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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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Board of Directors Update

We are thrilled to welcome four new members to Energize Colorado’s Board of Directors. These four individuals bring a deep understanding of and passion for underrepresented communities. We are humbled to bring their expertise across higher education, financial services, and social impact to our team. Visit our website to meet our full board team. Joseph …

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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 Next Step to Expanding Access & Equity: 2022 Wells Fargo Partnership

A New Wells Fargo grant will allow Energize Colorado to better support small businesses through technical assistance mapping. Over the last 18 months, Energize Colorado has directly serviced 2400 small businesses and 8,800 entrepreneurs in their efforts to recover from the impact of COVID-19. But there are still thousands of minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned, and rural …

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Small Business Resiliency Index

Energize Colorado Announces New Culturally Responsive Measure for Small Business Resiliency 78% of 2020 State GDP loss attributed to the smallest businesses while larger ones thrive, K- shaped recovery shows minimal recovery for businesses making less than $500k per year Denver, December 8th, 2021 – Today, Energize Colorado, CU Leeds School of Business, McKinsey & …

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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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