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Colorado Enterprise Fund Receives Impact Catalyst Award at CO Impact Days Event - 11/29/2017

CEF was recognized for generating awareness about impact investing throughout Colorado.

Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF) Borrowers Participate in Small Business Saturday, November 25, with Events and Special Offers - 11/15/2017

This special day was started eight years ago to rally support for local small businesses across the country.

Colorado Enterprise Fund Named as CO Impact Days and Initiative Social Venture Finalist - 11/10/2017

CEF one of 100 to Participate in Second Annual Marketplace for Impact Investing

Colorado Enterprise Fund Launches New Small Business Loan Program for Military Veterans - 10/30/2017

Veteran Access Loan Opportunity Resource (VALOR)

Colorado Enterprise Fund Receives $776,500 Award from US Treasury Department's CDFI Fund - 09/22/2017

Funding supports expanded financing and advising for small businesses statewide

Colorado Enterprise Fund Expands Senior Leadership with Two New Hires - 08/31/2017

Director of Finance and Administration and Director of Development Join Management Team

Colorado Enterprise Fund Loans Improve Access to Healthy Food in Costilla County - 08/08/2017

Program Totaling $2.4 Million in Colorado Prompting Visit from Congressman Scott Tipton

Improved Access to Healthy Food in Costilla County Prompts Visit by Congressman Scott Tipton on Aug 3 - 08/01/2017

Congressman Scott Tipton will meet with community members at Fort Market grocery store to learn more about the impact of the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) funded in part by CEF in Colorado.

Colorado Enterprise Fund Appoints New Member to Board of Directors - 07/20/2017

Banker from Boulder brings community and business development expertise

Colorado Enterprise Fund Receives $25,000 Grant from Xcel Energy Foundation - 06/28/2017

Funding supports loan outreach and technical assistance for small business borrowers statewide


Highlighting refugee/immigrant small business owners and community business partners serving entrepreneurs in Aurora; sponsored by Colorado Enterprise Fund and Community Enterprise Development Services

CEF Celebrates National Small Business Week 2017 with Free Workshop and SBA Colorado Community Lender of the Year Award - 04/13/2017

9th annual National Small Business Week, sponsored by the US Small Business Administration, celebrated statewide in Colorado with special events for new and existing small businesses, April 30-May 6.

FY 2018 Federal Budget Proposal Eliminates Key Resource for Economic Growth in Low-Income Colorado Communities - 03/28/2017

Community Development Financial Institutions Fund is a critical economic driver for Colorado communities

Colorado Enterprise Fund's 2016 Annual Report Showcases Bigger Steps and Historic Impact in Supporting Colorado Small Businesses - 02/01/2017

Colorado Enterprise Fund Achieved Record Levels of Loans Distributed and Cumulative Job Impact

Colorado Enterprise Fund Borrowers Win Calvert Foundation Small Business Competition - 01/05/2017

Three Denver-area startups receive $15,000 in cash prizes based on local community support

Weld County Renews Support for Colorado Enterprise Fund Microloan Program - 12/02/2016

Funding partnership provides over $1 million for small businesses located in county

Colorado Enterprise Fund Finishes 40th Anniversary Year with Record Growth - 11/28/2016

Loan number and volume exceed projections along with increased job impact

Colorado Enterprise Fund Receives $2.4 Million in Awards from US Treasury Department's CDFI Fund - 09/27/2016

Awards support small business financing and advising plus Healthy Food Initiative

Colorado Enterprise Fund Announces 2016 Governing Board Appointments - 08/16/2016

New Members Include Chamber President, Bank VP and Government Affairs Manager

Colorado Enterprise Fund's Loans Improve Access to Healthy Food - 07/27/2016

Totaling $1.3 Million and Counting, Loan Program Spurs Visit from Colorado Rep. Jared Polis

Colorado Enterprise Fund Creates $1 Million Microloan Fund with Adams County - 06/06/2016

Partnership provides access to capital for startups and small businesses to spur growth

Colorado Enterprise Fund Hosts FREE Workshop in Denver for Colorado Small Business Week - 04/18/2016

Start-Up Financing Workshop for Entrepreneurs is one of nine events CEF is supporting during National Small Business Week May 1-7

Colorado Enterprise Fund Celebrates 40 Years of Supporting Colorado Small Businesses - 03/02/2016

CEF is pleased to announce 2016 marks its 40th anniversary of making a positive impact in Colorado's economy by supporting small businesses in local communities.

