in this issue:
veteran boost | hill dentistry
Jonathan Hill DDS and his smile team

Imagine knowing at age 7 that you want to be a dentist. It's possible when your family's dentist lives across the street. That proximity, plus a love of science and peoples' smiles, was what inspired Jonathan Hill to pursue dental school. 

After he graduated, Jonathan served with the US Army Dental Corp at Fort Carson, Colorado, for six years before deciding he wanted to open his own dental office.

Click here to read how Jonathan combined his passion for beautiful smiles and helping others to create his dream business in Colorado Springs 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. 
By the way: 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 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

loan program launched for veterans

Earlier this month, CEF launched its new VALOR loan program for Colorado veterans and Goldstar families. This customized program helps veterans and surviving Gold Star families finance their dreams of small business ownership with discounted rates and extended terms. 

We officially closed our first VALOR loan on Friday, 11/10, with Green Tab Brewing in Colorado Springs.  Owners Woody and Kellee Briggs served in Iraq and took ownership of an existing brewery with help from CEF. Learn more about the benefits of this new program by clicking here.

federal reserve small biz survey 2017

Colorado Enterprise Fund is partnering again with the Federal Reserve on a Small Business Credit Survey for both pre-start and existing businesses. By now, you've received a few emails from us asking you to participate. We hope you have or will soon.

This short survey takes less than 9 minutes to completeYour answers, which are confidential, will help business service providers and lenders like CEF understand real-time business conditions. Final results will be shared in 2018.

Please help us beat last year's response rate. Complete this survey by 12/31. Thank you!
small biz toolbox

awards (time sensitive):
2018 Small Business Grant Programs (INC): Various amounts and  deadlines
Startup Competition Guide  (international): Year-round deadlines per contest

grants (deadlines vary):
Colorado SBIR/STTR Programs: competitive awards; amounts vary
Longmont Entrepreneurial Fund; up to $25K for startups
106 Small Business Grants  - various local, national, corporate and government programs

resources (free or low-cost):
BAS (CEF's Business Acceleration Services)
Small Biz Builder Facebook page ( like us to get the latest news and tips!)

praise for cef's in-house team of bas consultants: 
Rose Melville CPA

"Rose [Melville] was amazing!!!!  I can't say enough good things about her!  We have been through FOUR different accountants/QB [Quickbook] "experts" and NO ONE could get everything straightened out...I can't tell you how incredibly helpful it was for you and CEF to offer this incredible service, and at no cost!"        Katie H, Colorado Tech Shop

Click here to get the professional help you need for your small business to succeed in 2018. We keep you going strong.