Colorado Enterprise Fund | Supporting Small Business


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 secure 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 existing businesses and start-ups, the prosperity of local communities, and the growth of Colorado's diverse economy.



snapshot of our impact:


  • $55+ million loaned to small businesses
  • 1,900 loans made since inception in 1976
  • 9 jobs assisted per loan (cumulative average)
  • 16,000+ total jobs assisted (created/retained)
  • 96% of loan funds are paid back
  • 55% of loans help low income owners
  • 50% of loans are to women owners
  • 25% of loans are to minority owners
  • 36% of loans help startups



where our borrowers are:


Map shows businesses that received CEF loans through January 2016.