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Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF) Borrowers Participate in Small Business Saturday, November 25, with Events and Special Offers


Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF) Borrowers Participate in Small Business Saturday, November 25, with Events and Special Offers


Denver, November 15, 2017 – Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF) borrowers are participating in this year’s Small Business Saturday on November 25 with a variety of events and special offers. This special day was started eight years ago to rally support for local small businesses across the country. In 2016, Small Business Saturday hit record highs with an estimated 112 million consumers reported at small businesses nationally, a 13% increase from 2015.


“As a non-profit organization lending institution with the mission to accelerate community prosperity by financing and supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses, we at CEF encourage our Colorado communities to support local small businesses on Small Business Saturday and throughout the entire year,” said CEF President and CEO Ceyl Prinster.


Colorado Enterprise Fund Borrower Small Business Saturday Events and Offers (11/25): Stanley Marketplace CEF Borrowers Support Small Business Saturday – 


Stanley Marketplace is a community-focused marketplace located in northwest Aurora featuring 50+ independently owned Colorado businesses under one roof. CEF has provided loans for several businesses in this new development that opened in December of 2016. The entire marketplace will be celebrating the Small Business Saturday event, and here are a couple CEF borrowers involved:


· Maria Empanada – A casual Denver-based Argentinean eatery, Maria Empanada got its start when owner Lorena Cantarovici received a loan from CEF to start her business in 2014. Since then, she has expanded to three locations in Colorado (including the newest location in Stanley Marketplace) and just received a $3.5 million investment to expand from the Colorado Impact Fund. Read the story here.


· Miette et Chocolat - Renowned pastry chefs and chocolatiers Gonzalo Jimenez and David Lewis present their latest endeavor - Miette et Chocolat. The French patisserie with a modern twist, serves everything from traditional bon bons to unique candy bars. On Small Business Saturday, they will be launching their new holiday pastries and chocolates.


Additional CEF Borrowers Supporting Small Business Saturday:


· Dragonfly Apparel – Located in the Highlands district of northwest Denver, this boutique specializes in hands-on customer service and a unique, ever-changing selection of stylish merchandise. Dragonfly is a Small Business Saturday Neighborhood Champion and is helping to rally their community members to participate in the event. On November 25, they are offering a 15% discount on a regular priced item of each customer’s choice. Dragonfly is also launching their holiday trunk show that day with handmade styles by Leslie Francesca designs, featuring 18K gold fill and natural stones, running through December 24. For more information, visit their Facebook page.


· Let Em Have It Salon - This salon offers an uplifting experience and environment unlike any other in Denver – positive, inspiring, engaging, trendsetting and truly sustainable. Let Em Have It Salon is a socially and environmentally responsible salon located in Uptown Denver. The salon is proud to be the second salon in the world to become a Certified B Corporation®! For Small Business Saturday, they are offering the following to their clients:

o 20% off products and gift sets

o 10% of service sales go to Hurricane Relief

o Gift card promotion:

§ Purchase $100 gift card, get $25 products free

§ Purchase $200 gift card, get $50 products free

§ Purchase $300 gift card, get $75 products free


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 obtain funding through traditional banks. With a mission to accelerate community prosperity by financing and supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses, CEF has provided over $64 million in loans to more than 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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