Colorado Enterprise Fund Named as CO Impact Days and Initiative Social Venture Finalist - 02/26/2016

CEF is one of 60 to Participate in First of Its Kind $100 Million Marketplace for Impact Investing

Colorado Enterprise Fund Creates Microloan Fund with City of Loveland - 02/04/2016

New partnership provides access to capital for small businesses in Loveland

Colorado Enterprise Fund Announces 2015 Governing Board Appointments - 12/07/2015

New Members Include Community Organizer, Former Borrower and Attorney

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Provides $3 million to Colorado Enterprise Fund - 11/18/2015

Capital to stimulate growth and job creation across Denver and the Colorado Front Range

Colorado Enterprise Fund Receives $2 Million Award from US Treasury Department's CDFI Fund - 09/11/2015

Funding supports financing and advising for small businesses statewide

Colorado Enterprise Fund Receives Grant from Xcel Energy Foundation - 07/29/2015

Funding supports delivery of technical assistance to small business borrowers statewide

Colorado Enterprise Fund Celebrates Lending $3.5 Million to Longmont Small Businesses - 07/21/2015

Partnership with City of Longmont Expands Loan Program to Benefit More Entrepreneurs

Colorado Enterprise Fund Hires Healthy Food Program Manager - 04/06/2015

Anne Misak brings experience from Philadelphia's healthy food access initiatives and community co-op projects to help food-based small businesses find financing in Colorado

OFN and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Announce Finance Collaborative Participants - 02/19/2015

CEF is one of 24 lenders chosen nation-wide to receive intensive training and peer-learning opportunities to help small business succeed in underserved communities

CEF Borrowers Accepted into Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses National Training Program - 02/16/2015

Six Join Spring 2015 Cohort for 11-week Fully Paid Program at Babson College in Boston

Nick Massie of Colorado Enterprise Fund Selected for Prestigious Citi Leadership Program - 01/26/2015

Massie is One of 48 Professionals Chosen for Second Year of Unique Professional Development Program Initiative to Advance Opportunity Finance Expertise Nationwide

Colorado Enterprise Fund Receives Grant from The Denver Foundation - 01/12/2015

Funding supports technical assistance to minority and low income business owners

CEF Receives 2014 Top Company-Nonprofit Award - 08/29/2014

CEF Receives 2014 Top Company-Nonprofit Award from ColoradoBiz Magazine

CEF is Nonprofit Finalist - 08/12/2014

Colorado Enterprise Fund is Nonprofit Finalist in ColoradoBiz Top Company Awards. Winners to be Announced on August 28 in Denver

CEF Reaches $1 Million in Loans to Boulder Small Businesses - 05/09/2014

Celebrates Milestone during National Small Business Week May 12-16

Colorado Enterprise Fund Joins National Program - 02/10/2014

Colorado Enterprise Fund Joins New National Program to Spur Growth of Healthy Foods Businesses in Underserved Communities.

CEF Announces All Star Showcase Booklet - 08/05/2013

CEF announces All Star Showcase booklet of borrower success stories.




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New business loan program for vets offered by CEF - 11/07/2017

Colorado Springs Business Journal

Small-business owners should weigh financing options - 11/03/2017

Colorado Springs Business Journal

Business loan program for veterans created - 11/01/2017

Confluence Denver

Colorado Enterprise Fund gets $776,500 grant - 10/04/2017

Confluence Denver

How to Gain Access to Flexible Capital - 09/27/2017

Tech.Co highlights Chase for Business panel with advice from Colorado Enterprise Fund and other small biz partners

Chase for Business provides $300K to help underserved entrepreneurs - 09/25/2017

InnovatioNews reports Colorado Enterprise Fund is one of five recipients of grant awards from JPMorgan Chase

