our mission

To fuel economic opportunity by providing financing and support to entrepreneurs and small businesses in Colorado.


Colorado Enterprise Fund was founded in 1976 as a non-profit lending source specializing in loans up to $250,000 to support small business. Many small businesses that are not able to receive traditional bank financing can get support through CEF. By offering loans, guidance, training, and resources to small and emerging businesses, CEF is an important link to local community vitality and economic development in Colorado.



snapshots of our impact:


  • 32 million dollars loaned since 1990
  • 5 jobs are created or retained by the average CEF loan
  • 51% of CEF loans are to women
  • 26% of CEF loans are to minorities
  • 54% of CEF loans are to low income owners
  • 96% of all CEF loans are fully repaid


where our borrowers are:


Map denotes all CEF loans made through December 2013.