seeing is believing

in this issue:
community boost | boulder vision associates
Dr Richard Cross Owner
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.
our newest borrowers and those 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: 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!
cef updates

annual report features five borrowers

The 2016 CEF annual report is fresh off the press and ready to view online and in print. This issue highlights milestones from our 40th anniversary year, as well as the success of five borrowers around the state: Dragonfly Apparel, Early Success Academy, Fortuna Chocolate, The Kitchen Pantry and The Roost

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!

small biz toolbox

awards (time sensitive):

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

BAS (CEF's Business Acceleration Services)
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