To accelerate community prosperity by financing and supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses.


Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF) was founded in 1976 as a non-profit lending source specializing in loans for small and emerging businesses unable to receive traditional bank financing. By offering flexible financing options, personalized customer service, one-on-one business advising, and access to entrepreneurial resources statewide, CEF has grown to offer loans up to $500,000 to continue supporting the success of small businesses, the prosperity of local communities, and the strength of Colorado's diverse economy.



snapshots of our impact:


  • 40 million dollars loaned to small businesses since 1990
  • 13 jobs assisted on average per CEF loan in 2014
  • 96% of all CEF loans were fully repaid in 2014
  • 54% of CEF loans are to low income owners
  • 51% of CEF loans are to women
  • 35% of CEF loans are to start-ups
  • 25% of CEF loans are to minorities



where our borrowers are:


Map denotes all CEF loans made through December 2014.