Small Business Resources

CEDS Finance Business Technical Assistance

CEDS offers direct assistance to applicants and clients to help them strengthen their businesses and be ready to access lending capital. We provide one-on-one consulting, educational resources and individualized referrals to in-depth partner assistance.

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Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

Colorado Resources and Regulations

Statewide

Free

Who They Are
The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) creates a positive business climate that encourages dynamic economic development and sustainable job growth. OEDIT advances the state’s economy through financial and technical programs.

Additional Links and Info
Receive technical and financial support on licensing, financial accounting and planning, and digital marketing through OEDITS’s Business Foundations program.

Register and manage Colorado regulations through MyBizColorado.

Find out about additional supports available to minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses.

Find information on available COVID relief programs and supports.

Contact Info
1600 Broadway, Ste. 2500
Denver, CO 80202

oedit.info@state.co.us

303-892-3840

Colorado Small Business Development Center

1-on-1 Advising
General Business Resources

Statewide

Free Consulting / Low-Cost Workshops

Who They Are
The Colorado Small Business Development Center Network (CSBDC) is dedicated to helping existing and new businesses grow and prosper in Colorado by providing free and confidential consulting and no- or low-cost training programs.

The CSBDC has locations around the state with a team of business experts ready to help you create and retain jobs, secure loans, increase sales, win government contracts, obtain certifications and more.

Resources are available to support small businesses, non-profits, freelancers, and independent contractors.

Additional Links and Info
Browse upcoming Colorado SBDC workshops, events, and class series.

FAQs on Starting A Colorado Business.

Sign up for 1-on-1 expert consulting through the Denver SBDC, Aurora, or Local Office.

Contact Info
SBDC centers across the state.

Denver Public Library

Market and Business Research

Statewide

Free

Who They Are
Denver Public Library provides hands-on support and access to in-depth market and business research and resources, including access to detailed demographic detail for market research, premium industry research, competitor analysis, and wide range of sample business plans.

Additional Links and Info
Many resources do require a Denver Public Library Card, available to any Colorado resident.

Schedule an appointment with a research specialist about your specific needs.

Access business resources at additional library systems throughout the state offer similar services:
Arapahoe County Library
Pikes Peak Library District
Boulder Public Library

Contact Info
Central Library
10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy. 80204
720-865-1111
Branches across Denver.

Denver Economic Development & Opportunity

Denver Resources and Regulations
Co-working Space

Denver

Free

Who They Are
Denver Economic Development & Opportunity works to ensure an inclusive and innovative economy for all Denver residents, businesses, and neighborhoods. It supports businesses in navigating Denver’s regulatory environment and provides financing support to small businesses and entrepreneurs, including financing, co-working space, advisory, and connections to partners.

Additional Links and Info
Find free co-working space at The Commons.

Meet with a DEDO representative.

Learn more about starting a business in Denver.

Contact Info
Denver Post Building
101 W. Colfax Ave.
Suite 850
Denver, CO 80202

dedo@denvergov.org

720-913-1999

Mi Casa Resource Center®

General Resources and Support
Specific Resources for Food-related Businesses
Focus on Latinos and Women

Denver Metro Area

Free / Low-Cost

Who They Are
For over 45 years, Mi Casa has served vulnerable communities that included 74% female, 81% BIPOC, and 82% low-income. Mi Casa Resource Center®, host of the Women’s Business Center for the SBA, supports entrepreneurs through all stages of business development. Mi Casa’ Business Pathways team, helps participants explore, plan, launch, manage, and grow their business through bilingual consulting, in-depth training, and a variety of business-related workshops and resources. MCRC’s team not only focuses on the business, but also on the business owner, providing wraparound support services to foster financial prosperity, create generational wealth and promote upward mobility giving our participants choices.

Additional Links and Info
Learn about their Pro Bono Patent Program.

Contact Info
345 S Grove St
Denver, CO 80219

business@MiCasaResourceCenter.org

303-573-1302

Mile High United Way's United for Busines

1-on-1 Advising
Website Development
Services Available in Spanish

Thornton and Aurora

Free

Who They Are
Mile High United Way’s United for Business program works to strengthen under-resourced communities by focusing on economic stability and mobility for businesses and startups. Programs include a no-cost consulting service, a website design initiative, and a microlending program.

Additional Links and Info
Apply for their free website development program.

Apply for three months of individualized consulting.

Contact Info

711 Park Avenue West
Denver, CO 80205

UFB@UnitedWayDenver.org

720-501-3920

Operation Hope

1-on-1 Credit and Money Management Counseling
Credit Repair Support

Statewide

Free

Who They Are
Operation Hope’s focus is financial dignity and inclusion. Operation Hope equips young people and adults with the financial tools and education to secure a better future—coaching them through their personal aspirations and life’s challenges, and facilitating their journey to financial independence.

Additional Links and Info
Financial advisors work with individuals for up to two years while clients strengthen credit and finances.

Contact Info
See all Colorado locations.

Rocky Mountain Microfinance Institute

Extensive Start-up Support / Boot Camps

Statewide

Free or Very Low Cost

Who They Are
The Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute (RMMFI) creates space for communities and people of all backgrounds to realize their unique potential through the power of entrepreneurship. RMMFI invests in entrepreneurs’ personal and business development through a proven mix of classroom, coaching, capital, and community. RMMFI’s main programs include Business Idea Lab, Business Launch Boot Camp, and the Thrive Business Accelerator.

Additional Links and Info
Enroll in high-support boot camps designed for entrepreneurs at the idea, launch or re-launch stage.

Contact Info
1209 W. 10th Ave
Denver, CO 80204

info@rmmfi.org

720-941-5037

Score

1-on-1 Advising
General Business Resources

Statewide

Free Mentorship and Resources / Low-Cost Workshops

Who They Are
By providing mentorship and sharing ethically sound business practices, SCORE’s nationwide initiatives help entrepreneurs and small business owners at various stages in their professional lives.

Additional Links and Info
Request in-depth, expert mentoring for free.

Take a low-cost workshop on finance, marketing, and other topics. Contact CEDS for discounts.

Contact Info
721 19th St, #426
Denver, CO, 80202

help@score.org

303-927-3480

SistahBiz Global Network

1-on-1 Advising
Business Bootcamps
Robust Network
Focus on Black Business Women

Statewide

Variable cost

Who They Are
Sistahbiz Global Network is a business accelerator providing affordable options for coaching, training and services to help Black women build scalable, sellable models and access the back office support, financial and social capital that they need to play big in business

Additional Links and Info
Become a member and access network and extensive support opportunities.

Apply for Business Accelerator program.

Contact Info

team@sistah.biz

 

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