in this issue:
event boost | sss productions

Alex "Skinny" Winkler Founder/Owner
The "gig economy" works well when you can find enough demand for your special skillset. Sometimes, other opportunities arise offering more promise. 

That's how Alexander "Skinny" Winkler got his start in the event production business - first doing gigs as a musician, then becoming a full-fledged event producer. His ability to understand the demands of both helped Skinny grow his sound, lighting and mobile stage business successfully over the last decade.

Click here to see how Skinny found his place on the mobile stage with help from CEF. Part of our 2017 Where are they now? Wednesdays success story series on social media.
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

annual borrower appreciation event - august 2 in lone tree

Each year, CEF celebrates its borrowers and partners by hosting a summer happy hour in a different part of the state. This year, to highlight businesses CEF has financed  in t he South Metro Denver areawe've partnered with borrower Cranelli's to host our 2017 event on Wed, August 2 from 4-6 pm. If your business is located in Arapahoe, Douglas or Jefferson County, you're invited to attend. To RSVP, email Robin Ramsouer by Monday, July 31 since space is limited. C omplimentary food, drink, and networking opportunities await you!

best for colorado challenge - doing well by doing good

CEF has partnered with Best for Colorado, a program that teaches all Colorado businesses how to create higher quality jobs, build stronger communities, and preserve a healthier environment. Several CEF borrowers have completed the challenge which is built around the B Impact Assessment, using software and standards developed by the nonprofit B Lab. This assessment is used by Certified B Corporations, impact investing funds, business associations, and thousands of businesses around the world to measure and manage their impact. Interested businesses must complete their assessments by Dec 11 to be considered for 2017 awards. For more information, contact  Stephani Meyers at CEF. We look forward to your participation!

small biz toolbox

awards (time sensitive):
Denver Business Investment Program (tax credit): Apply by August 1
Paypal $10K Business Makeover Contest (national): Apply by July 30
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)
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