State of the State: United Forces - 09/15/2017

Colorado Biz Magazine highlights immigrant and refugee communities stoking Aurora's economic fire with support from Colorado Enterprise Fund and other small business partners

Local bar veterans team up to replace The Ram Lounge - 09/12/2017

Business Den highlights Colorado Enterprise Fund borrower whose loan helped re-envision an existing business

The Herd: New hires and promotions for 9.6.17 - 09/05/2017

Business Den features Colorado Enterprise Fund hires Simon Fox and Carrie Hanson

Local sausage company expands into King Soopers - 08/31/2017

BizWest article features Colorado Enterprise Fund borrower Mulay's Sausage whose loan helped business grow

CEF boosts heart of Fort Garland - 08/09/2017

Conejos County Citizen

Tipton to visit Fort Garland - 08/03/2017

Conejos County Citizen mention of US Congressman Tipton visit to CEF borrower Fort Market in rural Colorado

Korean-Mexican restaurant plans a Broadway opening - 07/26/2017

Business Den article highlights how existing borrower plans to expand to third location with CEF loan

Colorado Enterprise Fund appoints new board member - 07/20/2017

Colorado Biz Magazine

Colorado Enterprise Fund Receives $25,000 Xcel Grant - 07/19/2017

Denver Business Journal

NoCo, Boulder Valley companies make 2017 Companies to Watch list - 06/26/2017

BizWest highlights winners including three CEF borrowers: LoCo Food Distributors, Maria Empanada and System 76

She Started Maria Empanada In Her Garage. Now She's A National Award Winner - 05/23/2017

Colorado Public Radio interviews CEF borrower, Maria Empanada owner Lorena Cantavorici, about her business success and SBA award

First National Bank awards community-development grants - 05/15/2017

BizWest lists grant awards including $10,000 to Colorado Enterprise Fund

Denver Handmade Homemade finally finds a home, 2 years after successful Kickstarter campaign - 05/05/2017

Denver Post interview of Colorado Enterprise Fund borrower who lands space after loan

Fortuna Chocolates Food Truck Stops by 9News - 05/05/2017

9News celebrated National Small Business Week with CEF borrower

Fox31 Interviews Four CEF Borrowers - 05/01/2017

Fox31 celebrates National Small Business Week in Denver

Viewpoint: Why the CDFI fund is critical for Colorado - 04/21/2017

Denver Business Journal

BizWomen Mentoring Monday - 04/03/2017

Denver Business Journal interviews mentors at this annual event including CEF's President and CEO Ceyl Prinster

Trump's Budget would Hit Small Business, says Colorado Lender - 03/30/2017

Small Business Lending Daily

Summit County Meals on Wheels program aims to work around potential budget cuts - 03/30/2017

Summit Daily highlights impact of proposed budget cuts on senior programs and small business jobs

Growing a Healthy Food Financing Program: ReFresh and Colorado Enterprise Fund - 03/28/2017

The Reinvestment Fund highlights CEF and borrower Jumpin Good Goats

Colorado Small Business Week winners announced - 03/23/2017

Colorado SBA annual awards include ones for Colorado Enterprise Fund, a borrower (Maria Empanada) and two partners (Mi Casa and North Metro SBDC)

In Denver, a record-breaking year for small biz loans - 02/24/2017

Denver Business Journal

My HFFI Story - 02/23/2017

PolicyLink features 15 Healthy Food Fund Initiative (HFFI) grantees incl CEF and our borrowers in this multimedia project

How you can leverage a business competition win - 02/01/2017

Forbes article highlights winning approach by former CEF borrower Beau & Belle Littles

Small investments add up to big impact for small businesses - 01/18/2017

Calvert Foundation highlights Knotty Tie Company

Best of the DBJ 2016: Squeeze play for small-business funding - 12/29/2016

Denver Business Journal interviews CEF borrower Clyde and bankers about challenges in funding startups which CEF does

CEF Borrower El Nopalito featured on Telemundo Denver's American Dream - 11/24/2016

Telemundo: For Hispanics, flavor is part of any dream, even the 'American Dream'.

