Small Business

A Personalized Entrepreneurial Experience


When it comes to owning your own business in Colorado, there’s definitely something in the water. It might be due to the fact that our economy is thriving, our main streets are experiencing renaissances or that everywhere you look we’re surrounded by new co-working spaces that offer plenty of opportunity for collaboration.

Whatever the source, small businesses and entrepreneurs in Colorado are engaged and excited about growing and starting a business here.

While there’s a general enthusiasm from our startup community about opportunities found here, we know that taking that leap has risk.

Don’t worry, though, we have your back. Our supportive small business community is eager to provide a wealth of resources and assistance to help small businesses flourish in all stages of growth.

The first step is to view our Colorado Business Resource Book. This guide is the A-Z’s tutorial on how to start, grow, or move a business to Colorado. We have hard copies at each of the Small Business Development Centers and also at the Governor’s Office of Economic Development in Denver.

Next, a great opportunity is to discuss your plans with our Small Business Navigator. The Navigator will walk you through the sometimes confusing world of licenses, permits, and other pertinent information to start or move your business to Colorado.

The next step is to visit our Nationally Accredited Colorado Small Business Development Center (COSBDC) Network. The COSBDC provides a variety of assistance to include free, confidential consulting to small business owners, as well as training programs at little or no cost at locations throughout the state.

What’s great about this resource? It’s all about delivering personalized guidance to help you reach your goals.

By embracing a collaborative attitude toward helping talented business owners succeed, it’s no surprise that Colorado is a prime environment in which small businesses and start-ups can thrive.

Quick Facts

of Colorado businesses are represented by small businesses, 2016
1 Million
Small business employees, 2016
$654.3 Million
Worth of SBA 1,441 7(a) and 504 loans approved, 2014

SBDC Facts

Clients Consulted, 2015
Business starts, 2015
Jobs created, 2015
Jobs Retained, 2015
Increased Sales, 2015


# 2
Most entrepreneurial state Nerdwallet , 2015
# 4
State for startup activity Kauffman Index , 2015
# 5
Best state to start a small business Business Entrepreneur , 2015
# 8
Most innovative state Bloomberg , 2016
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