Get Connected and Get Involved at Energize Colorado

We were founded by a spirited group of individuals with the same idea: “I want to help; what can I do?” At Energize Colorado, you can get connected and get involved in helping our small business community.

With the support of our incredible and diverse volunteers, Energize Colorado has been able to support the small business economy throughout the pandemic and subsequent economic crisis. 

From connecting business owners with free business guidance to championing for systemic changes that elevate all Coloradans, Energize Colorado advances resilience and promotes equity to ensure a safe and full re-opening, where all small businesses thrive.

COLORADANS HELPING COLORADANS

Energize Colorado is a group of spirited innovators connecting Colorado’s diverse business community, nonprofit leaders, and contingent workforce with the best of our state’s resources, programs, and people to address current challenges and spur transformative economic growth.

We’re powered by passionate volunteers from the private and public sectors along with universities from across the state. By working together, we harness and share knowledge, create partnerships, and build new solutions where they’re needed, including advocating for long-term structural changes.

What does volunteering at Energize Colorado look like?

Recognizing the importance of your time, you will have the opportunity to serve on specific projects for three-to six-month engagements. This will allow volunteer teams to tackle projects quickly and efficiently.

If you have questions about how to engage, reach out to Rebecca Engel (Director of People and Programs) at [email protected].

Did you know that Energize Colorado has…

100

Active volunteers

500

Mentors

$27M

In Capital Deployed

1000

Women-Owned Business Connections Made

OPEN ROLES FOR VOLUNTEERS

RESEARCH TEAM OPENINGS

  • We are looking for 8 volunteers to form a research team to support a project inventorying technical assistance (TA) organizations around the state. This will include research and one-off interviews with organizations to gather useful data supporting Colorado’s Small Business Ecosystem.
  • Phase 1: Inventory TA organizations in the four Energize Community communities by mid-end of July.
  • Phase 2: Inventory capital/funding availability statewide including RLFs, CDFIs, etc. by early September.

Time commitment: 3-4 hours/week

BUSINESS ADVISING FOR ENERGIZE COMMUNITY ACCELERATOR

Beginning July 24th, recipients of EC’s Gap Fund loans will begin their participation in the ECP Accelerator. We need Business Advisors to pair with each business to support them through 14-weeks of programming as a mentor and be a partner in their learning experience. 

Time commitment: 1-2 hours/week

MARKETING OPENINGS

Several of our segments need marketing support. We need 1-2 marketing volunteers to support our segments and initiatives in marketing and setting up their events and programs. This includes creating social posts, supporting newsletter creation, setting up event registration pages, and other marketing tasks as needed.

Time commitment: 1-2 hours/week

ENERGIZE COMMUNITY PROGRAM OPENINGS

  • Support for the Energize Community Program
    • Volunteers to make calls in English and Spanish to small business owners on the ECP waitlist to let them know when the application is open and help direct them to Business Advisors if they need assistance.
    • Volunteers to canvas door-to-door to small businesses in SW Denver, East Colfax, and Pueblo to inform them about the ECP loans and get them on the waitlist.

Time commitment: 1-2 hours/week

BECOME A MENTOR

Small-business owners and nonprofits are working hard to stabilize across the state and becoming a mentor helps to support our vibrant community. Mentors can offer support by simply checking in, sharing their perspective, brainstorming strategies, providing emotional support, identifying resources and more.

We’re looking for mentors with a wide variety of experience across every industry, but if you’ve pulled through an economic downturn, dealt with layoffs, or secured government assistance, we’ll be especially excited to hear from you.

We also have an immediate need for Spanish speaking mentors.

GENERAL OPENINGS

Are you not sure how to get involved, but would like to learn more? Fill out the volunteer form, and we’ll reach out to help find the right opportunity for you. There are always ways to engage and make an impact.

Time commitment: 1-4 hours/week

VOLUNTEERS ARE THE ENGINE OF ENERGIZE COLORADO

We have an active group of 100 volunteers across the state. We’re building a better, more equitable future together.

Small Business Volunteer

Anja Koltes is a consultant with Custom Shop Strategies. At Energize Colorado, Anja is a member of the Women-owned Businesses initiative.

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