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Program for small businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering a free, seven-month intensive program that provides tools, training and networking to small business owners.

Emerging Leaders is a “street-level” MBA-style program suited for Colorado small businesses that have been in operation for at least three years, have an annual revenue of at least $250,000 and have at least one additional employee other than the owner, according to a news release.

Classes begin in May and continue through November. The program provides 40 hours of training, which is divided over 13 sessions. All sessions will take place at Englewood Civic Center.

The Emerging Leaders curriculum includes developing a three-year strategic growth plan and more than 100 hours of professional, specialized workshops and training while working alongside experienced mentors, local leaders and experts from the financial community. This copyrighted program curriculum is known as StreetWise Steps to Small Business Growth.

Space is limited and interested applicants are encouraged to apply early before the March 15 deadline. Applications are accepted online at and will be reviewed for eligibility by March 22.

Credit union opens in Parker

Ent Credit Union’s second service center location in Parker, and third in Douglas County, is open at 18700 Cottonwood Drive.

In coordination with the Parker Chamber of Commerce, Ent had its ribbon cutting Feb. 21, with guest of honor Mayor Mike Waid, along with the chamber’s president and CEO, Dennis Houston.

“This new service center is in a great location and adds another level of convenience to our members in Douglas County,” Ent’s vice president of corporate communications, Victoria Selfridge, said in a news release.

Community earns national award

Parker’s Vivant community has taken home the gold award for Detached Community of the Year from the National Association of Home Builders International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, according to a recent news release.

The Craft Companies community, with builder Joyce Homes, competed with residential communities nationwide, and was selected by a panel of industry professionals from more than 1,300 entries across the country.

On 1.5-acre homesites in east Parker, the Vivant community offers luxury homes starting at $1.245 million, with four floor plans.

Joyce Homes partnered with Angela Harris of TRIO and hired KGA Studio Architects to develop the TRIO Collection of houses that comprise the four Vivant floor plans that were designed from the inside out, beginning with floor plan circulation, programming and flexibility of every space, the release says.

“By collaborating every step of the way with our interior design and architecture teams over the past two years, we’ve created a community that encompasses the same modern, cutting-edge architecture and floor plans as highly sought-after custom homes in Denver,” Scott Moberg, president of Joyce Homes, said in the release. “Vivant won this prestigious award because it’s the first suburban community in the country to offer the same level of architectural and interior design found in major cities, with the added bonus of expansive lots in a breathtaking, rural environment.”

New Amazon Books location

The 19th location of Amazon Books opened March 6 in Cherry Creek, according to a news release.

Amazon Books is open to all customers. Prime members pay the price in store, and customers who aren’t already Prime members can sign up for a free 30-day trial and instantly receive the price in store.

The Cherry Creek store is at 2787 E. Second Ave., Denver. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.


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