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Protecting small businesses from cyber crime

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A new program in El Paso County is aimed at helping small businesses protect clients from cyber crime.

The Colorado Small Business Development Center announced Wednesday, a new program that is focused on cyber security education. The goal of the program is to help small businesses ramp up their technology, education and understanding of cyber crime, to protect assets and investments. The center recieved a $50,000 grant to expand the program.

"But when it comes to educating small businesses, P-TEC and SBDC know how to do it really well, because we do it every day, so getting that only to support cyber security now and in the long run, is very important, said Aikta Marcoulier, executive director of SBDC.

The center says about two out of five small businesses are victims of cyber crimes.

The announcement of this program comes just days after the center moved to a new location. The Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center and the Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center are now at the Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation at 555 East Pikes Peak Ave. in downtown Colorado Springs. The new offices held a grand opening this week.

"The Pikes Peak SBDC is thrilled to be at the Catalyst Campus, opening its doors in the hub of our region for innovation and small business development," said Marcoulier. "El Paso County's support for our move goes hand-in-hand with our economic development strategy to help our small businesses throughout the Pikes Peak Region. Co-location and collaboration with Catalyst Campus Support Services, business, Colorado PTAC and SCORE and the close proximity to Chambers of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau will provide the ultimate one-stop-shop for our small business community."

"The advantages of being collocated with valuable community partners like SCORE and the SBDC are immense," said Dennis Casey, Executive Director of PTAC. "I am also looking forward to working in a climate focused on defense, cyber and other tech work. Having the community and business resources available at the Catalyst Campus will provide value to the Pikes Peak region as never seen before."

Click here to be taken to the SBDC website.

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