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eXcelerate Business Development Program (EBDP)

The eXcelerate Business Development (EBD) program was created by a group of dedicated and experienced business leaders whose mission is to provide small businesses with the resources used by best-in-class firms, thereby enhancing their competitiveness in the local, state and global marketplaces.

Program Sponsors:

Accelerate Growth, Promote Excellence

Let us help you establish a firm business foundation- from showing you how to develop your business plan, to identifying the best ways to obtain funding, and everything else associated with opening your doors. All services and information are at little or no cost to both start-ups and established businesses in Douglas County, Colorado.

The Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to helping local companies grow their business by taking the lead in programs and efforts that help create a strong local economy and making Douglas County a great place to do business.  Take advantage of our connections and start growing your business today!

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Carrie Lohr

Contact our Workforce Development & Education Coordinator, Carrie Lohr to explore available options.   

Phone:  303-688-4597

“There have been several times in growing my business that I  needed someone to work through difficult issues with me — most intensively in the start-up phase of course.   The business counselor was so helpful and knowledgeable. I can’t believe this program is free and so easy to use.”

Greg Boman, The Emporium

Do you have questions about…

  • Starting a Business?
  • Developing your business plan?
  • Marketing and sales planning?
  • Accounting or tax advice?
  • Securing financing?
  • Managing your growth?

When: Tuesdays or to meet your needs               Length: As needed               Cost: FREE

Meet with an experienced business consultant, an expert on helping businesses grow and thrive. Local and confidential!
Schedule an appointment or call the Chamber at 303.688.4597.

Biz Builder Lunch n Learn

  • Diverse business-related topics
  • Casual and interactive environment
  • Focused and practical
  • Convenient time and location
  • Great opportunity to ask questions of a subject-matter expert

Cost: Chamber Members FREE; Non-members $25

subia“It is such a challenge to develop a social media plan and connect with customers in the most effective and efficient way—yet it is so important. These  classes help me to prioritize, focus and keep up with the constant change in technology and the public’s online practices. And, as a bonus, the classes are fun and fast paced.”  Rosette Subia,  Brookside Inn 


  • Research and market studies assistance
  • Business planning tools
  • Access to extensive databases
  • Targeted mailing list & GIS map generation


Contact a reference librarian at Douglas County Libraries (100 S. Wilcox St. Castle Rock, CO 80104  • 303-791-7323)

Access to customized databases, targeted marketing lists, competitive intelligence, information on industry trends, product tracking, local and state statute research, and other forms of research. View Business Toolkit.

Utilize the free commercial real estate database available at the Castle Rock EDC or call 303.688.7488 to find traditional office, retail, or industrial space.

Businesses seeking capital can approach the local venture capital panel by contacting the Castle Rock EDC at 303.688.7488 or visit their website.