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Two Years in the Making

March 23 marks Energize Colorado’s Second Anniversary and is proclaimed Energize Colorado Day by Gov. Jared Polis.  Society as a whole has experienced the rollercoaster of events since March 2020, but at Energize Colorado, we are proud of all the progress we have made towards building Colorado’s small business ecosystem. We are pleased to announce …

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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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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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Colorado’s Women-Owned Businesses Struggle To Survive Amid Impacts From COVID-19

Less Than 1 in 2 Women-Owned Small Businesses Has Up To Three Months Of Runway ToSurvive If Current Economic Conditions Persist A New Energize Colorado Survey Finds Denver, February 10, 2020 – A new Energize Colorado survey explores the challenges andneeds Colorado women-owned small businesses are facing due to COVID-19. Almost 1,000women-owned businesses from across …

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Energize Colorado – Making Your Business COVID Compliant

Date:  November 24, 2020 Contact: Courtney Steele, [email protected] Denver, CO – Colorado is now RED on the COVID dial, the infection rate is over 12% and one in forty-nine Coloradan’s are now infected with COVID.   We can help you take proactive measures to protect your business with the COVID Safety System and Certification program and …

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Gap Fund – Coming Soon

Who’s eligible: Colorado Small Businesses – priority is given to rural, women, and BIPOC owned. What it is: Sole proprietors, businesses, and nonprofits with less than 25 full-time employees can apply for up to a $15,000 grant and a $20,000 loan for a possible combined total of $35,000 in financial assistance.  Take action: Sign up for fund …

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Business Insider – Notable VC Brad Feld says tech workers scattered by COVID-19 could create new startup communities that are unique to each region

Techstars co-founder Brad Feld’s new book “The Startup Community Way,” a deep take on how to build a local tech community, comes out July 28. Feld told Business Insider that the tech workers abandoning traditional tech enclaves like Silicon Valley in the midst of COVID-19 have the potential to create new entrepreneurial communities in the …

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Gap Fund’s Board Chair Kent Thiry Talks with Colorado Public Radio About Why He’s Involved and What’s Coming

After 20 years as CEO of Denver-based DaVita Inc., Kent Thiry now heads the Energize Colorado Gap Fund, which provides loans for small businesses, using private funds and a $20 million in federal money earmarked for the program by the legislature with support from Gov. Jared Polis and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International …

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