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 […]
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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