in this issue:
foodie boost | manneken frites

Manneken Frites mascot and menu
What do traveling foodies do when they want to start a business? Offer something that no one else has and prepare it like you'd find in the old country, in this case, Belgium - the birthplace of frites ("freetz"), known in the US as fries.
That was the inspiration behind Chris and Kim Stromberg's business idea after a visit to the Big Apple, and to Belgium before that, where they discovered how potatoes are prepared the Belgian way: cut thick, fried to order, and served with savory sauces and beer. 

Click here to learn how Chris and Kim turned their foodie passion into a successful business in Olde Town Arvada with help from CEF and the AEDA Microloan Fund. 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 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

sba administrator visits small businesses at stanley marketplace

SBA Administrator McMahon with Maria Empanada owner Lorena Cantavorici
The new SBA Administrator, Linda McMahon, visited  Denver Startup Week, and spoke about small business growth before visiting the new  Stanley Marketplace. There she met our borrowers, Miette et Chocolat and Maria Empanada, plus other small businesses before convening a round table with business owners. Her visit is part of the  SBA Ignite Tour, a cross-country trek where entrepreneurs, small business owners, and community leaders meet with Ms McMahon to talk about tax reform, regulations, access to capital and other topics of concern to help her advocate for small businesses in Washington, D.C. We look forward to having the SBA Administrator meet more of our #smallbiz borrowers on a future visit!

best for colorado challenge - you're invited to the free 10/12 event!

In today's economy, consumers are putting their money where their hearts are.  How you treat your employees, environment and community go a long way in building loyalty with your customers. Take this opportunity to reach new clients, expand your influence, and tell a better story by engaging in responsible business practices. How?
Join us at The Alliance Center in Denver on Thursday, October 12, from 5:30-7:00p to learn about the Best For Colorado (BFC) Challenge . Hear from small business leaders helping to create a better future inside and outside their companies including CEF borrower, Fallene Wells, owner of Let Em Have It Salon, along with Liz Swanson from B Lab and Dominick Sekich from Moye White.
B Lab Colorado launched the BFC Challenge this year with support from Moye White, B:CIVIC, Colorado Enterprise Fund, Certifiably Green Denver, and The Alliance Center We challenge YOU to get involved on Thursday, October 12, at The Alliance Center with like-minded business owners and sponsors. Complimentary food (provided by CEF borrower Organic Roots Catering) and beverages will be served.
RSVP now for this FREE event - space is limited!

small biz toolbox

awards (time sensitive):
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!)