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Biz expo Lou RiversoLou Riverso of the Jeffco Business Resource Center talks to entrepreneurs during last year’s Jeffco Business Resource Expo at the Jeffco Fairgrounds. PHOTO: GWEN CLAYTON

By J. Patrick O’Leary

Want to learn about nearly every business resource available to businesses in Jeffco, in one place, at one time? Then register now for the fourth annual Jefferson County Business Resource Expo, Monday, Sept. 17, from 4 to 7 p.m., in the main hall of Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. 6th Ave., Golden.

Hosted by the Jefferson County Business Resource Center as a kick-off to Small Business Resource Week, the Expo is an opportunity to meet and learn about resources available to business owners in Jefferson County, and a great networking opportunity.

The biggest purpose of the Expo is to connect the business community with all the available resources in Jefferson County – over 35 Expo vendors – according to Amira Watters, Executive Director of the Jefferson County Business Resource Center. She said it’s the only time you’ll see them all in one place – representatives of the Jefferson County Public Library, all seven chambers of commerce, all business community associations, and even West Metro Fire Rescue, which provides fire prevention and safety programs.

“It’s also an excellent opportunity to connect with people outside your circle,” she adds.

Jefferson County’s Small Business Resource Week – the third week of September – was proclaimed two years ago by former county commissioner Donald Rosier, according to Watters. All Expo vendors are encouraged to do something to mark the week.

“Each year we’ve grown,” said Watters. “Last year we had 300 people, and our goal this year is to break 400.”

There will be more sponsors and door prizes, too.

Attendance is free for Jefferson County businesses with advanced registration at, or $10 at the door.

As the Neighborhood Gazette went to press, sponsors included Foothills Credit Union, the Neighborhood Gazette, 1st Bank, Fiducial, Jefferson County Business and Workforce Center, Office Evolution, Eco Graphics, Nicole McCabe Design, Banner Signs and Decals, and Blu Hartkopp Photographer.

Sponsor positions are filled, according to Watters, but businesses are encouraged to bring door prizes, of a minimum value of $50 dollars, which will get them a place to leave brochures on a vendor table.

“We’ll have a lot of door prizes,” she said, to be awarded at 6:30 p.m. – you must be present to win.

To further sweeten the deal, complimentary adult beverages are provided.

“So come out, have a few cocktails, network, and learn about the resources available,” said Watters. “There’s no other time this all happens.”

For more information, email Amira Watters at or visit