Small businesses prepare for holiday shoppers - 11/18/2016

9NEWS features CEF borrower Sexy Pizza in SBA-sponsored promotion for Small Biz Saturday

Remember Small Biz Saturday November 26 - 11/17/2016

9NEWS interviews CEF borrower Allison Orr and SBA Deputy Director Frances Padilla about this annual initiative

With Heidi Ganahl win, Republicans retain majority on CU Board of Regents - 11/09/2016

Daily Camera highlights CEF Board Member and former borrower Heidi Ganahl's election win

How do startups land financing? Funders reveal secrets at Denver forum - 11/02/2016

Denver Business Journal highlights advice from CEF CEO Ceyl Prinster and others on how they fund startups

Small business: Steering the road to fast growth - 10/27/2016

Denver Business Journal highlights feedback from panelists including CEF Director of Lending Alan Ramirez

First National Bank provides $3M toward 2 small-biz loan programs in Colorado - 10/25/2016

BizWest article highlights $2 million investment in CEF to support small business development in Northern Colorado

5 Questions with founder of Boulder salsa maker Winking Girl - 10/15/2016

Daily Camera feature on CEF borrower and related financing

Colorado Enterprise Fund: Helping Small Businesses Do Big Things - 10/03/2016

Denver Life article highlights CEO Ceyl Prinster and CEF borrower Dragonfly Apparel plus others

Want to get financing for your small business? - 09/19/2016

Colorado Biz Magazine: Follow these four steps from the Colorado Enterprise Fund and view video

Colorado Issues interview with CEF's Ceyl Prinster - 09/18/2016

710 KNUS News/Talk Radio

Colorado Enterprise Fund Leans In To Help Small Business - 09/12/2016

Opportunity Finance Network publishes article on membership blog serving CDFIs nationwide

Colorado Enterprise Fund interview on Colorado & Company - 09/12/2016

9News features CEF President and CEO Ceyl Prinster and borrower/owner, Lasinda Crane, of Cranelli's

Innosphere, partners launching VC fund - 09/09/2016

BizWest article mentions Colorado Enterprise Fund's $1 million loan fund created with Innosphere in 2013

The Ember Hairstream, the salon that comes to you - 09/01/2016

Denver Post feature on CEF borrower and related financing

New & Next: Investing in Denver's Equitable Growth - 08/17/2016

Confluence Denver article features CEF borrower Knotty Tie as part of Ours to Own community investment campaign

Success Stories: Finding The Right Solution, One Community At A Time - 08/01/2016

Forbes article highlighting CEF healthy foods fund recipient Fort Market in rural Colorado

Healthy Food Challenge Grants Awarded in Globeville, Elyria-Swansea Neighborhoods - 07/29/2016

City and County of Denver announcement about funds to support healthy food access, education and microbusiness

5 questions with Ceyl Prinster, CEO of Colorado Enterprise Fund - 07/23/2016

Daily Camera highlights nonprofit celebrating 40 years of small business lending

Congressman makes Loveland grocery stop - 07/19/2016

Loveland Reporter Herald

The Growth of Online Lending Options for Small Business - Healthy or Harmful? - 07/11/2016

Colorado Bankers Association Magazine

Colorado Enterprise Fund Creates a New $1 Million Microloan Fund - 06/16/2016

Friends of the SBA Microloan Program

Colorado company discovers non-traditional funding sources - 06/14/2016

South Side Business News spotlights CEF borrower Winking Girl! Foods' success in securing working capital for growth

New financing avenue opens up to Adams County small businesses - 06/07/2016

9News Reporter Greg Moss cites new microloan fund in Adams County

New $1 million fund offers microloans to Adams County small businesses - 06/06/2016

Denver Post: Small businesses can receive a loan of up to $50,000

County's Microloan Fund aims to boost businesses - 05/02/2016

Westminster Window

Colorado Enterprise Fund celebrates Small Business Week - 04/28/2016

Confluence Denver: May kicks off national and Colorado versions of Small Business Week which CEF is celebrating with events May 1-7

Adams County Microloan Fund Receives $1M To Spur Small Business Growth - 04/22/2016

The Adams County Board of Commissioners, Adams County Economic Development (ACED), Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF) and the North Metro Small Business Development Center have partnered to create the Adams County Microloan Fund with starting capital of $1 million, the largest in the metro area.

