Monte Vista to host business institute

MONTE VISTA— Local businesses will have the opportunity to hone their skills during a business institute that will be hosted by the city of Monte Vista on Wednesday, Nov. 15.
Best and Brightest Intern Azarel Madrigal presented the proposal to the Monte Vista City Council on Thursday, Oct. 5 tentatively from 4-8 p.m. The council unanimously approved $1,000 towards the cost of hosting the event. The other $4,000 is being paid for by a USDA Rural Business Development grant and Downtown Colorado, INC (DCI) who will bring highly level trainers and presenters for a three-hour intensive workshop based on topics pertinent to economic needs.

“DCI has broad experience working with Colorado communities and local businesses to identify needs, build stronger stakeholder groups, link to resources, provide educational training and spur action to get things done,” said Madrigal.

The topics that will be discussed during the workshop include “Small Business Thriving in an Amazon World” in which small business owners will learn how to compete with internt shopping, “Design Principles for Merchandising and Displays” which will teach how business owners can optimize their displays and “Telling Your Story” where participants will team up to draw out the story of their business.

“DCI will record and provide a summary report of the Business Institute include actions steps for businesses and the business district,” said Madrigal.
Twenty Monte Vista businesses will gain free admission to the institite. More details will be provided by the city of Monte Vista in the near future.
Businesses owners interested in reserving a spot can contact Madrigal at [email protected] or 719-852-1202.

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