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March - 2009 Edition: Some information may be out of date.

High-Tech Innovation Support: SAGE Advisors (Social & Advisory Group for Entrepreneurs)

Offered through RMI, the SAGE advisory group meets monthly to hear from a promising new company or entrepreneur. The advisors group is made up of experienced business leaders, Colorado State University program directors, and angel investors.

Through the SAGE meetings, advisors are paired up with new business owners. The new businesses usually need help writing business plans, securing funding, and marketing their product or service. The advisors come back to the group after a few meetings and give a business development update.

Food Friends, a Fort Collins-based nutrition and physical activity consulting group is benefiting from experienced marketing professionals as they connect their programs to customers.

Another company just hitting the ground is Symbios Technologies, a carbon-reduction biowaste company. They are busy completing an inventory of capabilities, outlining a strategic plan and conducting market research to find the right niche for their technology. The advisor assisting this company says Symbios will do well; they are in the right place at the right time.