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ShopBIPOC launches free online marketplace featuring BIPOC small business owners

DENVER, CO (NOVEMBER 17, 2022) — ShopBIPOC has launched a new online marketplace featuring BIPOC-owned small businesses in Colorado. (BIPOC is an acronym for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color).  The creation of ShopBIPOC was a response to calls from individuals and businesses who wanted to support BIPOC-owned businesses and didn’t have access to a …

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On Partnerships and The Energize Community Program

When our Energize Colorado team came together in February 2022 to design the pilot for our Energize Community Program (ECP), we had two north stars: 1) to be community first and 2) to be partner inclusive.  To be community first, we focused on strengthening the connections between small business owners as well as their broader …

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Through CIBIC Students Get Experience, And Energize Colorado Gets Solutions

Marketing graduate student helps Energize Colorado with data visualization project By Kristal Griffith The People Lauren Bell got her bachelor’s degree in California in studio arts before pursuing a Master’s in Marketing at the Daniels College of Business. She wanted to gain quantitative experience, and see how she could better use her creative skills in business. In her …

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Chamba: Connecting the workforce with Small Business Jobs.

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we wanted to connect with Hispanic Leaders within the Energize Colorado Community. We met with Diego Montemayor, the founder and CEO of Chamba. Chamba is the first bilingual app where jobseekers can apply to restaurant jobs without any of the language, accessibility, and cultural barriers.  How did you hear …

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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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Energize Colorado launches the next round of Gap Fund Loans to deliver capital to targeted communities across Colorado

Energize Colorado Invests $5.7M into Communities Across Colorado Business owners in East Colfax, Southwest Denver, Pueblo County and the Child Care industry can now apply for the latest round of the Gap Fund loans through the Energize Community Program (ECP). ECP has three  components to the program:  1. Previously completed funding readiness workshops; 2. low-interest …

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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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