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Vail Valley: College’s course for entrepreneurs returns

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO, Colorado

Colorado Mountain College’s Entrepreneur Fitness Center, which sold out during a first offering in early spring, is back this summer, presented by Customized Business Services at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards, in the Vail Valley, Colorado.

The course is designed for owners of existing businesses or for students and entrepreneurs who want to develop business ideas. Participants will write a business plan, create financial projections, craft a sales and marketing plan, learn about funding sources in Colorado, and study other aspects of setting up a company.

The course runs 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays at the college’s Vail-Eagle Valley Campus in Edwards. During the summer semester, students will have the opportunity to bring their ideas to market, or to bring an existing business to the next level.

Course instructor and entrepreneur Patrick Baldasare earned a master’s degree in business administration and became chief executive officer of a division of Burlington Industries at the age of 27.

“In this economy, it has become clear that no one’s job is safe. It’s time to seize control of your destiny,” Baldasare said.

“If you’ve ever had a dream about becoming your own boss, now is the time to do it,” he added. “If you are already your own boss but your business is in the doldrums and you need to shake it up, it’s time to institute change in your business. If you currently work for someone and want to make yourself more valuable to your employer by thinking and acting like an owner, this course is for you.”

Cost of the course is $495, plus approximately $75 in books and materials. For more information, call Kim Blackford, Customized Business Services director, at 569-2933 or Or visit

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