowledge, expertise and support needed to take a new business from idea through implementation.

“This has been such a positive community partnership. From local banks, to the Chamber to the City, the support has been overwhelming,” Region 10 SBRC Director Vince Fandel said. “Our community needs a professionally-developed, driven and conducted technical assistance educational program for our small business owners, with qualified instructors and counselors who can help the small business community expand.”

Community Partners to date, in addition to Region 10, include:  Small Business Development Center (SBDC); Colorado Mesa University; Dalby Wendland & Company; City of Montrose; US Bank; Montrose Bank; Colorado Workforce; Wells Fargo Bank; and Timberline Bank.

In addition to offering support services and classes through the SBRC in both Montrose and Delta locations, Region 10 will become a satellite office of the Small Business Development Center in May, with SBDC counselor Susan Bony available to consult on an as-needed basis.

Region 10 administrative staffer Claudette Nicolas will serve as first point of contact, and can direct callers to the proper resource. To learn more, call 970-249-2436.

A non-profit organization, the Region 10 League for Economic Assistance and Planning was formed in 1972 and serves six-counties (Montrose, Delta, Gunnison, Ouray, Hinsdale and San Miguel), operates an Enterprise center (300 North Cascade) administers the Enterprise Zone Business and Contribution tax credit programs, oversees the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and Community Living Services, coordinates Regional Transportation planning, and offers a loan program for small business. To learn more call 970-249-2436 or visit the web site at