Investing In Communities - PRO Neighborhoods - 04/21/2016

Washington Monthly article on five-year, $125 million initiative supporting innovative collaborations to revitalize neighborhoods across the country including CEF's healthy foods funding of Fort Market in rural Costilla County

Success Stories: Finding the Right Solution, One Community at a Time - 04/15/2016

JP Morgan Chase & Company highlights the success of CEF's Healthy Foods Funding Program supporting Fort Market in rural Costilla County

Denver women share mentoring stories - 04/01/2016

Denver Business Journal annual event includes quote from CEF's Ceyl Prinster

Food & Ag Summit to feature expert panels - 03/17/2016

CEF's Anne Misak featured on finance panel by event sponsor BizWest

Colorado Enterprise Fund turns 40 - 03/04/2016


People on the Move - Board Appointments - 12/10/2015

Denver Post

Colorado Enterprise Fund receives $2M in federal funds to help small biz - 09/15/2015

The CDFI Fund award will support CEF's small business lending and technical assistance programs with a focus on healthy foods

Treasury funnels $6.5 million to Colorado community lenders - 09/11/2015

Colorado Enterprise Fund, with a focus on developing healthy food systems, received $2 million to support small business lending and technical assistance programs

The Ours To Own (OTO) Impact on the Ground - 08/31/2015

Calvert Foundation staff and local investors see how OTO investment creates positive change in the Denver community via strategic development projects supporting community facilities and small businesses

5 Questions - Ceyl Prinster of the Colorado Enterprise Fund - 08/28/2015

President and CEO Ceyl Prinster answers questions for the Boulder Daily Camera about her tenure at CEF and the organization's growth during the last 40 years

5 Questions - Ceyl Prinster of the Colorado Enterprise Fund - 08/28/2015

President and CEO Ceyl Prinster answers questions for the Longmont Times-Call about her tenure at CEF and the organization's growth during the last 40 years

New funding to help small neighborhood food stores in Denver - 08/03/2015

The Corner Store Program is working with small, neighborhood stores [like CEF's Fairfax Market] to help bring healthy food and produce into their establishments.

Colorado Enterprise Fund receives $15K grant from Xcel to boost small business services - 07/30/2015

CEF announced a $15,000 grant award from Xcel Energy to support its entrepreneurial development program - Business Acceleration Services - offered to its small business borrowers.

Longmont small businesses thriving thanks to Colorado loan program - 07/23/2015

Colorado Enterprise Fund partners with the City of Longmont and community organizations to finance small businesses locating in historic downtown area

Natural-Product Businesses Thrive in Boulder, Naturally - 05/29/2015

Discover the types of unique businesses Colorado Enterprise Fund and other lending partners have helped to start and grow in Boulder

Teresa Porter named Colorado Small Business Person of 2015 - 05/07/2015

Colorado Enterprise Fund named Community/Rural Lender of the Year at SBA award ceremony in Aurora

SBA names 2015 small business award winners for Colorado - 04/24/2015

Colorado Enterprise Fund is Community/Rural Lender of the Year and will accept award on May 6 during National Small Business Week

Weld County renews grant agreement with Colorado Enterprise Fund - 03/25/2015

Read how Colorado Enterprise Fund is having an impact in Weld County with financing that assists small and emerging businesses

SBA targets Colorado millennial entrepreneurs - 03/17/2015

Denver Business Journal

New lending program helps small businesses get loans - 02/21/2015

Read about the SBA Community Advantage loan program now offered by nonprofit lenders like Colorado Lending Source and Colorado Enterprise Fund

Banking on Small Business - 05/28/2014

How Bank of the West and CEF partnered to help a minority business owner and his community.

CEF Board Member And Client Featured on Front Page of Denver Post - 04/04/2014

Firms born in Innosphere incubator beat national average survival rate




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