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Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF) Participates in Events During Denver Startup Week to Help Celebrate the Entrepreneurial Spirit




Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF) Participates in Events During Denver Startup Week to Help Celebrate the Entrepreneurial Spirit


What:  CEF will be participating in several events and panel discussions during the upcoming Denver Startup Week (Sept. 25-29, 2017). The largest event of its kind in the country, Denver Startup Week celebrates the state’s entrepreneurial energy, innovation and connection. Powered by the local community, many of this year’s sessions are free and open to the public (registration requested) and will represent the best in tech, design, DIY-making, marketing and leadership. The mission of Denver Startup Week is to foster an environment where professionals and entrepreneurs can learn, grow, and prepare for their next challenge.


Why: CEF is participating in several events as part of this year’s Denver Startup Week:

·         Monday, Sept. 25:

o   8:00 – 10:30 am: Kick-Off Breakfast and JPMorgan Chase Foundation Small Business Grant Awards (Invitation Only – Press Welcome). Seawell Ballroom, Denver Center for Performing Arts, Denver.


o   9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Startup Advisory Hours. CEF Loan Officer Hannah Gushurst-Jones. The Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa St., Denver.


o   11:00 am – 1:30 pm: Catalyzing Growth in Communities Panel (Invitation Only – Press Welcome). CEF Director of Lending, Alan Ramirez, will sit on a panel with CEF borrowers Desiree Gallegos (Denver Fashion Truck Owner), Breton Lujan (Raw Creative Owner) and Lorena Cantavorici (Maria Empanada Owner). Facilitator Laura Callanan will share the findings from Upstart Co-Lab’s recent report Creative Places and Businesses: Catalyzing Growth in Communities and host a panel of colleagues who can share both a national and Colorado perspective including entrepreneurs in the food, fashion and media sectors. Larimer Social, 14th and Larimer St., Denver.


·         Tuesday, Sept. 26:

o   10:00 – 11:00 am: Access to Flexible Capital: Featuring CEF’s Director of Lending, Alan Ramirez, this panel will discuss training and lending programs for entrepreneurs of color. The session highlights work local organizations are doing to help startups gain access to capital, will shed light on some of the challenges startups face when seeking loans and capital, and provide recommendations on how to overcome these barriers. Fueling the discussion is a JPMorgan Chase Institute report, “Cash is King: Flows, Balances and Buffer Days”, which explores the financial lives of small business owners. Basecamp at The Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa St., Denver.


·         Wednesday, Sept. 27:

o   11:30 – 1:00 pm: Impact Investing Through a Creativity Lens Panel. With CEF’s Healthy Food Program Manager, Anne Misak, this panel covers how to incubate and grow a creative startup, invest for financial return and social good, and why now is the time to bring capital that values inclusion, equity and sustainability to this fast-growing segment of the economy. Herman Miller, 19th and Wynkoop, Suite 150, Denver.


o   1:00 – 1:30 pm: Inside Denver Monthly Twitter Chat. Hosts Blake Communications and Heinrich Marketing are teaming up with the Design Track of Denver Startup Week (DSW) for an extended chat in support of the DSW event “Impact Investing through a Creativity Lens.” Includes CEF’s Healthy Food Program Manager, Anne Misak, with host, Stephanie Blake, and will focus on what was discussed during the above panel discussion. @COEnterpriseFnd @blakecomm @heinrichmktg


o   6:00 – 7:00 pm: Find the Funds: Business Finance Lending Panel. In this partner event with SBDC North Metro Denver, industry experts including CEF’s Senior Loan Officer, Mike Jensen, will discuss what is needed to secure funding for a startup or growing business. Visit to register. Anythink Huron St., 9417 Huron St., Thornton.


·         Thursday, Sept. 28:

o   2:15 – 3:15 pm: SBA Administrator Stanley Marketplace Visit. Along with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and SBA District Director Frances Padilla, SBA Administrator Linda McMahon will visit Stanley Marketplace for a meet and greet with the small businesses involved in the Marketplace’s wild success. CEF Director of Lending, Alan Ramirez, will be on site as well as CEF Borrowers, Lorena Cantavorici from Maria Empanada and David Lewis from Miette et Chocolat. The visit is part of Ms. McMahon’s SBA Ignite Tour, a cross-country tour where entrepreneurs, small business owners, and community leaders can have conversations with her about tax reform, regulations, access to capital and other topics of concern in order to help Ms. McMahon advocate for small businesses in Washington, D.C.


·         Friday, Sept. 29:

o   8:00-9:30 am: AgriBiz, AgTech: Home, Home on the (Front) Range. In this final Denver Startup Week “Maker” event, CEF Healthy Food Program Manager, Anne Misak, joins other community partners to share lending information and tips with Colorado entrepreneurs who are creating products, ideas and technologies that are quickly being adopted to answer global food challenges. Colorado Lending Source, 1441 18th Street, Denver.


The above events are open to the public (with exception of those listed as invitation only). To register, visit For a full schedule of events, please click here.


About Colorado Enterprise Fund
Founded in 1976, Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF) provides loans up to $500,000 to finance small businesses and startups unable to secure funding through traditional banks. With a mission to accelerate community prosperity by financing and supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses, CEF has provided more than $62 million in loans to over 2,000 businesses to help create or retain over 17,000 jobs in the state. A nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), CEF is based in Denver with a satellite office in Fort Collins. CEF’s lending and consulting services are available statewide. For more information, visit:





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