The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office and the Minority Business Office, a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, have joined forces to help the state’s minority-owned businesses by making them aware of state services available to them. Once registered with the Secretary of State’s Office, businesses are encouraged to participate in an optional survey which will enable the Minority Business Office to reach out with available services, support and to answer questions.
“Minority and women-owned businesses are such an important facet of Colorado’s economy, but many aren’t aware of the resources the state of Colorado has available to help them succeed,” said Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold. “That’s why we’re pleased to team up with the Minority Business Office to provide resources to more Colorado businesses.”
“The resources provided by the Secretary of State’s Office are a significant addition to Colorado’s ability to identify opportunities available to minority-owned businesses across the State,” said Rosy Aburto McDonough, Director of the Colorado Minority Business Office. “By participating in the optional survey, businesses will help us to introduce additional resources and technical assistance to help more minority, veteran and women-owned businesses to succeed.”
In addition to this new partnership, the Secretary of State’s website also offers a free eLearning module that guides filers through the needed steps. These eLearning tools are available to anyone, even if they haven’t registered with the Secretary of State’s Office.
Ultimately, by identifying more minority, veteran and women-owned businesses, the survey will provide a mechanism to connect customers to the Minority Business Office and allow outreach to assist Colorado minority and women-owned businesses.
About Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) works with partners to create a positive business climate that encourages dynamic economic development and sustainable job growth. Under the leadership of Governor Jared Polis, we strive to advance the State’s economy through financial and technical assistance that fosters local and regional economic development activities throughout Colorado. OEDIT offers a host of programs and services tailored to support business development at every level including business retention services, business relocation services, and business funding and incentives. Our office includes the Global Business Development division; Colorado Tourism Office; Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office; Colorado Creative Industries; Business Financing & Incentives division; the Colorado Small Business Development Network; Colorado Office of Film, TV & Media; the Minority Business Office; and the Colorado Innovation Network. Learn more at www.choosecolorado.com.
About Colorado Secretary of State
Jena Griswold is Colorado’s 39th Secretary of State and is the chief executive of an office that oversees Colorado elections, campaign finance, and business and licensing. The basic mission of the Department of State is to collect, secure, and make accessible a wide variety of public records, ensure the integrity of elections, and enhance commerce. The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office exists to clear obstacles on behalf of Colorado citizens, voters, nonprofit managers and employees, and business owners. The purpose of the office is to help Coloradans realize their goals, pursue their dreams, and freely exercise their rights as Americans. For more information, please visit: www.sos.state.co.us.