A  new tool is now available to small businesses in the Pikes Peak region. Started by Heather Bushby-Kelly, a Small Business Development Center consultant, PikesPeakSmallBiz.com aggregates small business events and services and allows the small business community to share best practices.

The website is “an information resource for small businesses and entrepreneurs in the Pikes Peak region,” according to the company’s business profile. “It offers a large calendar of events for small businesses, including classes and workshops, networking events, and so much more.”

In addition to its event calendar, PikesPeakSmallBiz.com provides a database of resources, a peer-reviewed directory and a page devoted to questions and answers from within the business community. The site also provides resources to access funding, to include traditional lenders such as banks and investors, to nontraditional routes like crowdfunding, the government and microfinance institutions.

“Small businesses in the region need one place they can go to find events, resources and answers. Small-business owners rarely have time to track down classes and networking events across multiple websites,” said Bushby-Kelly. “They also may feel like they need help, but don’t know where to go or don’t have time to schedule an appointment to get answers to their questions.”

Aikta Marcoulier, executive director of the region’s SBDC, said the region needed the service.

“The SBDC is very excited about PikesPeakSmallBiz.com because there is finally a resource for small businesses to refer to for a list of community-wide business events, referral lists and frequently asked questions that all small businesses have,” Marcoulier said.

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“For providers of information … this resource is a savior when it comes to scheduling events around other great events in our region. This website fosters collaboration and a unified approach to supporting small business.”

The site provides a base of free services, to include listing an event and creating a business profile for the directory.

Marcoulier said the website needs the support of the business community to succeed.

“I hope that everyone jumps on board at least at the basic level to make their business events public to the small business community and other providers of information,” Marcoulier said. “Let’s show the rest of the state that Colorado Springs does indeed have a great support system for small business growth.”