spring into success!
in this issue:
beverage boost | cocoridge
Helena Hollis - Owner
Dehydration and altitude sickness are common in Colorado, especially among first-time visitors to the state. The usual symptoms of dizziness and fatigue can be alleviated with adeqate hydration, but often people reach for sugary, artificially-colored drinks or water, which may not contain enough nutrients for adequate nutrition.
What's the alternative? "100% pure coconut water," says Helena Hollis, owner of  CocoRidge. While living in Breckenridge, she found a lot of people were suffering from dehydration and altitude sickness. "I would always recommend coconut water because of the electrolyte rich properties." But it was hard to find in town.

So Helena created her own brand.  Click here to read how she took her new product to new heights with a CEF loan and support from Business Acceleration Services (BAS).
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 the list, click here to see why this page is one of the most popular on our website. You might just find what you need to succeed!
In the News: Kudos to the following borrowers who got media mentions since our last issue. Send us your news so you can be featured in the next issue of Small Biz Builder!
cef updates

40 stories in 40 weeks campaign kicks off

On January 12, CEF kicked off a social media campaign titled " 40 Success Stories in 40 Weeks" to celebrate our 40 years of impact. A current or past borrower is highlighted each Tuesday on CEF's Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter channels to detail the positive impact CEF has had on small business since 1976. 

Check CEF's success story web page and social media channels each week through October to see which borrower is featured. If you have a success story to share, please contact

co impact days event a statewide success

Imagine an event focused on attracting investors and philanthropists to bring capital into communities where entrepreneurs and nonprofits reside. That's the idea behind CO Impact Days, a three-year initiative offering a social venture marketplace where like-minded investors and funders can learn about and connect with community-based projects needing financial support. CEF was one of 280 organizations to apply and one of 60 project finalists to be featured in the public showcase event on March 4. We look forward to returning next year to support more small businesses and communities through social impact investing.

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competitions (time sensitive):
Microsoft in Business Video Contest - up to $20K award; ddl 4/5/16
Denver County Healthy Food Challenge - up to $250K; ddl 4/11/16

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

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