back to school tools
in this issue:
back to school boost | denver fashion truck
Owners Adrian and Desiree Gallegos-Baragan
Starting small and dreaming big. First with one converted truck, then another. That's how Adrian and Desiree Gallegos-Baragan began their mobile fashion business after Adrian completed an "art-trepreneur" class at a downtown university in Denver. "We're both creative types," said Desiree. "For me it's clothes, for Adrian, it's art. We wanted to be able to earn a living off of offering our goods."  Click here to learn how Adrian and Desiree used their training to expand from two retail trucks to opening a brick and mortar store this fall with help from CEF. 
our newest borrowers and who's in the news
Welcome Borrowers: Each month, the business names of CEF's newest borrowers are posted on our blog so anyone visiting our website can connect with you to learn more about your small business. If you haven't seen these lists, click here to see why these pages are some of the most popular on our website. You might just find what you need!
In the News: Kudos to the following borrowers who notified us about their media mentions since our last issue. Btw, did you know we love it when you mention CEF helped you get where you are today? Yup, we do, so share the love and   send us your latest news links so you can be featured in the next issue of Small Biz Builder!

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Thanks for helping us celebrate our historic small biz impact in Denver Metro

(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 Company  and  Maria Empanada . We thank all our community partners and borrowers who attended to highlight 40 years of helping small businesses start and grow in Colorado!

City and County of Denver launches New American entrepreneur program

While immigrants account for 12% of the population and 14% of the labor force, they are 22% of "main street" business owners in the Denver Metro area. This Thursday, September 15 at 4:00 pm, Denver Startup Week will showcase "Awhile Americans" (entrepreneurs who have successfully established their businesses) who can tell their story and serve as mentors to New Americans interested in starting a business. During this session,  the City and County of Denver  will also launch its New American Entrepreneur Program  featuring a host of community resources and City departments providing a multi-lingual, accessible and understandable process to launch a new business. Join us this Thursday to celebrate this launch at the Commons on Champa by  registering at this link!

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applications (time sensitive):

grants (no deadlines):
Colorado SBIR/STTR Programs: competitive awards; amounts vary
Longmont Entrepreneurial Fund; up to $25K for start-ups

BAS (CEF's business Acceleration Services)
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