in this issue:
catering boost | mawa's kitchen

Mawa McQueen - Owner
Some times you know you can do better being your own boss. That's what Mawa McQueen realized after working as a restaurant manager. "There was just too much bureaucracy," Mawa recalled. "I had no clue how to start a business on my own, but wanted the freedom to do that." 

Mawa began her business as M&M Home Dining Services, an in-house personal catering service located in Aspen. When the recession hit and people cut back on private chefs, Mawa and her husband rebranded her business to become more full-service with a cafe, naming it Mawa's Kitchen.

Click here to see how Mawa grew her culinary empire successfully with help from CEF's team of BAS consultants.
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 media mentions 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 because it helps us help other entrepreneurs who read or hear about you and want to succeed like you! So  send us your latest news links so you can be highlighted in the next issue of Small Biz Builder! (And thanks for mentioning CEF*)
cef updates

colorado small business week a success

Each year, the first week in May is designated  National Small Business Week by the SBA. In Colorado, we celebrated with our statewide partners, May 1-5, hosting and participating in various events listed on this website. We were proud to receive the 2017 Colorado Community/Rural Lender of the Year award for a second time, and also to see our former borrower, Maria Empanada owner Lorena Cantavorici, receive the 2017 Colorado Small Business Person of the Year award! To see photos from our week of events, click here

staffing changes and our 5-star ratings

Shannon Bosche|Stephani Meyers
We continue to grow at CEF, investing in qualified staff to insure our customer service maintains its 5-star rating! We're pleased to announce an existing staff member, Shannon Bosche, was recently promoted to our Production/Underwriting/Closing (PUC) team to fill a position vacated by Megan Gress. Shannon's replacement, Stephani Meyers, joined CEF as Assistant to our President and CEO, and as Executive Coordinator. We hope you meet them both soon!

P.S. Thanks to our borrowers wh o rated CEF 5 stars using our new BirdEye (BE) survey tool on Google and Facebook. For reviews to date, check the BE widget on our website footer!

small biz toolbox

awards (time sensitive):
Dream Big US Chamber of Commerce Small Biz Award (national) : Apply by May 31
Startup Competition Guide (international): Year-round deadlines per contest

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)
Small Biz Builder Facebook page ( like us to get the latest news and tips!)