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Supporting Solopreneurs In the Wellness Industry

At Energize Colorado, we know that solopreneurs play a key role in the small business ecosystem. We also know that a large portion of solopreneurs are in the health and wellness space. That’s why our mental health team launched a workshop specifically for wellness professionals looking to start their private practice. This was designed by Kristen …

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August is Black Business Month

In Colorado, we are always proud to be the fastest growing state for Black Immigrants, but especially during Black Business Month.  Colorado has a long, rich history of Black-owned businesses. This history is best exhibited by Denver’s Five Points community. Five Points became a central point for Black Americans moving to Denver in the 1920s. …

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Two Events Aimed to Bridge the Gap between Small Businesses and Local Resources

Small business owners have a lot to manage – renting space, staffing, invoicing – the list goes on. At Energize Colorado, we want to create opportunities for small businesses to learn about all of the resources that exist to support them. Coming off of the Energize Community Program Gap Fund Loan Application period, we hosted …

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Celebrating the Leaders Who Make Our Work Possible

At Energize Colorado, it is no secret that our volunteers are the key to our success! This month we recognized our over 70 active volunteers leading 13 different initiatives and projects by hosting two in-person celebration events.   So far in 2022, our volunteers have worked collaboratively with partners from Colorado’s ecosystem to: Host four workshops …

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Measuring the Factors that Determine Resilience Capital

In a recent article, we shared the story of how the Small Business Resiliency Index (SBRI) was created by a dedicated group of volunteers from Energize Colorado to assess the current state of resiliency, both social and operational, for our small businesses.  Now, we are taking a deeper look into the survey and its findings. …

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SMALL BUSINESS LOAN OPTIONS

Our partners at The Fax Partnership created the overview below. The Fax Partnership’s mission is to strengthen and support East Colfax residents and small businesses while promoting equity and advocating for community-serving development. The Fax understands how important it is for our businesses to choose the right financial partner. This overview includes comprehensive information from …

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Building the Foundation for a Long-Standing Small Business Ecosystem

Building the Foundation for a Long-Standing Small Business Ecosystem The struggles and setbacks of 2020 forced Colorado to acknowledge that there were long-standing gaps in the small business economy. Knowing that 95% of jobs in Colorado lie within the small business ecosystem (fewer than 25 employees)  we, at Energize Colorado, saw a need to address …

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Capital Absorption Task Force

On April 29th, 2022, Energize Colorado convened a group of leaders from Colorado’s small business ecosystem. Including nonprofit lenders, technical assistance providers, philanthropic organizations, and state leadership, this group represented the diversity of Colorado’s small business ecosystem.  Kicking off with Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade Office Executive Director Pat Meyers, the discussion …

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Applying for a Loan 101

Get step-by-step support on the documents you need to successfully apply for a loan. We understand that applying for loans can be overwhelming  – especially for small business owners who already handle every aspect of a business. That’s why we’ve put together step-by-step instructions on the documents you need to successfully apply for a loan. 

 
New Webinar Series: Mental Health is key to Success  

It is no secret that small business owners are facing mental health challenges with rising depression, anxiety, and lack of sleep – all while trying to keep their businesses afloat. Bupa Global’s Executive Wellbeing Index, concluded more than three-quarters of business leaders (78%) have experienced poor mental health since the pandemic, exacerbated by pressures on …

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Partners in the Digital World: Announcing a New Collaboration with the Cyber Readiness Institute and RMMFI

To be more resilient, it is more important now than ever for small businesses to digitize many parts of their business. For small business owners, that includes having an online presence through a website, maintaining a customer database, and enabling purchasing through a digital shopping cart. With small businesses currently accounting for 53% percent of …

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Celebrating Black Entrepreneurship All Year Long

March 1 marks the end of Black History Month, but at Energize Colorado, we believe that our learning, exploration, and celebrations of Black culture should continue all year long.  Black entrepreneurs have made an indelible impact on the small business landscape across our country. Faced with the most extreme barriers to market entry, their resilience …

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Energize Colorado Fosters Innovation in Colorado’s Child Care Community

Child Care in Colorado is in crisis – but ten providers are innovating a brighter future. In December, ten businesses from across the state completed Energize Colorado’s first Child Care Innovation Intensive. The intensive provided a rare opportunity for child care providers to explore, develop and test new ideas to radically shift the way their childcare …

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The New Builders

A couple of weeks ago, Aiysha Johnson of GBE Labs asked us a great question in a podcast Q&A about our book, The New Builders.“Why,” she said, “did you put women and people of color together into a group when you created The New Builders?” It was a perceptive question.  One of the underlying constructs …

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Child Care Mentorship Program

DENVER, AUGUST 16, 2021​ – Energize Colorado is pleased to announce the launch of our child care mentor program to provide finance, marketing, and other general business support to Colorado child care providers.  Colorado child care providers have struggled through an extremely difficult environment, which was exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. “This is an industry …

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