Brighton EDC launches BRE plans for Brighton's business community

  • By Brighton EDC
  • 07 Mar, 2017

Have you ever heard the term “Business retention and expansion (BRE)?” The phrase is most often used by economic development professionals to describe programs and services being offered to help local businesses in a particular community prosper and grow. BRE efforts can vary from community to community depending on the business environment.

The Brighton Economic Development Corporation (EDC) has recently launched new plans to address Brighton’s unique BRE needs.

In 2017, The Brighton EDC will increase efforts to communicate with the business community to find out what Brighton businesses need to help them succeed. This will include one-on-one visits to businesses, surveys and other methods to get valuable feedback.

The Brighton EDC has already begun to strengthen partnerships, and establish new ones, with organizations that provide resources to businesses such as financing, business planning and technical assistance.

Among the most important partners is the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Located in our office, the SBDC provides individual counseling, classroom training, and a plethora of other critical services for startups and small companies.

Other partners, including Accion, Colorado Enterprise Fund, and Colorado Lending Source, offer access to capital through financing assistance for all kinds of startups and small businesses, including those who may not qualify for bank loans.

Partners like TiE Rockies and Rockies Venture Club provide access to mentoring as well as opportunities to attract investment from venture capitalists and angel investors.

Last but not least, we can connect you with the Adams County Workforce and Business Center who can help you find qualified candidates for any positions you are looking to fill, and they also offer training programs.

These are just a handful of the organizations in our “tool box” we can connect you to.

Additionally, the Brighton EDC will be presenting value-adding events designed to introduce Brighton businesses to available programs and services as well as deliver learning opportunities in areas important to small business, in particular. Look for some great events in Brighton during National Small Business Week May 1 – 5, and Brighton Business Week October 2 – 6.

Please contact Patrick Giron, assistant director of the Brighton EDC, at pgiron@brightonedc.org if you have any questions or suggestions regarding BRE in Brighton.

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