Being able to provide quality comprehensive eye care to his patients without constraints or limits was what propelled Dr. Richard Cross to open his own vision care business over 20 years ago.Active in research studies exploring eye health and on various community boards, Dr. Cross also founded the Eye Health Institute in 2001, a nonprofit providing free vision services to the poor of Jamaica. When Dr. Cross first decided to open his business, he needed financing and found Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF). See how this community-minded entrepreneur financed his business for maximum impact here with help from CEF.
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: Shout outs to the following borrowers who got a media mention since our last issue. Btw, did you know we
love it when you mention CEF helped you get to where you are today? Yup, we do, so share the love and
send us your latest news links (mentioning CEF or not:) so you can be highlighted in the next issue of
Small Biz Builder!
See our financial growth since 2014 showing increases in loan volume and amounts, the diversity of entrepreneurs getting financing, the number of the jobs created and retained, plus improvements borrowers made when they worked with our Business Acceleration Services (BAS) team to grow their business skills.
Meet the board members and funders who help CEF staff serve more businesses each year. We thank you for working with us to make your dream of small business ownership come true!
annual impact reporting in february
Next month, CEF borrowers will receive an email invitation to complete their required annual reporting via Survey Monkey. This brief survey will ask some general questions about how your business performed in 2016 in terms of jobs and revenue, as well as your opinion on how well we met your needs with financing and business technical assistance. Your individual responses will be kept confidential. The data is used collectively as we report to our funders who hold us accountable to making an impact through loans and consulting. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey which is required of all borrowers. Thanks in advance for your help!