PROGRAMS & PARTNERSHIPS
north denver women who lead program
Indie/visible program through the north denver cornerstone collaborative
Workforce Development Employer Partnerships through Focus points
denver’s solar co-op
LOANS & GRANTS
Colorado Microloans: Provides small loans to start-ups and entrepreneurial small businesses that are underserved by traditional debt markets. This program is the creation of the Colorado Economic Development Commission (EDC), is administered by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), and is implemented by participating lenders. Learn more.
Community Development Block Grant Business Loan Funds: A locally-driven program involving 14 regions, providing funding used to stimulate economic development initiatives by providing loans and loan guarantees to businesses. Learn more.
Enterprise Zone Vacant Building Rehab: A program that encourages the rehabilitation for commercial use of buildings that are at least 20 years old and vacant for at least 2 years, by providing a 25 percent tax credit on the hard costs of rehabilitation up to $50,000. Learn more.
Amber Grant Foundation: Awards $2,000 to a different women-owned business every month. At the end of each year, one of the 12 grant winners is awarded an additional $25,000. The application is relatively simple: Explain your business, describe what you’d do with the grant money and pay a $15 application fee. Learn more.
Business Investment Opportunity (BIO) Fund: This is a pilot program offered through the Mile High United Way, in partnership with Denver Economic Development & Opportunity and the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative, for small businesses in the Globeville, Elyria, Swansea and Northeast Park Hill neighborhoods that are challenged by changing neighborhood conditions, such as major public construction projects. The program intends to help impacted businesses stabilize and assists them toward achieving long-term sustainability through a combination of financial and technical assistance. To see if you're eligible, please send an e-mail or call 303-561-2301 to make an appointment with a business advisor.
Eileen Fisher Women-Owned Business Grant: Awards a total of $100,000 to up to 10 women business owners each year. To be eligible, women must make up at least 51% of your business’s ownership and leadership, your business must have been in operation for at least three years, earn less than $1 million in annual revenue, and be focused on environmental or social change. Learn more.
FedEx Small Business Grant: This annual grant contest by FedEx awards 10 small businesses with grants of up to $25,000. Since 2013, FedEx has awarded more than $375,000 in grants to entrepreneurs. A for-profit small business that has been operating for at least six months is eligible to enter. Learn more.
Girlboss Foundation: Launched in 2014 by entrepreneur Sophia Amoruso, the Girlboss Foundation awards grants twice a year to female and female-identifying entrepreneurs. Each grant recipient receives funding of $15,000. Grants are exclusive to female business owners working in design, fashion, music and the arts. Selections are judged by creativity and innovation, business acumen and planning, and demonstration of a financial need. Learn more.