Colorado Enterprise Fund

We believe everyone should have equal access to build their American Dream, especially in Colorado where 96% of businesses are independently-owned and employ over 1 million people in rural and urban areas. Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF) works to broaden equal access by helping new and existing small businesses get the financial capital they need to grow, create jobs, and keep Colorado's economy strong. Our borrowers, 83% of whom are women, minority and/or low income business owners, are unable to receive traditional bank financing. CEF also provides low or no-cost business consultation services to our borrowers to ensure they succeed so their communities can prosper. Support an entrepreneur's dream today through Colorado Enterprise Fund!

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General Information

Official Name
Colorado Enterprise Fund Inc​​​​​​​
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Former Name(s)
(2007)Greater Denver Local Development Corporation
Date Established
Offers Additional Colorado State Tax Credit
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Headquarters Address
1888 Sherman Street
Suite 530
Denver, CO 80203
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Mission Statement

The mission of Colorado Enterprise Fund is to accelerate community prosperity by financing and supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Organization History

CEF is headquartered in Denver and makes loans exclusively to Colorado-based businesses. We have provided small business loans and technical assistance to Colorado's economically and socially disadvantaged entrepreneurs and small business owners since 1976. In that time we have made over 2,000 small business loans totaling over $62 million to help to create or retain more than 17,000 jobs.

CEF serves entrepreneurs and small business owners throughout Colorado. CEF's services are targeted to low-income, racial and ethnic minority business owners who often lack adequate access to capital to start or grow their small businesses. A critical component of our work is providing low or no-cost business training and technical assistance to help our clients build their capacity to become successful business owners and borrowers.


We invite you to watch a short video featuring current and past borrowers, policy makers and community partners who feel passionately about Colorado Enterprise Fund!

Also, please visit our website to meet some of our clients and read their Success Stories and Quotes about their CEF experiences:

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