Colorado doesn’t stop at the major metropolitan areas. Rural-owned small business owners in Colorado deserve more in their own backyard.

The lack of broadband and connectivity infrastructure made it more difficult for rural-owned small business owners to pivot and engage customers in new ways. Energize Colorado is committed to building connected rural ecosystems that can thrive all year whether it is agricultural, energy or tourism growth sectors.

Expanding access in Rural Colorado for more connected small business activity

Connectivity provides the backbone of our mission. Not all rural communities in Colorado are alike, while some have a strong agricultural base, others rely chiefly on forestry, energy, recreation, or manufacturing for economic strength. Improved connectivity will create powerful rural ecosystems, for all and fundamentally change the way we meet the needs of a thriving rural economy.

$75M

IN STATE FUNDING TO EXPAND BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE ESPECIALLY IN RURAL AREAS

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BUSINESSES CONNECTED TO HIGH SPEED INTERNET THROUGH EC’S RURAL TOGETHER PROGRAM

OUR GOALS

Identify gaps in services and resources. Build effective local partnerships for year-round business growth. Help rural leaders maximize resources and encourage creative approaches to persistent rural concerns. Advocate for and advance resilient, year-round economies in rural Colorado.

$10M

IN CO STIMULUS PLAN FOR RURAL LOCAL ECONOMIES

$3M

REDI GRANTS ALLOCATED THROUGH CO STIMULUS PLAN

DID YOU KNOW?

The State legislature passed a bill to allow the Colorado Department of Education to reimburse schools and child care centers that buy locally produced food. This creates powerful linkages with local rural growers and State institutions.

RESOURCES FOR RURAL-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS

Get Financial Support
 

Get the help you need to reopen, stay open, and scale your business. Learn about the financial resources available through Energize Colorado, the government, and private agencies.

 
Consumer Confidence Campaign
 

The little blue engine that could Can Do Colorado acknowledges and applauds all of the creative business people and employees who have worked tirelessly to reopen, practice guidelines to keep everyone safe, and turn can’ts into can dos! Learn more about Can Do Colorado here.

 
Rural-Owned Business
 

Stay connected and network as a rural-owned business The lack of broadband and connectivity infrastructure made it more difficult for rural business owners to pivot and engage customers in new ways. Energize Colorado is committed to building connected rural ecosystems that can thrive all year whether it is, agricultural, energy or tourism growth sectors.

 
Mental Health Support
 

Don’t shy away from support during these unnerving times. Our resources are designed to support people along a range of experiences: those feeling uncomfortable in these new circumstances, those facing immediate challenges, and those in crisis. We offer wellness resources, group courses, and access to free therapy, as well as crisis information.

 
Get Involved
 

Join the Energize Colorado team and energize your community Energize Colorado was founded by a spirited group of individuals with the same idea “I want to help, what can I do?” With the support of our incredible and diverse volunteers, Energize Colorado has been able to support the small business economy throughout the pandemic and …

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Energize Colorado Mentor Network
 

Get advice you need from experts across a range of industries and areas of expertise. You’re working hard to adapt to economic changes. You don’t want to just survive, you want your business to thrive. Don’t go it alone – Mentors can support you by sharing their experience, brainstorming ideas, providing insights, identifying resources and …

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Events
 

Virtual and In-Person Events Explore our Events page to learn about happenings at Energize Colorado and elsewhere for the latest webinars, meetups, and more! Click here to explore the Events page.

 
Financial assistance from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Services
 

Agriculturalists and or food producers looking for a grant? Who’s eligible: Agriculturalists and food producers What it is:  Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG): Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing economic relief through its CIG program. These grants are meant to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies.  Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP): …

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OSHA guidance on reducing the impact of COVID-19 for COVID-19
 

How COVID-19 influences your small business Who’s eligible: Small businesses, rural businesses, and nonprofits What it is: The Department of Labor has published a guide for you to understand how a COVID-19 outbreak could influence your business and steps to minimize the risk of exposure to your employees. Take action: Learn how to prepare your business by reading …

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Get immediate relief for your rural business from the Rural Housing, Utilities, and Business-Cooperative Service
 

Immediate relief for rural businesses Who’s eligible: Rural businesses What it is: The USDA Rural Development is waiving or deferring specific fees, deadlines, loan payments and more to support the rural community.  Take action: Learn what the USDA Rural Development is doing to provide immediate support and relief for rural businesses.   From: USDA Rural Development, Federal Government

 
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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

At Energize Colorado, Megan Moore serves as a volunteer with the rural owned businesses segment.

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