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denver metro small business celebration

(L to R) Ed Cadena, SBA Colorado District Director; Sarah Howat, owner-Former Future Brewing; Lorena Cantavorici, owner-Maria Empanada; Ceyl Prinster, President and CEO - Colorado Enterprise Fund; Diana Gadison, owner - Early Success Academy; Germaine Seufert, owner - Consultants for Children
On August 3, CEF celebrated lending over $23 million since 1976 to Denver Metro small businesses in Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties. Hosted by Maria Empanada in Denver, event speakers included directors from Colorado's SBA District Office, the Minority Business Office and the Denver Metro Small Business Development Center. Four CEF borrowers also shared their stories about the impact of CEF's support including Consultants for Children Early Success Academy Child Care Center Former Future Brewing Co and Maria Empanada. We thank all our community partners and borrowers who attended to highlight 40 years of helping businesses start and grow in Colorado!

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Diana Gadison - Founder
As an elementary school principal working in the sprawling Montbello neighborhood of Northeast Denver, Diana Gadison saw a lot of things happening with her students on a daily basis. What she often noticed were children waiting alone outside for long periods of time before and after school. She soon realized the problem - no available childcare - and decided to do something about it.

To learn how Diana turned a crack house into her first child care center named Early Success Academy, click here to read how this educator-turned-entrepreneur transformed one of Denver's most disadvantaged neighborhoods.

healthy foods update | colorado fresh food financing webinar
Anne Misak - Healthy Food Program Manager
Grocery stores are a key component of healthy, thriving communities. Unfortunately, they are absent or at risk of closing in too many Colorado communities.

If your community is in need of a grocery store or other healthy food retailer, tune into this free August 25 webinar that will cover statewide financing options to assist you, including the Colorado Fresh Food Financing Fund (CO4F) and Colorado Enterprise Fund's (CEF) Healthy Food Fund.

Click here to register and hear success stories from new grocers including CEF borrower, Max Market, and CEF presenter and Healthy Food Program Manager, Anne Misak.

CEF's  partnership with the Denver Metro Small Business Development Center (SBDC) spans decades and provides small business owners with resources to help them qualify for debt financing from CEF or other lenders. 

Dedicated to helping existing and new businesses grow and prosper through free, one-on-one consulting and no- or low-cost business training programs, the Denver Metro SBDC is part of a statewide network and nationally-accredited program focused on helping small businesses create and retain jobs, increase sales, secure loans and win contracts.
Funded in part by the US Small Business Administration, state and local governments, the Denver Metro SBDC is hosted by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and works with local and regional economic development partners to support the growth of Colorado's small business economy. 

Denver Metro SBDC and CEF staff have served on each other's boards with both organizations collaborating on small business resources and events throughout the year including the popular Trout Tank, a pitch accelerator program for early stage entrepreneurs who spend two months learning about funding options, effective pitching and resources in their community, as well as the SBDC's signature 10-week Leading Edge small business training program. 
Thank you,  Denver Metro SBDC, for partnering with CEF to support the continued growth of small businesses in Colorado's entrepreneurial capitol. 

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